May 15, 2014 | Anna D

My stomach ties in knots when I read about the horrible effects radiation has on people who've been exposed to large doses.

Now there's hope that a new drug may be able to reduce the damage high levels of radiation do to the body.

It would be great if this drug works - thousands of lives could be saved in the event of another disaster like Fukushima. So far though, as ever, it looks like it needs more testing.

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Exposure to high levels of radiation will 'fry' the gastrointestinal tract - there is currently no treatment.

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