Study type: Epidemiological study (observational study)

Use of wireless phones and serum beta-trace protein in randomly recruited persons aged 18-65 years: a cross-sectional study. epidem.

Published in: Electromagn Biol Med 2012; 31 (4): 416-424

Aim of study (acc. to author)

A cross-sectional study was conducted in Sweden to investigate whether use of mobile phones and DECT phones is associated with lower concentrations of human serum beta-trace protein.

Further details

The study is based on the same study population as in Söderqvist et al. (2009). Additionally, data for the 18 -30 year age group were combined with data from two previously studies by Hardell et al. (2010) and Söderqvist et al. (submitted).

Endpoint/type of risk estimation



Exposure groups

Group Description
Group 1 cumulative use of mobile phone and DECT phone in hours
Group 2 cumulative use of mobile phone in hours
Group 3 cumulative use of DECT phone in hours
Group 4 years since first use of mobile phone and DECT phone
Group 5 years since first use of mobile phone
Group 6 years since first use of DECT phone


Study size

Type Value
Total 1,000
Participants 314
Participation rate 31 %

18 -30 year age group: 87 additional participants of two other studies

Statistical analysis method:

Conclusion (acc. to author)

Overall, no statistically significant association between use of mobile phones as well as DECT phones and the serum concentration of beta-trace protein was found, neither with respect to short-term nor long-term use. Age-specific analyses, however, yielded negative associations for long-term use (group 1 and 3) and beta-trace protein in the youngest age group (18-30 years).

Study funded by

Related articles