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Phonegate : Welcome to la la land !
France Created: 16 Oct 2017
As a result of lax and imprecise international standards, hundreds of millions of users of mobile phones that have been placed on the market over the past twenty years are subjected to radiation levels in contact with the body, for some phones, more than three times the threshold limit (ten times with American standards). We now have proof of this, since Dr Arazi obtained the publication on 1 June 2017 of the initial partial results conducted by the French National Frequencies Agency (ANFR) , that our health, especially of younger people, is being deliberately endangered. Despite this, ANFR continues to hide essential informations. There is total inertia on the part of the public authorities despite having been alerted in various ways. It is urgent to inform the more than six billion users, including the French population, of the risks involved and the ways to protect against these risks.

One point in common with the various scandals that have been increasing in recent years, from Médiator to the “Monsanto papers” and Dieselgate, are the many obstacles to acquiring information.

ANFR postpones indefinitely the publication of test reports

The scandal of « Phonegate* » is no exception. The fight for transparent information from the manufacturers of mobile phones and national and international control agencies is far from being won. Let us take as evidence the latest blow from ANFR which, in an unexpected turnaround, decided to no longer publish the complete reports of the measurements of the specific absorption rates (SAR) of the 428 mobile phones tested between 2012 and June 2017. ANFR had nevertheless made a written commitment to Dr. Arazi on 13 July 2017 to make these reports public “in September”. Gilles Brégant, Director-General of ANFR, however, never lacks “good reasons” for not doing so. In the telephone exchange on 10 October 2017 with the whistleblower, the head of the control authority considers this is no longer “a priority” for its staff. The publication of this essential information, expected for more than 15 months, has been indefinitely postponed.

Everything always goes well in la-la land

The question we publicly ask ANFR is simple: « What are you trying to hide? » This question is more legitimate when we discover the new list of 49 mobile phones “tested” by ANFR up to June 2017. To say that ANFR is confounding information with communication is a euphemism. Its strategy is all the more simple as the subject is complex. The Agency wants to give the appearance of transparency. It as not done so! Welcome to la la land! Here are examples:

The SAR measurements of the phones as actually used, in contact with the skin, have simply disappeared. This is the easiest way for ANFR to obtain deceptively reassuring results, especially since European legislation requires a measurement in contact for the SAR “limbs” (a phone in the pants pocket or held in the hand).

A SAR « head » measurement for only one phone out of the 49 phones tested.

A compliance distance greater than 5 mm and up to 25 mm. This concerns nine mobile phones (Wiko, Sony, Hisense, Orange, Alcatel, Crosscall, Doro and Switel). And yet, ANFR publicly explained that the new European warning regarding the “SAR ‘trunk’ in contact with the skin at a few millimeters” would apply for measurements taken at distances not exceeding 5 mm…Proof by example!

A scandalous European Directive written to defend the interests of the manufacturers

The new directive 2014/53/UE, entered into force in June 2017 at the initiative of the European Commission, is meant to set an example of transparency. On the contrary, it is further proof of the serious abuses of an institution that is too much influenced by the actions of the lobbies invading Brussels. Article 5 of the directive provides the manufacturers of mobile phones with complete confidentiality of the data concerning the health risks of their phones, while article 42 is entitled, “Compliant radio equipment which presents a risk”.

A total absence of reaction from the public authorities, despite warnings

The French National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) made scientific recommendations to the government in its July 2016 report entitled, “Exposure to Radiofrequencies and Child Health”. The recommendations have not been followed up!

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to review its 1996 SAR measurement protocols which are inappropriate and out of date. The AAP expressed its concern prior to the announcement in September 2017 by the scientific team of the National Toxicology Program (NTP), one of the official agencies of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), of the disturbing results on the “genotoxicity” of mobile phone waves tested on mice and rats. The complete results are expected at the beginning of 2018.

When will the Minister for Health, Agnès Buzyn, and the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Nicolas Hulot, finally take up this public health issue? They have not yet responded to the letter sent by Dr. Arazi four months ago, reminding them of the responsibility of the State. To hear them, human health is nevertheless their « priority ».

Time and need to act

The action for transparency is for us a major public health issue. We have thus decided to take all necessary actions, including legal actions, to obtain from ANFR as soon as possible the complete reports of the measurement tests of mobile phones. We call on all those in France and abroad who share our fight for “truth” to be heard.
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Source: Dr Marc Arazi, 16 Oct 2017

Increasing levels of saliva alpha amylase in electrohypersensitive (EHS) patients
France Created: 26 May 2017
Abstract, PURPOSE: To assess the level of various salivary and urinary markers of patients with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and to compare them with those of a healthy control group.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:
We analyzed samples from 30 EHS individuals and a matched control group of 25 individuals (non-EHS) aged between 22 and 66. We quantified cortisol both in saliva and urine, alpha amylase (sAA), immunoglobulin A and C Reactive Protein levels in saliva and neopterin in urine (uNeopterin).

RESULTS:
sAA was found to be significantly higher (p<0.005) in the EHS group. uNeopterin and sAA analysis showed a significant difference based on the duration of EHS.

CONCLUSION:
Higher levels of sAA in EHS participants may suggest that the sympathetic adrenal medullar system is activated. However, most of the analyzed markers of the immune system, sympathetic activity and circadian rhythm did not vary significantly in the EHS group. There is a trend to the higher levels of some variables in subgroups according to the EHS duration.

KEYWORDS:
EMF; IEI-EMF; alpha amylase; electromagnetic fields; environmental illness; markers; saliva; symptoms
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Source: Int J Radiat Biol., Andrianome S et al, 17 May 2017

French Govt. knew in 2015 that 9/10 phones exceeded SAR on body contact! But didn't warn
France Created: 21 May 2017
Paris, 17 May 2017 (APMnews) – Some standards currently applied to mobile phones are not protective, according to a militant physician, Marc Arazi, who recently took legal action for the public release of the names of devices exceeding thresholds when placed against the body.

The specific absorption rate (SAR) indicates the amount of energy received by the user of a radio-electric device when it is operating at full power for several minutes. The absorption of electromagnetic fields leads to an increase in tissue temperature. In order to prevent this thermal effect, threshold values have been imposed.

In the European Union, the SAR head and SAR trunk must be less than 2 W/kg and the SAR limbs, less than 4 W/kg. The SAR head is “well-defined”. It integrates two standardized postures in contact with the ear and close to the mouth, Gilles Brégant, director of the National Frequency Agency (ANFR), told APMnews on Tuesday. The manufacturer must include this SAR head measurement in all notices about their devices. Overall, the SAR head has decreased. It is on average equal to 1 W/kg, according to the ANFR director.

Concerning the SAR trunk, up until April 2016, it was the manufacturer who chose the distance at which it was measured. This was between 0 and 2.5 cm. This value and the distance at which it has been measured are not usually included in the notices.

In its July 2016 report « Exposure to Radiofrequencies and Child Health », the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) considered it “unlikely that people, especially children, are aware of the conditions of use close to the body, as defined by manufacturers”. In most cases, the notice specifies keeping the phone 15 mm from the body. Yet, the separation distance between the body and a phone placed in a shirt pocket is well below this figure, ANSES emphasized in the report.

Since 2006, ANFR has been checking the manufacturers’ claims. The agents collect about 100 phones each year at sales outlets and have them analyzed by accredited laboratories which recalculate the SAR.

In 2015, the SAR trunk of 9 out of 10 phones exceeded the limit value on contact.

The July 2016 ANSES report presented the results of the SAR trunk measurements in contact with the device, carried out by ANFR on 95 mobile phones on sale in France in 2015. 89% of the phones measured on contact by ANFR had a SAR greater than the limit value of 2 W/kg and 25%, a SAR greater than 4 W/kg. This means that, in contact with the body, the SAR trunk of 9 out of 10 phones exceeded protective values.

Since publication of these results, Marc Arazi, physician and former national coordinator of the association Priartem (For the regulation of mobile phone antennas), asked ANFR to publish the list of phones whose SAR trunk values exceeded 2 W/kg on contact.

But despite a favorable opinion from the Commission for Access to Administrative Documents (CADA), ANFR did not disclose this list. Marc Arazi tried in vain to win his case in court. On 20 April, the Administrative Tribunal of Melun rejected the militant’s request.

Gilles Brégant explained to APMnews why ANFR has not published this list.

According to the rules in force in 2015, all phones collected that year and evaluated by the agency respected the standards because they did not impose a measurement in contact with the body. “These phones respected the standard at the distance specified by the manufacturers, most often, 15 mm”, commented the director of the agency. The law does not allow disclosure of information collected as part of the monitoring activity of this agency, said Gilles Brégant. The agency could also not sanction the manufacturers because their devices complied with the standards in force.

If ANFR has chosen to measure the SAR trunk of devices on contact, this is not to better reflect the reality of their use, but “for convenience”. In order to have a “common standard”, the manufacturers sometimes delayed specificying at what distance they had measured the SAR trunk, said Gilles Brégant.

The European Commission revises the standard

For wireless communication devices held in the hand or carried close to the body, ANFR asked the European Commission in 2015 to change the maximum distance of the SAR trunk measurement from 25 mm to 5 mm. “We have taken advantage of the new directive to change the standard,” said Gilles Brégant. This European directive 2014/35/UE called RED, applicable from June 2016, will be fully incorporated in France from July, according to ANFR.

Moreover, by a decision of 5 April 2016, the Commission acknowledged that the standard did not meet safety requirements and specified that for SAR measurements of the trunk (limit 2 W/kg), the separation distance should not exceed “a few millimeters”.

Citing this text as reference, ANFR now applies a distance of 5 mm for the SAR trunk to the devices it measures.

An unacceptable distance for Marc Arazi who pleads in favor of “protective standards” with a SAR trunk measured in contact with the body.

In its July 2016 report, ANSES recommended “ensuring in all circumstances compliance with the regulatory limit values for exposure”, regardless of the mobile transmitters and their conditions of use, especially in contact with the body.

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Autor Virgine Bagouet for APMnews
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Source: APM News, via Marc Arazi / PRIARTEM blog, 17 May 2017

Childhood cancers up 13% globally in two decades
France Created: 24 Apr 2017
Lyon, France, 11 April 2017 – An international study coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and published today in The Lancet Oncology shows that in 2001–2010, childhood cancer was 13% more common than in the 1980s, reaching an annual incidence rate of 140 per million children aged 0–14 years worldwide. Part of this increase may be due to better, or earlier, detection of these cancers.

Based on information collected globally on almost 300 000 cancer cases diagnosed in 2001–2010, the study showed that leukaemia is the most common cancer in children younger than 15 years, making up almost a third of childhood cancer cases. Tumours of the central nervous system ranked second (20% of cases), and lymphomas accounted for 12% of cases. In children younger than 5 years, a third of the cases were embryonal tumours, such as neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, nephroblastoma, or hepatoblastoma.

The article also reports, for the first time, on cancer occurrence in adolescents (age 15–19 years). The annual incidence rate was 185 per million adolescents, based on records of about 100 000 cancer cases. The most common cancers were lymphomas (23%), followed by the cases classified as carcinomas and melanoma (21%).
“Cancer is a significant cause of death in children and adolescents, in spite of its relatively rare occurrence before the age of 20 years,” says IARC Director Dr Christopher Wild. “This extensive new set of information on the pattern and incidence of cancer in young people is vital to raise awareness and to better understand and combat this neglected area of health early in life.”

Cancers developing in children are more likely to be triggered by genetic predisposition, compared with cancers in adults. This study suggests that the incidence of childhood cancers may be influenced by doctors’ changing awareness about childhood cancer or by effects of external factors, such as infection or some environmental pollutants. To enable the identification of causes that could possibly be avoided, high-quality information about cancer occurrence is needed for a representative proportion of the global population.

Data for this study were contributed by 153 cancer registries in 62 countries, departments, and territories, covering approximately 10% of the world’s population of children. However, the results reported are based on child population coverage of almost 100% in North America and western Europe and of 5% or less in
Africa and Asia. Incidence rates, which indicate the number of new cases per population at risk per year, are the first piece of information needed to start fighting this disease.

In low-resource settings, cancer may go undiagnosed, because awareness is lacking or diagnostic equipment is unavailable. Also, social factors may explain the unexpectedly low rates reported particularly for infants or for girls in certain low-resource countries. Taking care of these population groups is challenging in settings with many competing socioeconomic needs. Dr Tezer Kutluk, a paediatric oncologist and past president of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), which also provided support to this study, notes its importance to improve childhood cancer care: “This study provides the essential data we need to offer early detection, treatment, and care programmes and services for children with cancer. It is very important that we improve global monitoring of cancer in children and address the
gaps in surveillance data across regions.”

In low-income countries, data collection is complicated by the lack of well-functioning health and statistical services, nonexistent health insurance policies, and population movements. Often, focusing on the small proportion of cancers occurring in children is not seen as a priority. Comparative studies like this one depend not only on the availability of local data but also on the possibility of sharing the collected data internationally. Measures should be taken so that the increasingly stringent data-sharing requirements do not hamper large-scale collaborative studies, not least because participation in international studies helps to improve local data.

For more information, please contact
Dr Eva Steliarova-Foucher, at steliarova@iarc.fr, or com@iarc.fr.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization. Its mission is to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer, the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer control. The Agency is involved in both epidemiological and laboratory research and disseminates scientific information through publications, meetings, courses, and fellowships. If you wish your name to be removed from our press release emailing list, please write to com@iarc.fr.

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Steliarova-Foucher E, Colombet M, Ries LAG, Moreno F, Dolya A, Bray F, Hesseling P, Shin HY, Stiller CA, and the IICC-3 contributors. International incidence of childhood cancer, 2001–10: a population-based registry study. Lancet Oncol. Published online 11 April 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(17)30186-9
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Source: IARC, 11 Apr 2017

Paris to adopt more stringent EMF radiation standards
France Created: 7 Mar 2017
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has reached an agreement with France’s four main mobile network operators aimed at introducing stricter network radiation norms. The EMF (electro-magnetic frequency) exposure limit is to be lowered to 5V/m from the current 7V/m for indoor spaces, representing a 30 percent reduction at the frequency reference of 900 MHz.

Announcing the news, Hidalgo said that Paris was to become the most protective across all the main European cities in terms of exposure from wireless network antennas, setting a lower limit than the one adopted in Brussels (6V/m). The new agreement, expected to be approved by the municipality of Paris at the end of March, also includes plans for a new monitoring service to help measure EMF levels within buildings.
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Source: TelecomPaper, 06 Mar 2017

French companies will have to protect employees from electromagnetic waves
France Created: 9 Jan 2017
(Google translation from French) This is one of the novelties of January 1: companies will now have to take into consideration the issue of electromagnetic waves to which employees are exposed.

Measurement of electromagnetic waves using a broad-band isotropic probe. © Sipa / Valinco

These waves are emitted especially by wireless equipment: Wi-Fi, mobile phones or tablets. It took three years for this European directive to be applied in France. A decree, published on August 6 in the Official Journal , on the "protection of workers against the risks arising from electromagnetic fields," said the exposure thresholds that must not be exceeded.

The employer must assess the risks incurred by its employee

Employees should be informed of the risks and the workplaces where they are likely to be exposed to "electromagnetic field levels exceeding the values" should be reported to them and their access be limited. The results shall be communicated to the occupational physician and the health, safety and working conditions committee or, failing that, to the staff representatives and in the event of crossing the levels, workers may be given a medical examination.

Pregnant women and employees under 18 years of age will also receive special attention. Every effort should be made to ensure that the impact of waves is the lowest.

A first step for all employees who are "electro-sensitive"

Sophie Pelletier is an engineer and works in a public administration in the center of Paris. For six years she has hardly any working life. Diagnosis as electro-sensitive by doctors, is now recognized as a disabled worker because her health has continued to deteriorate due to electromagnetic waves: "In the meeting rooms and wifi in the subway and public transportation, Throughout the week I accumulate this exposure which ends up echoing my general state, with great fatigue, and gives me troubles of the heart rhythm, memory and attention that prevent me to return to work When I'm too tired ".

Sophie Pelletier continues the sick leave. She has repeatedly requested that her position and working time be adjusted. But she has always run into the misunderstanding of her employer. "It's a disease that does not fit in the boxes," she explains, "it's complicated for the employer to arrange a number of things to allow me to keep myself properly in the job. 'I lost two thirds of my salary for several years and it annoys me because I put a damper on my career, or my health, or both at the same time.

According to estimates, in France, there are now nearly 70,000 people with electro-sensitivity.
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Source: FranceInter, Yann Gallic (via Joel MOSKOWITZ), 01 Jan 2017

150.000 hacked Internet-of-Things gadgets used to launch mega-scale attack on Internet provider
France Created: 28 Sep 2016
Last week, the hosting provider OVH faced 1Tbps Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack, likely the largest one ever seen.

The OVH founder and CTO Octave Klaba reported the 1Tbps DDoS attack on Twitter sharing an image that lists the multiple sources of the attack.

“Last days, we got lot of huge DDoS. Here, the list of “bigger that 100Gbps” only. You can see the simultaneous DDoS are close to 1Tbps !” said Klaba.

Klaba explained that the servers of its company were hit by multiple attacks exceeding 100 Gbps simultaneously concurring at 1 Tbps DDoS attack. One of the attacks documented by the OVH reached 93 MMps and 799 Gbps.

Klaba speculated the attackers used an IoT botnet [botnet=hacked devices abused for spamming, DDos etc.] composed also of compromised CCTV cameras.

Now Klaba added further information on the powerful DDoS attacks, the CTO of the OVH claimed that the botnet used by attackers is powered by more than 150,000 Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including cameras and DVRs.

The overall botnet is capable of launching attacks that exceed 1.5 Tbps.

The bad news for the OVH company is that attacks are still ongoing and the size of the botnet is increasing.

“+6857 new cameras participated in the DDoS last 48H.” added Klaba.

The company was targeted by various types of traffic, including Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) traffic, a novelty in the DDoS landscape.
Unfortunately, such kind of DDoS attacks will be even more frequent, it is too easy for hackers gain control of poorly configured, or vulnerable, IoT devices.

Last week experts observed another massive DDoS that targeted the website of the popular cyber security expert Brian Krebs. Krebsonsecurity was targeted by a DDoS attack of 665 Gbps.

The attacks against OVH and Krebsonsecurity are the largest ones reported so far.
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Source: Securityaffairs, Pierluigi Paganini, 27 Sep 2016

French draft report on EHS : nocebo effect is NOT the cause of 1st symptoms experienced by EHS subjects
France Created: 3 Sep 2016
Excerpt from p 201 (Google translation): Alongside these challenge studies, the contribution of Dieudonne (2016) is important because it shows that in most cases, the nocebo effect is not the cause of the first symptoms experienced by EHS subjects, but does not exclude that this effect plays a role in the persistence of symptoms.

Source :
ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety
English article : ANSES organises a public consultation for its report on electromagnetic hypersensitivity :
https://www.anses.fr/en/content/anses-organises-public-consultation-its-report-electromagnetic-hypersensitivity

Link to the pre-final expert assessment report (PDF, in French only):
https://www.anses.fr/en/system/files/Consultation_AP_2011SA0150_EHS.pdf

Informant: Andre Fauteux
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Source: Omega News, via email, 03 Sep 2016

ANSES organises a public consultation for its report on electromagnetic hypersensitivity
France Created: 2 Sep 2016
Today ANSES launches a public consultation of its draft report on electromagnetic hypersensitivity or idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields. Members of the scientific community, physicians and interested stakeholders are invited to provide their comments on the pre-final report through an on-line public consultation which will be open through 30 September 2016. The Agency's objective is to gather additional scientific comments and data that can be taken into account in the final version of the expert assessment report.

Population exposure to radiofrequency waves has been a topic of concern for a number of years both in France and worldwide. Because of this, and in response to requests by its supervisory ministries, the Agency published collective expert assessment opinions and reports in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2013 and most recently, one in 2016 on exposure to radiofrequency waves and child health.

With the development and deployment of new technologies in communications and connected objects within the last twenty years, a growing number of systems and applications use electromagnetic waves in the radiofrequency range (from 8.3 kHz to 300 GHz): mobile telephones, tablets, connected objects, etc. Despite measures implemented to regulate and monitorexposure levels to electromagnetic fields, a certain number of individuals have reported problems that they claim are caused by exposure to these fields.

Within this context, ANSES has issued a formal internal request in order to conduct a specific, in-depth expert assessment of the issue of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) or idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields (IEI-EMF).The goal of this assessment is to better comprehend the complex EHS phenomenon and to characterise it in order to understand the mechanisms which cause the various symptoms encountered by subjects claiming to suffer from EHS, and to suggest preferential lines of research.

Launch of a public consultation on the pre-final report

ANSES is launching a public consultation today for the pre-final report on this work. The objective of the consultation is to gather additional scientific comments and data that can be taken into account for the final version of the expert assessment report. All the comments received, as well as the Agency’s responses, will be published in an annex to the final report.

The expert assessment presented in the pre-final report is mainly based on a review of the scientific literature, with over 300 publications selected. Due to the complexity of the subject, the limitations of scientific articles, the lack of studies on certain topics and the scientific controversies that result from all of these difficulties, the working group also examined testimony by hospital physicians and general practitioners, researchers, associations, and groups of citizens and elected officials. In all, it heard the testimonies of over twenty individuals and organisation representatives in order to round out its understanding of the subject and more effectively identify the characteristics and specificities of the symptoms of EHS sufferers.

ANSES invites members of the scientific community, physicians and all interested stakeholders to submit their comments regarding this draft report by 30 September 2016 via our online comment form (only in French).
https://www.anses.fr/node/123500
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Source: ANSES, 27 Aug 2016

France's National Health Agency Calls for Reducing Children's Wireless Exposures
France Created: 12 Jul 2016
On July 8, the French National Agency of Health Security of Food, Environment and Labour (ANSES) published a new scientific report "Radiofrequency Exposure and the Health of Children". Concluding that children are more vulnerable to radio frequency (RF) wireless exposures, the French report recommends immediately reducing exposures to wireless radiation from all wireless devices for young children. Acknowledging the inadequacies of current outdated RF regulations, ANSES recommends strengthening RF exposure limits with child protective safety margins and developing more sophisticated premarket test methods to fully assess human exposures to RF radiation from wireless devices. The new report has made headlines across the country.

"Unlike previous generations, children are exposed today to multiple RF sources at a young age", even during prenatal development, according to this latest French government advisory. Le Monde France quotes Olivier Merkel, coordinator of the report: "Children are not miniature adults...because of their smaller size, their anatomical and morphological characteristics and the characteristics of some of their tissues, they are more exposed. In particular, the peripheral areas of their brains are more vulnerable than adults to RF."

This French national report affirms recent EHT publications showing greater absorption and vulnerability of the young to cell phone radiation. IEEE/Access: Dosimetric Simulations of Brain Absorption of Mobile Phone Radiation: the relationship between psSAR and age. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=7335557

The government agency recommends to "reconsider the regulatory exposure limits" to ensure "sufficiently large safety margins" to protect the health of young children:

All wireless devices, including tablets, cordless phones, remote controlled toys, wireless toys, baby monitors and surveillance bracelets, should be subjected to the same regulatory obligations as cell phones.

Compliance with regulatory exposure limits should be insured for the ways that devices are customarily used, such as positioned in contact with the body.

Exposure limits for radiofrequency electromagnetic fields should be tightened to ensure sufficiently large safety margins to protect the health and safety of the general population, particularly the health and safety of children.

Reliance on the specific absorption rate (SAR) to set human exposure limits should be re-evaluated and replaced through the development of an indicator to assess real exposures for mobile phone users that applies to various conditions: signal type, good or bad reception, mode of use (call, data loading, etc.), location device is used on the body.

ANSES reiterated its recommendation, as previously stated, to reduce exposure to children: minimize use and prefer a hands-free kit.

"For several decades, my research and that of many others has shown that children and smaller adults will absorb relatively more radiation from mobile devices. Unfortunately, proper research on long term use has not been done to determine the full health impacts on children. I am one of many researchers who strongly recommend strengthening current regulations to protect children," stated EHT advisor Om Gandhi of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah, who has published multiple research studies indicating that children absorb radiation deeper into their brains than adults.

"Coming on the heels of the U.S. government study showing increased risks of rare tumors of the brain and heart tied with wireless radiation in rats, this new French government report provides a welcome reminder of the importance of protecting young brains and bodies. The absence of proof of harm in our children at this time should not be confused with evidence of safety," added Devra Davis PhD MPH, FACE, Visiting Professor of Medicine, The Hebrew University and President of Environmental Health Trust. "We cannot afford to treat the young as subjects in an experiment for which we will soon have no unexposed control group," she added.

"Our published research on cell phones but also tablets and laptops indicates that equivalent exposures to radio frequency results in different doses to specific tissues in children compared with adults. The wireless device certification process should be complemented with a computer simulation process using anatomically based models of different ages," stated Professors Claudio Fernandez and Alvaro de Salles, EHT Advisors from from the Electrical Engineering Departments of the Federal Institute and University of Rio Grande do Sul, IFRS and UFRGS, Brazil.

France previously enacted highly protective laws in regards to radiofrequency exposures. Wi-Fi is banned in kindergarten and OFF is the default setting in elementary schools (unless if specific classroom instruction requires it during certain time periods). French national law also addresses cell tower emissions compliance and labels Wi-Fi transmitters in public spaces. French cell phone legislation bans cell phones for young children, mandates SAR labeling, and requires that all cell phones are sold with headsets. This new report calls for tightening regulations even further in light of findings that children experiences serious learning and other problems tied with wireless exposures. Over twenty countries and governments have enacted various protective policies to reduce radiofrequency exposure to children.

ANSES also called for more research evaluating the health and psychosocial impact (academic learning, social and family relationships, etc.) in children, related to the use of mobile communication technologies, particularly because of addictive phenomena, disorders in circadian rhythms, etc. The Agency advises parents "to minimize their children's mobile phone use, avoid nighttime communications and reduce the frequency and duration of calls".

ANSES Press Release
https://http://www.anses.fr/fr/content/exposition-des-enfants-aux-radiofr%C3%A9quences-pour-un-usage-mod%C3%A9r%C3%A9-et-encadr%C3%A9-des-technologies

Le Monde France: Warning about the dangers of radio frequencies for children
http://www.lemonde.fr/sante/article/2016/07/08/alerte-sur-les-dangers-des-radiofrequences-pour-les-enfants_4965884_1651302.html

Mobile phones, digital devices may harm your kid's attention span, report http://en.rfi.fr/environment/20160708-mobile-phones-digital-devices-may-harm-your-kids-attention-span-report

CNET And radiofrequency waves: caution with children, said ANSES
http://www.cnetfrance.fr/news/ondes-et-radiofrequences-prudence-avec-les-enfants-dit-l-anses-39839500.htm

List of New Report Headlines on the ANSES Report.
https://news.google.com/news/story?cf=all&hl=fr&pz=1&ned=fr&q=anses&cf=all&ncl=dNaBoTmbi-XXC-MrMTgaGnjzhfr2M&start=30

Research
IEEE/Access: Dosimetric Simulations of Brain Absorption of Mobile Phone Radiation: the relationship between psSAR and age. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=7335557

Children Absorb Higher Doses of Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation From Mobile Phones Than Adults
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=7270279&isnumber=7042252

Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) in the head of Tablet users
http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1538/paper-02.pdf

International policy and advisory response regarding children's exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF)
http://nebula.wsimg.com/fbed8bb8a26c6f14262cff2e8fd4dcb7?AccessKeyId=045114F8E0676B9465FB&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

Exposure limits: the underestimation of absorbed cell phone radiation, especially in children
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21999884

Policy
List of International Policy on Children and Radiofrequency Fields
http://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/International-Policy-Precautionary-Actions-on-Wireless-Radiation.pdf

About Environmental Health Trust
EHT is a virtual think tank conducting cutting-edge research on environmental health risks with some of the world's top researchers. EHT educates individuals, health professionals and communities about policy changes needed to reduce those risks. Currently, EHT is addressing health concerns about cell phones and wireless and recommends reducing exposure to reduce risk. The Environmental Health Trust maintains a regularly updated database of worldwide precautionary policies: more than a dozen countries recommend reducing wireless exposure to children.
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Source: EHTrust / SBWire, Environmental Health Trust, 11 Jul 2016

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