Study examines Global Health Impact of Fukushima
Scientists have calculated the Global Health Impact of the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis, following widespread speculation about the global impact of the disaster.
Researchers from Stanford University calculated that radiation from the nuclear meltdown in March 2011 may cause as many as 1,300 cancer deaths globally, following a study which assessed the fallout from the crippled reactors.
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In addition to this, the disaster could potentially cause 2,500 cases of cancer, which will be mostly contained in Japan, according to the study. To estimate the potential radiation, scientists at Stanford University incorporated emissions estimates into a 3D global atmospheric model, which predicted the effects of radiation exposure – detected as far away as in the US and Europe.
Cancer cases may have been a minimum of ten times greater if the 81 percent of the radiation hadn’t fallen in the sea, according to Mark Jacobson, co-author of the report.
Despite the research, figures on potential cancer cases remain speculative, estimated from 24 to 2,500. The best estimate is 180, according to the research. The U.S. was predicted to experience somewhere between 0 and 30 cancer morbidities as a result of the disaster, but this is based on a very small concentration of radiation.
The overall global impact will be relatively low, according to the study’s co-author John Ten Hoeve. He added that they should “serve to manage the fear in other countries that the disaster had an extensive global reach.”
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”