Microscopic animals glow in the dark to survive radiation

Tardigrades, popularly known as water bears, are tiny animals that can survive extreme pressure, heat, cold, and radiation which would be lethal for many other creatures. They’ve also survived in the extremes of space. There are around 1300 known species of tardigrades and they use various biological mechanisms to cope with the harsh conditions they […]

Unsafe levels of radiation found in Chernobyl crops

Crops grown near the Chernobyl nuclear site in Ukraine are still contaminated with radiation from the explosive 1986 disaster.  In a new study, researchers found that wheat, rye, oats and barley grown in this area contained two radioactive isotopes — strontium 90 and cesium 137 — that were above safe consumption limits. Radioactive isotopes are […]

Physicians don’t always recognize patients’ radiation therapy side effects

IMAGE: Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil. view more  Credit: University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Physicians did not recognize side effects from radiation therapy in more than half of breast cancer patients who reported a significant symptom, a new study finds. The study compared reports from 9,941 patients from practices across the state […]

Treating spinal mets with fewer, higher doses of radiation reduces pain more effectively

ARLINGTON, Va., October 26, 2020 — A new study shows using fewer and higher doses of high-precision radiation therapy is a more effective approach for treating painful spinal tumors than conventional radiation therapy. More than twice as many patients treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) reported an enduring, complete reduction in pain, compared to […]

Current Chernobyl-level radiation harmful to bees: study

Colony reproduction reduced by 30 to 45 percent at radiation doses previously considered too low to impact insects Bumblebees exposed to levels of radiation found within the Chernobyl exclusion zone suffered a “significant” drop in reproduction, in new research published Wednesday that scientists say should prompt a rethink of international calculations of nuclear environmental risk. […]