Leukemia rates among Iraqi children soaring

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A study published in the American Journal of Public Health entitled "Trends in Childhood Leukemia in Basrah, Iraq (1993-2007)" reminds us all of what we already knew: in most wars, kids are the biggest losers.

According to the research, the rates of pediatric leukemia among Iraqi children living in and around the Basra area have more than doubled since 1993. During the years studied, this area was incredibly unstable, enduring the brunt of the Iran-Iraq war, the US-led operation to drive Iraq out of Kuwait in 1991, and most recently the 2003 US-led invasion.

The study was completed as part of an extended agreement between Baghdad's Mustansiriya University, Basrah University, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Washington state.

By Ross Bonander

Source: Madicalnewstoday

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