Gideon James Rubin

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OBJECTIVE To assess whether perceptions of the swine flu outbreak predicted changes in behaviour among members of the public in England, Scotland, and Wales. DESIGN Cross sectional telephone survey using random digit dialling. SETTING Interviews by telephone between 8 and 12 May. PARTICIPANTS 997 adults aged 18 or more who had heard of swine flu and(More)
Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields (IEI-EMF; formerly 'electromagetic hypersensitivity') is a medically unexplained illness in which subjective symptoms are reported following exposure to electrical devices. In an earlier systematic review, we reported data from 31 blind provocation studies which had exposed IEI-EMF(More)
BACKGROUND Terrorist attacks can have psychological effects on the general public. AIMS To assess the medium-term effects of the July 2005 London bombings on the general population in London and to identify risk factors for persistent effects. METHOD We telephoned 1010 Londoners 11-13 days after the bombings to assess stress levels, perceived threat and(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the association between levels of worry about the possibility of catching swine flu and the volume of media reporting about it; the role of psychological factors in predicting likely uptake of the swine flu vaccine; and the role of media coverage and advertising in predicting other swine flu-related behaviours. DESIGN Data from a(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives of this study were to assess whether people who report hypersensitivity to weak electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are better at detecting EMF under blind or double-blind conditions than nonhypersensitive individuals, and to test whether they respond to the presence of EMF with increased symptom reporting. METHODS An extensive(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the impact of the bombings in London on 7 July on stress levels and travel intentions in London's population. DESIGN A cross sectional telephone survey using random digit dialling was conducted to contact a representative sample of adults. Respondents were asked to participate in an interview enquiring about current levels of stress(More)
OBJECTIVE To test whether people who report being sensitive to mobile phone signals have more symptoms when exposed to a pulsing mobile signal than when exposed to a sham signal or a non-pulsing signal. DESIGN Double blind, randomised, within participants provocation study. SETTING Dedicated suite of offices at King's College London, between September(More)
BACKGROUND The summer of 2007 was the wettest in the UK since records began in 1914 and resulted in severe flooding in several regions. We carried out a health impact assessment using population-based surveys to assess the prevalence of and risk factors for the psychosocial consequences of this flooding in the United Kingdom. METHODS Surveys were(More)
OBJECTIVES Concerns have been raised about possible health effects from radiofrequency fields pulsing at around 16 Hz. A radio system used by UK police (TETRA) employs signals which pulse at 17.6 Hz. We tested whether exposure to a continuous wave signal at 385.25 MHz or a TETRA-like signal resulted in symptoms among users reporting sensitivity to TETRA(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess whether the fatigue commonly reported by patients following surgery is partly a result of somatization and/or cognitive-behavioral factors. METHODS One hundred eighty-three patients completed questionnaires before surgery and then 2 days, 3 weeks and 6 months afterward. Multiple regressions were used to assess which of the following(More)