6 (1-4) 2004

Dear colleagues!

We dedicate this Special Issue of the International Journal of Radiation Medicine to an extremely important problem: radiation and psychosocial factors impact of the Chernobyl disaster and other radiation accidents on children healths. This subject was discussed at the 4-th international conference "Chernobyl children - health effects and psychosocial rehabilitation (June 2-6, 2003, Kiev, Ukraine)". Scientists and physicians of many countries, representatives of international organizations - OCHA, UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, IAEA, ICRP, national governments of the three most affected countries, and international and national non-governmental organizations participated in the conference to estimate children health damage offer exposure to ionizing irradiation and define rehabilitation strategy.

Scientific research results have demonstrated again that the problem originates not only from health aftermath, but has a profound ethic aspect as regards to children. The impact Radiation damage effects to thyroid are still actual, i.e. to estimate real risks for cancer and non-cancer diseases related to the gland dysfunction through out lifetime. The genome instability problem is still open that is tightly concerned with low long-term effects for population exposed to low irradiation doses.

Poverty of the affected people and continuous social stress determine many of somatic and psychological indisposition problems among the survived children in the most affected countries: the Republic of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine. The International Community's humanitarian position towards the Chernobyl problems gains special actuality. It consists in defining long-time strategy for humanitarian help for the survivors. It is extremely important to co-ordinate actions of national, international, voluntary organizations and all the people of good will on resolving economic, ecological, medical and psychosocial problems of the affected children and youth.

Editor-in-Chief Dr.
Prof. Mrs. A.I. Nyagu


Opening address of President of Ukraine L. Kuchma at the 4th International Conference "Chernobyl Children - Health Effects and Psychosocial Rehabilitation"

Opening address of Vice-Minister of Ukraine on the Issues of Emergency Situations and Population Protection from the Chernobyl Disaster Aftermath O.G. Kapitula at the 4th International Conference "Chernobyl children - health effects and psychosocial rehabilitation"

Opening address of Deputy-Minister of Health of Ukraine Vladimyr V. Zagorodnij at the 4th international conference "Chernobyl children - health effects and psychosocial rehabilitation"

Protection of children - survivors of the Chernobyl NPP disaster is one of the most important directions in state policy of the Republic of Belarus
V.G. Tsalko

Main cancer incidence reguliarities in cohort being exposed to radiation in childhood
A.Ye. Prysyazhnyuk, V.G. Gristchenko, V.A. Zakordonets, M.M. Fuzik, Ye.M. Slipenyuk, Z.P. Fedorenko, L.O. Gulak

Thyroid cancer: peculiarities of epidemiological process in a cohort being irradiated in childhood in Republic of Belarus, Russian Federation and Ukraine
M.M. Fuzik, A.Ye. Prysyazhnyuk, V.G. Gristchenko, V.A. Zakordonets, Ye.M. Slipenyuk, Z.P. Fedorenko, L.O. Gulak, A.Ye. Okeanov, V.V. Starinsky

Thyroid cancer incidence after the Chernobyl accident in Eastern Romania
Doina Davidescu, Olga Iacob

Infant leukaemia in the Eastern Romania in relation to exposure in utero due to the Chernobyl accident
Doina Davidescu, Olga Iacob, Ingrid Miron, Doina Georgescu

Thyroid cancer incidence among children of the Bryansk region for 1981-2002
V.. Doroshchenko, A.D. Proshin, G.A. Romanova, N.B. Rivkind

Effect of suppressive l-thyroxine therapy on lipid profile of children and adolescents with thyroid carcinoma
T.A. Mityukova, L.D. Ilyina, V.M. Drozd, A.G. Mrochek

Cluster of Down's syndrome cases registered in january 1987 in Republic of Belarus as a possible effect of the Chernobyl accident
I.O. Zatsepin, P. Verger, E. Robert-Gnansia, B. Gagniere, R.D. Khmel, G.I. Lazjuk

Indices of neurooncologic morbidity dynamics among younger children in Ukraine
Y.A. Orlov, A.V. Shaversky

Clinical-genelogical and cytogenetic peculiarties of children born to fathers -liquidators of the Chernobyl accident
N.M. Korenev, V.I. Kovaleva, N.V. Bagatskaya

Children disabilities in Ukrainian provinces with population survived after the Chernobyl disaster
A.V. Ipatov, E.V. Sergieni, T.G. Voitchak, T.V. Ananieva, A.Ya. Pikush

Effects of prenatal brain irradiation as a result of the Chernobyl accident
Nyagu A.I., Loganovsky K.N., Pott-Born R., K.N Repin V. S., Nechayev S.Yu., Antipchuk Ye.Yu., Bomko M.A., Yuryev K.L., Petrova I.V.

Antenatal exposure following the Chernobyl accident: neuropsychiatric aspects
S.A. Igumnov, V.V. Drozdovitch

General characterization of health in first-generation offspring born to liquidators of the Chernobyl NPP accident consequences
A.F. Tsyb, G.N. Souchkevitch, L.I. Lyask, Yu.Z. Artamonova, V.V. Navolokin, L.G. Raykina

State and dynamics of the radiation contamination of foodstuffs for children in the Chernobyl zone of Belarus according to the data from local radiation control centres
V.B. Nesterenko, A.N. Devoyno, A.A. Mukhlayev, I.E. Nesterenko

Epidemiology of bronchial asthma and diabetes mellitus in children and teenagers of Ozyorsk town situated in the area of Mayak Nuclear Plant supervision zone
I.A. Vologodskaya, A.V. Kurbatov, O.Yu. Kaminskaya

Reproductive function of women-descendants of the first generation of "Mayak" Nuclear Plant personnel
A.V. Kurbatov, I.A. Vologodskaya, A.V. Henkel, I.A. Ponomareva

Mussel concentrate Bipolan and its effect on the lipid metabolism on radiation injuries
O.E. Bityutskaya, D.B. Zhirko, M.M. Lukyantsov

Glutathionetransferase activity and PAH-DNA adducts in human placenta as a risk factor for newborn in radioactively contaminated regions
M. Obolenskaya, N. Teplyuk, L. Sasonova, V. Prima, M. Malko E. Bondarenko, L. Didenko, V. Vit, R. Divi, M. Poirier, M. Pasanen

Peculiar form manifestation of radiation-induced genome instability. Decrease in cell viability in capillary endothelium in offspring of rats after a low-dose irradiation of one of the parents
I.B. Bychkovskaya, R.P. Stepanov, R.F. Fedortseva, G.F. Palyga

Chernobyl accident consequences: the unborn children
A.M. Serdjuk, O.I. Timchenko, V.V. Elagin, O.V. Lynchak

Genetic polymorphism and average life expectancy f exposed individuals and their offspring
V.I. Telnov, N.V. Sotnik

How IPHECA - whos international programme on mitigation of the health effects of the chernobyl accident - was launched
N.P. Napalkov

The 4th International Conference "Chernobyl Children - Health Consequences and Psychosocial Rehabilitation"
June 2-6, 2003, Kiev, Ukraine



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