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November 6, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD
Supervisor Thomas W. Wilson was honored Wednesday by the Kiwanis Club of Laguna Niguel for his years of public service and assistance in raising awareness about a rare disorder that can cause mental retardation in children. Wilson, a former Laguna Niguel councilman, was presented with the George F. Hixon award at a ceremony. It is the highest award conferred by Kiwanis. The club will donate $1,000 on behalf of Wilson to a program aimed at eliminating iodine deficiency disorders by 2000.
November 11, 1997
North American Scientific Inc. has received FDA approval to market its second-generation iodine-125 brachytherapy radiation source for treating prostate cancer, the North Hollywood-based company said. The company has filed for patent protection for the enhanced drug, which will be marketed by Mentor Corp. under the trade name IoGold. In February, North American Scientific announced FDA approval of its initial source design, also marketed by Mentor Corp.
June 23, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Missy Elliott has been out of the limelight for a few years now because she’s battling Graves' disease, undergoing treatment that has included radiation, according to media reports . The disease, which affects the thyroid gland, may not be familiar to most people, but it can cause a long litany of unpleasant symptoms. Essentially, Graves' disease causes too much thyroid hormone to be produced, a condition called hyperthyroidism. The thyroid gland’s hormones help regulate the body’s metabolism, affecting mood, weight and energy.
May 8, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Sportscaster Jeanne Zelasko is back in the Fox studio, anchoring the network's Saturday baseball coverage after a string of off-season misfortune. It actually began in August, though, when her father, Stanley, died of a heart attack at 71 in his home in Escondido. The shock of losing her father, Zelasko said, led to another shock -- learning in December that she had thyroid cancer. She recounted what she sees as a strange turn of events.
October 9, 2011 | By Susan Spano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Cancale and Locmariaquer are dots on the Atlantic coast of France. Also places that produce my favorite food: Brittany oysters. Served raw on the half shell, with no more sauce than a squeeze of lemon, they are generally smaller than other varieties but intensely flavored, more precious than pearls to people who know their oysters. French King Henri IV could down 20 dozen in a sitting. Diderot, Voltaire and Rousseau ate them for inspiration, as did Napoleon Bonaparte before going into battle.
May 20, 1986 | Associated Press
The Environmental Protection Agency conceded that the air many Americans have been breathing since the Chernobyl nuclear accident may have had three times the radiation the agency reported. But even at the higher readings, the radiation is still not hazardous to human health, EPA said Monday. The discrepancy occurred because most EPA equipment was only measuring airborne particles of radioactive iodine-131.
October 12, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The plant at the center of Japan's worst nuclear accident kept pumping small amounts of radiation into the air for more than a week before officials discovered it, the facility's operator said. Radioactive iodine-131 at double the legal limit was detected Friday at a ventilator opening in the building, but officials waited until three days later to turn off the exhaust fan and seal the opening. The ventilator had been left running after the Sept.
May 21, 1986 | Associated Press
Radioactivity reaching the United States from the Chernobyl nuclear accident has declined so much that the Environmental Protection Agency said today it will stop reporting radioactivity concentrations at the end of this week. The agency's daily report on behalf of the interagency task force monitoring Chernobyl developments said that only 12 out of 26 rain samples analyzed by EPA monitoring stations contained iodine-131 and average concentrations were continuing to fall.
Although heartened by Gail Devers' gold-medal comeback in the women's 100-meter race, physicians specializing in thyroid conditions say they are perplexed and disturbed by her account of her battle against Graves' disease. Some of the pieces, they say, just don't compute. In particular, they say it is virtually impossible that the radioactive iodine she took to quell her overactive thyroid caused her feet to become so swollen and inflamed that doctors considered cutting them off.
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