Due to a lack of financial resources, we unfortunately have to suspend the import of any new radio frequency and mobile phone-related articles as of now (November 27, 2017). We apologize for this inconvenience and will keep you informed.

Because we received a large number of inquiries, we set up a bank account to accept donations. With their aid, we hope to resume, at least partly, the import of newly published articles to the RF archive of the EMF-Portal. Any contribution is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your kind support!

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Electromagnetic hypersensitivity

The term “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” comprises the development of subjective symptoms due to the exposure to electromagnetic fields. In general, the symptoms are rather unspecific and no consistent group of symptoms has been identified so far. In some people, the symptoms only occur in connection with certain exposure sources, others are sensitive to different types of exposure sources. Symptoms like headache, sleep disorders, dizziness, tiredness, concentration problems, fatigue, nausea or heart palpitations often occur near different exposure sources (e.g. mobile phones, base stations, high-voltage power lines, radar, household appliances). Occasionally, muscle pain, eye and hearing problems (e.g. tinnitus) are reported.
Whilst working with visual display units (cathode ray tube) and close to neon tubes, skin symptoms (e.g. redness, tingling, burning) and eye irritations (burning) are reported.

The strength of the electromagnetic fields provoking the symptoms lies in many cases below values for which physiological changes could be observed in scientific studies. According to WHO, there has been no distinct diagnostic criteria for electromagnetic hypersensitivity up to now. There is neither a clinical picture nor any proof that it is a discrete medical problem (WHO 2005). Moreover, there is no known biological marker or diagnostic test for electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Further information and an overview of all studies on electromagnetic hypersensitivity can be found within the EMF-Portal, all epidemiological studies with power frequency field exposure (50 Hz/60 Hz) here, all experimental studies with magnetic field exposure (50 Hz/60 Hz) here and all experimental studies with electric field exposure (50 Hz/60 Hz) here