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2008-09-01 18:00:25

I WOULD like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who has so generously spent time designing and making unique cards in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care this year. Each year Marie Curie Cancer Care runs the Create a Card for Cancer Care campaign in partnership with docrafts, the website and magazine for crafters. We call upon our supporters to create one-off cards which are then sold in Marie Curie Cancer Care Shops across the UK for Two across the Tyne FOR a short while in the...

2008-08-24 00:00:27

By Andy Rowell Philip Morris and others failed to publish internal studies into lethal substance Some of the world's biggest tobacco firms researched the lethal radioactive substance polonium - present in cigarettes - over a 40- year period but never published the results, according to a new scientific article. Experts have examined more than 1,500 internal documents from tobacco companies. Polonium 210 is known to cause lung cancers in animals and studies suggest it is responsible...

2008-07-23 15:01:07

By Rob Pavey, Savannah Morning News, Ga. Jul. 22--AUGUSTA -- One of Georgia's largest chemical plants is under scrutiny by state regulators over its acknowledged under-reporting of millions of pounds of toxic releases dating back to at least 2003. Experts are unsure how the releases would have affected air quality or human health, and state officials are deciding whether to order fines or corrective measures. DSM Chemicals North America, based in Augusta, uses large amounts of...

2008-07-16 18:00:29

To: POLITICAL EDITORS Contact: Joel Spivak of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, +1- 202-296-5469 Statement of Matthew L. Myers,President, Campaign for Tobacco- Free Kids WASHINGTON, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two new studies published online today in the American Journal of Public Health demonstrate the critical need for Congress to enact pending legislation granting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory authority over tobacco products. One study found that...

2008-07-15 09:00:07

By Eileen Sullivan Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The government is taking too long to secure radioactive materials across the country that could get into terrorists' hands, according to a government report. Radioactive material used for legitimate purposes in medical equipment and food, for instance, could be used to create an explosive device known as a dirty bomb. Experts believe such an attack would be contained to a small area but could have significant psychological impact and have...

2008-07-02 18:00:33

MARIE Curie Cancer Care is now recruiting people from across Merseyside for their Leasowe Lighthouse abseil. The event takes place on Sunday, August 10 on the north Wirral Coast. Suitable for beginners or experienced abseilers, and open to ages 12 and above, the abseil will be a dramatic drop of approximately 110ft with stunning views across the estuary. Fundraiser Antony Jones said: "Halewood couple Brian and Vicky Powell used the event to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary last...

2008-02-09 03:00:22

By Chow, Judith C Doraiswamy, Prakash; Watson, John G; Chen, L-W Antony; Ho, Steven Sai Hang; Sodeman, David A ABSTRACT Recent improvements in integrated and continuous PM^sub 2.5^ mass and chemical measurements from the Supersite program and related studies in the past decade are summarized. Analytical capabilities of the measurement methods, including accuracy, precision, interferences, minimum detectable levels, comparability, and data completeness are documented. Upstream denuders...

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2006-11-20 15:00:00

By MARIA CHENG LONDON - Thallium is frequently referred to as the poison of choice: Only a gram of the colorless, odorless, water-soluble heavy metal can kill. It is as toxic as arsenic, and even more so than lead. Col. Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB and Federal Security Service agent, was under armed guard at a hospital Monday, fighting for his life after being given the deadly poison in London. Litvinenko's white blood cell count - generally used as a gauge of the immune system - is...

2005-12-29 18:22:13

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela said on Thursday it had found a capsule of highly radioactive material that was aboard a truck stolen 10 days ago. Officials had warned of a potential radioactive hazard after thieves seized the truck carrying the capsule in its lunchbox-sized protective container. It was the third incident involving such devices this year. "The radioactive capsule was found in Yaritagua in Yaracuy State thanks to the intelligence work of the National Guard,"...

2005-12-19 18:55:40

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela on Monday warned of a radiation hazard and launched a nationwide search for a capsule with highly radioactive material that was stolen along with the truck carrying it. "We have a state of emergency at a national and regional level and are looking for the capsule everywhere," civil defense director Col. Antonio Rivero told Reuters. The truck was stolen in the central-western Yaracuy state on Sunday night, officials said. Speaking on state...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.