Summary of the situation report bulletin (2/2019) published online

In November 2019, two interesting seminars were held in Germany: first, November 5–7, the International Workshop: Environmental effects of electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields: Flora and Fauna, and later, November 20–22, the 6th International Workshop on the Causes of Childhood Leukemia.

I took part in the first-mentioned seminar. The International Workshop: Environmental effects of electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields: Flora and fauna discussed topics such as how birds use the Earth’s magnetic field for navigation as well as research on bats, dogs and honeybees, among others. The Earth’s magnetic field is, obviously, different than fields from electrical systems, but it was, nevertheless, interesting to find out about the wide range of research carried out on magnetoreception.

I have found some interesting scientific publications for this new situation report bulletin, which starts with a paper on the possible association between power lines and childhood leukemia. Occupational exposure is discussed in a paper that explores cancer incidence in UK electricity supply industry workers. Covering quite a vast amount of data from the years 1973–2015, this study reaches far beyond the scope of electric and magnetic fields.

This time, inspired by the seminar I attended in Germany, I chose to conclude the bulletin with a paper on dogs. It was news to me that dogs can be trained to identify the magnetic field of a bar magnet. While there are other dog-related studies available, this struck me as the most interesting. I would also like to remind you that, instead of fields from power lines, this paper is about bar magnets.

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Four new articles published

The first article, Operating Model of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients in North Karelia Central Hospital by Leena Korpinen, Tuomo Kava and Ilkka Salmi, is published in International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences Vol:13, No:9, 2019 (Certificate of Best Paper Award)

The second article, Case Study of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Methods of Treatment for a Professional Driver by Rauno Pääkkönen, Leena Korpinen, Tuomo Kava and Ilkka Salmi, is published in International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences Vol:13, No:10, 2019

The third article, Low Frequency Magnetic Fields Inside Cars by Rauno Pääkkönen and Leena Korpinen is published online: 07 November 2019 in Radiation Protection Dosimetry,

The fourth article, Effect of Electric and Magnetic Fields on Operation of Insulin Pumps under 400 kV Power Lines by Leena Korpinen, Rauno Pääkkönen and Mika Penttilä is published online: 03 January 2020, in Radioprotection.

Summary of the situation report bulletin (1/2019) published online

During the process of compiling this issue of the Situation Report Bulletin, I took part in the annual joint meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA). The BioEM2019 conference, held June 23–28 in Montpellier, France, presented a wide range of interesting studies on electric and magnetic fields. More information can be found on the conference website.

According to the website of ICNIRP, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation, the Commission is holding its 9th workshop on non-ionizing radiation in South Korea in May next year.

Once again, I have found new scientific publications of interest for this bulletin. The bulletin starts with papers on the possible association between power lines and childhood leukemia. One of the studies investigates whether there have been changes over time in the reported risk of childhood leukemia associated with magnetic fields, while another focuses on the association of parental occupational exposures and the risk of childhood acute leukemia.

Occupational exposures are discussed in two more papers, with the first one dealing with the effect of chronic exposure to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields on sleep quality, stress, depression, and anxiety. The second one reports on a pooled study, with data from three different countries, exploring the associations of occupational exposure to extremely low-frequency magnetic fields and electric shocks with the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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Five new articles and two technical brochures published

The first paper, Management of risk in substations by Buchs Gérald, et al., is published in ELECTRA 299 – August 2018, 105-110.

The second paper, Solar Radiation Exposure and Outdoor Work: An Underestimated Occupational Risk by Modenese, Alberto; Korpinen, Leena; Gobba, Fabriziomaria. is published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15(10):2063 · September 2018, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15102063

The third paper, Patients with active implanted medical devices (AIMDs) and extremely low-frequency magnetic fields at hospital facilities by Korpinen, Leena; Pääkkönen, Rauno. at Conference: 2018 EMF-Med 1st World Conference on Biomedical Applications of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF-Med). IEEE, Date Added to IEEE Xplore: 08 November 2018, DOI: 10.23919/EMF-MED.2018.8526040

The fourth paper, Issues related to spark discharges. by Kopsidas, Konstantinos et al, is published in ELECTRA 301 – December 2018, 53-63.

The fifth paper, Workers’ exposure to electric fields during the task ‘maintenance of an operating device of circuit breaker from a service platform’ at 110 kV substations by Korpinen, Leena; Pääkkönen, Rauno, is published in International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (JOSE), 2019, Vol 25, No. 1, 161-164., https://doi.org/10.1080/10803548.2018.1433579

New Technical Brochures

Summary of the situation report bulletin (2/2018) published online

We are now there: The new Radiation Act came into force in Finland on December 15, 2018, and along with it, the decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on restricting public exposure to non-ionizing radiation (NIR). The new decree imposes binding restrictions on electric and magnetic fields with frequencies below 100 kHz but does not apply to electric-field exposure from high-voltage overhead power lines as per the Electrical Safety Act (1135/2016).

The CIGRE Session 2018, held in August in Paris, discussed, among other things, health issues relating to electromagnetic fields and how they are dealt with in the electricity sector. September 10–13, 2018, the first EMF-Med World Conference was held in Split, within the framework of the project COST EMF-MED (Action BM1309): European network for innovative uses of EMFs in biomedical applications.

Once again, I have found new scientific publications of interest for this bulletin. The bulletin starts with a number of papers on the possible association between power lines and childhood leukemia. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a familiar topic from earlier bulletins, is now discussed in two papers.

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