Cancer patient Deborah Charles looks into the tube of a magnetic resonance imaging scanner as she prepares to enter the MRI machine for an examination at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington ... more 
Cancer patient Deborah Charles looks into the tube of a magnetic resonance imaging scanner as she prepares to enter the MRI machine for an examination at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington in this May 23, 2007 file photo. Helium, known for making the voice squeaky after it is inhaled from party balloons, but it is also a vital element in industries from aerospace and defence, to smart phones and flat-screen TVs, medical equipment and deep-sea diving tanks. The U.S. Federal Helium Reserve has been providing around a third of global crude helium and 40 percent of U.S. supply. But this will be turned off after October 7 unless Congress acts to extend its life. To match Analysis HELIUM-SHORTAGE/ REUTERS/Jim Bourg/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH ENERGY) less 
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