CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1990
It's ironic that my childhood memories of happy family vacations to the beautiful state of Washington must be shadowed by the Hanford weapons plant radiation leak ("U.S. Tells of '40s Radiation in Northwest," Part A, July 12). Every summer we visited my mother's hometown of Walla Walla, located in the southeastern corner of the state, where she and her sisters grew up. Two years ago she was diagnosed with cancer (a lymphoma) and a year before that one of her younger sisters also was found to have it. The first oncologist that reviewed her case suspected at once that it was caused by radioactive iodine--this was before he even knew where she had lived.
September 16, 2000 |
Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani underwent radioactive seed implantation to treat his prostate cancer. Doctors said the hourlong procedure went "perfectly," and the mayor was released later in the day. "There were absolutely no complications at all," said Dr. Richard Stock at a news conference. Giuliani appeared healthy and relaxed afterward.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1991 |
People who have received radiation treatment for Hodgkin's disease have a high risk of developing thyroid problems decades after the treatments end, according to new research. Hodgkin's, a cancer of the lymph nodes and spleen, usually strikes people in their 20s and between 55 and 70 years of age. The thyroid gland, which produces important hormones, is vulnerable to the radiation used to treat Hodgkin's.
July 26, 1986 |
The Kansas City Royals said Friday that Manager Dick Howser will undergo about five weeks of radiation treatments for the cancerous tumor found in his brain earlier this week. But the team declined to provide detailed results of pathological tests. The club released a statement saying that Dr. Charles Clough, the neurosurgeon who operated on Howser Tuesday at St.
April 12, 2008 |
Scientists mimicked one of cancer's sneaky tricks to create a drug that promises to prevent a serious side effect of cancer treatment -- radiation damage -- or offer an antidote during a nuclear emergency. A dose of the experimental drug protected mice and monkeys from what should have been lethal doses of radiation, researchers reported Friday in the journal Science. A study to see if the compound is safe in people could begin as early as this summer. The drug activates a protein that prevents cells from self-destructing, as they would normally do when damaged by radiation.
November 19, 1994 |
A tiny sliver of highly radioactive metal poisoned the atmosphere in the kitchen of a village home, killing a man and a dog and sending four other people to hospitals. There was no clear explanation how the sliver found its way into the home. It was discovered after members of the family became sick. Authorities said the victims were exposed over a period of weeks to the lump of radioactive metal, cesium-137. Cesium is used in cancer research and radiation therapy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1994
Gregg Easterbrook, in "The Doomsday Spin" (Opinion, Jan. 9), concludes that "low levels of radiation are far less worrisome than once assumed." But he is in serious error on essentially every scientific issue he addresses. He suggests the old saw that a lower cancer rate in high-altitude Denver, with its elevated background radiation dose, may argue for beneficial effects of radiation. This notion has long ago been discredited for its failure to control comparability of cities on causes of cancer other than radiation.
July 17, 1986 |
A harmless white powder used as insulation touched off a scare that radioactive material had contaminated U.S. Customs inspectors and airline employees at Miami International Airport Wednesday, officials said. Workers were unloading a shipment of iridium 192, a radioactive yellow powder used to test metals, for a customs check when a whitish powder spilled over customs agents and airline employees, officials said.
March 2, 1998
In "Booster Shots" ("Stats II, Feb. 9), you printed a brief description of our Rocketdyne cancer study. The article contains misleading information that was inappropriately interpreted, and it failed to report the major findings of our investigation. The goal of our study was to estimate the effects of occupational exposure to ionizing radiation on the risk of dying from cancers among nuclear workers at the Rocketdyne division of Boeing North America. The article points out that the proportion of all deaths due to cancer in our worker population was approximately the same as the proportion of deaths due to cancer in the general U.S. population.