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Stacey May

Stacey May is the AAPS director of public outreach.

While most of us drink coffee because of the caffeine it contains and eat blueberries because they’re a good source of fiber, it turns out a naturally occurring molecule found in both of these foods can significantly increase the survival rate of people exposed to radiation.

This morning at the 2012 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition, Charles R. Yates, Pharm.D., Ph.D., and colleagues Duane Miller, Ph.D., and Waleed Gaber, Ph.D., from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Baylor College of Medicine, respectively, presented research about a novel drug that mimics a naturally occurring molecule found in coffee and blueberries that, when applied 24 hours after radiation exposure, increases survival in animal models by three-fold compared to placebo.

Current radiation treatments, including oral medications and injections, often have severe side effects. Through studies funded through a grant from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Yates and his team designed a new delivery system that can be applied directly to the skin, similar to an adhesive bandage.

Learn more about this team’s research in their abstract, no. T2342, through the 2012 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition MyAgenda Planner.