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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

Does EHS originate from nocebo responses? Indications from a qualitative study
France Created: 14 May 2016
Abstract: Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance attributed to Electromagnetic Fields (IEI-EMF) is a condition in which symptoms are attributed to electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure.

As electro-hypersensitive (EHS) people have repeatedly been observed, during provocation trials, to report symptoms following perceived rather than actual exposure, the hypothesis has been put forward that IEI-EMF originates from psychological mechanisms, especially nocebo responses.

This paper examines this hypothesis, using data from a qualitative study aimed at understanding how EHS people come to regard themselves as such. Forty self-diagnosed EHS people were interviewed. A typified model of their attribution process was then elaborated, inductively, from their narratives. This model is linear and composed of seven stages: (1) onset of symptoms; (2) failure to find a solution; (3) discovery of EHS; (4) gathering of information about EHS; (5) implicit appearance of conviction; (6) experimentation; (7) conscious acceptance of conviction.

Overall, symptoms appear before subjects start questioning effects of EMF on their health, which is not consistent with the hypothesis that IEI-EMF originates from nocebo responses to perceived EMF exposure. However, such responses might occur at the sixth stage of the process, potentially reinforcing the attribution. It remains possible that some cases of IEI-EMF originate from other psychological mechanisms.
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Source: Bioelectromagnetics, Dieudonné M, 01 Jan 2016

" The recognition of electro-hypersensitivity".
France Created: 16 Jan 2016
Thursday 11 February from 14h to 18h we organize at the National Assembly a conference "for the recognition of electro-hypersensitivity". Doctors, intolerant to electromagnetic waves - or electro-hypersensitive - and lawyers will speak at this symposium which will conclude with a call requesting that the electro-hypersensitivity is recognized and treated as a public health problem.

Registration is free and open but mandatory before February 4: https://www.weezevent.com/ehs
Best regards,
Laurence Abeille
MP Val-de-Marne
Michèle Rivasi
MEP
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Source: lLaurence Abeille/Agnes INgvarsdottir

Pubmed: Reliable biomarkers for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Electrohypersensitivity
France Created: 14 Jan 2016
Reliable disease biomarkers characterizing and identifying electrohypersensitivity and multiple chemical sensitivity as two etiopathogenic aspects of a unique pathological disorder.

Rev Environ Health 2015 Dec 1;30(4):251-71. doi: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0027.
Belpomme D, Campagnac C, Irigaray P.

Belpomme D, Campagnac C, Irigaray P.
Abstract From PubMed
Much of the controversy over the causes of electro-hypersensitivity (EHS) and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) lies in the absence of both recognized clinical criteria and objective biomarkers for widely accepted diagnosis. Since 2009, we have prospectively investigated, clinically and biologically, 1216 consecutive EHS and/or MCS-self reporting cases, in an attempt to answer both questions. We report here our preliminary data, based on 727 evaluable of 839 enrolled cases: 521 (71.6%) were diagnosed with EHS, 52 (7.2%) with MCS, and 154 (21.2%) with both EHS and MCS. Two out of three patients with EHS and/or MCS were female; mean age (years) was 47. As inflammation appears to be a key process resulting from electromagnetic field (EMF) and/or chemical effects on tissues, and histamine release is potentially a major mediator of inflammation, we systematically measured
histamine in the blood of patients. Near 40% had a increase in histaminemia (especially when both conditions were present), indicating a chronic inflammatory response can be detected in these patients. Oxidative stress is part of inflammation and is a key contributor to damage and response. Nitrotyrosin, a marker of both peroxynitrite (ONOO°-) production and opening of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), was increased in 28% the cases. Protein S100B, another marker of BBB opening was increased in 15%. Circulating autoantibodies against O-myelin were detected in 23%, indicating EHS and MCS may be associated with autoimmune response. Confirming animal experiments showing the increase of Hsp27 and/or Hsp70 chaperone proteins under the influence of EMF, we found increased Hsp27 and/or Hsp70 in 33% of the patients. As most patients reported chronic insomnia and fatigue, we determined the 24 h urine 6-hydroxymelatonin sulfate (6-OHMS)/creatinin ratio and found it was decreased (<0.8) in all investigated cases. Finally, considering the self-reported symptoms of EHS and MCS, we serially measured the brain blood flow (BBF) in the temporal lobes of each case with pulsed cerebral ultrasound computed tomosphygmography. Both disorders were associated with hypoperfusion in the capsulothalamic area, suggesting that the inflammatory process involve the limbic system and the thalamus. Our data strongly suggest that EHS and MCS can be objectively characterized and routinely diagnosed by commercially available simple tests. Both disorders appear to involve inflammation-related hyper-histaminemia, oxidative stress, autoimmune response, capsulothalamic hypoperfusion and BBB opening, and a deficit in melatonin metabolic availability; suggesting a risk of chronic neurodegenerative disease. Finally the common co-occurrence of EHS and MCS strongly suggests a common pathological mechanism.
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Source: Robert Riedlinger/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

France has advised a ban on the use of free and shared WiFi connections
France Created: 9 Dec 2015
France considers banning free WiFi and software allowing internet users to hide their identity during a state of emergency in wake of Paris attacks.

- France has advised a ban on the use of free and shared WiFi connections
- Police suggest it is more difficult to track suspects who use public WiFi
- Country is also looking to ban the anonymous and secretive Tor browser

As such, it is used by terrorists and cyber criminals to communicate and find information without being tracked. France wants to make sure fanatics cannot converse secretly over the internet.

Following the terror plot, it was revealed ISIS fanatics were using a 'cyber caliphate' - protected by their own encryption software - where they plan their next attacks.

It is unclear whether they were specifically using Tor.

Large numbers of ISIS fighters are young, highly educated Westerners who are fighting the holy war with sophisticated backgrounds and training with digital technology.

The state of emergency already enables the authorities to search houses without a warrant, impose tighter border controls and ban protests.

Meanwhile, fellow hacking group Anonymous has promised to hunt down militant jihadists online following the terrorist attacks in Paris which left 130 people dead in total.

Anonymous' declaration of war came in a video posted on the group's French YouTube page shortly after the Paris attacks, where they warned the terror group to 'expect us', vowing to hunt down those responsible online and expose them.

Wearing the group's signature Guy Fawkes mask, a spokesman says in French: 'Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down.

'You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go. We will launch the biggest operation ever against you. Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared.'
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Prof. Belpomme publishes groundbreaking EHS & MCS paper
France Created: 27 Nov 2015
Reliable disease biomarkers characterizing and identifying electrohypersensitivity and multiple chemical sensitivity as two etiopathogenic aspects of a unique pathological disorder.

Abstract

Much of the controversy over the causes of electro-hypersensitivity (EHS) and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) lies in the absence of both recognized clinical criteria and objective biomarkers for widely accepted diagnosis.

Since 2009, we have prospectively investigated, clinically and biologically, 1216 consecutive EHS and/or MCS-self reporting cases, in an attempt to answer both questions.

We report here our preliminary data, based on 727 evaluable of 839 enrolled cases: 521 (71.6%) were diagnosed with EHS, 52 (7.2%) with MCS, and 154 (21.2%) with both EHS and MCS. Two out of three patients with EHS and/or MCS were female; mean age (years) was 47. As inflammation appears to be a key process resulting from electromagnetic field (EMF) and/or chemical effects on tissues, and histamine release is potentially a major mediator of inflammation, we systematically measured histamine in the blood of patients.

Near 40% had a increase in histaminemia (especially when both conditions were present), indicating a chronic inflammatory response can be detected in these patients.

Oxidative stress is part of inflammation and is a key contributor to damage and response. Nitrotyrosin, a marker of both peroxynitrite (ONOO°-) production and opening of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), was increased in 28% the cases.

Protein S100B, another marker of BBB opening was increased in 15%. Circulating autoantibodies against O-myelin were detected in 23%, indicating EHS and MCS may be associated with autoimmune response.

Confirming animal experiments showing the increase of Hsp27 and/or Hsp70 chaperone proteins under the influence of EMF, we found increased Hsp27 and/or Hsp70 in 33% of the patients. As most patients reported chronic insomnia and fatigue, we determined the 24 h urine 6-hydroxymelatonin sulfate (6-OHMS)/creatinin ratio and found it was decreased (<0.8) in all investigated cases.

Finally, considering the self-reported symptoms of EHS and MCS, we serially measured the brain blood flow (BBF) in the temporal lobes of each case with pulsed cerebral ultrasound computed tomosphygmography. Both disorders were associated with hypoperfusion in the capsulothalamic area, suggesting that the inflammatory process involve the limbic system and the thalamus.

Our data strongly suggest that EHS and MCS can be objectively characterized and routinely diagnosed by commercially available simple tests. Both disorders appear to involve inflammation-related hyper-histaminemia, oxidative stress, autoimmune response, capsulothalamic hypoperfusion and BBB opening, and a deficit in melatonin metabolic availability; suggesting a risk of chronic neurodegenerative disease. Finally the common co-occurrence of EHS and MCS strongly suggests a common pathological mechanism.
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Source: Reviews on Environmental Health, Belpomme et al., 27 Nov 2015

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