December 16, 2011

Cold Shutdown

1 Fukushima Nuclear Site Declared Stable

Japan’s Fukushima power plant, which was severely damaged last March in an earthquake and tsunami that caused radiation leaks and forced the evacuation of thousands, is stablized, says Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. “The nuclear reactors have reached a state of cold shutdown and therefore we can now confirm that we have come to the end of the accident phase of the actual reactors." Cold shutdown is where water that cools the nuclear fuel rods remains below the boiling point and cannot reheat. More than 80,000 people were evacuated in March and radiation levels in some places remain too high for them to return home. The government said it could take up to 40 years to completely clean up the surrounding areas and fully decommission the plant.

More at Www.bbc.co.uk | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Meltdown Possible at Japan's Nuclear Power Plants

Tags: Earthquake, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, Japan Earthquake, Japan Tsunami, Radiation, Tsunami, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Cold Shutdown

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Use Distilled Water, Not Tap

2 Neti Pots Suspected in Deaths from Amoebas

Improperly using a neti pot could lead to death after amoebas enter the brain through the sinuses, warn Louisiana health officials. According to MSNBC, using tap water in neti pots may be the cause of two recents deaths in Louisiana. Manufacturers recommend filling neti pots with distilled or sterilized water. Neti pots are nasal-irrigation devices that force water into the nose to flush out sinus cavities. The cases are still being investigated by the CDC, but it's possible deadly amoebas, Naegleria fowleri, were living in the tap water. The amoebas caused primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAME), which kills victims in days. If investigators find that the amoebas did originate from tap water, it will be the first time that the organisms are known to have survived water treatment.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Tap Water Neti Pots, Dangers Neti Pots, Why Use Distilled Water Neti Pots, Sinus Rinse Dangers, Amoebas Eat Brains, Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis, Naegleria Fowleri

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Good News for Fast Men over 70

3 Walk Faster Than the Grim Reaper

Older men can walk faster than the Grim Reaper if they move at speeds of 3 miles per hour or faster, say researchers from Concord Hospital in Australia. Researchers studied walking patterns of 1,705 men who were 70 or older. Men with walking speeds of 3 miles per hour or higher lived while 266 men who walked more slowly died. The researchers succeeded in learning more about the mysterious Grim Reaper, a literary and mythological creation that represents death. Published in BMJ, the study concluded that the Grim Reaper usually walks 1.8 miles per hour, and never faster than 3 miles per hour. Researchers said that the study findings support their theory of faster speeds being "protective against mortality because fast walkers can maintain a safe distance from the Grim Reaper."

More at Yahoo! Lifestyle | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Outwalk Reaper, Walking Faster Reaper, Grim Reaper Walks, 70 Years Old Walking 3 Miles Per Hour, How Fast Old Men Walk, Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project, Concord Hospital in Australia.

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Stops Early, Late Preterm Births

4 Progesterone Gel Reduces Premature Birth Risk

A new study has shown that progesterone gel is effective reduces both early and late preterm births in women with a short cervix, a risk factor for premature birth. "Early" preterm birth is defined as giving birth before 32 weeks of gestation and these newborns have an increased risk of complications and neurological problems that go beyond infancy. Giving birth around 35 weeks is a "late" preterm birth and carries its own set of less serious health issues. Women in the study had their cervix measured via ultrasound and a length of 25 millimeters or less was defined as short. The gel was applied vaginally and the birth rates before 28, 32 and 35 weeks were dramatically reduced and the babies born were less likely to be sent to ICU and have other problems associated with a preterm birth.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Progesterone Gel Reduces Premature Births Rates

Tags: Healthy Pregnancy, Premature Birth, Preterm Birth, Short Cervix, Progesterone Gel

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