Report from the ARPS2017: EHS, sleep & non-thermal effects

…this post was updated, see below…

The annual meeting of the Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS) Inc., was held in Wollongong, NSW, Australia, August 6-9, 2017.Here is my report from the NIR sessions, dealing with EHS, sleep and non-thermal effects: updated Report from ARPS 2017

The part of report was updated to remove a mistake of mine. The updated part reads now as follows:

DL comments on presentation by Bandara et al.

This was a presentation that rushed to some premature conclusions. Few examples:

  • The scientific evidence is still insufficient to claim that the oxidative stress is “a key mechanism”. There are other mechanisms proposed, like e.g. stress response or calcium mobilization and the effect might be a combination of several mechanisms
  • The DNA damage claim is not proven – we do not know whether radiation causes (indirectly) DNA damage or whether radiation prevents repair of spontaneously occurring DNA damage
  • Importantly, oxidative stress, stress response, calcium mobilization, DNA “damage” were not sufficiently demonstrated in human volunteers, what is crucial for proving or disproving the existence of health hazard



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