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November 6, 1997 |
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.
May 20, 1986 |
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.
June 29, 1998 |
Dear Dr. Blonz: Do you have information on any problems from drinking hot beverages from a plastic cup? I have been using Rubbermaid plastic bowls as drinking cups and frequently eat hot foods out of them. Is there anything leaching from the plastic that a person should be concerned about? --B.B., San Diego Dear B.B.: A number of materials are currently used for food packaging, and there is a potential for concern if a substance migrates from the packaging into the food.
October 12, 1999 |
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 |
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.
August 9, 1992 |
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 |
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.