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Perinatal mortality in Germany following the Chernobyl accident

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Perinatal mortality in Germany was investigated with respect to a possible relationship to the nuclear accident in Chernobyl on April 26, 1986. Using annual data of perinatal mortality, a trend analysis based on an appropriately chosen statistical model was performed which showed a significant increase in 1987. In addition, we calculated the cesium concentration in women's bodies using data of the cesium concentration in milk. We found two peaks of cesium concentration that were associated with the observed two peaks of monthly perinatal mortality data with a delay of 7 months.

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Received: 14 October 1994 / Accepted in revised form: 14 October 1996

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Körblein, A., Küchenhoff, H. Perinatal mortality in Germany following the Chernobyl accident. Radiat Environ Biophys 36, 3–7 (1997).

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