Remark EMF-Portal: It is not stated in the publication how speech problems of the children were defined and evaluated. Different exposure sources are listed in the abstract and the result section. The number of children with and without speech problems in the different exposure groups is not given. Due to the missing data it is not possible to retrace the results of the study.
The authors found a significant association between either the call time or history of maternalmobile phone use (months used) and speech problems in the offspring. Other exposures had no effect on the occurrence of speech problems. The authors conclude that despite the relatively small sample size this study indicates that the maternalexposure to mobile phones can affect the occurrence of speech problems in the offspring.
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Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
Papadopoulou E et al.
Maternal cell phone use in early pregnancy and child's language, communication and motor skills at 3 and 5 years: the Norwegian mother and child cohort study (MoBa)