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Recent events in Japan, along with the pervasive terrorist threat of “dirty bombs” loaded with radioactive material, have brought radiation sickness -- its detection and treatment -- to the world’s center stage. Attacking radiation sickness requires the same diagnostic and treatment developments that have helped us deal with other illnesses. Diabetics, for instance, have access to sophisticated blood glucose monitors…

Recently, more states have reported detecting trace amounts of iodine-131, the substance whose harmful effects are countered by potassium iodide.  In addition to Hawaii, Washington and California, monitors in Colorado and Oregon recently showed higher than normal readings. It is extremely important to state that the levels reported are not harmful to humans.  In fact, “Americans typically get exposure to…

As the post tsunami drama in Japan unfolds, we thought it would be helpful to place the radiation exposure risk posed by the Fukushima nuclear power plant damage into perspective.  Radiation surrounds us all the time.  At what point do levels become dangerous?  The World Nuclear Association, made up of top nuclear specialists, has produced a guide that may help…

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