New data shows spike in babies born missing parts of brain around leaking US nuclear site — Official: We’re really concerned it remains so high, we hoped it would go away — NBC: Many locals say Hanford to blame — CDC Expert: Cases “not focused near Hanford” (VIDEO)

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AP, Apr. 23, 2014: Puzzling rare birth defects in Eastern Washington — The state Health Department is trying to find the cause of an unusually high number of rare birth defects in south-central Washington.

NBC, Apr. 22, 2014 (emphasis added): Seven cases of a rare fatal birth defect were reported in a remote region of Washington state in 2013 […] There’s still no clear reason for the spike in anencephaly, a severe defect in which babies are born missing parts of the brain or skull, according to Washington state health officials. […] it brings to 30 the number of cases reported since 2010 in the area that includes Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties […] rate jumped to 8.7 cases per 10,000 births in the region, far exceeding the national rate of 2.1 […] Critics have said state and federal officials need to do detailed interviews and a thorough investigation of the central Washington cluster. Many local residents are convinced that leaking tanks of nuclear waste from the region’s nearby Hanford nuclear plant must be to blame, but Dr. Edith Cheng, a University Washington Medicine expert on birth defects, said there has not been a good evaluation of the plant’s impact […]

Yakima Herald Republic, Apr. 22, 2014 (emphasis added): The explanation might be a perfect storm of social, economic, genetic and environmental factors, said epidemiologist Mandy Stahre […] They did not show up seasonally, as would probably be the case if they were tied to pesticide exposure […] They’re not focused near the Hanford site [??? See above map showing the 3 counties affected] Stahre said, the Health Department would have reported it by now [if that was the case.] Genetic counselor Susie Ball says that for birth defects like anencephaly to happen, there needs to be overlap of both genetic predisposition and environmental factors.

Mandy Stahre, CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service officer: “We’re really concerned about the fact that the anencephaly rates are still so high. We were sort of hoping that this may have been a statistical anomaly or would go away.”

Institute for Children’s Environmental Health: Sever et al. (1988) […] found elevated rates of neural tube defects [including anencephaly] in Franklin and Benton Counties

See also: [intlink id=”cnn-horrible-medical-mystery-alarming-rate-of-birth-defects-in-washington-babies-missing-parts-of-brain-and-skull-mother-outraged-at-govt-inaction-affected-area-surrounds-most-pollu” type=”post”]CNN: “Horrible medical mystery… alarming rate of birth defects” in Washington — Babies missing parts of brain, skull — Mother outraged at gov’t — Nurse: “It’s very scary… absolutely something going on”[/intlink]

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106 comments to New data shows spike in babies born missing parts of brain around leaking US nuclear site — Official: We’re really concerned it remains so high, we hoped it would go away — NBC: Many locals say Hanford to blame — CDC Expert: Cases “not focused near Hanford” (VIDEO)

  • You know there are like 8 to 12 black swans circling the globe. Many are an indication of the same disorder….2000 rich bastards who which to increase their wealth, power, and influence.

    I think they will eventually create their own bubble that will burst and reflect terrible on their arses.

    However, regardless of all the black swans, if we cannot kill off this farce of radiation, of nuclear power, then solving the other problems will mean naught.

    Kill nuke, help kill it now.

  • We Not They Finally

    Does this Susie Ball, genetic counselor, have a brain to relate to this herself (excuse analogy — my sympathies are truly with the babies)? She doesn't want to "pin it on one single factor," it has to be a combination of genetic damage and environmental damage? Like duh, lady…. do YOU have a clue what you are doing? You don't know that radiation causes BOTH of those factors???

    Who does THAT woman work for, and why is she being let loose for interviews? A GENETICS counselor doesn't know this? How embarrassing is that for her, and insulting to others?

    And did no one even check which way the winds are blowing in that part of Washington?

    • I wonder about her cerebral condition as well. It is befuddling… had she been born like this, or did essential parts of her brain go missing in action later on in her life ?

      Please also note how – apart from denying the obvious – people of her kind never show the slightest expression of compassion in their statements. It's humiliating.

      🙁

    • Nuclear-Free-Zone Nuclear-Free-Zone

      "Ya don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows…" Here in E WA the smell of bullsh*t on the wind is overpowering the smell of rotted nuclear waste containers…

      (ya know – we're all a buncha hayseeds)

  • rogerthat

    ''no clear reason''

    – yup, they are once again suffering from a clear lack of reason. must be the rads that injure the brain

    "You are old, father William," the young man said,
    "And your hair has become very white;
    And yet you incessantly stand on your head
    Do you think, at your age, it is right?

    "In my youth," father William replied to his son,
    "I feared it might injure the brain;
    But, now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
    Why, I do it again and again."

    – Lewis Carroll

  • Crickets Crickets

    I do believe that if there's someone standing over a dead body and they're holding a smoking gun, they would normally be considered a prime suspect, right? WTF is wrong with these people???

  • Sol Man

    Detailed interviews won't help with the problem from hell that has been given a seat at our table.

    • bo bo

      Yes, and neither the NBC clip nor any of the articles have the guts to show what anencephaly is. NBC focuses on the spina bifida girl and the not as-angry sounding mother ( no disrespect to her, I believe it is all the magic of editing), keeps focusing on this one girl – who has a brain.

      THIS is anencephaly – for starters:
      http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anencephaly

      google image more anencephaly, if you are new to this and just visiting enenews but are interested.
      People need to be aware what horrific genetic damage radiation does to the world.

  • Crickets Crickets

    If they're not going to evacuate the three-county region surrounding Hanford, at least they could make it a requirement that people moving into the area be warned about the likely link between these horrific birth defects and Hanford. I doubt there would be many people moving to the area planning to start a family there if they even suspected there was a link. How terribly sad this whole nuclear mess has become.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Soon, this may become the new capitol of the United States. The perfect constituency — no brains, the politicians will be able to fool everyone all the time. (sarc)

      Ditto the sincere condolences for the human population, and animals that live in that area.

    • jec jec

      I think, with the amount of news media coverage, people who expect to have children without these defects will know to MOVE from the area. Exposure to the local toxins (Hanford!!) could be impacting at conception as this defect occurs in early weeks of pregancy. At least this can not be blamed on fire-retardent pajamas said to cause childrens' thyroid cancer increase in California! Pesticides are always called out in these cases, and, like poison PJs, similar issues would show up in a lot more rural areas across USA, not just in pockets!

      Would be curious if any animals showing the same issues? Like mammals such as cows, or goats, assuming they are not spontaneously aborted. What is also not mentioned is the miscarriage rates…or still birth rates since still births are not part of many statistics.

      Where are the aquifers used for drinking water would be another question to ask. Does anyone trust the Hanford contractor to be truthful about the spread of the plume of radioactive and contaminated materials into the river and underlying aquifers???

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    "How terribly sad this whole nuclear mess has become."

    Crickets, this has been a Nuclear Mess since 1900 and always will be and surely after several 100,000 people were exterminated like bugs, in a blink of an eye, with the use of these Nuclear Weapons on the Japanese people. The inventor/discoverer died from cancer and so has anyone that has been exposed to this radiation contamination. You, us, we have all been lied too and kept in the dark on purpose..for massive profit(s) taking!

    It has been a huge mess since the very beginning and the Nuclear Mess continues grow larger by the day.. 🙁

  • razzz razzz

    Waiting for the banana analogy to be used. Officials are not going allow you to prove it with statistics and the local surveys of people's medical conditions are kept under lock and key by the government.

    Last time I read an article about newborn deformities in this area, paid experts wrote it off as an anomaly when lumped together with all known newborn deformities country wide, considered as a whole, the percentage barely moved up. Now as time has passed, the deformities are not going away but rising in the same area.

    The helpless are easy targets to ignore. Doctors are not trained to explore DNA sampling for cause and effect. Monsanto knows all about DNA, wonder if they will offer any guidance in finding what exactly is causing the deformities.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      If there was one banana for every Bq in the three counties, I bet everyone there would suffocate.

    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      The doctors who were seeking people in Mayak and the surrounding areas knew what was going on, but they were expressly told by their government to report the causes of the strange conditions as anything but man-made radiation-induced.

      The doctors followed those orders and many people were suffered for it, but not without a small bit of recording…

      After a while, the doctors and nurses would mark patient charts with a code–like a red x–when they knew it was radiation induced. It was there own way of keeping track, even though the written information was totally false.

      Whoever is closest, go check those charts!

  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    The area is known out here and locally as "The Tri Cities".
    Richland, Kennewick and Pasco.

    The latter reside primarily in Benton and Franklin counties.

    These 3 cities have been the bedroom communities of Hanford for
    many decades.

    There are all sorts of ancillary industrial and business activities
    in and around the Tri Cities that are joined at the hip to Hanford
    and all manner of nuclear efforts.

    Richland is all of 25 miles down river from Hanford and 6 miles from
    the southern border of the Hanford Res, aka Hanford Works.

    All manner of radioactive crap and such could have been dumped anywhere inside of the Hanford Res and no one would know except those responsible. And they died long ago.

    And for "the young-uns" here, dumping what you did not want in to the nearest river because you did not want to pay to haul it off was a very common practice in the first 60 years of the 20th century.

    It would only take one corporate entity to make a mess of things
    and keep quiet about it and no one would know.

    Until it is too late.

    I am very surprised that this story did not happen 40 years ago instead of now.

  • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

    I can think of perhaps a dozen credentialed scientists who have spoken out about the dangers of radionuclides to the people. Not too difficult a task to marginalize and ignore them. Speaking the truth is often considered bad for state security. Nothing like being thrown under the bus with your newborn. By the time these birth defects crop up around the wipp site it will be illegal to mention them. And of course the Japanese have already done so.

    How transparent is ink again?

  • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

    The rust belt has crept under our nuclear facilities and the government has handed off the responsibility to corporations. Does government imitate corporations or do corporations imitate government? They are conjoined in an hideous mutation that threatens life.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Geee, I wonder what it could be? 😉

    What EVER happened to the scientific method. There is a cow in your living room. There is shit piles a foot in diameter everywhere.

    Geee, I wonder what it could be? 😉

  • tsfw tsfw

    ATTENTION PLEASE

    I wanted to post this where people would see it because I really would appreciate your thoughts on this 'new mineral' found near Australia. "It contains strontium, calcium, chromium, sulfur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, which is unusual."

  • Nick

    How does the CDC know the extent of Hanford's reach?

    That site has been bleeding and oozing and venting nasty stuff for decades.

    "not focused near Hanford"

    Look at Japan and the strange areas away from Fukushima NPP that read HIGHER than just a click away from the plant.

    No, I would be a very wary parent to be if I resided in the Tri-Cities area.

    Them's the facts folks, CDC be damned.

  • dosdos dosdos

    In the full article in the Yakima Herald, it stated, "Most cases occurred in families on public water, which is regularly tested for nitrate levels." Duh…

  • Southbound Southbound

    Quote from first paragraph: "There’s still no clear reason for the spike in anencephaly" -NBC

    My response: FUCK YOU!

  • DannieJ DannieJ

    "We’re really concerned it remains so high, we hoped it would go away"

    And there you have it folks. Hopes and prayers is all we have.

  • melting mermaid melting mermaid

    To consign these babies and their parents to this fate is abominable. To not take responsibility or do anything about it, what a bunch of weak, greedy little monsters. I pity their complete lack of humanity. They have alot more than just blood on their hands. From the Dammapadha, "He who harms the harmless or hurts he innocent, ten times shall he fall-into torment or infirmity, injury or disease or madness, persecution or fearful accusations, loss of family, loss of fortune. Fire from heaven shall strike his house and when his body has been struck down he shall rise in hell." The Buddha, ouch…that is harsh."Believe, meditate,see. Be harmless, be blameless. Awake to the law. And from all sorrow free yourself." The Buddha..thats much nicer. Now, evil nucleocrats, do the right thing and give us all your money. Yours truly,
    The sick and mutated masses

  • rogerthat

    Unincredulous: ''the new capitol of the United States. The perfect constituency — no brains, the politicians will be able to fool everyone all the time''

    perfect

  • Daisy207

    They need to look for problems in plants and animals in the area. Particularly fetal pigs – if defects are more common than usual they need to look for a common cause – such as Hanford releases of toxic wastes. If these defects have been common in plants and animals in the area for years prior to these events in children – why on earth are they still employed?

  • GQR2

    The Scientific Method –
    It used to be taught in grade school. The health dept,University Professors and Interns, testing groups need to do studies. (now there's an idea!)

    Health Depts could request Universities in the area to apply said method and come up with a few educated guesses.
    First thing to rule out is radiation. Oh wait they are smart enough to have thought of that old chestnut.

    Who is colluding to obfuscate?

    Who isn't the better question.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Yes, who is it that is not conspiring to conspire? Who isn't holding up their end? We are so unconspired. They are looking for us now, we have fallen right into their trap. They knew if they all conspired together, the remaining few would be revealed by their conspicuous curiosity.

    • Didn't you hear?

      Curiousity killed the cat.. so it was banned.

      Curiousity and pure science is deadly.

      Therefor,

      Thou shalt not use truly scientific methods around anything nuclear)

      2nd Commandment on nuclear tablet brought by nuclear God Rad

  • GQR2

    Let's hope they get pointed questions at their listening sessios in May ! They really ought to livestream it.

    "State and federal officials plan to convene an advisory committee of national experts to review options for investigation and prevention, Stahre said. Next month, they'll hold “listening sessions” in the community to hear public concerns about the rise in birth defects in the region.

    "The community members, they live here," Stahre said. "They may be seeing things that we don't."

    http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/rare-birth-defects-still-spiking-washington-state-n86916

  • rogerthat

    "It contains strontium, calcium, chromium, sulfur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, which is unusual."

    Well they could always call it Fukushima. I believe they have an inexhaustible and self-regenerating supply of this very same stuff. So i't unlikely ever to be commercially viable to dig up more of it, unless you're into radiation in a visually stunning form and want some for adornment. Great for pendants and earrings.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    " Great for pendants and earrings."
    Oh..I know.."hormesis bling".
    Thanks for MY idea..lol.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..Don't forget the men's jewelry..
    Big rings..chains..tie clasps.

    For all ..(what's a good term here )..the DELUSIONAL..that think radiation hormesis is possible ..

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I have friend here…that went to that area in Washington to live with relatives ..tried to start a family…she had baby with half a brain.
    Her husband left her.
    She came back…it's been awhile.
    She's remarried ..and has had a perfectly normal child.
    True story.

  • Sol Man

    They say, "…there has not been a good evaluation of the plant's impact."
    Nothing proves absolute fail more than this statement.

  • Sol Man

    Precious earth's body burden of radiation never goes down, but that does not trouble the leaders, etc.

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    A baby, the most precious gift in the universe. You dream, you pick names & choose the color of the room. You buy a bassinet, baby clothes. You may even renovate your home & start a college fund. You dream. Family & friends give you a Baby shower. You fill dresser drawers with their gifts & sit by yourself in the new rocking chair rubbing your growing belly, feeling your little one kick, smiling, radiant with love for your baby, you dream.

    Then your baby is born & reality sets in.

  • Danger Danger

    We can decode the scientific misrepresentation of this bit of research escapism of Ms Ball: "Genetic counselor Susie Ball says that for birth defects like anencephaly to happen, there needs to be overlap of both genetic predisposition and environmental factors."
    As with the birth defects from Chernobyl, the parent's genomes are compromised by long term radionuclide exposure. Her argument only works if we are looking at the first generation. We are looking at second/third/fourth generation of ongoing genomic damage.

  • Danger Danger

    This research on birth defects in Ukraine from Chernobyl fallout cites the clusters at Hanford (pg e840), as they are specific to low level radiological effects on chromosomes.
    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/125/4/e836.full.pdf

  • Ontological Ontological

    Well now how convenient. Figure a way to render us totally brainless. Wow Unka Sam, your brilliance far exceeds your stupidity!

    The dragon is pissed, she will kill at random for millions of years. Humans however have 20 or 30 …years…Due to such careless ways, "We were only in it for the money." This will be our final epitaph on the gravestone third rock from the Sun.

    Right. Clean Energy. Check.

    • And whatever "stubs" of brain may survive, those are taken care of by the new and highly sophisticated (*cough*) Common Core Math education model:

      http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2014/04/common-core-math-2941550.html
      http://joeforamerica.com/2014/02/common-core-math-problem-positively-facepalm-inducing/
      http://www.championnews.net/?p=151636

      (The links refers to mild forms of This Insanity(tm) compared to others; I invite everyone to do some research. And don't miss the amazing reports about what happens to kids and parents if they dare applying old-fashioned, efficient computation techniques !)

      The friendly numbers shalt always be with us !
      I wonder, though, how well that works for the 19 digit Bequerel figures from Fukushima – they are all but friendly, after all..,

      🙁

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        Yeah, the only reading I happened to come across has given me this impression: The teachers are really screwing up.

        I say this because of the math problem in an article. It said to subtract a number from another number, add a number to both numbers to make the problem easier. Like 456 – 284, you would add say, 44 to each side to make the problem 500 – 328. Like it would be so much easier. The problem is that the teachers are jumping straight into algebra with the kids. The kids need to be taught basic math first. I remember doing fractions in school math class. Then, I went into algebra class and found that I could not help my friend do fractions. Oh, I could solve the problems with algebra, but had forgotten the fraction math, to some extent. No problem, if I needed it, I could look it up. Didn't help me to help my friend getting a GED, though. Made me look stupid. No problem there either, I am used to it. But the kids need to learn to solve a problem with basic math so they know why the core method is easier. If they don't learn and know that later, they will just go ahead and get frustrated, and start beating the walls with numb chucks and smoking crack. Or watching mainstream news, even worse.

  • jec jec

    Contaimination information (from Hanford) in the GROUNDWATER/aquifer:
    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/nwp/gwhanfordcont.htm

    Table shows all the chemicals and toxins which have reached the Columbia and groundwater via plumes. Note the "pump and treat" comments. Wonder who is doing THAT task? Like pump out the plume from the groundwater and treat it? How? Stronium 90–Cromium..and Carbon Tetracloride..and URANIUM. Heck..tasty for humans!

  • jec jec

    Then read this report, neural tube defects and micro/anacephally in Chernobyl from low level radiation:
    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/125/4/e836.full.pdf

  • mairs mairs

    I was on another site when this story first broke out, and I mentioned Hanford and a half dozen people rushed in to say the area isn't downwind from Hanford and it's most likely from agricultural runoff or something. They were saying, you don't know this area. I'm from here. It's not Hanford! Gee, a little too emphatic are we?

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Official hoped it would go away. Just looking at that explains why my sarcasmo gland kicked into overdrive. I am hoping it goes away…

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Must be alien abductions since they are so not focused on Hanford, but just surrounding Hanford.

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    New data reveals that doctors and scientist have no brains, spines, conscience, guts,no……..life. It must suck being a coward.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    ameba |əˈmēbə|(also amoeba )
    noun ( pl. amebas or amebae |-bē| )
    a single-celled animal that catches food and moves about by extending fingerlike projections of protoplasm. Amebas are either free-living in damp environments or parasitic.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Nuclear Power kills babies before they are born.

    Nuclear Power is more evil, sinister and corrupted than anyone could ever experience in a nightmare.

    To cover the destruction of life, humans, the world over, burn any chance of evidence being discovered.

    Profiting from the death that humans create is disgusting in the least description possible.

    Aborted Babies 'Burned to Heat NHS Hospitals'

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/03/24/Aborted-Babies-Burned-to-Heat-NHS-Hospitals

    Aborted babies are being incinerated to provide electricity in the United States

    http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/04/23/aborted-babies-are-being-incinerated-to-provide-electricity-in-the-united-states/

    Canadian aborted babies incinerated in Oregon waste-to-energy facility to provide electricity

    http://www.lifesitenews.com/canadian-aborted-babies-incinerated-in-oregon-waste-to-energy-facility-to-p.html

    Aborted Fetuses Reportedly Incinerated at Waste-to-Energy Plant… in the United States

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/04/23/pontius-pilate-would-be-proud-aborted-fetuses-reportedly-incinerated-at-u-s-waste-to-energy-plant/

    That is how the system covers it's evil. Humans suck at life.

    We deserve everything that is coming for not standing up to those who are evil to life and we are all complicit in this.

    I'm so disgusted at my fellow humans, I just want to puke.

    We fucking suck… The most vile life form ever mutated…

  • Mike Lowery Mike Lowery

    Nope, it ain't Hanford! Don't look at the fact that it is the world's first highly toxic radioactive waste dump and that it has been poisoning the area's ground water with a stew of boiling nuke juices for the past half century! No, no, no! That doesn't stand for any reason to suspect Hanford whatsoever! Now leave us alone!! Anonymous source, DOE.

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