Survey Study of People Living in the Vicinity of Cellular Phone Base Stations

  title={Survey Study of People Living in the Vicinity of Cellular Phone Base Stations},
  author={Roger Santini and P. Santini and P Le Ruz and J M Danze and M. Seigne},
  journal={Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine},
  pages={41 - 49}
A survey study was conducted, using a questionnaire, on 530 people (270 men, 260 women) living or not in proximity to cellular phone base stations. Eighteen different symptoms (Non Specific Health Symptoms–NSHS), described as radiofrequency sickness, were studied by means of the chi‐square test with Yates correction. The results that were obtained underline that certain complaints are experienced only in the immediate vicinity of base stations (up to 10 m for nausea, loss of appetite, visual… 

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