Researcher Finds No Leukemia Tie to Transmission Facilities

Study is from Mainz University, Germany.
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Study is from Mainz University, Germany.

A new study out of Germany finds no higher risk of leukemia for children living near powerful broadcast transmitters.

"Children living in the vicinity of powerful radio and television transmitters are not significantly more at risk of leukemia than others," the study found. The research was by Dr. Joachim Schüz at the Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; it was done for the Federal Office for Radiation Protection.

The study included approximately 2,000 children, newborns up to age 14, diagnosed with primary leukemia between 1984 and 2003, living near 16 amplitude-modulated (AM) and eight frequency-modulated (FM) transmitters.

"There is no statistical significant association between the exposure to high frequency electromagnetic fields from radio and television transmitters (RF-EMF) and childhood leukemia," stated Schüz, the director of the study; nor is there an assocation between exposure to RF-EMF fields and childhood leukemia when the analysis was conducted separately for AM and FM transmitters.

A past study by South Korean researchers suggested a possible connection with AM broadcasts, as reported here earlier.


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