Jerry Cuttler, Ph.D. Nuclear Sciences and Engineering, past president of Canadian Nuclear Society. Ludwig Feinendegen, MD, Professor Emeritus, Heinrich-Heine Universität, Director of the Institute of Medicine at Kernforschungsanlage, Juelich. Yehoshua Socol Ph.D. Experimental High-Energy Physics, Executive Analyst, Falcon Analytics: After the 1956 radiation scare to stop weapons testing, studies focused on cancer induction by low-level radiation. Concern has shifted to protecting “radiation-sensitive individuals.” Since longevity is a measure of health impact, this analysis reexamined data to compare the effect of dose rate on the lifespans of short-lived (5% and 10% mortality) dogs and on the lifespans of dogs at 50% mortality. .. .. If dogs model humans, this evidence would support a change to radiation protection policy. Maintaining exposures “as low as reasonably achievable” (ALARA) appears questionable.
American Nuclear Society - Health Physics Society: Joint Topical Meeting September 23 - 26, 2018. Call for Abstracts by May 1, 2017. For more than thirty years, the scientific community has discussed and debated assumptions and models for low-dose radiation exposures. The American Nuclear Society and Health Physics Society are joining forces to host a joint topical meeting on Applicability of Radiation Response Models to Low Dose Protection Standards. Topics will include: • Scientific foundations for radiation protection standards and emergency action guidelines, • Molecular basis of radiation response at low dose, • Applicability of linear no-threshold dose-response models, • Public perceptions of radiation risk. • Implementation of radiation protection regulations, • Opportunities for beneficial changes to radiation protection regulations. Please submit your abstract before May 1, 2017.
Michel Gay: On 15 December 2016 in Marseille (FRANCE), Michel Gay was honored to receive the Yves Chelet Prize awarded by the French Nuclear Energy Society (SFEN). The Yves Chelet Prize rewards "the author of objective and educational media works for the dissemination and promotion of nuclear science and technology".
Mohan Doss, Medical Physicist, XLNT Foundation: Extreme irrational fear of things that are relatively harmless or even beneficial in small quantities is a serious problem, as it would make people flee the imaginary threat potentially making them run into real danger. Too many people have Radiophobia, fear of small doses of radiation. The Linear No Threshold (LNT) Hypothesis encourages this phobia in U.S. regulations. The XLNT Foundation is dedicated to getting rid of (Xing out) the LNT hypothesis in order to enhance public health. Eliminating the LNT hypothesis will help rejuvenate nuclear power industry (which has been throttled by radiophobia) thereby improving the quality of life globally. It will also have a tremendous positive impact on human health by enabling major progress in the war on cancer, as described in the Flyer below. Please share the Flyer with your friends and colleagues.
Thormod Henriksen, Biophysics and Medical Physics Group, Dept. of Physics, University of Oslo: This is an update (2016) on radon and lung cancer. It is also a discussion on the rise and fall of the famous LNT (linear no threshold) theory. The theory has caused much anxiety and prevented a reasonable use of nuclear power, which is essential for long term prosperity of the human race, preservation of wildlife habitat, biodiversity and healthy environment. This outstanding research and teaching group at the University of Oslo presents this in a way that is interesting for the public worldwide.