Viral Message: American researchers find exposure to magnetic field non-ionizing radiation can cause genetic damage that can lead to a miscarriage

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A new research claims that wifi and mobile phone can increase the risk of miscarriage in women. The cause is magnetic field (MF) radiation that's emitted by power lines and cell towers - which are crucial when it comes to producing a mobile signal for our smartphones.

Researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, analyzed 913 pregnant women at varying stages of their gestation

These pregnant women were asked  to wear a small magnetic-field monitoring device for 24 hours

Participants were also asked to keep a diary of their day and were interviewed so researchers had a better understanding of any possible contributing factors.

The women were asked to disclose if they had previously had a miscarriage, smoked, drank alcohol and had suffered any fever or infection - all factors that can increase the risk of miscarriage.

Results reveal pregnant women with the highest MF-radiation exposure have to 48% greater risk of miscarrying than those with the lowest exposure.

Among pregnant women exposed to the highest levels of MF radiation, 24.2 per cent had a miscarriage compared to 10.4 per cent of those exposed to the lowest amounts.

This risk occurs regardless of whether women have suffered miscarriages in the past and are therefore more likely to lose another baby before its birth. Combining those groups together means a woman is more than a third more likely to suffer a miscarriage if she is exposed to the radiation.

De-Kun Li, principal investigator of the study and a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist, said: "Few studies have been able to accurately measure exposure to magnetic field non-ionizing radiation.

"In addition, due to the current lack of research on this subject, we don’t know the biological threshold beyond which problems may develop, and we also don’t yet understand the possible mechanisms for increased risks.

"This study provides evidence from a human population that magnetic field non-ionizing radiation could have adverse biological impacts on human health."

But he noted that the potential dangers of radiation exposure needs more research.

"We hope that the findings from this study will stimulate much-needed additional studies into the potential environmental hazards to human health, including the health of pregnant women," he added.

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