Category Archives: Microwave Field Measurement

Cellphones ‘possibly carcinogenic,’ WHO says – Washington Post

users might consider common-sense precautions such as texting more instead of talking and using a headset to keep the phone farther from the head to minimize exposure.

By Rob Stein, Published: May 31

An international panel of experts has weighed in on the controversy about cellphone safety — and come to a conclusion that falls far short of recommending that consumers put down the devices, although it may make them more anxious.

Cellphones are “possibly carcinogenic” to humans, according to the panel organized by the World Health Organization. But an exhaustive, eight-day review of hundreds of studies concluded that the existing evidence is insufficient to know for sure. And because cellphones are so popular, further research is urgently needed, the experts said.

“Possibly carcinogenic” is the WHO’s third-highest rating, falling below “carcinogenic” and “probably carcinogenic” but above “not classifiable” and “probably not carcinogenic.” Other substances that the group has categorized as “possibly carcinogenic” include talcum powder, which has been possibly linked to ovarian cancer, and low-frequency magnetic fields, which are emitted by power lines and appliances and have been possibly associated with childhood leukemia. Continue reading

JNU National Symposium: Microwave Field Measurement, Biological Effects and Application in Nano Science

A symposium on “Microwave field measurement, biological effects and application in nanoscience” is based on nanotechnology, biomedical, biophysical and environmental research issues. The ongoing issue in environmental science “electromagnetic pollution” has been chosen to explore the effect of Electromagnetic field (EMF) on biological systems. The EMF generated by cell phones and their towers are most frequent source which interfere with living system and causes adverse effect on their growth and development. Over three billions of people in more than 200 countries are daily exposed consciously to EMF. Thousands of them and many others are also exposed to EMFs (e.g., base stations, wireless phones, and wi-fi) of varying strength unintentionally and sometimes unconsciously. These fields are currently created mostly by mobile phone communication units and transmitting towers and are of major concern for the society because of their close proximity to human populations and sensitive somatic organs (e.g., brain (hippocampus, pineal gland), eyes, and testes). It needs to highlight the adverse affects of RF-EMW on biological systems by reviewing and continuing relevant studies and research to deeper understanding of this important health issue. Several studies represent these effects on reproductive pattern and brain system of male Wistar rat’s. Now the study demands to explore the
mechanism of field interaction with biological system. It also needs to measure the field emissions emitted by mobile phone and their towers. This is an important issue to protect the human being by unseen radiations emitted from various gadgets. Emphasis will also be laid to use the nanoparticle for such purposes to protect against hazardous effect. The proposed workshop will point out the Electromagnetic field radiation (especially mobile phone and microwave oven and many more appliances) effect in living beings and their solution by using nanoparticle application. It is therefore imperative that its implications must be fully explored and safety criteria be understood and implemented. Keeping this in view, it is planned to organize a two day symposium to discuss the issue in detail. A limited number of participants will be offered financial assistance for travel and local hospitality. Those interested, may send their request along with demand draft (DD) by January 20, 2011.

The topics to be covered will include but not limited to the following:-
1) Principle of Microwave radiations 2) Electromagnetic Fields-Bio-interactions and solution 3) Electromagnetic Fields and Environment 5) Radiofrequency Fields measurement and Dosimetry 6) Radiation hazards and safety Standards 7) Nanotechnology in wastewater tratement and (8) Nanoscience applications in Medical, biological and environmental issues

Symposium Date: March 4-5, 2011

In collaboration with IEEE-MTT Society

Venue: School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Organized and Sponsored by
Jawaharlal Nehru University and Microwave Applications Society of India (MASI), New Delhi

About Symposium

Important dates:
Authors are requested to submit one page abstract (E-mail submission accepted).
Submission of one page abstract before 20th December, 2010
Abstract Acceptance 30th December, 2010
Submission of Full Paper 10th January, 2011

Website Details: http://www.jnu.ac.in/