About this Research Topic
The radiation that is emitted by wireless communication devices and networks is an increasing area of concern, especially now, at the time of the deployment of the 5th generation of wireless technology – the 5G. More research is needed in this area to evaluate the risk on human health and initiate policies that protect humans from potential health problems due to wireless communication. It is also important to consider the biological mechanisms underlying radiation-related health issues, as this in turn provides health policy-makers with information on the physiological impact of radiation exposures on humans in order to justify policies that are made. There are also some legitimate scientific concerns whether the currently used safety guidelines for wireless devices and networks are sufficient to protect, in the long term use, health of the population. There is no scientific consensus on the reliability of these safety guidelines that were developed by ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) and are recommended and advocated for use by the WHO (World Health Organization). These safety guidelines still need scientific verification by experts with diverse opinions on the science, to assess and to assure their validity.
The Chief Editor of our Radiation and Health section, Adj. Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, is developing this Research Topic in order to address the health risks associated with radiation and understand policies that are in place to protect humans from developing health issues and living a healthy life, as well as opinions on the validity and reliability of the current safety guidelines. For this special issue, we welcome expert Opinions or Perspective articles on the following:
- Risk and hazard estimations of radiation exposures (of individuals as well as human population as a whole)
- Appropriate ways of communicating on the radiation-related health issues to the public
- Impact caused by radiation exposure on both physiological and psychological aspects of human health
- Biochemical and molecular approaches for studying the effects of radiation exposures on human physiology
- In vitro laboratory studies on biophysical and biochemical mechanisms of the physiological effects of radiation exposures on human tissues and cells (in vivo and ex vivo)
- Wellbeing problems due to wireless communication devices
- Animal radiation toxicology studies designed to estimate possibility of human health effects caused by radiation exposure
- Individual sensitivity to radiation and its impact on physiology and psychology
Keywords: radiation, radiation and health, wireless communication, 5G, human health, public health policy, radiation exposure
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