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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Quake Question #13: Are There Any Radiation Drugs Available Beyond Potassium Iodide?
22 March 2011 5:17 pm
Readers ask: Is the military's drug Rad-X being made available to the people of Japan?
Science answers: Government health clinics in Japan are distributing potassium iodide pills which can help prevent thyroid cancer in nursing mothers and children exposed to radioactive iodine. But besides those pills, there are no drugs currently available to tackle the negative health effects of radiation exposure.
"Rad-X" exists only in the world of the video game Fallout; however, there's a drug called Ex-RAD, developed by Onconova Therapeutics Inc., that is currently being tested as a prophylactic that could be given to first responders in a nuclear attack or to individuals preparing to enter a radioactive site. It's not the only drug though being tried out—CBLB502 has been shown to be effective in mice and monkeys. It may be a while before these drugs go through all of the steps necessary to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.