Quote: "Aug. 1, 2011 -- Researchers seeking to explain the rising number of asthma cases in children have fingered a new suspect: electromagnetic fields (EMFs), energy that can’t been seen or felt that is generated by household appliances, electronic devices, cars, and power lines.
In a study, they found that babies born to women who are exposed to stronger EMFs during pregnancy had more than triple the risk of developing asthma compared to babies born to women exposed to weaker EMFs.
In other words, about 13% of children born to women in the group with the lowest EMF exposures developed asthma compared to about 33% of children born to women who had high EMF exposures.
“That’s a striking figure,” says David Savitz, PhD, a professor
of community health and obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University
in Providence, R.I. “That magnitude of association we don’t see very
often. If it was correct, and that’s a big ‘if,’ that would be really
Savitz, who has studied the health effects of electromagnetic
fields but was not involved in the research, says that while the finding
is interesting, there’s no reason to give up using a hair dryer or microwave just yet.
He says that unlike contaminants like cigarette smoke or lead
that are known to be dangerous, there’s little evidence that
low-frequency EMFs, the kind measured in the study, are harmful.
“This has been very, very thoroughly studied, and it really is
questionable whether it causes any health effects at any reasonable
level,” Savitz tells WebMD. “It’s certainly not something that falls
into the category of a known hazard.”
But Savitz and others acknowledge that all research has to start somewhere.
“There are a lot of important topics that started out looking
pretty flaky and pretty unlikely. There was a time when it made no sense
that smoking could be bad for you,” he says.
Other experts agree.
“The study appears to be well executed and the finding is
surprising,” says Jonathan M. Samet, MD, a pulmonologist and
epidemiologist at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of
Southern California in Los Angeles." Go to: http://www.webmd.com/asthma/news/20110801/electromagnetic-fields-linked-asthma-kids
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