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Radiation Biology

Biology of human body cells when exposed to ionizing radiation

Cancer is a strange one. If you have ever been affected by it, either personally, or family and friends, you will know that it seems like one of the least normal things around. It is truly disrupting to all aspects...
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  So you have heard about the dangers of ultraviolet light right? That excess exposure to ultraviolet light can lead to skin cancers such as melanoma. And that devices such as sun beads are the leading cause of excess ultraviolet...
We all hear it on TV shows and in movies, read it in books, something along the lines of “I’m sorry, but the results are back from the lab, you have stage 4 cancer”. But do we really know what...
Ionizing radiation causes damage to all cell, including humans. We know this. Various kinds of damage can occur, but by far the most harmful to the cell is radiation damage to the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)-the genetic material.   How does...
Well, this question is hard to answer, and even harder to study. It is a contentions and continuously debated question in the field of radiation safety.   Low dose ionizing radiation is an interesting topic, but when you read this...
The Five R’s of Radiotherapy   Why do I need to get soo many radiotherapy treatments? Why can’t I just have one radiation treatment and be done with all this radiotherapy already?   Many patients have questions about their radiotherapy...
“If you have been exposed to any form of radiation, either for medical diagnostic purposes (fluoroscopy/mammography/other medical x-ray exams) or in the course of radiotherapy treatment, or if you are otherwise concerned by excessive radiation exposure, overload or poisoning (such...
If you did not already know background radiation is everywhere! But do we need to worry about it? Background radiation is the radiation that is naturally around you and it’s been there for many millennia. This may be an eye...
Let’s start with a few basic things about human cells; the things that make up your body. They basically do one of four things at anyone time things – grow, move, change, or die. The body sends out messages to...