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Four children in Europe during the Chernobyl nuclear accident received possibly hazardous doses of radiation, suggesting that many European youths could face health problems caused by fallout from the Soviet disaster, a scientist said. The four children, who were in Poland and Greece when the April 26 accident occurred, showed high levels of radioactive iodine 131 in their thyroid glands when examined later in the United States as part of a study. "I'm not saying it's harmful. But it is high enough to speculate there may be thyroid dysfunction or thyroid cancer in the future," said Frank P. Castronovo, a radiopharmacologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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