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Neurosci Res. 2020 Jan 25. pii: S0168-0102(20)30036-5. doi: 10.1016/j.neures.2020.01.010. [Epub ahead of print]

Effects of electromagnetic fields from long-term evolution on awake electroencephalogram in healthy humans.

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1
Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan. Electronic address: setsu-tky@umin.ac.jp.
2
Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan; Department of Health Science, Daito Bunka University, Saitama, Japan.
3
Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan.
4
Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan; Department of Neuro-Regeneration, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan.
5
Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan; Department of Neuro-Regeneration, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan; Department of Neurology, Aidu Chuo Hospital, Fukushima, Japan.

Abstract

Mobile phones are indispensable for daily life, and the adverse effects of the electromagnetic field (EMF) emitted by mobile phones have been a great concern. We studied the effects of long-term evolution (LTE) -like EMF for 30 min on an awake electroencephalogram (EEG). Thirty-eight healthy volunteers, aged 20-36 years old, participated in this study. The maximum local SAR (specific absorption rate) averaged over 10-g mass was 2.0 W/kg. The EEG was recorded before and after real or sham exposures. The effects of exposure conditions (real or sham) and the recording time (before, during, and after exposure) on each EEG power spectrum of θ, α, and β frequency ranges were analyzed. The θ and α band waves were enhanced after both exposure conditions. These results may be explained by the participants' drowsiness during the EEG recording in both exposures. We conclude that an LTE-like exposure for 30 min in this study showed no detectable harmful effects on awake EEGs in healthy humans.

KEYWORDS:

Adult human; Drowsiness; EMF; LTE; Power spectrum; mobile phone

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