Volume 3, Number 2
July 31, 2003
Published by RPHP
PO Box 60 Unionville, NY 10988
Editor: Joseph Mangano
A note from the editor:
The following covers activities of the Radiation and Public Health Project
(RPHP) for the first half of 2003.
NEW JERSEY LEGISLATURE SUPPORTS
On June 30, the New Jersey state legislature voted to appropriate $25,000
to RPHP for its study measuring Strontium-90 (Sr-90) in baby teeth from
children with cancer. The following day, Governor Jim McGreevey signed
the appropriations bill into law. New Jersey lawmakers represent the
second government body to support RPHP; the Westchester County (NY)
legislature was the first.
RPHP is conducting of a "case-control"
study evaluating whether children with cancer have higher Sr-90 averages
than healthy children. We have tested 47 "cancer teeth" thus
far. Although results are preliminary, children with cancer have about
a 55% higher average Sr-90 level than those without cancer.
The "case-control" study received
a big boost in April when the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for
Pediatric Oncology in Hackensack NJ agreed to encourage parents of children
with cancer to donate teeth. The Imus Center is part of Hackensack University
Medical Center, which follows hundreds of childhood cancer survivors.
TOOTH STUDY RESULTS ACCEPTED
AS SCIENTIFIC PAPER
A scientific paper describing results of the RPHP baby tooth study has
been accepted (pending some changes) in the medical journal The
Science of the Total Environment. In the 1990s, this journal
published papers on baby teeth studies in Greece, the Ukraine, and the
United Kingdom. When published, it will be the 19th medical journal
article by RPHP associates since 1994.
RPHP presented results of the research
this spring at press conferences in Miami FL (April 9) and Trenton NJ
(May 19, with Alec Baldwin making a presentation on behalf o RPHP).
The study of nearly 3500 teeth has shown that the average Sr-90 levels
are highest in counties near each of seven nuclear plants, and jumped
about 50% in the 1990s, reversing decades of decline. In late 2002,
RPHP had presented findings in Westchester County NY.
DOCUMENTARY FILM ON RADIATION
On April 3-4, the documentary Fatal Fallout
by Dr. Gary Null was shown at a film festival in New York City. The
film, which covers the history of the U.S. nuclear program and the health
threat it poses to Americans, includes footage of several RPHP scientists.
About 400 persons attended each night, and the film was introduced by
artist Peter Max and actress Susan Sarandon. Null is a nutritionist
and environmental expert, who has written many books and articles on
the subject, and has a nationally-syndicated radio program.
has since been shown at various other film festivals.
WEB SITE BEING REVAMPED
Velir Studios of Cambridge MA is currently revising and upgrading the
RPHP web site. In several months, RPHP expects to unveil its new web
site, which will include more updated information on our activities,
be more user-friendly, and feature more links with related web sites.
TESTIMONY SUBMITTED ON INDIAN
On February 28, RPHP National Coordinator Joseph Mangano presented testimony
before the New York City Council on the health and safety issues of
the Indian Point nuclear plant, located 35 miles north of New York City.
Mangano's tesimony focused on the elevated rates of certain cancers
near the plant (which RPHP has begun to correlate with radioactive emissions
from the plant), and of the catastrophic health consequences of a meltdown.
Since September 11, 2001, extensive
public discussion has been held about the safety risks posed by the
continued operation of Indian Point. A meltdown from a terrorist attack
would constitute the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history,
as 20 million Americans live within 50 miles of the plant.
Newsletter Edited by Joseph Mangano, RPHP National
Coordinator.To contact RPHP, please email Joseph Mangano at firstname.lastname@example.org.