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Fukushima Radiation Levels Below Reference Level
2012-05-24 13:42:40

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that radiation levels in Japan's Fukushima district are below the reference level for public exposure in all but two areas. The WHO said in its report that the town of Namie and Itate village, which are located 12 to 18 miles away, were most affected. These towns had doses of radiation levels that reached 10 to 50 millisieverts (mSv). Neighboring towns reached 1 to 10 mSv, while other areas were as low as 0.1 to 10 mSv, according to...

2012-03-29 14:41:51

A proposed study could help determine if there is a link between living near nuclear power plants or other nuclear facilities and having a higher risk of cancer, but challenges and limitations exist, says a new report from the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering. The report recommends that a pilot study be completed first to evaluate the feasibility of a full-scale study, although the ultimate decision about...

High Radioactivity Levels In Tokyo Causing Concern
2011-10-16 04:50:05

Multiple radioactive "hot spots" in and around Tokyo -- some 125 miles from a nuclear facility damaged by a March earthquake -- have been detected by citizens using radiation-detection gear, various media outlets reported late last week. According to Chico Harlan of the Washington Post, residents reported on Thursday that they had discovered two areas with elevated radiation levels, some of which were higher than those within the 12-mile evacuation zone. One of those two readings could...

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2011-03-23 10:25:00

Fears about food and water safety in Tokyo are spilling into the general populace as small amounts of radiation continue to be released from the earthquake-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, the Associated Press (AP) reports. Vegetables, raw milk, the water supply and seawater have shown an increase of radiation counts since the power plant was thrown into disarray nearly two weeks ago. US and Hong Kong officials announced a block on Japanese dairy and certain produce from the region....

2009-04-15 09:28:00

NEW YORK, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An annual conference on thyroid cancer is being held today at the United Nations on Wednesday, April 15, to focus on the state-of-the-art treatment of thyroid cancer among millions of people around the world who were exposed to radiation after the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine on April 26, 1986. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEEI) is working in partnership with Project Chernobyl, a community-led effort to diagnose and treat...

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2007-06-07 18:25:00

PARISHEV, Ukraine -- Two decades after an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant sent clouds of radioactive particles drifting over the fields near her home, Maria Urupa says the wilderness is encroaching. Packs of wolves have eaten two of her dogs, the 73-year-old says, and wild boar trample through her cornfield. And she says fox, rabbits and snakes infest the meadows near her tumbledown cottage. "I've seen a lot of wild animals here," says Urupa, one of about 300 mostly...

2006-07-06 15:40:34

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study confirms a substantially increased risk of thyroid cancer among people exposed to radiation during childhood and adolescence after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. A total of 13,127 of the 32,385 individuals living in the most contaminated area of the Ukraine during the nuclear plant meltdown and who were under 18 at the time were screened between 1998 and 2000, Dr. Geoffrey R. Howe of Columbia University in New York and colleagues report....

2006-04-18 06:10:54

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - The death toll from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 20 years ago could be far higher than official estimates, with up to 93,000 extra cancer deaths worldwide, environmental group Greenpeace said on Tuesday. Based on research by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the report said that of the 2 billion people globally affected by the Chernobyl fallout, 270,000 will develop cancers as a result, of which 93,000 will prove fatal. The...

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2006-03-01 07:22:57

Many children exposed to radiation are now elderly with thyroid problems, study finds It's been 60 years since atomic bombs fell on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, but survivors are still struggling with the effects, according to new research. The latest research found that survivors of the attacks continue to develop thyroid nodules -- either benign or cancerous -- and the presence of these nodules is in direct proportion to the radiation dose they received. The researchers...

2005-06-28 18:10:06

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - Nuclear industry workers exposed to chronic low doses of radiation have a slightly higher risk of developing cancer, scientists said on Wednesday. "We have shown that even low doses of radiation cause cancer," said Dr Elisabeth Cardis, head of the radiation group at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France. But she added that the risk appears to be similar to what scientists had estimated based on data from survivors of...


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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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