Residence near power lines and mortality from neurodegenerative diseases: longitudinal study of the Swiss population

Huss, Anke; Spoerri, Adrian; Egger, Matthias; Röösli, Martin (2008). Residence near power lines and mortality from neurodegenerative diseases: longitudinal study of the Swiss population. American journal of epidemiology, 169(2), pp. 167-75. Cary, N.C.: Oxford University Press 10.1093/aje/kwn297

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The relation between residential magnetic field exposure from power lines and mortality from neurodegenerative conditions was analyzed among 4.7 million persons of the Swiss National Cohort (linking mortality and census data), covering the period 2000-2005. Cox proportional hazard models were used to analyze the relation of living in the proximity of 220-380 kV power lines and the risk of death from neurodegenerative diseases, with adjustment for a range of potential confounders. Overall, the adjusted hazard ratio for Alzheimer's disease in persons living within 50 m of a 220-380 kV power line was 1.24 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.80, 1.92) compared with persons who lived at a distance of 600 m or more. There was a dose-response relation with respect to years of residence in the immediate vicinity of power lines and Alzheimer's disease: Persons living at least 5 years within 50 m had an adjusted hazard ratio of 1.51 (95% CI: 0.91, 2.51), increasing to 1.78 (95% CI: 1.07, 2.96) with at least 10 years and to 2.00 (95% CI: 1.21, 3.33) with at least 15 years. The pattern was similar for senile dementia. There was little evidence for an increased risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, or multiple sclerosis.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Huss, Anke; Spörri, Adrian; Egger, Matthias and Röösli, Martin

ISSN:

0002-9262

ISBN:

18990717

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:04

Last Modified:

27 Apr 2018 10:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1093/aje/kwn297

PubMed ID:

18990717

Web of Science ID:

000262518200007

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.27780

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/27780 (FactScience: 111497)

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