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2008-10-02 13:43:32

When a reactor in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded in 1986 in what was then the Soviet republic of Ukraine, radioactive elements were released in the air and dispersed over the Soviet Union, Europe and even eastern portions of North America. More than 20 years later, researchers from Case Western Reserve University traveled to Sweden and Poland to gain insight into the downward migration of Chernobyl-derived radionuclides in the soil. Among the team's findings was the fact that much...

2008-09-28 03:00:11

By Resick, Lenore Kolljeski Purpose: To explore the meaning of health among midlife Russian- speaking women from the former Soviet Onion. Design and Methodology: A hermeneutic phenomenological design was used. Study participants included 12 Russian-speaking women ages 40-61, who also spoke English and had migrated to the United States after 1991. Findings: These themes were identified: health as being highly valued, though less of a priority during immigration; being a stranger and...

2008-09-17 16:51:34

By OLIVIA KELLEHER AN Irish charity has launched an appeal after stumbling across a "hospital from hell". On its latest humanitarian mission to Kazakhstan, Cork charity Greater Chernobyl Cause found Red Cross personnel desperately trying to care for patients in horrifying conditions. The care home in Semipalatinsk is deprived of essential medical supplies, proper bedding and basic food. The chronically ill are thrown together with social outcasts, the mentally disabled and radiation...

2008-09-08 12:00:24

A teenage victim of the Chernobyl nuclear accident is fighting to remain in the United States with the California family she spends summers with. Tanya Kazyra's refusal to return to Belarus with the other members of her exchange group last month has sparked an international controversy, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Two Belarus envoys have visited the girl and promised her a free house and college education if she returns home. A government television and media campaign in...

2008-08-28 09:00:53

Although they have three young sons of their own, Sarah and Matt Bailey take in a couple of guests every summer. The visitors are children whose lives have been blighted by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the former Soviet Union. Matt, a 39-year-old commercial partnerships manager with an internet company, and Sarah, aged 37, a part-time music teacher and full-time mother, live in Whitehurst Lane, Dilhorne, with sons Charlie, aged eight, Joseph, six, and Sam, who is six months old When...

2008-08-22 21:00:23

MOSCOW. Aug 22 (Interfax) - ZAO Atomstroyexport has completed the operations to improve security of the Shelter facility at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the company said in a press release. The final phase of the repair of the light roof over the central hall of Power Unit 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which was destroyed in 1986, was completed in early August, that is, a month earlier than was planned. Atomstroyexport is a leading world company engaged in constructing...

2008-08-22 12:00:46

Text of report by Interfax-Ukraine news agency Moscow, 22 August: The [Russian] company Atomstroyeksport has said in a press release it has completed all works aimed at improving safety at the Shelter facility at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It completed repairs on the light roof over the central hall of generating set No 4, which had been destroyed in 1986, in early August, one month ahead of schedule. Atomstroyeksport is one of the leading companies building nuclear power plants...

2008-08-15 09:01:04

BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Veterinarians are tuning in to the recent popularity of a probiotic-based immune formula developed during the cold war era in the Soviet Union. During the 1980s, Soviet researchers discovered that by breaking open particular strains of probiotic bacteria cells, they achieved a product that triggered a significant immune response in humans and animals. Researchers learned that the key to the product's action is peptides, which act as building blocks...

2008-08-02 06:00:24

STUDENTS from Belarus visited Henley College in Coventry. Youngsters who have been affected by the Chernobyl disaster were flown to Britain for a holiday. The group of eight girls, from Belarus, are staying with host families within Coventry and Warwickshire for two weeks. Their first stop was Henley College, for a chance to play football, rounders and pool. The girls, aged 13 to 19, were picked by the Chernobyl Children's Project, a charity which provides recuperative holidays in the...

2008-07-06 12:00:09

By Brian Murphy Associated Press The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program -- a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium -- reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans. The removal of 550 metric tons of "yellowcake" -- the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment -- was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam's nuclear legacy. It also...


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