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Nuclink: Journal of Current Radiation and Public Health Issues

Volume 9, Number 3
September 4, 2009

Published by RPHP
PO Box 60 Unionville, NY 10988
Editor: Joseph Mangano
http://www.radiation.org

PHASE ONE OF ST. LOUIS TOOTH STUDY COMPLETED
RPHP has completed its first attempt to study cancer risk of atomic bomb fallout using 85,000 baby teeth from St. Louis collected in the 1960s. A laboratory has tested levels of Strontium-90 in 100 teeth of St. Louis residents with cancer and 200 teeth of healthy persons. RPHP submitted results to a medical journal for publication.

HUFFINGTON POST ESSAY FEATURES RPHP WORK
On August 4, University of Illinois professor Samuel Epstein published an essay in the Huffington Post. The essay described the extensive evidence on high cancer rates near nuclear power reactors, including studies performed by RPHP. The Huffington Post is a popular online publication, read by over 6 million visitors each day.

RPHP BOARD MEMBERS MEET NY GOVERNOR
On August 21, RPHP Board members Christie Brinkley and Joseph Mangano met with New York Governor David Paterson in Southampton NY. They briefed the Governor on the health threats posed by nuclear reactors, and on RPHP research, especially the Tooth Fairy Project. Paterson’s Attorney General has filed legal contentions to block the proposal to keep the Indian Point reactors operating for 20 more years.

THREE MORE NEWSPAPER OP-EDS AND LETTERS
RPHPs Joseph Mangano has recently published two op-ed pieces on health risk of nuclear reactors, in the Portsmouth (OH) Daily Record and the Kingston (NY) Freeman. In addition, Mangano published a letter in the Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer. Mangano has published 36 op-ed pieces and 12 letters to the editor since early 2006.

SURVEY SHOWS SICKER NY KIDS HAVE HIGHER RADIATION EXPOSURE
RPHP has found that children near the Indian Point (NY) nuclear plant with at least three chronic medical conditions have a 20% greater level of Strontium-90 in their baby teeth than children with no health problems. The finding was based on 182 responses to an RPHP survey mailed to parents who had donated their child’s baby tooth to RPHP.

RPHP CO-SPONSORS THYROID TESTING PROGRAM
In June, RPHP co-sponsored a booth offering a test that screens people for thyroid disease at the Clearwater Festival in Tarrytown NY. The test, known as ThyroChek, is made by Screening Devices Canada Inc., which co-sponsored the booth. Radioactive iodine in nuclear weapons and reactors is known to raise risk of thyroid disease.

RPHP PROPOSES CANCER STUDY TO CONGRESS
Mangano’s 2nd visit to Washington DC in 2009 featured a meeting with the staff of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee chaired by (the late) Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Mangano presented a petition signed by 30 scientists, calling on Congress to appropriate funds for an independent study of cancer near U.S. reactors. The only other such study, mandated by Kennedy, only uses data prior to 1985.

To contact RPHP please email Joseph Mangano at odiejoe@aol.com.