Navigation Links
High Rates of Childhood Leukemia Seen in Iraq Province

Cases in Basra more than doubled over 15 years, research shows

THURSDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood leukemia rates more than doubled in a southern Iraq province over a 15-year period, although the exact cause for the increase is unclear, researchers say.

Possible reasons why so many kids in the province of Basra became ill include exposure to chemicals from petroleum fires, gasoline sold by children on the side of the road, chemical weapons and pesticides, the authors of the new study noted.

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle found 698 documented cases of leukemia in the province among children under the age of 15 during the period between 1993 and 2007. The highest number -- 211 -- occurred in 2006.

"By using a hospital cancer registry, we were able to measure a jump in leukemia rates from three per 100,000 youngsters in the first part of our study period, to a rate of almost 8½ in the final three years," study author Amy Hagopian, of the University of Washington, said in a university news release.

By comparison, leukemia rates in Europe and the United States ranged from four to five per 100,000, and in the Middle Eastern countries of Oman and Kuwait the numbers ranged from two to three per 100,000. Basra and the surrounding region played major roles in three consecutive wars, the latter two with the United States and its allies.

The findings are published online Feb. 18 in the American Journal of Public Health.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on leukemia.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: University of Washington, news release, Feb. 18, 2010

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Infection contributes to the high rates of oropharyngeal cancers
2. ZIP codes and property values predict obesity rates
3. Dr. Paul Bandt Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Desert Radiologists and a History of Healthcare in Las Vegas
4. New Study Reports High Injury Rates for Hotel Workers, Even Higher Rates for Women and Nonwhites
5. Claim Filed Against the Company and Nine Other Defendants in the Haifa Magistrates Court
6. Investigational Agent Targeting Metabotropic Glutamate 2/3 Receptors Demonstrates Antipsychotic Activity in Humans, Study in Nature Medicine Finds
7. Rates of bipolar diagnosis in youth rapidly climbing, treatment patterns similar to adults
8. Amid Improving Life Expectancy Rates, Risk of Premature Death is Still Significant for Americans, New Study Shows
9. Study Demonstrates Marteks Algal DHA Oil Improves Blood Triglyceride Lipid Levels
10. REACH Registry Highlights That Patients With Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Suffer High Rates of Heart Attack, Stroke, Hospitalization, and Death
11. Recovery Resources Collaborates with Two Nonprofit Agencies for Children of Alcoholics Outreach Program
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws ... a new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula ... , The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to Dr. Jessica Scruggs ... for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to include Mohs surgery, ... Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of Glenn Goldstein, MD, ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar Marathe earned ... the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal Medicine at ... fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had the opportunity ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article published ... unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable ... less common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) ... will receive two significant new grants to support its work to advance research ... anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in fighting ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Va. , June 24, 2016 The ... set of recommendations that would allow biopharmaceutical ... (HCEI) with entities that make formulary and coverage decisions, ... the "value" of new medicines. The recommendations ... does not appear on the drug label, a prohibition ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Mass. , June 24, 2016   Pulmatrix, ... pharmaceutical company developing innovative inhaled drugs, announced today that ... Russell Investments reconstituted its comprehensive set of ... "This is an important milestone for Pulmatrix," ... will increase shareholder awareness of our progress in developing ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Any dentist who has made ... the current process. Many of them do not even offer ... difficulties and high laboratory costs involved. And those who ARE ... at such a high cost that the majority of today,s ... Dr. Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: