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      World Health Organization, radiofrequency radiation and health - a hard nut to crack (Review)

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          In May 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) evaluated cancer risks from radiofrequency (RF) radiation. Human epidemiological studies gave evidence of increased risk for glioma and acoustic neuroma. RF radiation was classified as Group 2B, a possible human carcinogen. Further epidemiological, animal and mechanistic studies have strengthened the association. In spite of this, in most countries little or nothing has been done to reduce exposure and educate people on health hazards from RF radiation. On the contrary ambient levels have increased. In 2014 the WHO launched a draft of a Monograph on RF fields and health for public comments. It turned out that five of the six members of the Core Group in charge of the draft are affiliated with International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), an industry loyal NGO, and thus have a serious conflict of interest. Just as by ICNIRP, evaluation of non-thermal biological effects from RF radiation are dismissed as scientific evidence of adverse health effects in the Monograph. This has provoked many comments sent to the WHO. However, at a meeting on March 3, 2017 at the WHO Geneva office it was stated that the WHO has no intention to change the Core Group.

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              Association Between Portable Screen-Based Media Device Access or Use and Sleep Outcomes

              Sleep is vital to children's biopsychosocial development. Inadequate sleep quantity and quality is a public health concern with an array of detrimental health outcomes. Portable mobile and media devices have become a ubiquitous part of children's lives and may affect their sleep duration and quality.
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                Journal
                Int J Oncol
                Int. J. Oncol
                IJO
                International Journal of Oncology
                D.A. Spandidos
                1019-6439
                1791-2423
                August 2017
                21 June 2017
                21 June 2017
                : 51
                : 2
                : 405-413
                Affiliations
                Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University, SE-701 82 Örebro, Sweden
                Author notes
                Correspondence to: Dr Lennart Hardell, Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University, SE-701 82 Örebro, Sweden, E-mail: lennart.hardell@ 123456regionorebrolan.se
                Article
                ijo-51-02-0405
                10.3892/ijo.2017.4046
                5504984
                28656257
                Copyright: © Hardell et al.

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

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