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Sci Total Environ. 2012 May 1;424:11-5. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.02.034. Epub 2012 Mar 14.

Acute effects of electromagnetic fields emitted by GSM mobile phones on subjective well-being and physiological reactions: a meta-analysis.

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  • 1IGGMB - Research Institute for Basic and Frontier Questions of Medicine and Biotechnology, Health Research Institute, University Clinics of the Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria.


The potential effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) emitted by GSM mobile phones on subjective symptoms, well-being and physiological parameters have been investigated in many studies. However, the results have been ambiguous. The current meta-analysis aims to clarify whether RF-EMF have an influence on well-being in self-reported sensitive persons, as well as in non-sensitive people. A literature search revealed 17 studies including 1174 participants. The single effects for various subjective and objective outcomes were meta-analytically combined to yield a single population parameter. Dependant variables were subjective (e.g. headaches) and objective parameters (e.g. heart rate variability) of well-being. The results show no significant impact of short-term RF-EMF exposure on any parameter. Future research should focus on the possible effects of long-term exposure.

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