A drug to fend off radiation

 作者:练妁     |      日期:2019-03-01 03:18:08
Emergency workers attending the scene of a “dirty” bomb or nuclear blast could soon have a drug to help protect them. People exposed to radioactive material often die weeks later of acute radiation syndrome, as blood cells vital to clotting and fighting infection die off, and bone marrow cells killed by radiation cannot replace them. There is currently no preventive treatment. Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals of San Diego, California, now reports that 5-androstenediol (AED), an adrenal gland hormone that stimulates marrow-cell growth,