Wireless headphones like Apple Airpods 'could pose cancer risk', scientists warn

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Scientists Warn Apple Air Pods May'Pose CANCER RISK' Urges WHO to Act

"Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most worldwide and national guidelines".

The devices, which harness Bluetooth technology, a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio wave that can transmit data, are in unsafe proximity to the user's inner skull, literally rubbing against it.

Dr. Joel Moskowitz of the University of California explains, "Apple's wireless Airpods communicate with each other using a magnetic induction field, this is a variable magnetic field that is sent through the brain to communicate with the other one which is doing the same".

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.

The bubble may be bursting for AirPods users, however, as a number of scientists have come out to say the device is harmful and may have the potential of causing cancer.

AirPods are Apple's most popular audio accessory since launched in 2016 and continue to remain incredibly popular choice of around 28 million so as to tackle the tangled headphones.

But the new petitions' authors warn that even these guidelines could be unsafe - and much more research is needed.

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Bluetooth operates on one form involving low-power radiowaves.

The petition warns against all types of radio frequency radiation, including WiFi, cellular data, and Bluetooth devices.

Several scientists have signed a petition asking the United Nations and World Health Organization to regulate wireless technologies in particular that use electromagnetic radiation. "The concern here is probably more neurological diseases and disorders as opposed to cancer", added Moskowitz.

Still, at high levels, EMF, can generate heat and affect cell growth.

"My concern for AirPods is that their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation", Jerry Phillips, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado, told Medium.

The petition adds that the International Agency for Research on Cancer has said that EMF is "possibly carcinogenic". Why are wireless headphones particularly concerning? These forms of energy are powerful enough to shake up atoms that compose cells but not powerful enough to change their structures, which means their radiowaves are less unsafe than radiation from X-rays or UV, but are still risky.

"By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent global public health agency", the experts wrote.

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