Use of EMF sources not associated with increased symptoms
The authors carried out a cross-sectional study on students at 2 Iranian universities, asking about use of EMF sources, as well as basic demographic data and self-reported symptoms. No significantly higher prevalence of symptoms was found in individuals who used cell phones, video display terminals or cordless phones more frequently than others.
Mortazavi SMJ, Ahmadi J, Shariati M (2007): Prevalence of subjective
poor health symptoms associated with exposure to electromagnetic
fields among university students. Biolectromagnetics 28:326-330.
Sanchez and colleagues exposed cultured skin cells to a 48-h GSM-1800 exposure at 2 W/kg. In parallel experiments skin cells were exposed to ultraviolet radiation (600 mJ/cm² single dose) or to heat shock (45°C, 20 min), as positive controls for apoptosis and HSP expression, respectively. There was no effect of the RFR exposure on either keratinocytes or fibroblasts, in contrast to UVB-radiation or heat-shock treatments, which injured cells.
Sanchez S, Haro E, Ruffie G, Veyret B et al. (2007): In vitro study
of the stress response of human skin cells to GSM-1800 mobile phone
signals compared to UVB radiation and heat shock. Radiation Research.
Parazzini and colleagues have previously reported studies on the effect of RFR on the auditory system of animals. In this study they compared the effect of RFR exposure at 900 MHz for 4 weeks with that of gentamicin. There was no effect of the RFR exposure on the inner auditory system of the animals, either in normal ears or in those damaged by gentamicin.
Parazzini M, Galloni P, Piscitelli M, Pinto R et al. (2007): Possible
combined effects of 900 MHz continuous-wave electromagnetic fields
and gentamicin on the auditory system of rats. Radiation Research
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Three papers discuss exposure assessment in cell phone studies
Three recent papers address the important issue of exposure assessment in studies of cell phone use.
Bürgi and colleagues (2007) have developed a geospatial model that allowed the estimation of ambient HF-EMF strengths with spatial resolution. They included cell phone base stations and broadcast transmitters in their model, which considers the location and transmission patterns of the transmitters, the three-dimensional topography, and shielding effects of buildings. In an evaluation of their method in the region of Basel in Switzerland, they found good correlation between modeling and measurements.
Inyang et al. (2007) reviewed the different methods of exposure assessment in epidemiological studies of cell phones. They conclude that hardware-modified phones offer considerable advantages. They automatically log the call duration and number of calls, and thus avoid the potential for faulty recall by the study participant. These phones also capture the various tilts and rotations that occur in everyday use, and record power fluctuations of each call.
used software-modified phones (SMPs) that record both talk time and
dynamically changing transmit power levels. He enlisted the help
of Motorola employees in different sites around the world. These
volunteers used the SMPs for 2 weeks, and the data were later analyzed.
Each volunteer was sent a questionnaire within 2 weeks that included
questions on their phone use. He found considerable variability in
transmit power within a single call, in separate calls, between individuals
in the same study region, and between averaged values from different
study groups. Morrisey also found that there was significant inaccuracy
(45-60%) in recalling "time of use". He suggests that recent
epidemiological studies need to be interpreted carefully in light
of his findings.
Inyang I, Benke G, McKenzie R, Abramson M (2007): Comparison of measuring instruments for radiofrequency radiation from mobile telephones in epidemiological studies: Implications for exposure assessment. J Expo Anal Environ Epidemiol 28 February 2007;doi:10.1038/sj.jes.7500555.
Morrisey J. Radio frequency exposure in mobile phone users: Implications for exposure assessment in epidemiological studies. Rad Prot Dosim Online 9 January 2007; doi:10.1093/rpd/ncl547.
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