No cure available for exposure to potentially deadly ionizing radiation
- UVA researchers have identified compounds that could lead to the first antidote for potentially deadly radiation exposure
- Research was spurred by government concern about terror attacks and nuclear accidents
- For people exposed to sufficient ionizing radiation, doctors can only try to ease their suffering until death
- 2016 is the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident and the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident
University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have identified promising drugs that could lead to the first antidote for radiation exposure that might result from a dirty bomb terror attack or a nuclear accident such as Chernobyl.