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Ebola is not a stranger to West Africa—an outbreak in the 1990s killed chimpanzees and sickened one researcher. But the...
In an as-yet-unpublished report, an international panel of geoscientists has concluded that a pair of deadly...
Tropical disease experts tried and failed before to eradicate yaws, a rare disfiguring disease of poor countries. Now,...
Since 2002, researchers have reported that agricultural communities in the hot and humid Pacific Coast of Central...
Balkan endemic kidney disease surfaced in the 1950s and for decades defied attempts to finger the cause. It occurred...
The Pyrenean ibex, an impressive mountain goat that lived in the central Pyrenees in Spain, went extinct in 2000. But a...
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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.