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TSA dismissed concerns about increased cancer diagnoses from body scanners

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the Transportation Security Administration dismissed concerns from its employees about the radiation emitted by body imaging machines at airport security checkpoints. In an email sent to a TSA official in May 2010, the leader of a Boston-based TSA union…

Japan city to give radiation counters to children

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s Fukushima city said on Tuesday it would hand radiation dosimeters to 34,000 children to gauge their exposure from the crippled nuclear power plant about 60 kilometres (40 miles) away. The city will hand the measuring devices to all children aged between four and 15 for three…

Taiwan, Philippines warn of tainted sports drink that shrinks testicles

MANILA (AFP) – Taiwan and the Philippines have warned some sport drinks may have been contaminated with a chemical that could cause infertility and block boys’ sex organ development, officials said Tuesday. The Philippine Food and Drug Administration is monitoring some imported Taiwanese sport drinks, fruit juices and soft drinks…

Researchers: Chemical in crude oil may cause babies to develop heart defects

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Babies who are exposed before birth to ethyl benzene, a toxic component in crude oil, may have a higher risk of developing congenital heart disease, US researchers said Saturday. Another chemical used as an industrial metal degreasing agent, trichloroethylene (TCE), also boosted heart risks, said the research…

Attractive men have long ring fingers: study

PARIS — The longer a man’s fourth or ring finger is compared to his index finger, the more likely he is to be judged attractive by women, according to a study released Wednesday. The results, published in the British Royal Society’s journal Biological Sciences, unveil intricate links between foetal exposure…

TSA union demands radiation monitoring at airport checkpoints

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) called on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Tuesday to immediately implement a nationwide program to monitor radiation output at airport security checkpoints. AFGE is the largest federal employee union representing 625,000 workers in the federal government, including Transportation Security Officers. “AFGE has…

Extended exposure to Fox News makes voters stupid, university study finds

The troublesome record of spin by conservative television station Fox News has long been a cause for concern to many Americans, who frequently allege that the nation’s most viewed “news” network has the effect of dumbing down voters. Turns out, they were right. A University of Maryland study (PDF) published…

Navy Secretary Mabus pushes Pentagon to feed soldiers more Gulf seafood

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wants the Pentagon to buy as much Gulf seafood as possible to help the region’s seafood industry recover from the damage of BP’s oil spill. Secretary Mabus reportedly told the Defense Commissary Agency, which operates a worldwide chain of 284 commissaries to provide groceries to military…

Cell phone exposure linked to bad behavior in kids: study

PARIS — Pregnant mothers in Denmark who regularly used mobile phones were more likely to have children with behavioral problems, according to a study released Tuesday. The risk was higher when the kids themselves began using cell phones at a very early age, researchers reported in the Journal of Epidemiology…

Second-hand tobacco smoke accounts for 1 pct. of annual deaths, study finds

Second-hand tobacco smoke kills upward of 600,000 people every year, nearly a third of them children, according to a first-ever global assessment released Friday. Unlike “lifestyle” diseases, which stem largely from individual choice, the victims of passive smoking pay the ultimate price for the health-wrecking behaviour of others, especially family…

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