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Has increased with expansion of plants but decreased thanks to improved practice.

Figure A.15. Annual pro capite doses in the year 2000.

Figure A.15. Annual pro capite doses in the year 2000.

probably will be, compared again with tests on animals, in order to corroborate or disprove it; in any event, it seems to agree with a similar finding for laboratory mice (for a comprehansive description of this effect, technically called "hormesis", see [Mortazavi, 2005]). A possible explanation is based on the so-called theory of radiative hormesis: according to hormesis, a "low" level of stress prepares biological organisms to face and overcome larger disruptions, either internal or external. The Taiwan study hints this level could be of the order of 50 mSv per year in the case of cancers.

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