Symposium to take up EMF question

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<P> DURHAM, N.C. March 24 (UPI) -- As part of an attempt to reach a
scientific consensus on the possible health effects of low-level
electric and magnetic fields, the National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences has convened a four-day symposium beginning today.</P>
<P> The meeting, part of a five-year, $65 million-Congressional program
to address the EMF controversy, will review cell culture studies that
examine the possible effects of EMF fields on biological systems.</P>
<P> The EMF debate has raged since 1979, when Denver researchers found
children who died from cancer were two to three times more likely to
have lived within 130 feet of a high-current power lines than the other
children studied.</P>
<P> The issue attracted yet more attention in 1992 when Swedish
researchers reported a significant risk increase for leukemia in
children who lived near power lines.</P>
<P> Between 1979 and 1995 there were 14 studies conducted to analyze a
possible association between power lines and various types of childhood
cancer. Of those, eight reported positive associations between proximity
to power lines and forms of cancer.</P>
<P> But the issue remains highly contentious.</P>
<P> This week's gathering is the first of three symposiums to study the
issue. NIEHS spokesman Tom Hawkins says he expects there will be a mix
of old data and new research presented at the conference.</P>
<P> Hawkins says a work group will review the proceedings from all three
meetings, possibly within the next 10 months, and submit a report to
Congress.</P>
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