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Alternative and Complementary Medicine in Radiation Pathologies

Call for Papers

Increasing use of ionizing radiation in multiple and diverse ways has increased the threat of nuclear accidents and leakage of radioactivity into atmosphere. Unwanted radiation exposure potentially leads to multiple and progressive radiation pathologies. The low linear energy transfer ionizing radiations are particularly capable of incapacitating/killing large masses of exposed populations. Development of medical radiation countermeasures is thus critical but has remained a global challenge. Synthetic compounds and molecular drugs have failed due to severe toxicity and other side effects, compelling the need to utilize complementary and alternate medicines to develop radiation countermeasures. Herbal medicines are emerging as alternate choice. The multiple bioactive constituents present in the plants presumably act synergistically and on multiple pathways to combat a wide spectrum of radiation injuries. However, issues pertaining to understanding the mechanisms of action, quality control and so forth render the task of developing herbal radiation countermeasures highly arduous. We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will promote the continuing efforts on evaluating herbs as potential, complementary, and alternative medicine approaches for developing radiation countermeasures.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of standardized herbal radiation countermeasures
  • Elucidation of pathways and mechanisms of radiation countermeasures on radiation targets
  • Impact of nutraceuticals, vitamins, mineral, and antioxidant on radiation injuries
  • Recent advances in preclinical trials/clinical applications of radiation countermeasures

The studies addressing issues on bioactive constituents, self-life, contamination, toxicology, and dose-dependent kinetics will be given preference.

Manuscript DueFriday, 3 October 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 26 December 2014
Publication DateFriday, 20 February 2015

Lead Guest Editor

  • Madhu Bala, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, India

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