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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

BUSINESS BRIEFS
Radiation warning may have cost job

Advertiser Staff and News Services

WASHINGTON A former Food and Drug Administration scientist said yesterday his job was eliminated after he raised concerns about the risks of radiation exposure from high-grade medical scanning.

Dr. Julian Nicholas said at a public hearing that he and other FDA staffers "were pressured to change their scientific opinion," after they opposed the approval of a CT scanner for routine colon cancer screening. Nicholas said that he objected to exposing otherwise healthy patients to the cancer risks of radiation.

After FDA officials pushed ahead with plans to clear the device, Nicholas said he and eight other staffers raised their concerns with the division's top director, Dr. Jeffrey Shuren last September. The device apparently is still under review.

YAHOO ACCOUNTS HACKED IN CHINA

BEIJING Yahoo e-mail accounts belonging to foreign journalists appeared to have been hacked and Google's Chinese search engine was intermittently blocked yesterday, the latest troubles in China's heavily censored Internet market.

The Yahoo Inc. accounts of at least three journalists and an analyst became inaccessible over the past few weeks. They were greeted with messages saying, "We've detected an issue with your account" and were told to contact Yahoo, they said yesterday. Yahoo technicians told one of the four that his account had been hacked, but it was not clear if the other instances were related.