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Mobile phone base stations and adverse health effects: phase 1 of a population-based, cross-sectional study in Germany.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19017702     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this first phase of a cross-sectional study from Germany was to investigate whether proximity of residence to mobile phone base stations as well as risk perception is associated with health complaints. METHODS: The researchers conducted a population-based, multi-phase, cross-sectional study within the context of a large panel survey regularly carried out by a private research institute in Germany. In the initial phase, reported on in this paper, 30,047 persons from a total of 51,444 who took part in the nationwide survey also answered questions on how mobile phone base stations affected their health. A list of 38 health complaints was used. A multiple linear regression model was used to identify predictors of health complaints including proximity of residence to mobile phone base stations and risk perception. RESULTS: Of the 30,047 participants (response rate 58.6%), 18.7% of participants were concerned about adverse health effects of mobile phone base stations, while an additional 10.3% attributed their personal adverse health effects to the exposure from them. Participants who were concerned about or attributed adverse health effects to mobile phone base stations and those living in the vicinity of a mobile phone base station (500 m) reported slightly more health complaints than others. CONCLUSIONS: A substantial proportion of the German population is concerned about adverse health effects caused by exposure from mobile phone base stations. The observed slightly higher prevalence of health complaints near base stations can not however be fully explained by attributions or concerns.
Authors:
M Blettner; B Schlehofer; J Breckenkamp; B Kowall; S Schmiedel; U Reis; P Potthoff; J Schüz; G Berg-Beckhoff
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-11-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Occupational and environmental medicine     Volume:  66     ISSN:  1470-7926     ISO Abbreviation:  Occup Environ Med     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-19     Completed Date:  2009-02-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9422759     Medline TA:  Occup Environ Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  118-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, D-55101 Mainz, Germany. blettner@imbei.uni-mainz.de
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Age Distribution
Aged
Anxiety / epidemiology
Attitude to Health*
Cellular Phone / statistics & numerical data*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Environmental Exposure / adverse effects
Female
Germany / epidemiology
Health Status
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Radiation Injuries / epidemiology*,  etiology,  psychology
Radio Waves / adverse effects*
Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data
Socioeconomic Factors
Young Adult

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