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    1. 1. Radioactive components and human health in Vieques<br />Lysander Borrero Romero<br />RISE Program<br />
    2. 2. Introduction<br />Radioactivity: spontaneous disintegration of an unstable atomic nucleus and the emission of particles or electromagnetic radiation. <br />There are three different types of radiation.<br />
    3. 3. Alpha particles: are helium nuclei, containing two protons and two neutrons.<br />Beta particles: are electrons being capable of traveling at speeds approaching the speed of light.<br />Gamma rays: high energy electromagnetic radiation with short wavelengths. <br />
    4. 4. Uranium<br />In 1789, Martin Heinrich Klaproth was the first to discover uranium along with zirconium and titanium.<br />In 1842,Eugène Melchior Péligot was the first to isolate the uranium in it’s metallic state.<br />
    5. 5. Is one of the heaviest natural-occurring elements.<br />Natural uranium contains three radioactive isotopes. <br />
    6. 6. Depleted Uranium<br />The radioactive isotope U-234 it is extracted almost completely and almost 1/3 of the U-235 is removed. <br />It is 60% more radioactive than natural uranium. <br />It can also contain small traces of other small radioactive isotopes.<br />
    7. 7. It is involved in the fabrication of missiles and projectiles. <br />When a missile or a projectile is launched or fired, it leaves behind a cloud of small particles or dust. <br />
    8. 8. There are two types of exposures :<br />External exposure<br />Internal exposure <br />
    9. 9. Mortality Rates<br />25% Children fatality <br />30% Cancer rate <br />95% Diabetes <br />45% Cirrhosis<br />381% Hypertension<br />
    10. 10. Deaths by Cancer<br />C<br />A<br />S<br />E<br />S<br />Y E A R S<br />
    11. 11. Objective<br />Identify the consequences of depleted uranium in the human body.<br />
    12. 12. Methodology<br />Interview patients with cancer in Vieques and in Puerto Rico. <br />Hair samples<br />Samples of soils, water, algae, and plants. <br />
    13. 13. Hypothesis<br />Either long-term exposure or proximity exposure can affect the human health. <br />
    14. 14. Expected Results<br />Depleted uranium can cause various effects on the human health, but only on long-term exposure. <br />
    15. 15. References<br />Uranium and Depleted Uranium. December 2009. http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf14.html<br />UranioEmpobrecido. January 2001. http://www.un.org/spanish/ua.htm<br />O’Leary, Donald. Uranium. 2000. http://www.ucc.ie/academic/chem/dolchem/html/elem/elem092.html<br />
    16. 16. MassolDeyá, Arturo. Díaz de Osborne, Elba. Ciencia y Ecología: Vieques en crisis ambiental. Third Edition. Casa Pueblo. <br />Eugène-Melchior Péligot. (2011). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/449213/Eugene-Melchior-Peligot<br />
    17. 17. Silva Iglecia, Antonio. Ponencia ante la comicíon de Hacienda de la cámara de representantes.2001. http://www.rcm.upr.edu/publichealth/bio-epi/Vieques.htm<br />Speaking out for Vieques.2009. http://americanvaluesnetwork.org/vieques/#continue<br />
    18. 18. Científicos entregan solicitud ante caso de contaminación en Vieques.2009. http://www.miprv.com/cientificos-entregan-solicitud-ante-caso-de-contaminacion-en-vieques/<br />

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