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Video display terminals and spontaneous abortions.
Slesin-L; Connelly-M; Newcombe-RG; Coles-EC; Schnorr-TM; Grajewski-BA; Murray-WE
N Engl J Med 1991 Sep; 325(11):811-813
Letters to the editor and a reply discuss the validity of a NIOSH study on video display terminals and spontaneous abortions. The first letter calls into question several methodological flaws of the original research which concluded that there was no increased risk of spontaneous abortion from exposure to electromagnetic fields emitted by video display terminals. The second letter noted that there appeared to be a difference in the number of pregnancies between the exposed and nonexposed groups and posed the question of whether very early fetal loss may have occurred in the exposed group and gone undetected. In the third letter the original researchers explain more completely the various levels of radiation emitted by the video display terminals and restate their conclusion that the data did not suggest any increase in spontaneous abortion rate due to these exposures.
Office-workers; Office-equipment; Humans; Radiation-exposure; Radiation-hazards; Video-display-terminals; Electromagnetic-radiation; Reproductive-hazards; Reproductive-system-disorders
Issue of Publication
New England Journal of Medicine
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