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Strontium fallout from Chernobyl and perinatal mortality in Ukraine and Belarus.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12754809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Perinatal mortality rates in the regions of Ukraine and Belarus surrounding the Chernobyl site increased in 1987, the year following the Chernobyl accident. The same year, increases of perinatal mortality were also observed in Germany and Poland, and the effect can be associated with the caesium burden in pregnant women. After 1989, there is an unexpected second rise of perinatal mortality in Belarus and Ukraine. This increase is shown to correlate with the strontium content in pregnant women. The findings parallel an increase of perinatal mortality in Germany following the atmospheric bomb tests in the 1950's and 1960's. While the effect from caesium is essentially limited to 1987, the effect from strontium persists until the end of the study period in 1998. The cumulative effect from strontium around Chernobyl outweighs the effect from caesium by at least a factor of 10. This is contrary to the assertion that the caesium content in the Chernobyl fallout was more than 10-times greater than the strontium content. Thus, the dose factor presently used seems to severely underestimate the effect of strontium on perinatal mortality.
A Korblein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiatsionnaia biologiia, radioecologiia / Rossiĭskaia akademiia nauk     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0869-8031     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiats Biol Radioecol     Publication Date:    2003 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-20     Completed Date:  2003-06-03     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9317212     Medline TA:  Radiats Biol Radioecol     Country:  Russia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  197-202     Citation Subset:  IM    
Münich Evironmental Institute, Schwere-Reiter Str. 35/1B, 80797, Münich, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Byelarus / epidemiology
Fetal Death / epidemiology*
Infant Mortality / trends*
Infant, Newborn
Models, Theoretical
Odds Ratio
Power Plants*
Radioactive Fallout*
Radioactive Hazard Release*
Regression Analysis
Strontium Radioisotopes*
Ukraine / epidemiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Radioactive Fallout; 0/Strontium Radioisotopes

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