Standard physicals are, well, pretty standard. During a visit geared more toward detecting disease than preventing it, your doctor makes you cough and checks your numbers. If there’s an abnormality -- your blood pressure has spiked or your liver enzymes are elevated -- it’s your schedule that suffers as you’re shuttled between specialists.
Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s bill for its Fukushima nuclear disaster may swell as more U.S. military personnel charge the utility lied about radiation levels they faced while assisting in relief efforts after Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Medical tests on children living in three towns near the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant found 45 percent of those surveyed suffered low-level thyroid radiation exposure, Japan’s government said in a statement.
It is two years since Japan’s 9.0- magnitude earthquake, one so powerful it shifted the position of the Earth’s figure axis by as much as 6 inches and moved Honshu, Japan’s main island, 8 feet eastward. The tsunami generated by the earthquake obliterated towns, drowned almost 20,000 people and left more than 300,000 homeless. Everyone living within 15 miles of Fukushima was evacuated; many are still in temporary housing. Some will never be able to return home.
Pluristem Therapeutics Inc., a developer of placenta-based stem-cell therapies, will work with a U.S. National Institutes of Health unit to evaluate the company’s PLX cells for the treatment of radiation exposure.
Japan’s government said stepped up efforts to clean-up radioactive fallout from Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled nuclear power plant will reduce children’s radiation exposure by 60 percent within two years,