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Title: 

EFFECTS OF A 50 HZ MAGNETIC FIELD ON SOME FACTORS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IN MALE GUINEA PIGS

Type: PAPER
Author(s): MAHMOUDI GHAHRAMAN,EBADI A.A.GH.,SHOKRZADEH M.,ZARE KARIM,FARAJ TABAR A.
 
 
 
Name of Seminar: BIENNIAL CONGRESS ON IMMUNOLOGY, ASTHMA AND ALLERGY
Type of Seminar:  CONGRESS
Sponsor:  IRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES AND HEALTH SERVICES
Date:  2007Volume 6
 
 
Abstract: 

This study investigated the bio-effects of 50 Hz electromagnetic field exposure on some immunological factors (ACTH, cortisol and glucose levels) in male guinea pigs. The ability of 50 Hz electromagnetic (e.m.) fields to interfere and weaken the endocrine system has been of interest to the scientific community since the human population has become increasingly more exposed. 60 day old guinea pigs, with average weights 350-400 g, were divided into two groups, one the control while the other was exposed to an alternating e.m. field of 50 Hz, intensity 0.207 µT, for 4 hours a day for 5 consecutive days, and weighed before and after the exposure period, and the cortisol and the glucose levels were measured. After 5 days, the animals were anaesthetized and their heart blood withdrawn. The blood serum was monitored for ACTH, cortisol and glucose levels.
The results showed that the 50 Hz e.m field acted on the guinea pigs without any significant weight change, but significantly affected the ACTH, cortisol and glucose levels, 33%, 27% and 56% respectively in comparison with the control group. The e.m. field thus appears to able to change the serum levels of ACTH, cortisol and glucose, with the consequence of possible change in endocrinological regulation.

 
Keyword(s): ACTH, CORTISOL, GLUCOSE, GUINEA PIGS, MAGNETIC FIELD, WEIGHT
 
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