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Introduction: The mevalonate pathway is a hotbed of new research. It is best known to us through statins—which interrupt and downregulate the pathway at an early step, and thus lower cholesterol. But now scientists are realizing that this profoundly important cellular pathway is responsible for far more than the synthesis of cholesterol. It helps synthesize many highly significant molecules that impact health and disease, and influences vasoconstriction, inflammation, coagulation and oxidation.

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WASHINGTON — Georgetown University Medical Center researchers say a compound derived from cruciferous vegetable such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli protected rats and mice from lethal doses of radiation.[1]

Their study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggests the compound, 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.

The compound, known as DIM (3,3′-diindolylmethane), previously has been found to have cancer preventive properties.

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Whilst certainly no expert on radiation, I have undertaken a review of the main journals and few of the less substantive sites and blogs to try and present a current and balanced view about the benefits or not of the UK population taking additional iodine for the purpose of preventing radioactive iodine contamination of their thyroid gland.

What is the status of the Japanese Nuclear Reactor?

The Institute for Science and International Security, a non-profit based in Washington DC, is arguing that the Fukushima disaster should be upgraded to a category six on the seven point scale of nuclear accidents. The Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency still classes the accident as a category five incident.

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