Nuclink: Journal of Current Radiation and Public Health Issues
4, Number 1
note from the editor:
JERSEY GOVERNOR LAUDS TOOTH STUDY
The November 12 event, held at Hackensack University Medical Center, also included presentations by pediatric oncologist Michael Harris, state Assemblyman Matthew Ahearn, Deirdre Imus (director of The Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology), and 13 year old cancer survivor Cory Furst.
The New Jersey initiative is part of a nationwide effort to collect teeth from children with cancer, and test them for levels of radioactive Strontium-90. RPHP has collected 106 such teeth to date; and results from the first 49 show that children with cancer have a 60% higher average Strontium-90 level.
YORK TIMES and USA TODAY ARTICLES GIVE NATIONAL COVERAGE
TO THE WORK OF RPHP
Click here for a link to the article. (If you have not already registered with the New York Times, you will have to register at this time, but you probalby want to be able to read the NY Times free on-line anyway, and it only takes a minute).
USA Today published an article on RPHP's new medical journal article providing results of its Tooth Fairy Project. This appeared in the paper's January 2, 2004 issue. The NY Times and USA Today's daily circulation exceed 1 million and 3 million, respectively.
While RPHP has always had consistent coverage from local news media, these articles represent a continuation of our recent national stories about the group's work. Other national and international coverage includes the British Broadcasting Company, Newsweek and Reuters.
OF TOOTH STUDY RESULTS COMPLETED
to increase the number of teeth tested near several of these plants
in order to increase the statistical significance of its findings,
and plans also to continue collecting in areas where teeth have been
collected, but 100 teeth have yet to be donated. At the same time,
RPHP will actively pursue its other two major initiatives--of studying
teeth from children with cancer, and examining the long-term health
effects of above-ground bomb-testing (by testing teeth and doing
a health questionaire of those who submitted teeth 40 years ago to
the St. Louis study). (see below)
STUDY OF ST. LOUIS BABY BOOMERS TO COMMENCE IN 2004
RPHP is very interested in pursuing this line of inquiry because it could make a substantial contribution to solving the largely-unanswered question "Did the atomic bomb tests in Nevada harm U.S. citizens?"
Early in 2004, RPHP researchers will select a sample of the 85,000 baby teeth remaining from the study; locate current addresses for tooth donors, now mostly in their mid-40s; identify those who are deceased; and identify those who have survived cancer through health questionnaires.
Eventually, RPHP will determine if those St. Louis "Baby Boomers" who developed cancer and other diseases had higher radiation levels in their bodies than those who remained healthy. (This study became possible after the 2001 discovery of these teeth, which had been stored in a remote ammunition bunker for over 30 years.)
PAPER SHOWS HIGH CHILD CANCER RATES NEAR NUCLEAR PLANTS
ANNUAL MEETING SUCCESSFUL
We must never let up. We know we have the facts on our side and that this issue, more than nearly any other, will not be adequately addressed by any government oversight or industry initiative. It is truly left to us.
RPHP was also fortunate that Executive Director Tim Jones of the Louis and Harold Price Foundation, which has long supported RPHP, was traveling from Colorado to New York on business and was able to attend. Joseph Mangano thanked the Price Foundation for its continued backing of RPHP's work. Mangano also recognized other major donors to RPHP, including Alec Baldwin and New York businessman David Friedson. The work of RPHP founder and major donor Dr. Jay Gould (who was present with his wife Jane), and chief scientist Ernest Sternglass were acknowledged as well for their research work and their generous donations.
REVISION OF IMPROVED WEBSITE PROGRESSING WELL
Newsletter Edited by Joseph Mangano, RPHP National Coordinator.To contact RPHP, please email Joseph Mangano at firstname.lastname@example.org.