In 1980 Robinette
et al. published results of a survey of Korean War veterans who
had been exposed to radar. A summary of this paper can be found
in "Research - Epidemiology".
Now Groves and colleagues have reported on a forty-year follow-up
of mortality due to cancer and other causes in the same group of
Navy personnel. The results were similar to those of Robinette et
al. - radar exposure had little effect on mortality.
This paper is
only in abstract form.
Groves FD, Page WF, Gridley G, Lisimaque L, et al. (2002): Cancer
in Korean War Navy technicians: Mortality survey after forty years.
Annals of Epidemiology 12:488-534.
More on heat shock proteins
Experiments - Others" we discuss heat shock proteins (Hsp),
which protect cells from a variety of stresses. There is some evidence
that exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) causes cells to
produce these proteins. Another study has been published that supports
that view. Shallom and colleagues at the Catholic University of
America in Washington, DC, found that exposure to 915 MHz radiation
led to an increased production of Hsp 70 compared to controls. They
also found that chick embryos exposed to microwave radiation prior
to being subjected to stress from reduced oxygen had better survival
than non-exposed controls. The authors suggest that this increased
survival may be due to Hsp production. The SARs in the experiment
were higher than are found in cellular phone use. There was also
a temperature increase in the experimental samples, although the
authors did not feel that this accounted for the findings. The authors
conclude that their study provides support for the hypothesis that
"athermal EM field exposures induce Hsp 70 expression".
For more on
this, see the section on this site referred to above.
Shallom JM, Di Carlo AL, Ko D, Penafiel LM, et al. (2002): Microwave
exposure induces Hsp 70 and confers protection against hypoxia in
chick embryos. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 86:490-49.