Childhood Asthma Tied to Magnetic Fields

A new study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine journal suggests that pregnant women who are exposed to high levels of magnetic fields are more likely to give birth to children who develop asthma. Magnetic and electric fields, also known as EMFs are the areas of energy around electrical devices including florescent lighting, microwaves, cellphones, computers and power lines. Some appliances and devices emit higher EMFs than others.

The study followed more than 600 children from birth to age 13. During pregnancy their mothers wore meters to measure the amount of EMF their babies were exposed to while in the womb. The results showed that the children of mothers with high magnetic field exposure during pregnancy were 3.5 times more likely to develop asthma.

Overall, the medical community is still divided over the issue of whether or not EMFs affect children’s health and development. Still, it may be prudent for pregnant women to limit exposure to appliances and devices that emit EMFs.

Source: Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, August 1, 2011

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