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New Drug Helps Mice Survive Near-Lethal Radiation Doses and Could Help Humans Too

  • Radiation kills living things, usually by creating a gastrointestinal toxicity syndrome that destroys the body’s ability to absorb water. There aren’t many treatments at the moment, which means if there’s a nuclear incident, doctors are worried about the lack of medical counter-procedures. 

  • Carla Kantara, who works with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, gave a peptide drug called TP508 to mice a24 hours after a lethal exposure to radiation. It significantly increased survival and delayed mortality. 
  • “The current results suggest that the peptide may be an effective emergency nuclear countermeasure that could be delivered within 24 hours after exposure to increase survival and delay mortality, giving victims time to reach facilities for advanced medical treatment,” Kantara said in a press release. 

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