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Document ID (ISN)63403
CIS number 94-1966
ISBN(s) 0-85951-376-9
Year 1994
Convention or series no. Documents of the NRPB 5:2
Author(s) Doll R.
National Radiological Protection Board
Title Health effects related to the use of visual display units
Bibliographic information HMSO Books, P.O. Box 276, London SW8 5DT, United Kingdom, 1994. iii, 81p. Bibl.ref. Price: GBP 10.00.
Abstract This report reviews epidemiological and laboratory studies relevant to the possible adverse health effects of electromagnetic emissions from visual display units (VDUs). The report concludes: animal and epidemiological studies offer no support to reports of increased spontaneous abortion rates nor of an increased proportion of congenital malformations in women using VDUs during pregnancy; skin diseases do not appear to be caused by electromagnetic fields from VDUs, although existing conditions may be aggravated; there is no evidence that VDU work results in a disposition to the formation of cataracts. A supplementary report reviews studies on electromagnetic fields and the risk of cancer.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; electromagnetic radiation; health hazards; electromagnetic fields; visual display terminals; non-ionizing radiation
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; cataract; skin diseases; complications of pregnancy; glossary; epidemiologic study; animal experiments; teratogenic effects; carcinogenic effects; abortion
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Radiation
Broad subject area(s) New technologies
Browse category(ies) Genetic factors in reaction to exposures
Non-ionizing radiation
Office work
Visual display terminals (VDTs)
Electromagnetic fields