Relatives clad in protective gear bring out belongings of evacuated residents of a nursery home in Okuma, the town where the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.
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Hormonal and other irregularities were detected in the thyroid glands of 10 out of 130 children evacuated from areas near the damaged nuclear power plant in north-east Japan, news reports said on Tuesday.
The Japan Chernobyl Foundation and Shinshu University Hospital conducted tests on youngsters aged up to 16 including babies for about a month through the end of August in Nagano, where they were staying temporarily after evacuating from Fukushima, Kyodo News reported.
The results of the tests showed that one child was found to have a lower-than-normal thyroid hormone level and seven had thyroid stimulation hormone levels higher than the norm, it reported.
The other two children were diagnosed with slightly high blood concentrations of a protein called thyroglobulin, possibly caused by damage to their thyroid glands, Kyodo said.
The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station it has been leaking radioactive material into the environment since it was hit by a magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami on March 11.