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Magnetic factor of the solar terrestrial relations and its impact on the human body: physical problems and prospects for research

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a Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Profsoyuznaya 84/32, Moscow, 117997, Russian Federation
b Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Vavilova 38, Moscow, 119942, Russian Federation

The body of heliobiological evidence suggests that very weak variable magnetic fields due to solar- and geomagnetic-activities do have a biological effect. Geomagnetic disturbances can cause a non-specific reaction in the human body — a kind of general adaptation syndrome, which occurs due to any external stress factor. Also specific reactions can develop. One of the reasons discussed for the similarity between the biological and heliogeophysical rhythms is that geomagnetic variations have a direct influence on organisms, although exact magnetoreception mechanisms are not yet clear. The paper briefly reviews the current state of empirical and theoretical work on this fundamental multidisciplinary problem.

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Keywords: geomagnetic disturbances, biological and geomagnetic rhythmicity, mechanisms of magnetoreception, magnetobiology
PACS: 87.10.−e, 87.18.Yt, 87.50.−a, 94.30.Va (all)
DOI: 10.3367/UFNe.2015.12.037693
URL: https://ufn.ru/en/articles/2016/5/h/
Citation: Breus T K, Binhi V N, Petrukovich A A "Magnetic factor of the solar terrestrial relations and its impact on the human body: physical problems and prospects for research" Phys. Usp. 59 502–510 (2016)
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Received: 20th, January 2016, 7th, December 2015

Оригинал: Бреус Т К, Бинги В Н, Петрукович А А «Магнитный фактор солнечно-земных связей и его влияние на человека: физические проблемы и перспективы» УФН 186 568–576 (2016); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.2015.12.037693

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