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Background information on high voltage fields.
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PMID:  598346     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The increased demand for power has led to higher voltages for overhead transmission lines. Environmentalists, governmental agencies, and some members of the scientific community have questioned if past biological effects research and experience with lower voltage lines provide adequate bases for predicting the possible health and environmental effects of the higher voltage lines. Only a small amount of work has been done to explore the possible effects, especially long term effects, of the exposure of biological systems to electric fields from transmission lines. Research in Western Europe and the United States has not identified any prompt or acute effects other than spark and electric discharge and no permanent effects. Contrasted with this are the studies of workers in Soviet and Spanish high voltage switchyards that report effects, such as excitability, headaches, drowsiness, fatique, and nausea, that are not found in Soviet line maintenance workers. The results of current and planned research, supported by both U.S. Government agencies and the private sector, should resolve a number of the present uncertanties and provide answers for the many questions concerning potential effects.
D E Janes
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental health perspectives     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0091-6765     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Health Perspect.     Publication Date:  1977 Oct 
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Created Date:  1978-03-10     Completed Date:  1978-03-10     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330411     Medline TA:  Environ Health Perspect     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Electromagnetic Fields*
Electromagnetic Phenomena*
Environmental Exposure
Environmental Health
Occupational Medicine

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Journal ID (nlm-ta): Environ Health Perspect
ISSN: 0091-6765
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Print publication date: Month: 10 Year: 1977
Volume: 20First Page: 141 Last Page: 147
ID: 1637318
PubMed Id: 598346

Background information on high voltage fields.
D E Janes, Jr

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