The role of electromagnetic fields in neurological disorders

J Chem Neuroanat. 2016 Sep;75(Pt B):77-84. doi: 10.1016/j.jchemneu.2016.04.003. Epub 2016 Apr 12.


In the modern world, people are exposed to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) as part of their daily lives; the important question is "What is the effect of EMFs on human health?" Most previous studies are epidemiological, and we still do not have concrete evidence of EMF pathophysiology. Several factors may lead to chemical, morphological, and electrical alterations in the nervous system in a direct or indirect way. It is reported that non-ionizing EMFs have effects on animals and cells. The changes they bring about in organic systems may cause oxidative stress, which is essential for the neurophysiological process; it is associated with increased oxidization in species, or a reduction in antioxidant defense systems. Severe oxidative stress can cause imbalances in reactive oxygen species, which may trigger neurodegeneration. This review aims to detail these changes. Special attention is paid to the current data regarding EMFs' effects on neurological disease and associated symptoms, such as headache, sleep disturbances, and fatigue.

Keywords: EMF hypersensitivity; Electromagnetic fields; Neurodegenerative disease; Oxidative stress; Parkinson’s disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Electromagnetic Fields / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Nervous System Diseases / etiology
  • Nervous System Diseases / metabolism*
  • Nervous System Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Oxidative Stress / physiology*
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism*


  • Reactive Oxygen Species