On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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User: flenvcenter Topic: Environmental Health-National
Category: Radiation
Last updated: Oct 24 2018 17:31 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Many Breast Cancer Patients Receive More Radiation Therapy Than Needed 21.10.2017 NPR: Healthcare
Unnecessary treatment of breast cancer and other diseases is pervasive. Overtreatment adds enormous costs to the health care system and, at times, burdens patients with needless suffering.
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In Pacific, rising tensions evoke troubling nuclear legacy 7.10.2017 AP Top News
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- As a young boy growing up on Bikini Atoll, Alson Kelen spent idyllic days playing on the beach and fishing....
In Pacific, rising tensions evoke troubling nuclear legacy 7.10.2017 Washington Post: World
As a young boy growing up on Bikini Atoll, Alson Kelen spent idyllic days playing on the beach and fishing.
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These airmen cleaned up an H-bomb disaster. Decades later, they're still fighting for benefits. 5.10.2017 Washington Post
These airmen cleaned up an H-bomb disaster. Decades later, they're still fighting for benefits.
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Cold War radiation testing in US widespread, author claims 2.10.2017 AP National
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Three members of Congress are demanding answers after a St. Louis scholar's new book revealed details of how the U.S. government sprayed, injected and fed radiation and other dangerous materials to countless people in secret Cold War-era testing....
Halving radiation therapy for HPV-related throat cancer offers fewer side effects and similar outcomes, Mayo study finds 26.9.2017 Environmental News Network
Mayo Clinic researchers have found that a 50 percent reduction in the intensity and dose of radiation therapy for patients with HPV-related throat cancer reduced side effects with no loss in survival and no decrease in cure rates. Results of a phase II study were presented today at the 59th Annual Meetingof the American Society for Radiation Oncology in San Diego by Daniel Ma, M.D. a radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic.
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Positive, Negative or Neutral, It All Matters: NASA Explains Space Radiation 22.9.2017 Environmental News Network
Charged particles may be small, but they matter to astronauts. NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) is investigating these particles to solve one of its biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars: space radiation and its effects on the human body.
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Low-Level Radiation Less Harmful to Health Than Other Lifestyle Risks 13.9.2017 Environmental News Network
Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use in medicine, industry and the armed forces. Whilst the risks to human health from medium and high-level radiation are relatively well-understood, the risks at lower levels are less clear.  Mixed messages about the safety of low doses of radiation from different sources have created confusion for the public and for policy makers.  
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Study: Drug may curb female infertility from cancer treatments 2.9.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
An existing drug may one day protect premenopausal women from life-altering infertility that commonly follows cancer treatments, according to a new study.
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NASA Protects Its Super Heroes From Space Weather 17.8.2017 Environmental News Network
It’s not a bird or a plane but it might be a solar storm. We like to think of astronauts as our super heroes, but the reality is astronauts are not built like Superman who gains strength from the sun. In fact, much of the energy radiating from the sun is harmful to us mere mortals.
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Experimental treatments target brain cancer like John McCain’s 26.7.2017 Washington Post
Scores of therapies are being tested for glioblastoma, McCain's kind of brain cancer, which usually recurs.
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ISIS nearly stumbled on ingredients for ‘dirty bomb’ 23.7.2017 Washington Post
When the Islamic State overran Mosul in 2014, it laid claim to a bonanza of weapons, but the most fearsome one was never used. Locked on a college campus were two caches of cobalt-60, the core ingredient of a weapon that could be used to spread radiation. Why the terrorist group failed to use it is not clear, but the danger has not entirely passed: ISIS stragglers are still loose in the Iraqi city, and the material exists in hundreds of cities around the world, some in conflict zones.
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Huntsman institute study finds shorter radiation programs may be better for some breast cancer patients 22.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
By the time Katie Peterson joined a Huntsman Cancer Institute clinical trial in 2014, she knew the route to the hospital from her Orem home by heart. She had made that one-hour drive for every appointment, every surgery and every round of chemotherapy day after day, week after week following her diagnosis with stage 3 breast cancer earlier that year. The trip “was long, but I only ever felt comfortable going to the institute,” said Peterson, now 54. “The hospital near my home just wasn’t the sam...
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Shorter stints of radiation may be better for some breast cancer patients, study finds 22.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
By the time Katie Peterson joined a Huntsman Cancer Institute clinical trial in 2014, she knew the route to the hospital from her Orem home by heart. She’d made that one-hour drive for every appointment, every surgery and every round of chemotherapy day after day, week after week following her diagnosis with stage 3 breast cancer earlier that year. The trip “was long, but I only ever felt comfortable going to the institute,” said Peterson, now 54. “The hospital near my home just wasn’t the same....
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Cell towers at schools: Godsend or god-awful? 14.7.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
School districts are making deals with telecom companies to build towers on school property. The agreements give schools a bump in revenue, but what do parents think? And what does the science say?
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In West Africa, cancer patients forced abroad for treatment 14.7.2017 Washington Post: World
Christine’s doctor felt a small lump in her left breast at a checkup in 2015, though she was flooded with relief when the technicians assured her they had detected nothing amiss.
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In West Africa, cancer patients forced abroad for treatment 14.7.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Christine’s doctor felt a small lump in her left breast at a checkup in 2015, though she was flooded with relief when the technicians assured her they had detected nothing amiss. Still in pain more than a year later, she pushed for another mammogram. The 44-year-old mother of four was then […]
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Cell Towers At Schools: Godsend Or God-Awful? 14.7.2017 NPR News
School districts are making deals with telecom companies to build towers on school property. The agreements give schools a bump in revenue, but what do parents think? And what does the science say?
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Facing Cancer Is Even Tougher If The Only Radiation Machine Is Broken 9.7.2017 NPR News
That's the situation in Senegal. The government has promised to buy new machines. But one cancer specialist says there isn't enough attention given to the disease.
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Tumor Test Helps Identify Which Breast Cancers Don't Require Extra Treatment 30.6.2017 NPR News
Researchers say the test, which measures gene activity, can help avoid "overtreating" tumors that are not life-threatening. It might allow some patients to avoid radiation and chemotherapy.
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