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Radiation Modestly Raises Women’s Heart Risks, Study Says

Radiation - NY Times

Researchers have found that the benefits to women of treating breast cancer with radiation outweigh the risks of heart disease.


Fish with radiation over 2,500 times safe levels found near Fukushima plant

Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

A fish containing over 2,500 times Japan's legal limit for radiation in seafood has been caught in the vicinity of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the facility's operator reported. A ‘murasoi’ fish, similar to a rockfish, was caught at a port inside the plant, according to AFP. Plant owner Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) indicated that the amount of cesium measured 254,000 becquerels per kilogram – 2,540 times Japan's legal limit for radiation in seafood.


Curiosity Rover Finds that Humans Could Survive Mars Radiation

Radiation levels at the Martian surface appear to be roughly similar to those experienced by astronauts in low-Earth orbit, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has found. The rover's initial radiation measurements — the first ever taken on the surface of another planet — may buoy the hopes of human explorers who may one day put boots on Mars, for they add more support to the notion that astronauts can indeed function on the Red Planet for limited stretches of time.


Phone Case Cuts Cancer

A new smartphone accessory made from the same material as NASA spacecraft claims to reduce antenna radiation and improve performance. But how do we know if it works?


First study reports very low internal radioactivity after Fukushima disaster

Japanese researchers have found very low amounts of radioactivity in the bodies of about 10,000 people who lived near the Fukushima Daiichi power plant when it melted down. The first published study that measured the radiation within a large number of residents reassured health experts because the numbers reported imply only negligible health risks. The threat appeared to be considerably lower than in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, the experts agreed.


FDA: Kids' medical tests need child-size radiation

Kids: X-Ray Radiation

The government is taking steps to help ensure that children who need CT scans and other X-ray-based tests don't get an adult-sized dose of radiation....


Russia: Nuclear submarine fire finally out

Russian Nuclear Submarine Fire

Firefighters extinguished a massive fire aboard a docked Russian nuclear submarine Friday as some crew members remained inside, officials said, giving assurances that there was no radiation leak and the vessel's nuclear-tipped missiles were not on board....


Japan's Kan says nuclear clean-up could take decades

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Saturday it will take decades to clean up and decommission the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after the world's worst atomic accident since Chernobyl.


WHO says cell phone use "possibly carcinogenic"

WHO says cell phone use

Using a mobile phone may increase the risk of certain types of brain cancer in humans and consumers should consider ways of reducing their exposure, World Health Organization (WHO) cancer experts said on Tuesday.


Putting You on Hold. Mobile Phone and WiFi Radiation Scare Ramped up in Europe

The argument that mobile phones are bad for health was maybe due a reprise, so expect at least a round of calls for more research on their impact in the coming days, and possibly for outright bans in some circumstances (like schools). The renewed concern though is not just about mobile phones. WiFi is now in the frame. The panic button was pressed by an influential European committee that has compared the current situation of mobiles and WiFi to previous experiences of tobacco and asbestos.


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