Hospital: 40% of Fukushima visitors show internal exposure to radiation

Published: June 2nd, 2011 at 9:40 am ET
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Hiroshi Nagasaki Hospital, examined the internal exposure to 40 percent of refugees from Fukushima et al., Chugoku Shimbun, June 2, 2011:

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After the accident the first nuclear power plant in Fukushima who entered the field and in the relief activities, Hiroshi Nagasaki hospital people have been evacuated from the field in Nagasaki Prefecture (Nagasaki) and was examined, the internal exposure of about 40% ( nuked) have found that. [...]

Professor Matsuda Naoki Hiroshi Nagasaki Leading Life Science Research Center participated in the study group “The value of iodine and cesium were within expectations. I have not much breath was captured through the” Let’s try this. Fukushima Prefecture from April into the amount of people who find that the measurements are close to zero.

Professor Matsuda has “emerged as a result of the data for early internal exposure. The direction and distance to the primary, according to analysis by such behavior and time spent, 生Kaseru might have for future study,” he said .

Published: June 2nd, 2011 at 9:40 am ET
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13 comments to Hospital: 40% of Fukushima visitors show internal exposure to radiation

  • Darth

    Is there a better translation than this. I can’t follow what is being communicated.

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  • mono

    I often see stories that mention “radioactive particles” with no mention of what sizes they mean.

    Talking about radioactive particles is pretty useless without saying how big they are.

    There’s a huge difference between a particle of 10^-10m diameter that contains just one atom, and a particle 1micron in diameter containing of the order of 10^20 atoms.

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  • xdrfox

    Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation:
    a Perspective for Japan
    Most of the world press assumes that all radiation is harmful.
    If the Japanese government acts on th
    Ionizing radiation is hormetic. The concept of hormesis,
    which is not generally understood by news media and
    governments, is that small doses are beneficial, while large doses
    are harmful. This effect is known to occur for about 40 essential
    nutrients, all drugs, and most other agents. Both chronic and
    acute exposures to ionizing radiation exhibit hormesis.
    Consideration of the full spectrum, beneficial as well as harmful,
    of the biological effects of ionizing radiation is vital to
    understanding the importanceof nuclear fallout….

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    • Darth

      Certainly a disaster of this magnitude does not warrant a discussion about size of particles and beneficial aspects of radiation.

      We have an earth changing event here folks. How it plays out is going to take about 50 years to see its full benefit. I’ll be gone by then. Maybe the meek will inherit the earth after all.

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    • Arizonan

      Wow, I am surprised to see the old chestnut hormesis being discussed here as if it were a sane alternative! Rosalie bertell told me once that she accounted for hormesis – the phenom that some things thrive on low levels of rad, by saying that many plants/animals will try harder to grow and develop if their very life is being threatened at the cellular level. The nuke industry loves hormesis, because they think it demonstrates how harmless low levels of radionuclides are. In fact the effect may be related to a survival response. Also, be careful of the studies. Are they looking at internal or external exposure? Also, the hormesis effect falls off rather quickly, even at low levels of rad. Don’t fall for it, is all I’m saying. The levels of rad coming out of Fukushima and the proposed duration of emissions – are well and away beyond anything humanity has had to deal with before. How do we as humans respond appropriately if it takes 20 years for the attacking tiger to land on our heads?

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  • Yes Dr,…just like the synergistic effects of multi drugs administered to one test subject is NOT studied! Not to mention the accumulative effects–geeze, and I’m barely smart enough to lace my boots and catch the right bus to downtown!

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  • Bread+Butter

    Here the news to the topic from NHK:
    “Nagasaki University Hospital says that at least 40 percent of local people sent to Fukushima Prefecture, host to the crippled nuclear plant, suffered internal radiation exposure.

    The hospital checked staffers and medical experts sent to Fukushima by Nagasaki’s prefectural government. They spent around a week helping local government offices and medical institutions in Fukushima after the nuclear plant accident in March.

    The hospital says radioactive iodine was detected in the bodies of 34, or about 40 percent, of 87 examinees. Some were also detected for radioactive cesium. Neither substance occurs naturally in human bodies.

    Officials at the hospital insist, however, that the level of radioactive contamination is very low and poses no health concerns.

    Nagasaki University Professor Naoki Matsuda, who joined the survey, says Fukushima residents should also be checked for levels of internal exposure.

    The survey results will be reported at a conference in Hiroshima City on Sunday.

    Thursday, June 02, 2011 21:20 +0900 (JST)

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  • Hospital: 40% of Fukushima visitors show internal exposure to radiation

    Wouldn’t that mean that 40% of people show early signs of cancer…

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  • High Levels Of Carcinogenic Substance Detected At Damaged Japanese Nuke Plant
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    (RTTNews) – High levels of a radioactive substance that can cause cancer were found in soil samples from Japan’s quake-wrecked nuclear power plant.

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  • milk and cheese

    Oh, those poor people.

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