The latest study claims the Ukraine regions that were most affected by the nuclear power catastrophe in Chernobyl in 80 s also have the highest rate in birth defects. The findings of this study are surprising at all sometimes it makes me wonder why these studies are conducted, since the results are already known
However, it will surprise you (at least it did surprise me), the study and its findings were published in the journal Pediatrics, and the findings stand in contrast to a 2005 U.N. report claiming that there is no evidence of an increased risk of birth or other reproductive defects in the Ukraine areas that are contaminated by radiation from the Chernobyl accident.
Dr. Wladimir Wertelecki of the University of Southern Alabama in Mobile claims this study is a proof that further research into actual consequences of catastrophe, including birth defects will be needed, and luckily this question re-opened the misleading results of 2005 U.N study
I can t believe that the mankind is really stupid enough to even believe that Chernobyl catastrophe cannot leave serious consequences The International Atomic Energy Agency and other U.N. bodies took a stand that the catastrophe did not have any effects on birth defects this does proves once more money is worth more than human life.
Luckily, the dilemma and a huge problem of Chernobyl catastrophe re-opens with the help of following study results. Study was conducted in the area the Ukraine province of Rivne, which is located approximatelly 150 miles from Chernobyl nuclear power plant. As an illustrative example, the soil and food from that area is still contaminated with low levels of the radioactive substance cesium 137. I truly hope people living are not eating radioactive lettuce
The study results were following:
among more than 90.000 babies who were born in Rivne between 2000 and 2006, the rate of neural tube defects was more than two times higher than for the rest of the Europe.
Neural tube defect which represents a serious anomalies of the brain and spine, including spina bifida, which is a common serious consequence if woman lacks folic acid in early pregnancy. In 10,000 babies, 22 babies in Rivine were born with a neural tube defect, comparing to the rest of the Europe where approximately 9 births with neural tube defect per 10.000 births.
Additionally, in the area of Polissia which is known to have the highest rate of contamination with radioactive substances, the rate was three times higher comparing to the European average. Additionally study reports higher rate of other birth defects, including elevated rates of conjoined twins, sacrococcygeal teratomas (congenital tumors on the tailbone), microcephaly (head is abnormally small) and microphthalmia (eyes are undersized).
However, dr. Wertelecki said these findings are not definite, because study didn t include nutrition into observation. Since all these defects can be caused by either alcohol consumption or deficiency of folic acid, and both alcoholism and malnutrition are a problem, and this study only observed the exposure of actual radiation absorption.