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March 21, 2011 | By Shari Roan and Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Japan halted some food shipments Monday as officials from the World Health Organization warned that radioactive milk, spinach and other items posed a greater health threat than radioactive materials in the air. Tainted agricultural products turned up over the weekend, with some exceeding government standards for allowable radiation levels. Here's some information on radiation and food safety: How does food become tainted by radiation? Plants can become poisoned when radioactive material enters the soil and is taken up by root systems.
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.
May 6, 1986 | Associated Press
The United States has picked up its first ground-level radioactivity from the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the special interagency task force monitoring developments of the accident said today. The task force said in a statement that a rainwater sample collected Monday at Richland, Wash., measured 500 picocuries per liter of iodine-131, according to a laboratory report. "This level poses no danger to residents in the area," the statement said.
March 24, 1992 | Reuters
Radioactive gases leaked from a Russian nuclear reactor early today, and an official described the accident as serious. Yuri Rogozhin, spokesman for the state nuclear inspectorate Gosatomnadzor, said: "The degree of the incident is serious, with possible consequences for the environment and the population." He said radioactive iodine had leaked from the plant at Sosnovy Bor, 60 miles from St. Petersburg.
February 12, 2003 | From Associated Press
A draft report that estimated 11,000 people died from cancers related to nuclear testing during the Cold War was well done and should be published, the National Research Council said Tuesday. The study, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute, concluded that radioactive fallout from Cold War nuclear testing exposed virtually everyone in the United States to radiation and contributed to the cancer deaths.
March 14, 2005
Uses: Kelp has long been taken as an iodine supplement to treat goiter or thyroid disease. Newer claims tout its use in weight loss, hair loss prevention, ulcer and constipation treatment, and cancer prevention. Dose: Kelp comes in capsule, liquid and powder form. Products vary in nutrient content, so follow manufacturer instructions for recommended doses. Precautions: Kelp from contaminated waters can contain heavy metals (such as lead) and other toxic chemicals.
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