special-features

Vegetable compound may offer protection against 'lethal' radiation doses

Washington, Oct. 15 : Researchers have said that a compound derived from cruciferous vegetable like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli helps protect rats and mice from lethal doses of radiation.


Their study suggests the compound, known as DIM (3,3'-diindolylmethane), already shown to be safe for humans, may protect normal tissues during radiation therapy for cancer treatment and prevent or mitigate sickness caused by radiation exposure.

Study's corresponding author, Eliot Rosen, MD, PhD, of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said DIM has been studied as a cancer prevention agent for years, but this is the first indication that DIM can also act as a radiation protector.

For the study, the researchers irradiated rats with lethal doses of gamma ray radiation. The animals were then treated with a daily injection of DIM for two weeks, starting 10 minutes after the radiation exposure.

Rosen, a professor of oncology, biochemistry and cell and molecular biology, and radiation medicine, said that the result was stunning as all of the untreated rats died, but well over half of the DIM-treated animals remained alive 30 days after the radiation exposure.

Rosen adds that DIM also provided protection whether the first injection was administered 24 hours before or up to 24 hours after radiation exposure.

Rosen said that in addition, irradiated mice treated with DIM had less reduction in red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets - side effects often seen in patients undergoing radiation treatment for cancer.

The study has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

--ANI (Posted on 15-10-2013)

special-features headlines

Learn how to deal with unpleasant memories

English as she is spoke (Column: Soliloquy)

Lies that parents tell their children revealed

Why eating processed meat can be cancerous for certain people

Listening to gospel music benefits mental health of older people

How to deal better with bad memories

How to sleep sweat-free during summer nights

People scan internet for health early in week: Study

Centipede eats Snake inside out after it was swallowed

Indian origin mom in US keeps dead son's body in bathtub as part of Hindu rituals

Women can sound sexy but men just can't!

How to make your relationship cheat-proof

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014

Comments

Your e-mail:


Your Full Name:


Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box

Message:

Back to Top