The Globe & Mail, 12 May 2015 – Wireless devices such as smartphones and tablets have certainly made staying in touch and plugging into the digital world easier and more convenient. But the increasingly ubiquitous nature of the technology is also raising concerns about possible adverse health effects from exposure to the electromagnetic radio-frequency waves that these devices emit.

Epidemiologist Dr Anthony Miller, a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, has spent his decades-long career investigating the impact of nutrition, radiation and occupation on the development of various types of cancer. In late 2011, the IARC asked Miller to review the evidence assessed by its working group that led members to conclude that exposure to electromagnetic radiofrequency fields was a possible cause of cancer. After reviewing the literature, he believes emissions are not only possibly cancer-causing, but “probably” cancer-causing.

One expert calling for more rigorous research is Dr Riina Bray, who is seeing a rise in patients with what’s been dubbed electromagnetic hypersensitivity, or EHS – a cluster of symptoms that includes headaches, fatigue, poor concentration, heart palpitations and digestive disturbances…Children are of particular concern because their smaller size and developing bodies and brains could make them more vulnerable to adverse health outcomes, said Bray, recommending that schools, homes and workplaces be hard-wired to the digital world rather than connected by wave-emitting Wi-Fi.

Experts urge cautious use as wireless harms reassessed

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