The warning that Tokyo's tap water contains twice as much radioactive iodine as allowed for infants strikes a particularly distressing chord.Infants are especially vulnerable because their cells are dividing faster than at any other time of life, and dividing cells are especially sensitive to radiat
The World Health Organization weighed in Monday on the risk of eating food contaminated by radiation emitted by the still-troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.Peter Cordingley, a Manila-based WHO spokesman, told Reuters that the radioactive-food situation is "a lot more serious than anybody thoug
The first radiation measurements from within a 37-mile radius of the disabled Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant do not reveal any immediate health threat – and perhaps not even any health problems measurable decades from now, if levels stay where they are.This may surprise people who assume that radioa
On Feb. 25, cancer claimed the life of Chicago native Diane Izzo. She was 43. In 1999, musician Diane Izzo won big praise with her debut album, One. It was a trifecta of elegant and emotive music, lyrics and voice. That album was 10 years in the making.
Former Illinois Governor George Ryan's plea for freedom to spend time with his terminally ill wife has been denied. Ryan had been secretly allowed to visit his wife last Wednesday in a Kankakee hospital.In a one-page ruling Monday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an emergency mo