Lake by lake
Resources and references
About the Great Lakes LaMPs study...
Glossary of terms
Other health issues
in the Great Lakes
Apart from the major Great Lakes health concerns of drinking water, recreational water, and fish consumption, there are a number of related issues that are interconnected to air and water quality, pollution and contamination, agriculture and industry, and wildlife.
Air quality |
Bacterial infection and beach closings |
Long term low level exposure to ionizing radiation has been associated with the development of leukemia and other cancers. Effects other than cancer, such as neurological, developmental, and immunological damage, have been observed only at high doses of radiation, and are generally assumed to be threshold effects. It has been suggested that radiation weakens the immune system, and that exposure even at low levels may lower one's resistance to infectious diseases, as there is a depression in the white blood cell count at high levels of radiation exposure. However, there is no clear mechanism linking low level radiation exposure with obvious immune system damage.
Last modified: April 29, 2003