Wi-fi won't fry your childrens' brains

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A UK government minister for health has declared that wi-fi in schools doesn't have an adverse effect on childrens' or adults' health.

Gillian Merron, minister of state at the Department of Health, was answering a written question from Greg Knight, a member of parliament. He asked her what recent studies the Department had carried out on the effect of wi-fi on the health of people who are electro-sensitive and any others.

The minster said that it takes its advice on such things from the Health Protection Agency. She said: "The HPA has concluded that there is no consistent evidence to date that exposure to radio waves from wireless networks adversely affects the health of the general population and that there is no reason why schools and others should not use wi-fi equipment."

The HPA had carried out lab measurements using typical equipment. "The results are consistent with the position that exposures to the radio waves from wi-fi equipment are not expected to exceed internationally accepted guidelines and that they are less than from mobile telephones."

While the Department hadn't undertaken studies on the effect of wi-fi on "electrosensitive" people, the independent Mobile Telecomms and Health Research program concluded there was no support for the hypothesis.

The HPA studies can be found here.