Since the early eighties there has been an international effort to discover whether or not exposure to power frequency electromagnetic fields causes ill health. Health outcomes have focussed on cancers and heart disease and some, less well defined, behavioural effects. The precise specification of health outcomes has varied widely e.g. for a few years the links between electric blankets and breast cancer looked to be gathering credibility but are now largely disregarded. Since the early 1990s, authoritative reviews have given mixed signals about such causal links.
At present, the scientific view is that one form of childhood leukaemia is associated with very high exposures, but it is not clear if the link is causal. This will not be known until biologically plausible mechanisms have been established in the laboratory and then in real life. To date, Laboratory research has already been extensive, but results are inconsistent or irreproducible. In the case of cancer, this confirmation or rebuttal could take another 15 years. Exposure to emfs continues.
Our role has been to provide an overview of the scientific studies of the association between exposure and adverse outcomes, both long and short term. We also provide regular reviews of new developments.