|MadSci Network: Biophysics|
Installation of such towers are now-a-days governed by many regulations. It is also necessary to ensure field levels around the towers to ensure no health hazard to the people living around. Concern expressed in this question is obviously about the sensitive population in the hospital such as new-borns and sick people. This question has to be addressed by the regulatory authorities. Regulations and restrictions on microwave field levels are based on thermal effects. Nevertheless, some recent studies express serious concern over other possibilities such as anxiety possible DNA damage in cells. Many scientists have demonstrated possibility of serious biological effects by high-power microwave field. Concerns may be genuine particularly over the long term effects such as cancer. However, these concerns attract no evidence as of now. With so many lacuna over information, it is best to play safe than sorry later. Many NGOs have expressed their concern about mashrooming of these towers on many historical sites, schools and hospitals. I personally feel, instead of waiting for the authorities to take decission, it would be best to avoid granting permission by the owners or trusts holding such sensitive properties.
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