A study was conducted in the Midlands of England, UK, to determine whether there was a relationship between the act of suicide and the power-frequency magnetic fields at the domicile of the victim. The study is based on the study population of the publication by Reichmanis et al. (1979) with an improved exposure assessment by measuring the magnetic field strengths.
|Group 1||magnetic field strength: 0 - 0.019 µT|
|Group 2||magnetic field strength: 0.020 - 0.039 µT|
|Group 3||magnetic field strength: 0.040 - 0.059 µT|
|Group 4||magnetic field strength: 0.060 - 0.079 µT|
|Group 5||magnetic field strength: 0.080 - 0.099 µT|
|Group 6||magnetic field strength: 0.100 - 0.119 µT|
|Group 7||magnetic field strength: 0.120 - 0.139 µT|
|Group 8||magnetic field strength: 0.140 - 0.159 µT|
|Group 9||magnetic field strength: 0.160 - 0.179 µT|
|Group 10||magnetic field strength: 0.180 - 0.199 µT|
|Group 11||magnetic field strength: ≥ 0.200 µT|
The magnetic field strength measurements ranged from 0.001 to 1.5 µT, with a mean of about 0,080 µT and a median of about 0,040 µT.
Significantly more suicides occurred at locations of high magnetic field strength. This effect could not be ascribed to different housing preferences among suicides as compared to the general population because no differences in geographical distribution or type of housing between the suicide and control addresses were observed.