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    Default Wireless patches can comfortably monitor sick babies’ health

    MARIA TEMMING
    FEBRUARY 28, 2019

    Wireless skin patches that measure a baby’s vital signs could offer a safer, more comfortable way of monitoring premature and sick infants in the hospital.
    Each year, about 300,000 newborns are admitted to U.S. neonatal intensive care units, or NICUs, including preemies that are vulnerable to heart problems, breathing trouble and other medical complications (SN Online: 2/16/11). Doctors need to keep constant tabs on these tiny patients’ vital signs, and that typically involves outfitting a newborn with rigid sensors that are wired into machines around the baby’s cradle.
    But adhesives on these sensors can harm an infant’s fragile skin, and they make it difficult for caregivers to hold the child, providing crucial skin-to-skin contact (SN Online: 3/22/17).

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    Sounds like a potential EMF nightmare to me. :-( Convenient or not, the safe(r) hardwire sensors need to remain.

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    Why do you say so? Seems like infants are already surrounded by far more wireless than what these tiny devices might deliver, and it's a temporary application as well.
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    "Why do you say so?" Your question is a bit vague??? Isn't the addition of radio frequency (RF) EMF sensors, above and beyond the hardwire versions (which may also have a level of EMFs, as well as other electronics in the room), quite obvious as to the dangers?

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    Not obvious to me. Does hardwire even emit EMFs? These miniature transmitters don't appear to be very powerful (look at the size!) and weighing risks vs. benefits, they seem to be a reasonable solution.
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    "Does hardwire even emit EMFs?" It can if not metallic shielded wiring, such as co-ax cable or metallic electrical dwelling conduit.

    "These miniature transmitters don't appear to be very powerful (look at the size!) and weighing risks vs. benefits, they seem to be a reasonable solution."

    It's the wireless RF (radio frequencies) EMFs that are the main concern. As for the hardwire versions, theoretically they too could be a source of EMFs if some form of unshielded high(er) frequency alternating current (AC) is present, especially where skin patches may be involved. Even 60 Hertz heating pads and blankets are problematic EMF sources, due to the close proximity to the human body. Rectifying the pads and blankets, (as well as other household appliances) from AC to clean FILTERED (no AC residual ripple) DC (direct current) could be a viable solution to EMFs.

    It's mostly about frequencies, but voltage (electrical pressure) levels as well, whether low 60 Hertz (cycles per second) household current, and especially with higher voltages from power lines,
    https://theecologist.org/2014/may/09...dhood-leukemia or high radio (RF) frequencies at many various voltage levels.

    If I had my way in the world of electrical distribution, I would operate with far EMF safer, Thomas Edison NYC style, direct current (DC) where possible: https://edisontechcenter.org/NYC.html
    https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/dirty-electricity-emf/

    In summary, when it comes to EMFs, it's complex, as there are many variables to consider, such as close proximity to the EMF source, voltage, and frequency, or any combination thereof.
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