Turkije: symptoms associated with exposure to electromagnetic fields
vrijdag, 07 juni 2013 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal
3 juni 2013
Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine
Posted online on June 3, 2013.
Nermin Küçer1 and Tuğba Pamukçu2
1Physics Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Celal Bayar University, Manisa, Turkey and
2Sciences Institutes, Celal Bayar University, Manisa, Turkey
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Self-reported symptoms associated with exposure to electromagnetic fields: a questionnaire study
In the last years, it has been discussed frequently whether there are any harmful effects of electromagnetic fields on human health. Electromagnetic fields are generated by several natural and man-made sources. Part of the electromagnetic spectrum called Radiofrequency is used in communication systems such as mobile (cellular) phone and computer. The aim of our study was to explore different self-reported symptoms that may be associated with exposure to electromagnetic fields. This survey study was conducted, using a questionnaire, on 350 people aged +9 years in Turkey. The chi-square test was used for data analysis. Self-reported symptoms were headache, vertigo/dizziness, fatigue, forgetfulness, sleep disturbance-insomnia, tension-anxiety, joint and bone pain, lacrimation of the eyes, hearing loss and tinnitus. As a result of the survey, the study has shown that users of mobile phone and computer more often complained of headache, joint and bone pain, hearing loss, vertigo/dizziness, tension-anxiety symptoms according to time of daily usage (p < 0.05). In users of mobile phone and computer, women significantly (p < 0.05) complained more often of headache, vertigo/dizziness, fatigue, forgetfulness and tension-anxiety than men.
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