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No effect of mobile phone-like RF exposure on patients with atopic dermatitis
Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
Department of Integrative Medical Biology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
Department of Radiation Sciences, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
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2008 (English)In: Bioelectromagnetics, ISSN 0197-8462, E-ISSN 1521-186X, Vol. 29, no 5, 353-362 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the effect of exposure to a mobile phone-like radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic field on people with atopic dermatitis (AD). Fifteen subjects with AD were recruited and matched with 15 controls without AD. The subjects were exposed for 30 min to an RF field at 1 W/kg via an indoor base station antenna attached to a 900 MHz GSM mobile phone. Blood samples for ELISA analysis of the concentration of substance P (SP), tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 (TNF RI), and brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in serum were drawn before and after the provocation (exposure/sham). Baseline heart rate and heart rate variability, local blood flow, and electrodermal activity were also recorded. No significant differences between the subject groups were found for baseline neurophysiological data. The cases displayed a serum concentration of TNF RI significantly higher than the control subjects and a significantly lower serum concentration of BDNF in the baseline condition. For SP there was no difference between groups. However, no effects related to RF exposure condition were encountered for any of the measured substances. As to symptoms, a possible correlation with exposure could not be evaluated, due to too few symptom reports. The result of the study does not support the hypothesis of an effect of mobile phone-like RF exposure on serum levels of SP, TNF RI, and BDNF in persons with AD.

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2008. Vol. 29, no 5, 353-362 p.
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radiofrequency, cellular phones, substance P, TNF-alpha, BDNF
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health Clinical Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-10298DOI: 10.1002/bem.20402ISI: 000256952300004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-45749110271OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-10298DiVA: diva2:442569
Available from: 2011-09-21 Created: 2011-09-21 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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