Electromagnetic radiation has been around since the universe first formed; it is, in its "most familiar form," light, reports the World Health Organization. But as cellphone towers and gadgets proliferate, electromagnetic radiation has increased, and some claim a sensitivity to it.
One woman in France is now getting roughly $900 a month from the government in disability pay, reports the BBC. Marine Richard, 39, who says she's had to move to a barn without electricity in a remote region of France to escape electromagnetic waves, calls the decision a "breakthrough" for those who experience electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
Though people like Richard have claimed a range of adverse health symptoms, from headaches and nausea to loss of libido and depression, the WHO reports that "scientific evidence does not support a link" between the electromagnetic fields and the symptoms; that "scientific knowledge in this area is now more extensive than for most chemicals"; and that anxiety about exposure could be causing these health problems.
In the US, the parents of a 12-year-old boy at a Massachusetts school filed a lawsuit on Aug. 12 claiming that their son has been dealing with headaches, chest pains, nosebleeds, nausea, dizziness, and rashes since the school installed a new wireless network in 2013, reports ABC News.
The family is asking for $250,000 in damages. (West Virginia is home to a town for those who say they've been sickened by WiFi.)
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