NEONATAL AUDITORY BRAINSTEM EVOKED RESPONSES FOLLOWING MATERNAL EXPOSURE TO CELLULAR PHONE
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A widespread use of mobile phones evokes a growing concern for their possible adverse effects on the human central nervous system. This study was aimed at evaluating the effects of maternal exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMEs) generated by mobile phones, on the neonatal auditory brainstem-evoked responses (A BR) during and after the exposure. This is a clinical-controlled trial conducted in Benno university hospital and private practice. 60 women with uncomplicated pregnancies aged from 18 to 33 years and their full term healthy newborn infants were included The effects of acute maternal exposure to EMEs emitted by mobile telephone during a telephone conversation for I0 minutes after birth on neonatal ABR were evaluated in Group I (30 full term healthy newborns of 30 women who regularly used to use mobile phones after birth) versus Control group 11 (30 full term healthy newborn of 30 women who not using mobile phones at all and living in areas were there no mobile phone base stations). There was no statistical significant difference as regarding The effects of acute maternal exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMEs) emitted by mobile telephone on neonatal Auditory Brainstem evoked Responses (A BR) after the exposure of Group I compared to the ABR pattern of Control group It Maternal exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMEs) emitted by mobile telephone has no effect on neonatal ABR.