Dietary and clastogenic factors in children who immigrated to israel from regions contaminated by the chernobyl accident

Ella A. Kordysh, John R. Goldsmith, Arkady Bolotin, Michael Friger, Ingrid Emerit, Ludmila Merkin, Michael Quastel

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Abstract

The authors evaluated the possible association between dietary history and plasma clastogenic factors in children who immigrated to Israel between 1989 and 1993 from regions contaminated by the Chernobyl accident. The authors compared questionnaire data about demographic variables, dietary histories before and after immigration occurred, and health status with clastogenic factor scores for 162 immigrants. Logistic regression analysis revealed a negative association between clastogenic factor scores and frequency of consumption of fresh vegetables and fruit among children ≤ 7 yr of age during the postimmigration period. Intake of eggs and fish by boys who were ≤ 7 yr of age prior to immigration was associated positively with clastogenic factor scores. Consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits afforded protection to the immune systems of children who were ≤ 7 yr of age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-326
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Environmental Health
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2001

Keywords

  • Chernobyl radiation
  • Clastogenic activity
  • Diet
  • Dietary antioxidants
  • Immigrants' health
  • Oxidant toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science (all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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