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Weak link between power lines and leukaemia

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 10 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:574
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The United Kingdom's national radiation watchdog has ruled out electricity power lines as a possible cause of cancer in adults but admits that a “weak association” exists with childhood leukaemia.

    An advisory group of the National Radiological Protection Board has reviewed recent evidence that links exposure to magnetic fields and cancer risk in epidemiological studies from around the world.

    Included in the analysis are findings from the UK childhood cancer study, the world's largest case-control study on the causes of childhood cancer, which could find …

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