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SECTION 9

EVIDENCE FOR EFFECTS ON NEUROLOGY AND BEHAVIOR


Henry Lai, PhD
Department of Bioengineering
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington USA


Prepared for the BioInitiative Working Group July 2007

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Table of Contents


I. Introduction
II. Chemical and Cellular Changes
III. Learning in Animals
IV. Electrophysiology
V. Cognitive Function
VI. Auditory Effects
VII. Human Subjective Effects
VIII. Summary and Discussion
IX. References
X. Appendix 9-A – Neurological Effects of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic
Radiation in Advances in Electromagnetic Fields in Living
Systems, Vol. 1, J.C. Lin (ed.), Plenum Press, New York. (1994)
pp. 27-88

Appendix 9-B - Memory and Behavior: The Biological Effects, Health
Consequences and Standards for Pulsed Radiofrequency Field.
International Commission on Nonionizing Radiation
Protection and the World Health Organization, Ettoll
Majorare, Centre for Scientific Culture, Italy, 1999.
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I. Introduction

This chapter is a brief review of recent studies on the effects of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) on neuronal functions and their implication on learning and memory in animal studies, effects on electrical activity of the brain and relation to cognitive functions, and finally a section on the effects of cell phone radiation on the auditory system. There is also a set of studies reporting subjective experience in humans exposed to RFR. This includes reports of fatigue, headache, dizziness, and sleep disturbance, etc.

The close proximity of a cellular telephone antenna to the user’s head leads to the deposition of a relatively large amount of radiofrequency energy in the head. The relatively fixed position of the antenna to the head causes a repeated irradiation of a more or less fixed amount of body tissue, including the brain at a relatively high intensity to ambient levels. The question is whether such exposure affects neural functions and behavior.


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