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Berkeley develops quick blood test to ID people exposed to ionizing radiation

Berkeley develops quick blood test to ID people exposed to ionizing radiation | Longevity science | Scoop.it

As early treatment is the key to maximizing the odds of surviving a large dose of radiation, sorting out the radiological exposure of the victims is a high priority. Unfortunately, at present no quick medical screen exists to identify people exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. While there are early changes in white cell populations, these also can result from an infection due to an injury or chemical exposure.

 

Medical researchers at the US Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have now developed a simple blood test to determine the exposure of a patient to ionizing radiation, that can be carried out in the field with a hand-held analyzer.

 

 

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Radiation Dosage Chart

Radiation Dosage Chart | Longevity science | Scoop.it

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No fewer side effects for prostate proton therapy

An expensive prostate cancer radiation treatment known as proton beam therapy has just as many side effects as a more common and cheaper radiation method, according to a new study.

 

In terms of side effects, "In the long term, there's really no difference in outcomes between proton radiation and IMRT for men with prostate cancer," said lead author Dr. James Yu, a radiation oncologist at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

 

 

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