Evidence of disease and birth defects in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and other territories affected by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986
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REVIEW OF 15-YEAR OBSERVATIONS OF THE CHILD[REN] HEALTH SUFFERED AS A RESULT OF THE CHERNOBYL ACCIDENT Stepanova E I, et al. Res. Cent. for Rad. Med. AMS Ukraine Kiev.
Confirms the sharp rise in somatic pathology reported by other workers. Highest risks in children and teenagers with highest collective doses.

UNDERESTIMATION BY INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS OF THE IMPACT OF THE CHERNOBYL ACCIDENT ON PUBLIC HEALTH Yablokov A V, Centre for Russian Environmental Policy, N K Koltzoff Inst. of Dev. Biol of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
"Unreasonable optimism of UNSCEAR 2000 review necessitates listing again the obviously proved negative effects of the accident on public health.":- higher number of spontaneous abortions and still births, growing mortality, larger number of weak and sick new-borns, growing number of genetic disturbances, growing number of birth defects, higher number of oncological diseases (not only of thyroid), disturbance (retardation) of mental development, growing number of psychiatric diseases including schizophrenia and "Chernobyl feeble mindedness", immunity disturbance, intensification of microbial diseases, change in hormonal (endocrine) status, growing numbers of diseases of organs of blood circulation and lymphatic system, respiratory and urinogenitary systems, skin, thyroid and other endocrine glands, visual organs, abnormally slow body-weight gain in children, delayed recovery after illness and accelerated ageing.

Abstracts from 2nd International Conference: Long term Health Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster Kiev Ukraine June 1-6 1998 Ed. A I Nyagu, G N Soukevitch; Chernobyl Interinform 1998 [no ISSN or ISBN]
Conference sponsors: WHO, Association of Physicians of Chernobyl, Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Scientific Centre for Radiation Medicine of Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Ministry of Public Health of Ukraine, Ministry of Ukraine for Extreme Situations and Problems of Population Defence from Chernobyl Disaster, Chernobyl Centre for Nuclear Safety Radioactive Waste and Radioecology, Commission of European Communities, UNESCO Chernobyl Programme, International Consortium for research on the Health Effects of Radiation, The International Organisation "Chernobyl Union"

Summaries of Abstracts

CHANGES IN MORBIDITY DYNAMICS IN CHILDREN LIVING IN AREAS WITH DIFFERENT LEVEL OF SOIL CONTAMINATION BY RADIOACTIVE CAESIUM Baida L K Zhirnosekova L M., Sci. Cent. for Rad. Med. AMS Ukraine Kiev.
Three groups of children living in areas of 23.7, 47.5 and 90.3 kBq per m2 [equating to annual doses of 90, 348, and 640 microSv) were studied. In 1988 morbidity was uniform across the groups, but by 1995 there was a correlation with increasing dose. The high dose group had 22.1 times the rate of blood and blood generating organ disease compared with the low dose group, infectious and parasitogenic 5 times, respiratory 2 times digestive 2 times. Health in the low dose group improved while the others worsened. Between 1988 and 1995 infectious and parasitogenic disease in the high dose group multiplied by 6.2, digestive 3.8, nervous system 3.6, blood and blood generating organ 2.3.

EPIDEMIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF HEALTH OF ADULT POPULATION EVACUATED FROM AREAS OF RADIOLOGICAL CONTROL AFTER THE CHERNOBYL ACCIDENT Buzunov V A et al. Sci. Cent. for Rad. Med. AMS Of Ukraine Kiev.
4000 people, mostly below 10mSv gamma dose. General marked trend to increasing non-cancer morbidity with age and with time elapsed since the accident. Endocrine disease dominated by thyroid pathology. Morbidity exceeds by 3-5 times that recorded for the evacuated cohort by National Register of Ukraine.

STRUCTURE AND RISK OF OPHTHALMOPATHOLOGY IN EVACUATED PERSONS FROM THE CHERNOBYL EXCLUSION ZONE IRRADIATED AT DIFFERENT AGES BUZUNOV V A et al. Sci. Cent. for Rad. Med. AMS Of Ukraine Kiev.
"Dramatically higher" risks of eye diseases in representative cohort of evacuees. Detailed breakdown of different diseases and age groups.

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