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The public health implications of the use of radioprotectors and radiomitigators in cumulative ionizing radiation exposure

Dunn, Dina (2014) The public health implications of the use of radioprotectors and radiomitigators in cumulative ionizing radiation exposure. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

Cumulative exposure to natural and artificial ionizing radiation is a prevalent environmental health risk and is increasing. Ionizing radiation exposure may cause inheritable DNA mutations and increase cancer risks in exposed populations. The increasing use of nuclear imaging in medical procedures creates cumulative risks with each imaging scan. To satisfy energy demands, there may be an increased demand for nuclear power that may have unpredictable disasters such as the Fukushima disaster. Additionally, radon exposure in the United States has been identified as the second leading cause of lung cancers. To help reduce adverse health effects from daily radiation exposures, radioprotector and radiomitigative agents can be applied in a public health setting. Radioprotectors were observed to protect cells when taken prior to irradiation and radiomitigators were observed to reduce the severity of adverse effects and increase survival time when taken after exposure. Studies show that these prophylactics show great potential in public health applications.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dunn, Dina
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ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFabisiak, J Pfabs@pitt.eduFABSUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberKammerer, Candacecmk3@pitt.eduCMK3UNSPECIFIED
Date: 18 April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 27 May 2015 23:29
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2021 11:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21343

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