News in Brief 20 June 2017 (PM)

At least 130 feared dead following new shipwrecks in the Mediterranean

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Atomic radiation body: 60 years evaluating “what’s good and what’s bad”

After years spent being the sole global authority, the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), has evolved into deciding “what’s good and what’s bad” in a crowded field.

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Tests of nuclear “pest control” for Zika mosquito forthcoming

A decision on when to start field trials of a nuclear technique to stop the spread of the Zika virus will be made next month.

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UN identifies medical use of radiation as main source of human exposure

The use of radiation in medicine accounts for most human exposure to ionizing radiation, according to a report issued today by the United Nations scientific committee on the effects of atomic radiation.

Children over-exposed to radiation in CT scans, UN atomic agency warns

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has cautioned that children in some countries are being over-exposed to radiation when undergoing computed tomography (CT) scans, increasing their risk of developing cancer.

Radiation is widely misused in medicine, UN agency warns

Radiation is frequently used inappropriately in the detection and treatment of disease, with as many as three in every 10 treatments being unnecessary, experts on the use of nuclear power in medicine have told a United Nations-organized workshop.

UN committee that seeks to make world safe from radiation celebrates 50th birthday

Born in the aftermath of the atomic bomb horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and amid a proliferation of atmospheric nuclear weapons tests, a little known but vital United Nations committee that probes the effects of radiation is celebrating its 50th birthday, proud of its past achievements and eager to face the challenges of a new century.

UN nuclear watchdog warns of radiation risk of angioplasty

Radiation from a common medical procedure known as angioplasty and other interventional heart procedures can cause relatively rare but severe and painful injuries and increase the probability of radiation-induced cancer, especially in small children, the United Nations nuclear watchdog warned today.