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No increased sensitivity in brain activity of adolescents exposed to mobile phone-like emissions


Loughran, S P; Benz, D C; Schmid, M R; Murbach, M; Kuster, N; Achermann, P (2013). No increased sensitivity in brain activity of adolescents exposed to mobile phone-like emissions. Clinical Neurophysiology, 124(7):1303-1308.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the potential sensitivity of adolescents to radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF EMF) exposures, such as those emitted by mobile phones.
METHODS: In a double-blind, randomized, crossover design, 22 adolescents aged 11-13 years (12 males) underwent three experimental sessions in which they were exposed to mobile phone-like RF EMF signals at two different intensities, and a sham session. During exposure cognitive tasks were performed and waking EEG was recorded at three time-points subsequent to exposure (0, 30 and 60 min).
RESULTS: No clear significant effects of RF EMF exposure were found on the waking EEG or cognitive performance.
CONCLUSIONS: Overall, the current study was unable to demonstrate exposure-related effects previously observed on the waking EEG in adults, and also provides further support for a lack of an influence of mobile phone-like exposure on cognitive performance.
SIGNIFICANCE: Adolescents do not appear to be more sensitive than adults to mobile phone RF EMF emissions.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the potential sensitivity of adolescents to radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF EMF) exposures, such as those emitted by mobile phones.
METHODS: In a double-blind, randomized, crossover design, 22 adolescents aged 11-13 years (12 males) underwent three experimental sessions in which they were exposed to mobile phone-like RF EMF signals at two different intensities, and a sham session. During exposure cognitive tasks were performed and waking EEG was recorded at three time-points subsequent to exposure (0, 30 and 60 min).
RESULTS: No clear significant effects of RF EMF exposure were found on the waking EEG or cognitive performance.
CONCLUSIONS: Overall, the current study was unable to demonstrate exposure-related effects previously observed on the waking EEG in adults, and also provides further support for a lack of an influence of mobile phone-like exposure on cognitive performance.
SIGNIFICANCE: Adolescents do not appear to be more sensitive than adults to mobile phone RF EMF emissions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:July 2013
Deposited On:19 Nov 2013 12:45
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:09
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1388-2457
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinph.2013.01.010
PubMed ID:23428307

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