AirPods, wireless headphones could cause cancer, scientists claim

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AirPods, wireless headphones could cause cancer, scientists claim

More than 250 scientists have signed a petition calling for global public health organization to create stronger guidelines on wireless devices.

The scientists' appeal comes amid increasing popularity of wireless devices such as Apple's Airpods, which use Bluetooth technology and emits EMF radiation. The closeness of this radiation to the brains of the users is cause for concern, say the researchers.

There is no question that Apple's wireless Bluetooth AirPods have been a big hit.

He is among the large group of scientists to have signed a petition calling for "protection" from the technology.

"These [devices] are not limited to and include baby monitors, smart meters, broadcast antennas, Wi-Fi, and cordless and cellular phones and their base stations, besides infrastructures and electric devices that are used to deliver electricity and generate extremely-low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic field (EMF)", wrote the scientists in the petition.

The Airpods has become Apple's most popular accessory.

Advent of new wireless technologies are outpacing research and regulation, and its effects could have unsafe even disastrous health effects, such as the untested 5G posed to roll out using broader and far stronger signals than ever before.

AirPods, wireless headphones could cause cancer, scientists claim
AirPods, wireless headphones could cause cancer, scientists claim

The report further specified that although the scientific jury is yet to pin down the particular devices that can cause cancer, animal studies on the kind of radio frequency radiation they emit, suggested a link to cancer.

Many mobile phone users have abandoned their old fashioned earpiece to embrace the new wireless air pods that offer more functionality and style. "Very little research has been done on Bluetooth itself, as it tends to be low intensity it could open the blood brain barrier, and there is concern that there is probably more neurological disorders and diseases as opposed to cancer." explains Dr. Moskowitz. They can cause burns at high concentration but are generally of less impact.

But, the new petition's authors argue, research has revealed evidence that EMF may be carcinogenic at even lower levels.

The petitioners stop short of naming Bluetooth or any particular products, the technology does use radiofrequency radiation, and AirPods in particular also use an electromagnetic field.

EMF is a form of radiowave similar to - but not as powerful or unsafe as - X-rays or UV.

"By not taking action, theWHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent worldwide public health agency".

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