Health: Mystery - And Maybe Danger - in the Air

A government review heightens concern about hazards of the electronic age

Can electricity cause cancer? In a society that literally runs on electric power, the very idea seems preposterous. But for more than a decade, a growing band of scientists and journalists has pointed to studies that seem to link exposure to electromagnetic fields with increased risk of leukemia and other malignancies. The implications are unsettling, to say the least, since everyone comes into contact with such fields, which are generated by everything electrical, from power lines and antennas to personal computers and microwave ovens. Because evidence on the subject is inconclusive and often contradictory, it has been hard to decide whether...

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