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Editorial: What Does Living Next To High Voltage Mean For Our Children?

In a case study, residential exposure to electric power transmission lines was linked to risk of lymphoproliferative and myeloproliferative disorders published in the Internal Medical Journal done in September 2007 by RM Lowenthal, DM Tuck and JC Bray. 

 

Studies have shown an association between electromagnetic fields and childhood leukemia. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is an increased risk of lymphoproliferative disorders (LPD) or myeloproliferative disorders (MPD) associated with residence < or =300 m from high-voltage power lines. 

 

Compared with those who had always lived >300 m (984 /ft) from a power line, those who had ever lived within 50 m or 54 yards of half a football field had an odds ratio (OR) of 2.06 (95% confidence interval 0.87-4.91) for developing LPD or MPD (based on 768 adult case-control pairs); those who had lived between 50 and 300 m had an OR of 1.30 (0.88-1.91). 

 

Adults who had lived within 300 m of a power line during the first 15 years of life had a threefold increase in risk (OR 3.23; 1.26-8.29); those who had lived within the same distance aged 0-5 years had a fivefold increase in risk (OR 4.74; 0.98-22.9).  

 

The results raise the possibility that prolonged residence close to high-voltage power lines, especially early in life, may increase the risk of the development of MPD and LPD later.

 

The new 69vK line being run down Northern Boulevard runs right through Munsey Park school, North Strathmore, Munsey Park, and Norgate backyards as well as the back of Manhasset High School and Manhasset Valley
Park fields.

 

Although recognizing that this study has limitations, the results raise the possibility that prolonged residence close to high-voltage power lines, especially early in life, may increase the risk of the development of MPD and LPD later.