We live in the age of "go-bags", survival kits kept at the ready to combat just about any worst-case scenario emergencies one might be able to imagine. They're packed with multi-tools, flashlights, Tamiflu--you name it.
Prepare to make room for a new pill that might be able to directly counteract the effects of (knock on wood) nuclear fallout.
The new drug, which compromises a handful of different compounds, is basically packed with synthetic versions of potent antioxidants. The antioxidants would help protect against damage caused by free radicals, the atoms, ions and molecules with unpaired electrons that build up in cells after extensive radiation exposure, causing tissue injury, and cell death in the months and years after exposure. The antioxidants help protect several body systems such as the kidneys, lungs, skin, intestines, and the brain from damage. Many previous attempts to find a treatment for radiation poisoning either focused on specific parts of the body, like bone marrow, or were primarily to treat the resulting symptoms of exposure and not the cause.
Antioxidants have been studied before to try and treat radiation exposure, but it could only be applied via injections. Once made into a pill, the ability to distribute and administer the treatment becomes significantly easier and more effective. And because antioxidants have other health benefits, they could potentially be used to treat a wide range of neurological, pulmonary, and cardiovascular disorders.
That means you might one day find EUK-400 pills not just in your emergency go-bags but also your medicine cabinet.
I'm a bit skeptical on the usage of this pill. How exactly does it fight radiation? Do you take it once and it prevents new radiation? Or prevent radiation from spreading? or prevent radiation from destroying cells? Is it something that you have to keep taking all the time if you get exposed once? If that last one is true, this pill is gonna be a money-maker, another pharmaceutical company taking advantage of a possibly completely necessary medication.
that doesnt make a lot of sense. if it works i would use it even if it didnt might as well try to not get radiation poisoning.
Just wondering how your liver will react to high levels of antioxidants. The radiation won't kill you, but liver failure might.
rad-x? I was just thinking the other day someone needed to invent this so I'm not screwed wandering the wasteland.
The reality is that preventing cancer in several body systems doesn't cut it. The paper that this is cited from also doesn't state up to what levels of radiation this is pill would be effective in. Just a wee bit important.
I was totally thinking Fallout 3 myself when I read this.
I think I may stock up on this so I at least will not have rad sickness wile fighting the ghouls.
Awasome, I just hope i won't need to take the pill! Chernobyl was enough.
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Cleveland Biolabs has a pretty advanced injection drug for this, now its no pill but its the closest thing to protection in quite a long time to protect GI, marrow.. DOD, HHS, Israel, S korea, France etc are all interested in it.