Monthly Archives: April 2011

Chernobyl:more light on health effects needed

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary  of the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station I wrote an update on the health effects of radiation in The Hindu. It is  based on the latest report on the topic by … Continue reading

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Hand Sanitizers Carry Unproven Claims to Prevent MRSA Infections

Recently, there has been warnings against the development of antibiotic resistance. Bacteria develop resistance if patients do not complete a course of antibiotics. Patients are not generally aware of the problem. MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a bacterium that can … Continue reading

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Atomic Energy Regulatory Board not Quite Subatomic

I wrote this article as an OP/ED in The Economic Times (19.04.2011) You may access it at http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/8023331.cms?prtpage=1

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Robots enter Fukushima reactor building

A list member of know_nukes@yahoogroups.com has sent the following message to the group: A pair of robots entered the Unit 3 reactor building at Fukushima Daiichi. The robots are equipped with cameras, radiation and temperature instruments. iRobot, the manufacturer, is … Continue reading

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Fifth Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety 2011

You may recall that India has signed and ratified the International Convention on Nuclear Safety. We are now one of the contracting parties. We attended two review meetings so far. The latest is the just concluded 5th Review Meeting of … Continue reading

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What is a safe radiation dose?

Safe radiation dose What is a safe radiation dose? I asked this question to many including health physicists, medical physicists and radiation protection specialists, Some puritans argued that there is no safe radiation dose. According to me the best answer … Continue reading

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Cancer risk from cellphones

An excellent article on cancer risk due to cell phone use was published in The New York Times (April 13, 2011). Here is the link http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17cellphones-t.html Difficulties in establishing cancer risk for cell phones are  applicable to any cancer inducing … Continue reading

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