Study type: Epidemiological study (observational study)

Association of mobile phone radiation with fatigue, headache, dizziness, tension and sleep disturbance in Saudi population. epidem.

Published in: Saudi Med J 2004; 25 (6): 732-736

Aim of study (acc. to author)

The association of mobile phone use with fatigue, headache, dizziness, tension and sleep disturbance was investigated in a study in Saudi Arabia.

Endpoint/type of risk estimation

Type of risk estimation:

Exposure

Assessment

Exposure groups

Group Description
Group 1 duration of calls: 5 - 10 min
Group 2 duration of calls: 10 - 30 min
Group 3 duration of calls: 30 - 60 min
Group 4 duration of calls: 60 - 120 min
Group 5 duration of calls: > 120 min
Group 6 duration of exposure to mobile phone: < 1 year
Group 7 duration of exposure to mobile phone: 1 - 5 years
Group 8 duration of exposure to mobile phone: 5 - 10 years

Population

Study size

Type Value
Total 437

Conclusion (acc. to author)

The overall mean percentage of findings in all groups were headache (21.6 %), sleep disturbance (4 %), tension (3.9 %), fatigue (3 %), and dizziness (2.4 %).
The authors concluded that the use of mobile phones is a risk factor and suggested that long term use should be avoided by health promotion activities.

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