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What Does Nuclear Fallout Do To Your Body?

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Categories: Health   |   Environmental   |   Physics   |   Science  
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Nuclear explosions can spread harmful particulates for hundreds of miles. What is nuclear fallout and how can we protect ourselves from it?

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Radioactive Fallout From Global Weapons Testing
"This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site provides information about radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons tests conducted in the atmosphere around the world (global weapons testing) during the 1940s and 1950s. CDC and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have studied whether it is possible to estimate the health effects to Americans from this global fallout. In the process, CDC and NCI were able to make some estimates of how much fallout exposure people received, what some of the possible effects might be, and how frequently the effects might occur."

Effects Of A Nuclear Explosion
"Damage caused by nuclear explosions can vary greatly, depending on the weapon's yield (measured in kilotons or megatons), the type of nuclear fuel used, the design of the device, whether it's exploded in the air or at earth's surface, the geography surrounding the target, whether it's winter or summer, hazy or clear, night or day, windy or calm. Whatever the factors, though, the explosion will release several distinct forms of energy."

St. Louis Baby Tooth Survey, 1959-1970
"The Baby Tooth Survey was initiated in December 1958 as one of the activities of the Greater St. Louis Citizen's Committee for Nuclear Information (CNI). The Committee was organized in April 1958 by a group of scientists and public-minded citizens who felt that the community should be given accurate information on the known effects of nuclear energy and radiation."


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