Medicine: Fallout & Hangovers

Such human problems as the effects of fallout on pregnancy and the aftereffects of hard liquor were considered last week by researchers at the American Chemical Society meetings in Boston. Items:

Sr-90's Little Brother. In the hullabaloo over fallout, scientists have concentrated on strontium 90, neglected its little brother, strontium 89, though they are similar in emitting damaging beta rays. Main difference: Sr-89 decays faster, losing half its activity in 54 days, v. 20 years for Sr-90. But of the two, Sr-89 may be a greater hazard to the unborn child, warned Dr. Arthur R. Schulert of Columbia University's Lamont Geological Observatory,...

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