M Blettner

Summary

Affiliation: University of Bielefeld
Country: Germany

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Incidence and time trends of soft tissue sarcomas in German children 1985-2004 - a report from the population-based German Childhood Cancer Registry
    Thomas Weihkopf
    German Childhood Cancer Registry GCCR, Institute for Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics IMBEI, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
    Eur J Cancer 44:432-40. 2008
  2. ncbi request reprint Are mobile phones harmful?
    M Blettner
    School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Germany
    Acta Oncol 39:927-30. 2000
  3. ncbi request reprint Critical reading of epidemiological papers. A guide
    M Blettner
    University of Bielefeld, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Post Box 100131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Eur J Public Health 11:97-101. 2001
  4. ncbi request reprint Mortality from cancer and other causes among male airline cockpit crew in Europe
    Maria Blettner
    School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
    Int J Cancer 106:946-52. 2003
  5. ncbi request reprint Mortality from cancer and other causes among airline cabin attendants in Germany, 1960-1997
    Maria Blettner
    Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, School of Public Health WHO Collaborating Center, University Bielefeld, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Am J Epidemiol 156:556-65. 2002
  6. ncbi request reprint Cosmic radiation and cancer mortality among airline pilots: results from a European cohort study (ESCAPE)
    I Langner
    School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Bielefeld, P O Box 100 131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Radiat Environ Biophys 42:247-56. 2004
  7. ncbi request reprint Comparing different methods of estimating cosmic radiation exposure of airline personnel
    G P Hammer
    University of Bielefeld, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Germany
    Radiat Environ Biophys 39:227-31. 2000
  8. ncbi request reprint Incidence of gastric B-cell lymphomas: a population-based study in Germany
    A Ullrich
    School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld
    Ann Oncol 13:1120-7. 2002
  9. doi request reprint Residential characteristics and radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposures from bedroom measurements in Germany
    J Breckenkamp
    Department of Epidemiology and International Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bielefeld University, POB 10 01 31, 33501, Bielefeld, Germany
    Radiat Environ Biophys 51:85-92. 2012
  10. ncbi request reprint Cardiovascular mortality of cockpit crew in Germany: cohort study
    H Zeeb
    Fakultät für Gesundheitswissenschaften, AG Epidemiologie und Medizinische Statistik, Universitat Bielefeld, Postfach 10 01 31, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Z Kardiol 92:483-9. 2003

Detail Information

Publications46

  1. ncbi request reprint Incidence and time trends of soft tissue sarcomas in German children 1985-2004 - a report from the population-based German Childhood Cancer Registry
    Thomas Weihkopf
    German Childhood Cancer Registry GCCR, Institute for Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics IMBEI, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
    Eur J Cancer 44:432-40. 2008
    ..18 for non-rhabdomyosarcoma-like (n=411) STS. AAPC is +0.4% (95%-confidence interval [-0.4;+1.2%]) for STS. In Germany, the increase in incidence rate is less evident than in other European countries...
  2. ncbi request reprint Are mobile phones harmful?
    M Blettner
    School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Germany
    Acta Oncol 39:927-30. 2000
    ..It should be emphasized that even a small elevated risk may have a large implication for public health, as the use of mobile phones and the exposure is rapidly increasing...
  3. ncbi request reprint Critical reading of epidemiological papers. A guide
    M Blettner
    University of Bielefeld, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Post Box 100131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Eur J Public Health 11:97-101. 2001
    ....
  4. ncbi request reprint Mortality from cancer and other causes among male airline cockpit crew in Europe
    Maria Blettner
    School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
    Int J Cancer 106:946-52. 2003
    ..Occupational risk factors apart from aircraft accidents seem to be of limited influence with regard to the mortality of cockpit crew in Europe...
  5. ncbi request reprint Mortality from cancer and other causes among airline cabin attendants in Germany, 1960-1997
    Maria Blettner
    Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, School of Public Health WHO Collaborating Center, University Bielefeld, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Am J Epidemiol 156:556-65. 2002
    ..In this cohort, ionizing radiation probably contributed less to the small excess in breast cancer mortality than reproductive risk factors. Occupational causes seem not to contribute strongly to the mortality of airline cabin attendants...
  6. ncbi request reprint Cosmic radiation and cancer mortality among airline pilots: results from a European cohort study (ESCAPE)
    I Langner
    School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Bielefeld, P O Box 100 131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Radiat Environ Biophys 42:247-56. 2004
    ..However, the number of deaths for specific types of cancer was low and the confidence intervals of the risk estimates were rather wide. Difficulties in interpreting mortality risk estimates for time-dependent exposures are discussed...
  7. ncbi request reprint Comparing different methods of estimating cosmic radiation exposure of airline personnel
    G P Hammer
    University of Bielefeld, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Germany
    Radiat Environ Biophys 39:227-31. 2000
    ..97. The precision attainable in the exposure assessment is higher than in many other epidemiological studies but can be refined further with simulation studies and comparison with ongoing and future on-board measurement programmes...
  8. ncbi request reprint Incidence of gastric B-cell lymphomas: a population-based study in Germany
    A Ullrich
    School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld
    Ann Oncol 13:1120-7. 2002
    ..While the clinical and experimental knowledge concerning gastric lymphomas is increasing, there is a scarcity of epidemiological data...
  9. doi request reprint Residential characteristics and radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposures from bedroom measurements in Germany
    J Breckenkamp
    Department of Epidemiology and International Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bielefeld University, POB 10 01 31, 33501, Bielefeld, Germany
    Radiat Environ Biophys 51:85-92. 2012
    ..5 μW/m(2)). Exposure to RF-EMF is ubiquitous, but exposure levels are-if at all measurable-very low and far below the ICNIRP's exposure reference levels...
  10. ncbi request reprint Cardiovascular mortality of cockpit crew in Germany: cohort study
    H Zeeb
    Fakultät für Gesundheitswissenschaften, AG Epidemiologie und Medizinische Statistik, Universitat Bielefeld, Postfach 10 01 31, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Z Kardiol 92:483-9. 2003
    ..Cockpit crew employed before age 30 has the lowest cardiovascular mortality risk...
  11. doi request reprint Mobile phone base stations and adverse health effects: phase 2 of a cross-sectional study with measured radio frequency electromagnetic fields
    G Berg-Beckhoff
    Department of Epidemiology and International Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, PO Box 100131, D 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Occup Environ Med 66:124-30. 2009
    ..The aim of the cross-sectional study was to test the hypothesis that exposure to continuous low-level radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) emitted from mobile phone base stations was related to various health disturbances...
  12. ncbi request reprint Transition in cancer patterns among Turks residing in Germany
    H Zeeb
    School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Bielefeld, PO Box 100 131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Eur J Cancer 38:705-11. 2002
    ..7-4.8), and that for breast cancer among women was 0.7 (95% CI: 0.4-1.1). Turks had an increased proportional incidence ratio for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Our findings partly support a transition of cancer patterns among Turks in Germany...
  13. ncbi request reprint [Increasing incidence and mortality of non-Hodgkin lymphomas. An epidemiological review of recent studies on risk factors for non-Hodgkin lymphoma]
    H Zeeb
    Fakultät für Gesundheitswissenschaften, AG Epidemiologie und Medizinische Statistik, Universitat Bielefeld
    Med Klin (Munich) 96:87-100. 2001
    ..This trend is particularly obvious in industrialized countries. The causes of the observed increase remain unclear...
  14. ncbi request reprint [New research avenues in exploring causes of death in Germany via regional statistical offices as exemplified by a retrospective cohort study]
    S J Klug
    AG3 Epidemiologie und Medizinische Statistik, Fakultät für Gesundheitswissenschaften, Universitat Bielefeld
    Gesundheitswesen 65:243-9. 2003
    ..8 %) was increased by 30 % to 74.0 % after obtaining ICD coded causes of death from two regional statistical offices. Further advantages of this new data source are reduction in duration of inquiry time and of overall cost...
  15. ncbi request reprint Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields emitted from base stations of DECT cordless phones and the risk of glioma and meningioma (Interphone Study Group, Germany)
    Joachim Schüz
    Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, D 55101 Mainz, Germany
    Radiat Res 166:116-9. 2006
    ..Although the study was limited due to the small number of exposed subjects, it is still a first indication that residential low-level exposure to RF EMFs may not pose a higher risk of brain tumors...
  16. ncbi request reprint Occupational exposure to radio frequency/microwave radiation and the risk of brain tumors: Interphone Study Group, Germany
    Gabriele Berg
    Department of Epidemiology and International Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
    Am J Epidemiol 164:538-48. 2006
    ..69, 2.13); for meningioma, it was 1.34 (95% confidence interval: 0.64, 2.81). However, the slight increase in risk observed with increasing duration of exposure merits further research with larger sample sizes...
  17. ncbi request reprint Sun exposure and malignant lymphoma: a population-based case-control study in Germany
    Thomas Weihkopf
    Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
    Int J Cancer 120:2445-51. 2007
    ..This data suggest that exposure to natural and artificial ultraviolet radiation may reduce the OR for lymphoma in this study population...
  18. ncbi request reprint The INTERPHONE study: design, epidemiological methods, and description of the study population
    Elisabeth Cardis
    International Agency for Research on Cancer, 150 cours Albert Thomas, 69372, Lyon, Cedex 08, France
    Eur J Epidemiol 22:647-64. 2007
    ..Particular attention was paid to estimating the amount and direction of potential recall and participation biases and their impact on the study results...
  19. ncbi request reprint Medical exposure to ionising radiation and the risk of brain tumours: Interphone study group, Germany
    Maria Blettner
    Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Obere Zahlbacher Strasse 69, 55131 Mainz, Germany
    Eur J Cancer 43:1990-8. 2007
    ..The objective of this study was to investigate the association between medically or occupationally related exposure to ionising radiation and brain tumours...
  20. ncbi request reprint Exposure and mortality in a cohort of German nuclear power workers
    Gaël P Hammer
    Institute for Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics IMBEI, University of Mainz, Langenbeckstr 1, Mainz 55101, Germany
    Radiat Environ Biophys 47:95-9. 2008
    ..95). These results are in line with and complement IARC results. Figures are yet too small for stable risk estimates and further work is therefore under way to include more power plants, and to extend the follow-up until the year 2005...
  21. ncbi request reprint Case-control study on childhood cancer in the vicinity of nuclear power plants in Germany 1980-2003
    Claudia Spix
    German Childhood Cancer Registry, Institute for Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, University Mainz, 55101 Mainz, Germany
    Eur J Cancer 44:275-84. 2008
    ..They contrast with the lack of an effect observed or expected from other studies due to low doses from routine nuclear power plant operation...
  22. ncbi request reprint Temporal trends in the incidence rate of childhood cancer in Germany 1987-2004
    Claudia Spix
    German Childhood Cancer Registry, Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, University of Mainz, Germany
    Int J Cancer 122:1859-67. 2008
    ..Neuroblastoma yielded a period effect in western Germany due to screening. With the exception of germ cell tumors, further observations for solid tumor entities are in agreement with those reported for Europe...
  23. doi request reprint Childhood leukemia in relation to radio frequency electromagnetic fields in the vicinity of TV and radio broadcast transmitters
    Hiltrud Merzenich
    Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, University Mainz, 55101 Mainz, Germany
    Am J Epidemiol 168:1169-78. 2008
    ..65, 1.67) among children living within 2 km of the nearest broadcast transmitter compared with those living at a distance of 10-<15 km. The data did not show any elevated risks of childhood leukemia associated with RF-EMFs...
  24. ncbi request reprint Cellular phones, cordless phones, and the risks of glioma and meningioma (Interphone Study Group, Germany)
    Joachim Schüz
    Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany
    Am J Epidemiol 163:512-20. 2006
    ..In conclusion, no overall increased risk of glioma or meningioma was observed among these cellular phone users; however, for long-term cellular phone users, results need to be confirmed before firm conclusions can be drawn...
  25. pmc Calculating confidence intervals for impact numbers
    Mandy Hildebrandt
    Department of Medical Biometry, Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care IQWiG, Dillenburger Str, 27, 51105 Cologne, Germany
    BMC Med Res Methodol 6:32. 2006
    ..In this paper, we present methods to calculate confidence intervals for the new impact numbers in the situation of cohort studies...
  26. ncbi request reprint Calculating the "number needed to be exposed" with adjustment for confounding variables in epidemiological studies
    Ralf Bender
    Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, PO Box 100131, D 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    J Clin Epidemiol 55:525-30. 2002
    ..The adjusted number needed to be exposed can be a useful complement to the commonly presented results in epidemiological studies, such as ORs and attributable risks...
  27. ncbi request reprint Cohort mortality study of German cockpit crew, 1960-1997
    Hajo Zeeb
    School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University Bielefeld, Germany
    Epidemiology 13:693-9. 2002
    ..Cockpit crew in civil aviation are exposed to several potential health hazards, among them cosmic ionizing radiation. To assess the influence of occupational and other factors on mortality we conducted a cohort study among cockpit crew...
  28. ncbi request reprint Mortality from cancer and other causes among airline cabin attendants in Europe: a collaborative cohort study in eight countries
    Hajo Zeeb
    Division of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
    Am J Epidemiol 158:35-46. 2003
    ..The risk of skin cancer among male crew members requires further attention...
  29. ncbi request reprint Biological effects on human health due to radiofrequency/microwave exposure: a synopsis of cohort studies
    Jürgen Breckenkamp
    Faculty of Health Sciences Department 3 Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Bielefeld, PO Box 10 01 31, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Radiat Environ Biophys 42:141-54. 2003
    ..Due to these limitations and the inconsistencies of the results it has to be concluded that the studies give no evidence of high frequency emissions causing cancer...
  30. ncbi request reprint Validation of self-reported cellular phone use
    Florence Samkange-Zeeb
    School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Germany
    J Expo Anal Environ Epidemiol 14:245-8. 2004
    ..In epidemiological studies of cancer risk associated with the use of cellular telephones, the validity of self-reported cellular phone use has been problematic. Up to now there is very little information published on this subject...
  31. ncbi request reprint Assessment of radiofrequency exposure from cellular telephone daily use in an epidemiological study: German Validation study of the international case-control study of cancers of the brain--INTERPHONE-Study
    Gabriele Berg
    Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
    J Expo Anal Environ Epidemiol 15:217-24. 2005
    ..The information was obtained using a questionnaire developed for the international case-control study on the risk of the use of mobile phones in tumours of the brain or salivary gland (INTERPHONE-study)...
  32. ncbi request reprint Mortality among workers employed in the titanium dioxide production industry in Europe
    Paolo Boffetta
    International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France
    Cancer Causes Control 15:697-706. 2004
    ..To assess the risk of lung cancer mortality related to occupational exposure to titanium dioxide (TiO2)...
  33. ncbi request reprint Occupational risk factors for low grade and high grade glioma: results from an international case control study of adult brain tumours
    Brigitte Schlehofer
    Unit of Environmental Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg, Germany
    Int J Cancer 113:116-25. 2005
    ..Although some other point estimates were elevated, they lacked statistical significance. The results do not provide evidence of a strong association between occupational exposures and glioma development...
  34. ncbi request reprint Vascular leakage in severe dengue virus infections: a potential role for the nonstructural viral protein NS1 and complement
    Panisadee Avirutnan
    Medical Molecular Biology Unit, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
    J Infect Dis 193:1078-88. 2006
    ..Thirty years ago, complement activation was proposed to be a key underlying event, but the cause of complement activation has remained unknown...
  35. ncbi request reprint The performance of methods for correcting measurement error in case-control studies
    TIL STURMER
    Department of Epidemiology, German Centre for Research on Ageing, Heidelberg, Germany
    Epidemiology 13:507-16. 2002
    ..One reason may be that little is known about the robustness of these methods against violations of their restrictive assumptions...
  36. ncbi request reprint [The Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) statement: guidelines for reporting observational studies]
    Erik von Elm
    Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine ISPM, University of Bern, Berna, Suiza
    Rev Esp Salud Publica 82:251-9. 2008
    ..We hope that the STROBE statement will contribute to improving the quality of reporting of observational studies...
  37. doi request reprint Are pre- or postnatal diagnostic X-rays a risk factor for childhood cancer? A systematic review
    Renate Schulze-Rath
    Institute for Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 55109, Mainz, Germany
    Radiat Environ Biophys 47:301-12. 2008
    ..Computed tomography is not covered in the studies and needs to be investigated in the future...
  38. ncbi request reprint [The Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology [STROBE] statement: guidelines for reporting observational studies]
    Erik von Elm
    Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine ISPM, University of Bern, Berna, Switzerland
    Gac Sanit 22:144-50. 2008
    ..We hope that the STROBE statement will contribute to improving the quality of reporting of observational studies...
  39. ncbi request reprint Screening for breast and cervical cancer in a large German city: participation, motivation and knowledge of risk factors
    Stefanie J Klug
    Institute of Medical Biometry, Epidemiology and Informatics IMBEI, University Hospital, University of Mainz, 55101 Mainz, Germany
    Eur J Public Health 15:70-7. 2005
    ..A population-based survey was performed in the city of Bielefeld in Germany...
  40. ncbi request reprint Sun exposure and number of nevi in 5- to 6-year-old European children
    Madeleine Dulon
    Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, University Street 25, Germany
    J Clin Epidemiol 55:1075-81. 2002
    ..In conclusion, strategies to reduce the incidence of melanoma should begin with young children...
  41. ncbi request reprint Medical exposure of the population from diagnostic use of ionizing radiation in luxembourg between 1994 and 2002
    Ferid Shannoun
    Ministry of Health, Directorate of Public Health, Department of Radiation Protection, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
    Health Phys 91:154-62. 2006
    ....
  42. ncbi request reprint Leukaemia in young children living in the vicinity of German nuclear power plants
    Peter Kaatsch
    Institute for Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, German Childhood Cancer Registry, Obere Zahlbacher Strasse 69, 55131 Mainz, Germany
    Int J Cancer 122:721-6. 2008
    ..Considering that there is no evidence of relevant accidents and that possible confounders could not be identified, the observed positive distance trend remains unexplained...
  43. ncbi request reprint Eight-year trends in food, energy and macronutrient intake in a sample of elderly German subjects
    Svenja M Jungjohann
    Institute of Nutritional Science, Justus Liebig University, Goethestr 55, D 35 390 Giessen, Germany
    Br J Nutr 93:361-78. 2005
    ..79 and -2.56 g/d per year). The healthier food choices and the ability to change food habits could be related to the relatively high health-awareness of the GISELA subjects compared to the federal average of equivalent age groups...
  44. ncbi request reprint Generating survival times to simulate Cox proportional hazards models
    Ralf Bender
    Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, Cologne, Germany
    Stat Med 24:1713-23. 2005
    ....
  45. ncbi request reprint Association between body mass index and dental health in 1,290 children of elementary schools in a German city
    Brita Willerhausen
    Department for Operative Dentistry, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Augustusplatz 2, 55131, Mainz, Germany
    Clin Oral Investig 11:195-200. 2007
    ..In future preventive programs, the importance of nutrition should not only be emphasized with respect to general diseases but also with regard to carious lesions...
  46. ncbi request reprint Aspirin use and breast cancer risk: a meta-analysis and meta-regression of observational studies from 2001 to 2005
    Sandra Mangiapane
    Technical University of Berlin, Department of Technology and Management, Berlin, Germany
    Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 17:115-24. 2008
    ....