Electrosensitivity to electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, laptop computers and nearby cell towers are increasingly recognized. Symptoms include headaches, insomnia, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, heart palpitations, poor concentration, and neuropsychiatric problems such as depression. “Microwave illness”  (aka electrosensitivity or electrohypersensitivity or EHS) was described in the military in the 1970’s with a wave of ensuing research confirming these effects.  Studies show that anywhere from 1-13% of people report symptoms of EHS. A 2017 comprehensive systemic review and meta analysis (Wang et al) showed a significant association between mobile phone use and headaches. The mechanism is not understood but may be linked to blood brain barrier effects or neurotransmitter effects.

In the thoroughly referenced PST  Electrosensitivity  review articles it is noted that electrosensitivity should be recognized by the American Access Board as a true disability.  In Clinical Approach to Electrosensitivity there is information on diagnosing and treating EHS as well as recommendations for ICD 10 codes.

A new and fascinating study identifying functional brain changes in those with electrosensitivity was published in July, 2017. Researchers used functional  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to observe active changes. Hueser and Hueser found among the subjects that there were similar brain alterations in the medial orbitofrontal areas.  Functional brain MRI in patients complaining of electrohypersensitivity after long term exposure to electromagnetic fields.    The MRI images are listed here Images of Electrosensitive Individuals with Functional MRI .

The scientific studies below are divided into both an uncategorized list of research, as well as a categorized list divided into sections, including: Overviews, case studies, diagnosis and treatment, health/EHS effects of cell phone and cell towers, prevalence, public health/policy implications.  The full uncategorized list of research articles is listed in order of date following the categorized list below in this section.  Research is also listed in the Cell Tower Health Effects section.




Case Studies Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity


Diagnosis and Treatment


Health Effects of Cell Phones and Cell Towers

Cell Phone Electrosensitivity Symptoms


Cell Tower Electrosensitivity Symptoms and Health Effects


Prevalence Studies


 EMF Public Health Implications and Policy Decisions



 In order of date and not including cell phone EHS(see above)  or cell tower EHS health effects (see above).