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Subjective symptoms reported by people living in the vicinity of cellular phone base stations
Article in Polish
Bortkiewicz A, Zmyslony M, Szyjkowska A, Gadzicka E.
Zakladu Fizjologii Pracy i Ergonomii, Instytutu Medycyny Pracy im. prof. J.
Nofera w Lodzi. firstname.lastname@example.org
The problem of health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted by
cellular phone base stations evokes much interest in view of the fact that
people living in their vicinity are fated to continuous exposure to EMF.
None of the studies carried out throughout the world have revealed
excessive values of standards adopted by the International Commission on
Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). A questionnaire was used as a
study tool. The results of the questionnaire survey reveal that people
living in the vicinity of base stations report various complaints mostly of
the circulatory system, but also of sleep disturbances, irritability,
depression, blurred vision, concentration difficulties, nausea, lack of
appetite, headache and vertigo. The performed studies showed the
relationship between the incidence of individual symptoms, the level of
exposure, and the distance between a residential area and a base station.
This association was observed in both groups of persons, those who linked
their complaints with the presence of the base station and those who did
not notice such a relation. Further studies, clinical and those based on
questionnaires, are needed to explain the background of reported complaints.
PMID: 15620045 PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE
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