A Report on Non-Ionizing Radiation

India: Microwave News Article Archive (2004 - )

February 14, 2024

“A Study on Effects of Cell Phone Tower–Emitted Non-Ionizing Radiations in an Allium cepa Test System,” Environmental Monitoring Assessment, February 13, 2024. Onion roots exposed to ~1-13 µW/cm² RF from cell towers showed “enhancement of oxidative stress and genotoxicity.” The higher the exposure, the greater the effect. Levels are orders of magnitude lower than most exposure limits. From Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India.


January 25, 2023

“Acute RF EM Radiation Exposure Impairs Neurogenesis and Causes Neuronal DNA Damage in the Young Rat Brain,” Neurotoxicology, posted November 3, 2022. Five-week-old male rats exposed to 2.1 GHz with a head average SAR of 1.51 W/kg for 8 hours. Higher levels of lipid peroxidation, carbon-centered lipid radicals and single-strand DNA damage were seen in the rats’ brains.

January 14, 2020

“Comparative Cyto- and Genotoxicity of 900 MHz and 1800 MHz EMF Radiations in Root Meristems Allium cepa,” Exotoxicology and Environmental Safety, January 2020.

Very low SARs lead to DNA breaks: 0.09 W/Kg @900 MHz and 0.169 W/Kg @1.8 GHz. Damage “more pronounced” at 1800 MHz. (Allium cepa = onion)

December 13, 2016

“RF Radiation (900 MHz)-Induced DNA Damage and Cell Cycle Arrest in Testicular Germ Cells in Swiss Albino Mice,” Toxicology and Industrial Health, posted online October 13, 2016.

“Induced oxidative stress causes DNA damage in germ cells, which alters cell cycle progression leading to low sperm count in mice.” These changes are reversible (from Assam University, India; open access).

December 11, 2014

“Mobile Usage and Sleep Patterns Among Medical Students,” Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, January 2014.

“Students using mobile for > 2 hours/day may cause sleep deprivation and day sleepiness affecting cognitive and learning abilities of medical students.” Open access.

February 18, 2014

“Clear the Air on Mobile Tower Radiation, WHO Tells India,” The Hindu, February 19, 2014.

The advice came from Mike Repacholi, who said, “otherwise mischief mongers will create a scare about unfounded myths.”

December 2, 2013

“Safe to Install Cell Towers in City: Ex-WHO Official,” Times of India, December 3, 2013.

The banning of towers “is due to sheer ignorance, [Mike] Repacholi told mediapersons.”

October 24, 2012

“Influence of EMFs on Reproductive System of Male Rats,”

International Journal of Radiation Biology, by a group at J. Nehru University in New Delhi, led by J. Behari, posted online on October 19, 2012.

August 27, 2012
August 15, 2012

New Mobile Radiation Norms from Sept 1

Times of India, August 15, 2012. The new limits will be 1/10th the current ones. Also, India will adopt an SAR standard for cell phones like that of the U.S. FCC —1.6 W/Kg, averaged over 1 g.

June 19, 2012

Bloomberg News caught a lot of people by surprise last Friday morning with a story announcing that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would review its rules on radiation exposures from cell phones. As  Bloomberg's Todd Shields pointed out, the move was long overdue: The FCC's current exposure standard was set in 1996.

Just as interesting is a question no one seems to be asking: Why was this in the news?

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