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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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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.