New studies on leukaemia and distance from power lines

Two new epidemiological studies were published at the end of May 2018.

One was a pooled analysis of 11 separate international studies of childhood leukaemia and proximity to power lines.  This confirmed a suggestion of a small elevation close to the highest voltage lines, but did not find the same effects as previously reported in the UK occurring in other countries.

Prompted by this, the CCRG in the UK published a further analysis, which found yet more quirky features of the findings.  This doesn’t mean that they are wrong, but it does strongly suggest that they are not a direct effect of the power line and are more likely to be some sort of indirect socioeconomic or demographic effect.

See also more on the evidence on childhood leukaemia generally.