Radiation From Japan Detected in California, But No Health Risks, Experts Say

Published on
March 18, 2011

Here's the latest in health and health journalism news from Reporting on Health.

Image removed.Radiation: Radioactive particles from Japan have been detected in California by University of California-Berkeley scientists, but public health officials say they do not pose a risk to human health, Lisa Krieger reports for the San Jose Mercury News. In other words: you probably won't be needing those potassium iodide pills you stockpiled.

Health Reform: We'll see: maybe-Presidential-candidate Newt Gingrich predicts that health care will be repealed by March or April of 2013, Sean J. Miller reports for The Hill's Ballot Box blog.

Patient Safety: ReportingonHealth's Antidote blogger and former Los Angeles Times investigative reporter William Heisel talks patient safety with KQED's Health Dialogues program, which this month focuses on medical mistakes.

Women's Health: Rinker Buck of the Hartford Courant examines the fallout for local clinics in Conn. if Congress eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood.

Addiction: A Staten Island ice cream truck driver was selling the addictive painkiller oxycodone along with strawberry double scoops, authorities charge. Elissa Gootman reports for the New York Times.

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