Radiation Drugs – Still a Hot Topic


Moos, W. H., & Shankar, G. N. (2014). Radiation drugs – still a hot topic. Drug Development Research, 75(1), 1-2. doi: 10.1002/ddr.21160


Who knew when the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan led to a meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that it would represent the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986? Since then, a range of articles in both professional journals and the lay press have continued to appear with great regularity. On the occasion of the second anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, it was reported inScience magazine that evacuees were still waiting to go home, but fortunately that radionuclide exposure, at least to radiocesium ingestion, had been limited [Normile, 2013a, 2013b]. A PubMed search for “Fukushima radiation” on May 26, 2013, returned nearly 650 articles, 36 since March 2013. Searching the Wall Street Journal for the same terms on the same date retrieved 15 articles since March 2013.

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