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Author: Masaharu Tsubokura M.D., PhD.

Editor: Yudai Kaneda

339  After the disaster, the postpartum depression trend has been high

7 August 2021

In March of this year, the latest report from the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation reported that the possibility of an increase in cancer associated with radiation exposure is low. On the other hand, the report also states that the health effects, such as psychological effects and lifestyle-related diseases caused by changes in the living environment, were enormous.

 The effects of pregnancy and childbirth have been extensively studied in a survey (i.e., one of the prefectural health surveys) of pregnant and nursing mothers. The results show that since 2011, the premature birth rate, low birth-weight rate, and congenital malformation rate have been 5%, 5%, and 5%, respectively. Our prefecture’s values were not different from the national average or from the generally accepted data. In addition, based on past findings, there is absolutely no reason to be concerned about genetic effects.