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Document ID (ISN)105445
CIS number 06-946
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Johansen C.
Title Electromagnetic fields and health effects - Epidemiologic studies of cancer, diseases of the central nervous system and arrhythmia-related heart disease
Bibliographic information 2004, Vol.30, Suppl.1, p.1-80 (whole issue). Illus. Bibl.ref.
Abstract This epidemiological investigation comprised separate studies of the risk of cancer, cause-specific mortality rates, risks for neurodegenerative diseases and the risk of cardiac arrhythmia among employees exposed to extremely-low frequency (50Hz) electromagnetic fields in the Danish utility industry. The risk for cancers considered to be possibly associated with the radiofrequency fields emitted by mobile telephones was also examined in a large cohort of mobile telephone users. On the basis of these studies and of the scientific literature, it is concluded that occupational exposure to 50Hz electromagnetic fields is not associated with the overall risk of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases or cardiovascular diseases, although there is some indication that these fields (or some other unknown factor related to alternating current electricity) may be associated with the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Descriptors (primary) electromagnetic fields; health hazards; power generation and distribution; mobile telephony
Descriptors (secondary) arrhythmia; Denmark; mortality; diseases of central nervous system; epidemiologic study; cancer; thesis; exposure evaluation; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Power generation and distribution
Electromagnetic fields