NHL awards roundup, etc.

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J.T.’s draft-week Habs notebook.

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  1. Chris says:

    Believe me…as a physicist and somebody who was responsible for radiation training at times during my career, I do have some concept of how radiation affects individuals.  My hometown was also at one time the largest producer of uranium in Canada, and many homes are prone to Radon-22 contamination.

    See the maps of the fallout below…the Kostisyns grew up in an area that was only slightly (if at all) more affected in terms of cesium contamination than Stockholm or Helsinki.

  2. andrewberkshire says:

    Thanks for writing this Chris, I don’t think anything else needs to be said.

  3. Rob says:

    I appreciate the amount of research you have put into this, and concede my error on Kostitsyn’s birthday.  However, that means he was a developing child during the disaster and spent his developmental years in an environment affected by it.

    “The Chernobyl accident resulted in widespread radioactive contamination in areas of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine inhabited by several million people.

    The radionuclides released from the reactor that caused exposure of individuals were mainly iodine-131, caesium-134 and caesium-137. Iodine-131 has a short radioactive half-life (eight days), but it can be transferred to humans relatively rapidly from the air and through consumption of contaminated milk and leafy vegetables. Iodine becomes localized in the thyroid gland. For reasons related to the intake of those foods by infants and children, as well as the size of their thyroid glands and their metabolism, the radiation doses are usually higher for them than for adults.

    Doses to the thyroid received in the first few months after the accident were particularly high in those who were children and adolescents at the time in Belarus, Ukraine and the most affected Russian regions and drank milk with high levels of radioactive iodine. By 2002, more than 4,000 thyroid cancer cases had been diagnosed in this group, and it is most likely that a large fraction of these thyroid cancers is attributable to radioiodine intake. It is expected that the increase in thyroid cancer incidence due to the Chernobyl accident will continue for many more years, although the long-term level of risk is difficult to quantify precisely.” (UNSCEAR, 2006)

    The rate of depression is much higher in people who are hypothyroid than in the general population. The 254 patients studied were hypothyroid after radioiodine (RAI) treatment for hyperthyroidism, or after surgical removal of the gland after thyroid cancer. According to the researchers, people who had normal thyroid levels, or who were hyperthyroid did not show evidence of mental health disturbances. Hypothyroidism, however, had a significant impact, dramatically increasing the risk for what they termed “critical mood deterioration.” The researchers concluded that “hypothyroidism represents a widely underestimated functional condition that may severely affect mental health.” (Hormone and Metabolic Research, 2005)

  4. TomNickle says:

    He would have a higher probablity of having a mental handicap from his mother smoking during or shortly after pregnancy than he would from being born where he was.

    That is a fact.

  5. Rugger says:

    Yes it would, and for all we know, it could be sitting on Carey’s kitchen table waiting for him to get back from a fishing trip or something.  Bottom line is we have no idea what goes on behind the GM’s door or on the phone.  That is what annoys me about the comments like “why didn’t we try for Big Buff (or the player of the day)?”  The assumption is that if we don’t hear about it, the Habs management did nothing.  It is not in their best interest to discuss what they’ve tried or are trying.

  6. Chris says:

    Furthermore, since your facts have already been found wanting, I’ve linked a map of the fallout from Chernobyl here:  http://www.unscear.org/docs/JfigVI.pdf

    Now, take a look where Novopolotsk, the hometown of Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn, is located…right up in the northermost tip of Belarus, where the contamination was minimal. 

    In fact, if you look at the European map of contamination, you will note that parts of southern Finland and northern Sweden were as contaminated or more-so than northern Belarus because of the prevailing winds.  Does this make it okay to also labelling people from those regions as being develpmentally challenged Chernobyl Kids as well, simply because we don’t understand why they can’t fulfill their evident potential on a stupid bloody hockey rink?

    As angry as you are about people taking offense with the comment, I find it equally infuriating that somebody would stoop so low as to take a shot at somebody else’s mental health based on nothing but pure speculation.  Hurtful comments that have no basis in fact have no place in society, and defending them is equally reprehensible.

  7. SmartDog says:

    Don’t you think it would be smart to talk to Price and his aent just before the Halak deal springs?   As in “if we keep Carey let’s talk about the ballpark contract”    And if that was done then, wouldn’t it be finished by now?

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

  8. andrewberkshire says:

    Did I say all people were? No.

    However, I’m not the one speculating that a person I’ve never met is mentally undeveloped because of exposure to nuclear radiation. JT apparently feels like she can diagnose through the television, which is incredibly foolish.

    Last I checked she isn’t a doctor or any sort of scientist, she works for a radio station. She should be keeping to her area of expertise instead of making things up.

  9. Rugger says:

    I think your answer to 5. has the key.  Signing Price first alerts the other 29 teams that Halak is going.  The impact on negotiating the trade would have been hurt more than any impact on a non-arbitration RFA negtiation, Price isn’t going to the KHL.

  10. Chris says:

    “Fact #1″:  From the World Health Organization report on Chernobyl (see page 94):

    A great deal of concern has been expressed about the developing brain of those in utero when
    the accident occurred (Nyagu, Loganovsky, and Loganovskaja, 1998; Igumnov and
    Drozdovitch, 2000). On the one hand, the lowest level of exposure in which mental
    retardation was found in the offspring of survivors of the atomic-bombings was higher than
    the highest level of exposure reported for most Chernobyl populations. On the other hand,
    there is a general belief that the brains of Chernobyl exposed children have been damaged.
    Thus, the World Health Organization conducted the International Pilot Study of Brain
    Damage In Utero, but did not find that exposed children had elevated rates of mental
    retardation compared to controls (WHO, 1995b).

    Consistent with the WHO report, two recent well designed studies using standard batteries of
    neuropsychological tests failed to find systematic differences in children exposed in utero
    (Litcher et al., 2000; Bar Joseph et al., 2004). Interestingly, in the Litcher et al. study (2000),
    31% of the mothers of evacuee children believed that their child had memory problems
    compared to 7% of controls, even though there were no differences in neuropsychological
    test performance or school grades. This suggests that a perceived threat plays a powerful role
    in reports about health and mental health status.

    “Fact #2″:  Born February 3, 1985, Andrei Kostitsyn was actually born 15 months before the Chernobyl disaster.

    “Fact #3″:  Epilepsy affects approximately 50 million people world wide.  The vast majority of them have never been exposed to excess radiation.  Andrei Kostitsyn’s “seemingly strange behavioural traits” (I would be curious as to what these are, given that none of us have ever talked to the man) could also just because he is painfully introverted and isolated from his friends and family and reeling from a ridiculous “scandal”.

    Your facts, when not wrong, are pure speculation.  And while you are perfectly entitled to speculate about the health of somebody you don’t know and probably never will, you certainly shouldn’t be surprised when people call you on being utterly rude.

  11. SmartDog says:

    Good answer to #4.  But don’t hold back next time!  :P


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

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