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Research sparks public concern about risk from nuclear power

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:13
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    German research shows that children younger than 5 years old who live near nuclear power stations are more likely to have leukaemia than otherwise (International Journal of Cancer 2007;122:721-6; European Journal of Cancer 2007 Dec 12 doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2007.10.024). This has started controversial public discussions about the risks of power stations. Opponents of nuclear power have demanded the closure of all 16 German nuclear power stations.

    However, the research did not show that radiation from nearby power stations was the cause of a higher incidence of cancer, the authors say, because no radiation leaks had occurred, and the level of radiation near the stations was substantially lower than …

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