Title: Risk of acute childhood leukaemia in Sweden after the Chernobyl reactor accident
Source: PubMed – NCBI
Author: Hjalmars U, Kulldorff M, Gustafsson G. (Department of Paediatrics, Central Hospital, Ostersund, Sweden)
Date: BMJ. 1994 Jul 16;309(6948):154-7
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the risk of acute childhood leukaemia in areas of Sweden contaminated after the Chernobyl reactor accident in April 1986. [...]
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Risk of leukaemia in areas contaminated after the Chernobyl accident compared with the rest of Sweden and in the same areas before the accident.
RESULTS: During six and a half years of follow up after the accident the odds ratio for acute leukaemia was 0.9 in highly contaminated areas (> or = 10 kBq/m2) compared with the same areas before the accident. For the subgroup acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in children aged under 5 years at diagnosis the odds ratio was 1.5. For all cases diagnosed after May 1986 in highly contaminated areas compared with areas of low contamination the odds ratio was 0.9. For acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in children aged under 5 years at diagnosis the odds ratio was 1.2 in highly contaminated areas compared with areas of low contamination. [...]
Radiation covers 8pc of Japan, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, November 22, 2011:
Japan’s science ministry says 8 per cent of the country’s surface area has been contaminated by radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
It says more than 30,000 square kilometres of the country has been blanketed by radioactive caesium.
The ministry says most of the contamination was caused by four large plumes of radiation spewed out by the Fukushima nuclear plant in the first two weeks after meltdowns.
The government says some of the radioactive material fell with rain and snow, leaving the affected areas with accumulations of more than 10,000 becquerels of caesium per square metre. [...]
A PBS segment yesterday discussed the current drug shortage for treating childhood leukemia, particularly acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (referenced in study above). The shortage is attributed to the shutdown of a factory.
Title: What’s Causing a Shortage of Pediatric Cancer Drugs?
Date: Feb 15, 2012
JEFFREY BROWN: And finally tonight, a drug shortage problem and its impact on a critical treatment for childhood leukemia. Ray Suarez has our update.
RAY SUAREZ: There have been more than 250 drugs declared in short supply in the past year. The latest worries centered around a pivotal one called Methotrexate. Used to treat several kinds of cancers, Methotrexate is considered essential in battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia among adults and especially among children.
ALL is the most common form of cancer in children, affecting about 3,500 kids in the U.S. each year. Late last year, one of four U.S. manufacturers of the drug was forced to shut down a plant [...]
Watch What’s Causing a Shortage of Pediatric Cancer Drugs? on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.
Published: February 16th, 2012 at 8:34 am ET
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