Ergebnisse einer Querschnittstudie zum Zusammenhang von elektromagnetischen Feldern von Mobilfunksendeanlagen und unspezifischen gesundheitlichen Beschwerden

Breckenkamp J, Blettner M, Kowall B, Schüz J, Schlehofer B, Schmiedel S, Bornkessel C, Reis U, Potthoff P, Berg-Beckhoff G (2010)
Umweltmed Forsch Prax 15(3): 159-166.

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Background Despite the fact that adverse health effects are not confirmed for exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) levels below the limit values, as defined in the guidelines of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, many persons are worried about possible adverse health effects caused by the RF-EMF emitted from mobile phone base stations, or they attribute their unspecific health complaints like headache or sleep disturbances to these fields. Method In the framework of a cross-sectional study a questionnaire was sent to 4150 persons living in predominantly urban areas. Participants were asked whether base stations affected their health. Health complaints were measured with standardized health questionnaires for sleep disturbances, headache, health complaints and mental and physical health. 3526 persons responded (85 %) to the questionnaire and 1808 (51 %) agreed to dosimetric measurements in their flats. Exposure was measured in 1500 flats. Results The measurements accomplished in the bedrooms in most cases showed very low exposure values, most often below sensitivity limit of the dosimeter. An association of exposure with the occurrence of health complaints was not found, but an association between the attribution of adverse health effects to base stations and the occurrence of health complaints. Conclusions However, concerns about health and the attribution of adverse health effects to these mobile phone base stations should be taken serious and require a risk communication with concerned persons. Future research should focus on the processes of perception and appraisal of RF-EMF risks, and ascertain the determinants of concerns and attributions in the context of RF-EMF.
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Breckenkamp J, Blettner M, Kowall B, et al. Ergebnisse einer Querschnittstudie zum Zusammenhang von elektromagnetischen Feldern von Mobilfunksendeanlagen und unspezifischen gesundheitlichen Beschwerden. Umweltmed Forsch Prax. 2010;15(3):159-166.
Breckenkamp, J., Blettner, M., Kowall, B., Schüz, J., Schlehofer, B., Schmiedel, S., Bornkessel, C., et al. (2010). Ergebnisse einer Querschnittstudie zum Zusammenhang von elektromagnetischen Feldern von Mobilfunksendeanlagen und unspezifischen gesundheitlichen Beschwerden. Umweltmed Forsch Prax, 15(3), 159-166.
Breckenkamp, J., Blettner, M., Kowall, B., Schüz, J., Schlehofer, B., Schmiedel, S., Bornkessel, C., Reis, U., Potthoff, P., and Berg-Beckhoff, G. (2010). Ergebnisse einer Querschnittstudie zum Zusammenhang von elektromagnetischen Feldern von Mobilfunksendeanlagen und unspezifischen gesundheitlichen Beschwerden. Umweltmed Forsch Prax 15, 159-166.
Breckenkamp, J., et al., 2010. Ergebnisse einer Querschnittstudie zum Zusammenhang von elektromagnetischen Feldern von Mobilfunksendeanlagen und unspezifischen gesundheitlichen Beschwerden. Umweltmed Forsch Prax, 15(3), p 159-166.
J. Breckenkamp, et al., “Ergebnisse einer Querschnittstudie zum Zusammenhang von elektromagnetischen Feldern von Mobilfunksendeanlagen und unspezifischen gesundheitlichen Beschwerden”, Umweltmed Forsch Prax, vol. 15, 2010, pp. 159-166.
Breckenkamp, J., Blettner, M., Kowall, B., Schüz, J., Schlehofer, B., Schmiedel, S., Bornkessel, C., Reis, U., Potthoff, P., Berg-Beckhoff, G.: Ergebnisse einer Querschnittstudie zum Zusammenhang von elektromagnetischen Feldern von Mobilfunksendeanlagen und unspezifischen gesundheitlichen Beschwerden. Umweltmed Forsch Prax. 15, 159-166 (2010).
Breckenkamp, Jürgen, Blettner, Maria, Kowall, Bernd, Schüz, Joachim, Schlehofer, Brigitte, Schmiedel, Sven, Bornkessel, Christian, Reis, Ursula, Potthoff, Peter, and Berg-Beckhoff, Gabriele. “Ergebnisse einer Querschnittstudie zum Zusammenhang von elektromagnetischen Feldern von Mobilfunksendeanlagen und unspezifischen gesundheitlichen Beschwerden”. Umweltmed Forsch Prax 15.3 (2010): 159-166.
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