radiation

Radiation Risk to U.S. Very Low, Top Expert Explains

As the crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant continues, some worry that radiation from the damaged reactors will reach U.S. shores. Dr. Edward Maher, president of the Health Physics Society, and an environmental science expert at Harvard, explains why we should breathe easy.

Japan Disaster Disrupts Global Seafood Industry

Japan, both a major buyer and processor of fish, is an important link in the global seafood distribution chain. So the effects of the disaster -- including the ruined ports, roads, fisheries and processing centers -- have taken their toll on the seafood industry worldwide.

Japan's Nuclear Crisis: U.S. Sales of Radiation Pills Boom

Amid panic about the possibility of a radioactive fallout from Japan, Geiger counters and potassium-iodide pills -- which can help prevent radiation-caused thyroid cancer -- have been flying off the shelves, sometimes at unscrupulous prices.

Health Concerns About Full Body Scanners Mount

A report by the Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety, which includes the European Commission, International Atomic Energy Agency, Nuclear Energy Agency and the World Health Organization, said that the government must inform air passengers about any health risks that the screenings pose, including the possible exposure to higher radiation levels.