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Overall mortality of cellular telephone customers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8728446     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Unlike mobile cellular telephones, in which the antenna is not part of the handset, a portable cellular telephone exposes the user's head to radio frequency energy transmitted from the antenna. This exposure has prompted concerns about potential biological effects, including brain cancer. As a first step in a record-based mortality surveillance of cellular telephone customers, we report on overall mortality of a cohort of more than 250,000 portable and mobile telephone customers during 1994. We found age-specific rates to be similar for users of the two types of telephones. For customers with accounts at least 3 years old, the ratio of mortality rates in 1994 for portable telephone users, compared with mobile telephone users, was 0.86 (90% confidence interval = 0.47-1.53).
Authors:
K J Rothman; J E Loughlin; D P Funch; N A Dreyer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.)     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1044-3983     ISO Abbreviation:  Epidemiology     Publication Date:  1996 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-06-04     Completed Date:  1997-06-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9009644     Medline TA:  Epidemiology     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  303-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Epidemiology Resources Inc., Newton Lower Falls, MA 02162-1450, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Brain Neoplasms / mortality*
Cause of Death*
Cohort Studies
Confidence Intervals
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / mortality*
Radiation Injuries / mortality*
Risk
Telecommunications / instrumentation*
Telephone / statistics & numerical data*
United States / epidemiology
Comments/Corrections
Comment In:
Epidemiology. 1999 May;10(3):347   [PMID:  10230851 ]
Epidemiology. 1996 May;7(3):219   [PMID:  8728431 ]

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