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WiFi radiations to cause miscarriages, study reports

A study, issued in the Journal of Scientific Reports, finds that radiations from WiFi can increase the risk of miscarriages by 50%. Researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research have conducted the respective study. They have found that pregnant women, exposed to non-ionizing radiations from magnetic fields, are at a greater risk of miscarriages. Power lines, transformers, wireless devices and wireless networks usually emit these radiations. They increase the risk of miscarriage by a staggering 48 percent.

For their study, the Kaiser Permanente researchers analyzed 913 pregnant participants. They observed their exposure to non-ionizing radiation. In addition, they also looked into the outcomes of their pregnancies in comparison with the 10 to 15 percent rate of miscarriage, normally affecting pregnant women.

For the study, the women, over age 18 with confirmed pregnancies, wore a small magnetic-field monitoring device for 24 hours. The participants also noted down their activities in a diary.

The researchers interviewed every participant in person. The interview intended to investigate and better control the possible confounding factors for miscarriages. The researchers controlled for numerous variables known to influence the risk of miscarriages. These include,

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Past history of miscarriage
  • Alcohol use
  • Caffeine intake
  • Maternal fever and infections

Around 10.4 percent of the women, exposed to the lowest level of magnetic field non-ionizing radiations, experienced miscarriage. However, 24.2 percent of the women with the higher measured exposure level, faced miscarriage. The latter demonstrated a nearly three times higher relative risk.

Dr. De-Kun Li, M.D., Ph.D., was the lead investigator of the study. He is a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist. Noting down the results of this research, he concluded that this type of radiation could pose serious threats to human health.

The 21st century society is drunk on technology. Wherever you go, people are surrounded by computers, tablets, and laptops. Smartphones have become an addiction to this generation. Most importantly, WiFi has become one of the necessities of the present time. This is because it provides amazing convenience and connectivity all around the world.

However, it is extremely harmful to the humans, the environment and other living creatures on this planet. The EMF (electromagnetic frequency) radiations from WiFi present a class of 2B possible carcinogens. As per a report from the World Health Organization, the radiations from the electronic devices cause serious health hazards to both the living beings and the ecosystem.

Children are at a greater risk of developing these health problems. They are more vulnerable to the effects of these radiations than adults. This study states that unborn children are vulnerable of all. They are highly affected by these radiations, even if not exposed directly.

Pregnant women are strictly advised minimizing their exposure to EMFs. They are suggested to keep their cellular devices away and avoid carrying them close to their bodies.

Researchers suggest the moms-to-be to use a hands-free headset whenever possible. If they are not actively using them, they must keep smart wireless devices on airplane mode. They should reduce the amount of time spent talking on these devices. If possible, they should opt for old-fashioned landline telephones.

Most importantly, all the devices and routers must be off at night. This is because our body repairs DNA damage at night and these radiations can hamper the process, leading to genetic disorders.

Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan has studied bio-medical sciences and loves to contribute her research into the field of health through her writing. Her expertise includes product reviews and health news reporting but she enjoys writing research-based news, the most. Twitter- @MichelleKwan19

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