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BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2557 (Published 19 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2557

Some epidemiological investigations have suggested a link between exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields and risk of childhood leukaemia, but no one has yet suggested a plausible biological mechanism. Perhaps the results of a large case control study from Germany will lay the hypothesis to rest. Children living within 2 km of high powered amplitude modulated or frequency modulated radio or television transmitters were no more likely to develop leukaemia than those living more than 10 km away (American Journal of Epidemiology 2008;168:1169-78, doi:10.1093/aje/kwn230).

How parents talk to their adolescent children about sex, pregnancy, birth control, and sexually transmitted diseases affects the likelihood that adolescents will engage in risky sexual behaviours. A qualitative study finds, unsurprisingly, that when parents were receptive, informal, and composed during such conversations, adolescents were less anxious and less avoidant. It’s particularly important that adolescents don’t perceive the parent to be dominating the conversation (Journal of Adolescent Research 2008;23;689-721, doi:10.1177/0743558408323841).

Acromegaly is complicated by an increased risk of …

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