High Voltage Lines

The New England Journal of Medicine reports a study to determine whether living near high voltage lines results in acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children.

The simple answer is no...it does not.

The study was performed by directly measuring the electromagnetic energy in the homes of the children, not by estimating it as in previous studies. In many cases the energy was also measured in the homes where their mother lived when she was pregnant with them.

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is not caused by living near high tension wires.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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