Meltem Kutlar Joss

Dokumentationsstelle Luft+Gesundheit LUDOK

Schweizerisches Tropen- und Public Health Institut

Socinstrasse 57

P.O. Box

CH-4002 Basel

Tel: +41 61 284 83 50

(Mo, Di, Do)


Dokumentationsstelle ELMAR
Swiss TPH
Socinstrasse 57
P.O. Box
CH-4002 Basel


Literature Databases LUDOK and ELMAR

The databases contain German short versions of scientific studies concerning health effects of environmental exposures. This service is provided by the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). The databases can be accessed free of charge via internet.

LUDOK – Air Pollution and Health

Every two months, LUDOK indicates new study results regarding:

  • Effects of air pollution on health, especially particulate matter, ultrafine particles, ozone, traffic pollutants and indoor air pollution.
  • Epidemiology of respiratory diseases, asthma and allergies.
  • Scientific methods and new approaches in environmental epidemiology.


Currently, the database contains more than 7000 German abstracts of scientific studies, review articles and reports since 1985 regarding air pollution and health.

ELMAR – Electromagnetic Fields and Health

ELMAR offers recent information about:

  • Health effects of electromagnetic fields at high and low frequencies arising primarily from cell phones, mobile phone base stations, power lines and electrical devices.
  • Mainly investigated are non-specific symptoms like headaches or sleep disturbances and long-term risks such as cancer (brain tumours, leukaemia) and dementia.


Currently, the database contains about 1500 German abstracts of scientific studies, review articles and reports regarding non-ionising radiation.