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Electromagnetic Fields: Scientific committee (SENIHIR) launches public consultation on preliminary opinion
Greece Created: 8 Feb 2014
"About SCENIHR’s new opinion":
Electromagnetic Fields: Scientific committee launches public consultation on preliminary opinion
Today, the European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) launch a public consultation on the preliminary opinion "Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)". The consultation will run until 16 April 2014. Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the scientific evidence of this preliminary opinion online. Once adopted, this opinion will update previous Scientific Committee opinions of 19 January 2009 and 6 July 2009 in light of newly available information. The draft Opinion stems from the review of over five hundred studies, mostly published after the 2009 Opinion. This opinion addresses issues of public concern, e.g. potential health effects from radiofrequency electromagnetic fields emitted by mobile phones and broadcast transmitters, as well as from extremely low frequency magnetic fields originating from power lines and any electrical household appliance at home or in the office.
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New consultation on dangers of electromagnetic fields
By Nathalie Steiwer
Mobile phones, antennas or pylons - are electromagnetic waves harmful to health? The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has launched a new consultation on this controversial issue, which will be completed on...
http://www.europolitics.info/social/new-consultation-on-dangers-of-electromagnetic-fields-art359604-26.html
From the European Commission website

Mats-Olof Mattsson, Rapporteur EMF Working Group.
"In 2009, Mats-Olof Mattsson resulted member of the Scientific Committee of TeliaSonera, the Swedish telecommunications company and a consultant on issues of environmental toxicologyfor the Swedish company Pelagia AB, Umea,active in the field of biotech and services, andmedical equipment."
recommended to translate (in google) the whole article below from Italian
http://ilcerchioperfetto.blogspot.co.il/2011_11_01_archive.html

- Session 1: Chair: T. Samaras, SCENIHR - mentioned in the Irish article that he is responsible for omitting key studies.
SCENIHR - Members (CVs and Declarations)
http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/emerging/members_committee/index_en.htm

From Fini Manso, Don Maisch and Sylvie
Today, the European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, SCENIHR, launch a public consultation on the preliminary opinion “Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)”.
http://www.emfacts.com/2014/02/public-consultation-on-the-preliminary-opinion-on-potential-health-effects-of-exposure-to-electromagnetic-fields-emf/

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Source: From: Iris Atzmon, Fini Manso, Don Maisch and Sylvie

Workshop on electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health effects: From science to policy and public awareness
Greece Created: 6 Feb 2014
Workshop on electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health effects: From science to policy and public awareness
Date: 28 March 2014
Venue: Cotsen Hall, Athens, Greece

http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/events/ev_20140328_en.htm
A major workshop on electromagnetic fields and related health effects is being jointly organised by the European Commission and the Greek Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), under the auspices of the EU Council Greek Presidency.

The main issues to be addressed are:
scientific evidence concerning EMF and health effects and remaining knowledge gaps;
management of EMF at EU and national level;
risk perception and risk communication: effective public information activities.

Public hearing of the preliminary opinion on potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)
Date: 27 March 2014 starting at 14:00
Venue: Cotsen Hall, Athens, Greece

Download the preliminary programmepdf(382 KB)

To register to the workshop
http://www.eeae.gr/gr/html/files/_emf_workshop.html

Modality for registration for the public hearing will be available in the coming days at
http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/open_consultation/index_en.htm
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Source: Sylvie/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Workshop on electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health effects: From science to policy and public awareness
Greece Created: 21 Jan 2014
A major workshop on electromagnetic fields and related health effects is being jointly organised by the European Commission and the Greek Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), under the auspices of the EU Council Greek Presidency.

Date: 28 March 2014
Venue: Cotsen Hall, Athens, Greece

The main issues to be addressed are:

- scientific evidence concerning EMF and health effects and remaining knowledge gaps;
- management of EMF at EU and national level;
- risk perception and risk communication: effective public information activities.
Click here to view the source article.
Source: European Commission Scientific Committees, 10 Jan 2014

BioEM2013: therapeutic applications prove​ the ​existence of non​-thermal effects
Greece Created: 10 Jun 2013
The first plenary session presented some of the therapeutic applications of electromagnetic fields. Some of the presented data indicated that not only it is possible to use low-level radiofrequency exposures to heal cancer but also confirmed that non-thermal effects exist.

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Read the entire post at Prof .Leszczynski's blog via the source link below:
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Source: Between Rock and Hard Place Blog, Dariusz Leszczynski PhD, 10 Jun 2013

Microwave Exposure impacts Ovarian Development
Greece Created: 22 Jun 2012
Abstract: In the present experiments the effect of GSM radiation on ovarian development of virgin Drosophila melanogaster female insects was studied. Newly emerged adult female flies were collected and divided into separate identical groups. After the a lapse of certain number of hours—different for each group—the insects (exposed and sham-exposed) were dissected and their intact ovaries were collected and photographed under an optical microscope with the same magnification. The size of the ovaries was compared between exposed and sham-exposed virgin female insects, during the time needed for the completion of
oogenesis and maturation of the first eggs in the ovarioles.

Immediately after the intact ovaries were photographed, they were further dissected into individual ovarioles and treated for TUNEL and acridine-orange assays to determine the degree of DNA damage in the egg chamber cells. The study showed that the ovarian size of the exposed insects is significantly smaller than that of the corresponding sham-exposed insects, due to destruction of egg chambers by the GSM radiation, after DNA damage and consequent cell death induction in the egg chamber cells of the virgin females as shown in previous experiments on inseminated females.

The difference in ovarian size between sham-exposed and exposed virgin female flies becomes most evident 39–45 h after eclosion when the first eggs within the ovaries are at the late vitellogenic and post-vitellogenic stages (mid–late oogenesis).

More than 45 h after eclosion, the difference in ovarian size decreases, as the first mature eggs of the sham-exposed insects are leaving the ovaries and are laid.

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Keywords:
Microwaves, Mobile telephony radiation, Mobile phones, GSM, RF, ELF, Electromagnetic fields, Non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, Biological effects, Drosophila, Reproductive capacity, Oogenesis, Ovarian development
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Source: Dimitris J. Panagopoulos, Department of Biology / University of Athens, 22 Jun 2012

Greek Study Shows Regions of the Brain Related to Learning, Memory, Alzheimer’s Impacted by EMF
Greece Created: 26 Jan 2012
A Greek study led by Adamantia Fragopoulou and Lukas Margaritis has demonstrated important protein changes in the brain of animals following whole body exposure to RF electromagnetic fields, similar to the kind of microwave radiation emitted from cell phones, portable phones, WiFi and wireless computer equipment. The study, “Brain proteome response following whole body exposure of mice to mobile phone or wireless DECT base radiation”, was published in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, Early Online: 1–25, 2012.

Important regions of the brain necessary for learning, memory and other functions of the mammalian brain were impacted by the microwave radiation, including the hippocampus, cerebellum and frontal lobe, at exposures below the ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) safety guidelines. A total of 143 proteins in the brain were impacted by the RF radiation over a period of 8 months, providing new evidence for a potential relationship between everyday cell phone use, wireless transmitters and wireless computer equipment and electrosensitivity symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness and sleep disorders, as well as with tumors, Alzheimer’s and even metabolic effects.

The study simulated 3 hours of cell phone exposure over eight months, 8 hours of DECT portable phone exposure over eight months, and included a sham exposure control group. The results showed both down regulation and up regulation of the proteins.

Several neural function related proteins (i.e. Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein (GFAP), Alpha-synuclein, Glia Maturation Factor beta (GMF), and apolipoprotein E (apoE)), heat shock proteins, and cytoskeletal proteins (i.e. neurofilaments and tropomodulin), were shown to be impacted by the radiation, as well as proteins of the brain metabolism (i.e. Aspartate aminotransferase, Glutamate dehydrogenase), in nearly all of the brain regions studied.

Adamantia F. Fragopoulou, M.Sc., PhD Candidate, in the Dept of Cell Biology and Biophysics at University of Athens, Greece, lead author of the study, says,

“Our study is important because it shows for the first time protein changes in the mouse brain after EMF exposure and in particular in very crucial regions like hippocampus, cerebellum and frontal lobe, all involved in learning, memory and other complicated functions of the mammalian brain. We have demonstrated that 143 proteins are altered after electromagnetic radiation, including proteins that have been correlated so far with Alzheimer’s, glioblastoma, stress and metabolism. In its perspective, this study is anticipated to throw light in the understanding of such health effects like headaches, dizziness, sleep disorders, memory disorders, brain tumors, all of them related, to the function of the altered brain proteins...

...Lukas H. Margaritis, PhD, Professor Emeritus (as of Sept 2010) of Cell Biology and Radiobiology, Dept of Cell Biology and Biophysics, University of Athens, head of the Athens research group, says,

“A high throughput approach (mass characterization of biomolecules, similar to microarrays that analyze the total genes of an organism) as that of the Proteomics* has never been used so far in EMF research of BRAIN TISSUES following whole body exposure of model animals (mice) at SAR values below ICNIRP’s recommendations. It is also the first time that wireless DECT phones base radiation is involved in lab animal studies and specifically in such molecular effects. The message taken out of this work is that people should be very cautious when using mobile phones next to their body (especially next to their brain), whereas the wireless DECT should be located as far away as possible from places that people use to spend many hours a day, not to mention children of all ages.”

READ MORE HERE:
http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/mice-proteome/
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Source: Electromagnetic Health, via email from Olle Johansson, 26 Jan 2012

Short-term memory in mice is affected by mobile phone radiation
Greece Created: 21 Dec 2010
A new paper by Lukas Margaritis and his team at the University of Athens has been published in Pathophysiology in November 2010.

Pathophysiology. 2010 Nov 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Short-term memory in mice is affected by mobile phone radiation.
Ntzouni MP, Stamatakis A, Stylianopoulou F, Margaritis LH.

Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics, Faculty of Biology,
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, Zographou 15784, Athens, Greece.

Abstract
The effects of mobile phone electromagnetic fields (EMFs) were studied on a non-spatial memory task (Object Recognition Task - ORT) that requires entorhinal cortex function. The task was applied to three groups of mice Mus musculus C57BL/6 (exposed, sham-exposed and control) combined with 3 different radiation exposure protocols. In the first protocol designated "acute exposure", mice 45 days old (PND45 - postnatal day 45) were exposed to mobile phone (MP) radiation (SAR value 0.22W/kg) during the habituation, the training and the test sessions of the ORT, but not during the 10min inter-trial interval (ITI) where consolidation of stored object information takes place.

On the second protocol designated "chronic exposure-I", the same mice were exposed for 17 days for 90min/per day starting at PND55 to the same MP radiation. ORT recognition memory was performed at PND72 with radiation present only during the ITI phase. In the third protocol designated "chronic exposure-II", mice continued to be exposed daily under the same conditions up to PND86 having received radiation for 31 days. One day later the ORT test was performed without irradiation present in any of the sessions.

The ORT-derived discrimination indices in all three exposure protocols revealed a major effect on the "chronic exposure-I" suggesting a possible severe interaction of EMF with the consolidation phase of recognition memory processes. This may imply that the primary EMF target may be the information transfer pathway connecting the entorhinal-parahippocampal regions which
participate in the ORT memory task.

Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd

Lukas H. Margaritis
Professor Cell Biology and Radiobiology
Dept. of Cell Biology and Biophysics
Faculty of Biology
University of Athens, Greece
tel. +2107274542, fax. + 2107274742
http://kyttariki.biol.uoa.gr/emr_group.htm
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Source: Lukas H. Margaritis, University of Athens Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics, 01 Nov 2010

Dismantle illegal antenna (Preveza) In Greek and English
Greece Created: 29 Aug 2010
Ξήλωσαν παράνομη κεραία (Μύτικας Πρέβεζας)
Κάτοικοι και παραθεριστές του Δημοτικού Διαμερίσματος του Μύτικα, Πρέβεζας ξήλωσαν χθες την παράνομα τοποθετημένη κεραίας κινητής τηλεφωνίας από ταράτσα ξενοδοχείου της περιοχής.
Μέλη της επιτροπής κατά των παράνομων κεραιών, μαζί με τον δήμαρχο, ανέβηκαν στην ταράτσα και απομάκρυναν την καμινάδα μέσα στην οποία ήταν τοποθετημένη η κεραία.
Η απόφαση για την απομάκρυνση της κεραίας πάρθηκε με ομόφωνη απόφαση του Δημοτικού Συμβουλίου Πρέβεζας, αλλά και των κατοίκων του Μύτικα, οι οποίοι σε γενική συνέλευση αποφάσισαν την άμεση απομάκρυνση της εγκατάστασης.
http://wp.me/p9wSG-sO
Πηγή: epirusgate.blogspot.com

Antennas in Greece
http://wp.me/p9wSG-sO
Residents and tourists of the Municipal District of Mytikas, Preveza yesterday dismantled illegally placed mobile antenna from hotel terrace area.
Members of the Committee against illegal satellite dishes, along with the mayor, went on the roof and removed the chimney into which was placed the antenna.
The decision to remove the antenna was taken unanimously by the City Council of Preveza, and residents of Mytikas, which in general meeting decided to immediately remove the installation.
Source: epirusgate.blogspot.com
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Source: Enrico Grani/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Bioeffects of mobile telephony radiation in relation to its intensity or distance from the antenna
Greece Created: 4 May 2010
PURPOSE: To examine the bioactivity of GSM 900 and 1800 (Global System for Mobile Telecommunications) radiations, in relation to the distance from the antenna or to the radiation-field intensities.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Drosophila melanogaster adult insects were exposed to the radiation of a GSM 900/1800 mobile phone antenna at different distances ranging from 0 to 100 cm, and the effect on their reproductive capacity and cell death induction in the gonads by the use of TUNEL (Terminal deoxynucleotide transferase dUTP Nick End Labeling) assay, was studied.

RESULTS: These radiations/fields decreased the reproductive capacity by cell death induction, at all the different distances tested. The effect diminished with the distance/decreasing intensities. An increased bioactivity 'window' was revealed at distances of 20-30 cm from the mobile phone antenna, (radiation intensity around 10 microW/cm(2)) where the effect became highest, in relation to smaller or longer distances. The effect diminished considerably for distances longer than 40-50 cm and became not evident for distances longer than 1 m or radiation intensities smaller than 1 microW/cm(2).

CONCLUSIONS: GSM bioactivity is highest for intensities down to less than 10 microW/cm(2) and still evident until 1 microW/cm(2) exhibiting 'window' effects.
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Source: Pubmed, Dr. Dimitris Panagopoulos, May 2010

No Mobile Phones in Kissamos for two weeks
Greece Created: 3 May 2009
Kissamos in north-western, Crete was a mobile-phones-free town for a couple of weeks - All mobile phones were out of service, as the antennas of all three carriers stopped operating for 15 days, following the rule of the local Court of First Instance. Eventually, after the demand of the locals and the municipality, the carriers turned on their antennas again a few days ago, on Good Thursday.

Associations of parents and guardians, the Municipality of Kissamos and Ecologists in Kissamos had taken legal actions against the providers Vodafone, Wind and Cosmote protesting against the establishment of antennas in close proximity to schools.

The Court commented for the applicants, obliging the carriers to shut down the operation of their antennas. While mobile phone stopped working in the area, residents supported that carriers did not take any measures, although they were informed about the decision of the court since February.

Local associations and ecologist also indicated that carriers were trying to take ‘revenge’ this way, cutting mobile communications off. According to the carriers though, moving and planting the antennas somewhere else could not happen overnight; all companies had to apply for pertinent licence and do research and studies, prior to any action.

The entire procedure could have lasted last a couple of years. This caused some major controversy among the locals and especially among professionals in the area. They obviously reconsidered and asked for the re-operation of antennas, as staying without mobile phone connection for two years would be rather inconvenient and even damaging for local businesses.

One of the locals who officiated at this movement, Dr. Michalis Botonakis, stresses that more than 3000 signed the original petition; having antennas thirty meters away from kindergartens was simply not acceptable. The court ruled for the locals because it was proved during the trial that no urban planning licences were issued and no environmental studies were ever launched.

moblie phones radiationCell phone antennas emit microwave radiation on a constant basis and can also act as a chronic stressor at low exposure levels. This is the reason why locals reacted to the decision of carriers to plant their antennas within the town limits. According to European laws and regulations, residential areas and schools should have safe exposure levels; cell towers are not supposed to be placed near schools

Ecologists in Chania have denounced the behaviour of the carriers’ officials and suggest that public weal, health and well being are above any profit or commercial interest. They also reminded that individuals and cell phone users can maybe take measures so as to prevent themselves from being overexposed to radiation when using their phones, but they cannot do anything when antennas and towers are so close to their houses. ‘ No one should be exposed to radiation 24/7. We believe that these practices should stop. Acting on good will and with cooperative spirit can resolve all problems in the region.’ Thus Kissamos remained mobile phones free for 15 days, until locals decided to ask companies to turn on their antennas again. It was the first area in Greece that asked – even temporarily- for the shutdown of mobile phone antennas since 1993, when carriers started working in the country.
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Source: Crete Gazette, 30 Apr 2009

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