Accession Number : ADA309897

Title :   Radiofrequency Radiation and Teratogenesis: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature Pertinent to Air Force Operations.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Jan 94-Nov 95,

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : Heynick, Louis N. ; Polson, Peter

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Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 121

Abstract : This report on analyses of various research investigations that sought teratogenetic effects of exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) is one of a planned series of various topics dealing with actual or possible biological effects of RFR and their potential consequences regarding human health. In this report, critiques are presented of the research papers (in English) on the topic RFR-induced teratogenesis, selected predominantly from the peer-reviewed literature. with few exceptions. presentations at scientific symposia or abstracts thereof were excluded from consideration in expectation that more detailed, peer-reviewed accounts of such studies will appear subsequently. Endeavors were made to obtain and analyze virtually all of the peer-reviewed papers published to date, though some papers may have been missed. Most of the teratogenic studies with animals were done with RFR levels well in excess of current safety guidelines. Taken collectively, those studies indicate that teratogenic effects can occur in subjects from RFR exposure only at levels that produce significant bodily temperature increases. For mammals, increases in maternal body temperature that exceed specific thresholds (for each species) are necessary for inducing teratogenic effects. None of the epidemiologic studies of possible congenital anomalies provide credible evidence that chronic exposure of human mothers during pregnancy or of potential fathers to RFR a levels at or below the current maximum guidelines would cause any anomalies in their offspring.

Descriptors :   *ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, *EXPOSURE(PHYSIOLOGY), *TERATOGENIC COMPOUNDS, *RADIATION EFFECTS, *FETUS, ANOMALIES, TEMPERATURE, MAMMALS, HUMANS, HEALTH, ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE PROPAGATION, SAFETY, LEVEL(QUANTITY), ANIMALS, RESPONSE(BIOLOGY), EGGS, PREGNANCY, RADIOFREQUENCY, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, EPIDEMIOLOGY, FEMALES, CONGENITAL ABNORMALITIES, BODY TEMPERATURE, EMBRYOLOGY.

Subject Categories : Biology
      Radiobiology
      Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

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