Friday, December 30, 2011

More embarrassing "science", fake "news" and weird innuendo from the anti-nuclear movement.

Mid December a article was published in a "peer reviewed" Greek medical rapid press publication by none other than Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman claiming 14,000 US casualties from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

Whats really bizarre is this "study" sources a discredited report released earlier on west coast baby deaths that involved cherry picking numbers and was called out as such.

Joseph J. Mangano and Janette D. Sherman

The report itself even halfway admits it fails to link the radiation as a causative factor, in several places or indeed that there even was a spike in deaths for the period(s).

Its making the rounds on the anti nuclear sites as a "peer reviewed scientific study finding up to 14000 US deaths possible related to Fukushima."

The first source in the article is not even a credible source but a anti nuclear political commentator. At one time he was said to hold a PhD in Musical Studies but now it is thought that degree was never completed.  The second lists another article by Christopher Busby who the sourced wiki pretty much explains. - Note article below also.

It is ASTOUNDING that these people are sometimes allowed to associate with reputable outfits and institutions.

A few fake "news" outlets created by the ignorant/sympathetic to the anti nuclear movement after Fukushima treat this study and the most vague and extreme rumors as scientific gospel. Example 1, 2, 3 Whats more is these sites even make and spread outrageous claims like that Radiation Sickness is occurring in Japan and even assist in circulating fake maps generated and sourced to "a twitter user." 

It is all totally unbelievable. I have to avoid much of the nonsense now it irritates me so much.


Researchers Trumpet Another Flawed Fukushima Death Study


Barbara Feder Ostrov's Health Journalism Blog


Post-Fukushima 'anti-radiation' pills condemned by scientists


Dr. Robert Emery Disputes Joe Mangano's Findings on Radiation and Fukushima


Also Related-Recently Published:

A Swiss leukemia study that factored in newer known issues like population mixing has also come out - it finds no link between any cancer and nearby nuclear plants:

Childhood cancer and nuclear power plants in Switzerland: a census-based cohort study - International Journal of Epidemiology


And a Berkley lab study clarifying the repair mechanisms at work in cells that receive low radiation doses:

New Take on Impacts of Low Dose Radiation


The full article:

Evidence for formation of DNA repair centers and dose-response nonlinearity in human cells

1 comment:

  1. Rich did you know the average radiation dose to skylab astronauts per mission was 43 mSv.