Electromagnetic field and brain development

J Chem Neuroanat. 2016 Sep;75(Pt B):52-61. doi: 10.1016/j.jchemneu.2015.11.005. Epub 2015 Dec 12.


Rapid advances in technology involve increased exposures to radio-frequency/microwave radiation from mobile phones and other wireless transmitting devices. As cell phones are held close to the head during talking and often stored next to the reproductive organs, studies are mostly focused on the brain. In fact, more research is especially needed to investigate electromagnetic field (EMF)'s effects on the central nervous system (CNS). Several studies clearly demonstrate that EMF emitted by cell phones could affect a range of body systems and functions. Recent work has demonstrated that EMF inhibit the formation and differentiation of neural stem cells during embryonic development and also affect reproductive and neurological health of adults that have undergone prenatal exposure. The aim of this review is to discuss the developing CNS and explain potential impacts of EMF on this system.

Keywords: Development; Electromagnetic field; Health risk; Mobile communication; Nervous system.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / growth & development*
  • Brain / radiation effects*
  • Cell Phone* / trends
  • Electromagnetic Fields / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Neurogenesis / physiology
  • Neurogenesis / radiation effects