Lancet. 12/20/2003, Vol. 362 Issue 9401, p2114-2116. 3p. 1 Black and White Photograph.
Eighteenth century, Medicine & art, History of medicine, Electricity, and Therapeutics
Offers a presentation from the department of art on William Blake's book "Milton. A poem," which the author contends offers allusion to Blake's own experience with 18th century medicine. Describes illustrations from the work in particular the falling star descending into Blake's left foot; Background on Blake not only as an artist but as a visionary; Suggestion of several explanations favoring the 18th century interest in the healing properties of electricity; Support for his theory.
Haines, Andy, McMichael, Anthony J., Smith, Kirk R., Roberts, Lan, Woodcock, James, Markandya, Anil, Armstrong, Ben G., Campbell-Lendrum, Diarmid, Dangour, Alan O, Davies, Michael, Bruce, Nigel, Tonne, Cathryn, Barrett, Mark, and Wilkinson, Paul
Transportation, Power resources, Climate change prevention, Prevention of global warming, Greenhouse effect prevention, Electricity, Agriculture, Carbon dioxide, and Greenhouse gases
The article analyzes the health implications of policies aimed at managing climate change. Mitigation strategies were assessed using four domains, household energy, transport, food and agriculture, and electricity generation. The effect of the mitigation scenarios in terms of changes in health and reductions in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per million of the 2010 population, and in terms of absolute numbers is discussed. The article also stresses the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions beyond that of climate change mitigation alone. INSETS: Panel 2: Uncertainties in estimation of co-benefits to hearth;Panel 3: Research priorities;Panel 4: Action points.
Electromagnetic fields, Electricity, Cancer risk factors, Leukemia in children, and Health
Discusses research on cancer risks from exposure to extremely low-frequency band electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMF). How exposure to low levels is unavoidable; Details of research which found no risk of cancer from low levels but a risk of leukemia in children from high exposures; Lack of knowledge concerning how magnetic fields could cause cancer.
Brain stimulation, Dystonia musculorum deformans, Electricity, Clinical trials, and Therapeutics
Presents a study on the effectiveness of deep-brain stimulation in the treatment of a severe dystonia musculorum deformans-1 generalized dystonia (DYT1). Association of this technique with substantial improvement of dystonia and functional disability; Description of the efficacy of bilateral, continuous electrical stimulation of the global pallidus internus in DYT1 patients; Details of the study.
Housing, Research, Odds ratio, Leukemia risk factors, Cancer research, Electric fields, Magnetic fields, Pediatric research, Health, Comparative studies, Electricity, Electromagnetic fields, Radiation-induced leukemia, Magnetics, Research methodology, Medical cooperation, Public health surveillance, Time, Environmental exposure, Evaluation research, and Case-control method
A nationwide case-control study of childhood leukaemia in New Zealand included measurements of electric and magnetic fields in children's homes. There was no significant association between leukaemia and the time-weighted average of the 50 Hz magnetic or electric fields in the bedroom and living (or daytime) room combined. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]