ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The nuclear radiation effect on growing children and pregnant women

Updated on March 16, 2016

Stress from Electromagnetic Radiation


Radioactivity effects on Pregnancy


The case of radioactive wastes

An important example of non – biodegradable wastes which can pollute the soil and water of earth to dangerous levels of toxicity are the radioactive waste materials (or nuclear waste materials). The radioactive waste materials are produced during the environment of nuclear fuels; they are produced in nuclear reactors, in hospitals and laboratories which use radioactive substances. The radioactive wastes emit high energy gamma radiations which are extremely harmful to all the living beings, men, animals as well as plants.

The two harmful effects caused by radioactive radiation or nuclear radiation on our body are:

1) Radioactive radioactive (or nuclear radiations) inhibit cell functions leading to some serious diseases like leukaemia. 2) Radioactive radiations (or nuclear radiations) unwanted cell growth leading to a deadly disease like cancer.

The pollution of environment caused by radioactive wastes which emit harmful nuclear radiations is called nuclear pollution. A great problem with controlling nuclear pollution is that radioactive materials spread to far – off places in very short time. Due to this, even those places which are quite far away from the original radioactive leakage, get polluted by nuclear radiations. It is because of this reason that nuclear pollution assumes a universal dimension. In view of the seriousness of the harm caused by nuclear pollution, special techniques of change of radioactive materials and disposal of radioactive wastes should be employed at the same time, a great vigilance should be kept on the stored radioactive materials and wastes to prevent the leakage of any radioactive materials during storage and disposal. This is because if the radioactive wastes are not handled properly, they during storage and disposal. This is because if the radioactive wastes are not handled properly, they will cause a tremendous damage to men, animals, as well as as plants.

The two suggested (but not fool – proof) methods of disposing – off radioactive wastes are;

A) Enclosing the radioactive wastes in containers made of concrete and then dumping them in the sea. B). Fusing the radioactive wastes into glass and sealing it deep inside hard – rock formation.

Nuclear Test Sites


nuclear radiation effect


skin injuries


Destruction caused by large scale nuclear radiations

Diseases caused due to pollution by radiations

The dangerous diseases caused by radiations are : cancer, Leukaemia and skin injuries. All the short wavelength, high energy radiations are harmful to the human health. The three types of radiations which damage human health.

a) ultra -violet rays or ultra -violet radiations. b) X- rays or X – radiations. c) Gamma rays (Gamma radiations or nuclear radiations.

Destruction caused by large scale nuclear radiations

An example of the destruction caused by the large scale pollution by nuclear radiations comes from the unfortunate dropping of an atom bomb on Hiroshima in Japan during the second world War. The tremendous nuclear radiations emitted by the explosion of atom bomb killed thousands of people instantaneously. The health of survivors was also damaged severely by the action of these nuclear radiations. For example, the survivors of this atom bomb tragedy developed many kinds of metabolic disorders, skin lesions, cancer and chromosomal defects. All these defects produced by nuclear radiations are hereditary which can cause malformation of future generations. Two accidents at the nuclear reactor sites in America and erstwhile Soviet Union have also caused wide – spread nuclear pollution.

Effect on growing children and pregnant women

By inhibiting many cell functions, damaging tissues and chromosomes, and by inducing unwanted cell division, nuclear radiations can cause irreparable damage to the growing children and pregnant women. So, to avoid the risk of damage to the growing child, and the growing embryo, by nuclear radiations, children below 18 years of age and pregnant women are not allowed to enter a nuclear reactor building.

Pollution from nuclear wastes left behind in the nuclear reactor during the fission process are also radioactive and emit nuclear radiations which cause pollution. These radioactive nuclear wastes take a long time to decompose to form harmless, non- radioactive substances. So far there are no foolproof methods of disposing off these nuclear safely without causing pollution of air, water or soil. So, while using the nuclear fission process for the generation of electrical energy, there is a constant danger of nuclear pollution from possible accidents at the nuclear reactor sites and from the disposal of nuclear wastes.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • 10000001 profile imageAUTHOR

      madugundu krishna 

      2 years ago from Yemmiganur

      thank you sir for commenting.

    • emge profile image


      2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      Radiation is a great danger. Good highlight


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)