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The World in Medicine
June 15, 2011

Nuclear Sites and Leukemia

JAMA. 2011;305(23):2402. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.832

Living near a nuclear power plant does not increase the risk of childhood leukemia, according findings from the United Kingdom's Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment ( The group's scientists found only 20 cases of childhood leukemia from 1969 to 2004 in children younger than 5 years who lived within a 5-km radius of the 13 nuclear sites located in England, Scotland, and Wales (none are in Northern Ireland).

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