Johannesburg sits atop the world’s most productive gold reef -- a staggering 40,000 tons of the precious metal has been mined from it during a history tracing back 130 years. That legacy of riches has left behind a toxic inheritance: radioactivity from uranium hauled up in the mining process.
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.
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,
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.
Low levels of radiation exposure probably will become “a fact of life” for U.S. military forces flying relief and rescue missions to aid victims of Japan’s earthquake as they near areas affected by leaks from a damaged nuclear plant, according to a U.S. Navy spokesman.