support an effect of sinusoidal electric field on melatonin production. Other than the observed changes in pineal function, an effect of electric and magnetic fields on other neuroendocrine or endocrine functions has not been clearly shown in the relatively small number of experimental studies reported.

Despite the observed reduction in pineal and blood melatonin concentrations in some animals as a consequence of magnetic-field exposure, studies of humans provide no conclusive evidence to date that human melatonin concentrations respond similarly. In animals with observed melatonin changes, adverse health effects have not been shown to be associated with electric-or magnetic-field-related depression in melatonin.

  • There is convincing evidence that low-frequency pulsed magnetic fields greater than 5 G are associated with bone-healing responses in animals.

    Although replicable effects have been clearly demonstrated in the bone-healing response of animals exposed locally to magnetic fields, the committee did not evaluate the efficacy of this treatment in clinical situations.

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