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Radioactive (Overview)

Radioactivity refers to the particles which are emitted from nuclei as a result of nuclear instability. Because the nucleus experiences the intense conflict between the two strongest forces in nature, it should not be surprising that there are many nuclear isotopes which are unstable and emit some kind of radiation. The most common types of radiation are called alpha, beta, and gamma radiation.


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Is the contrast fluid radioactive?

Is the contrast fluid radioactive?

No: No, the contrast fluid used for hysterosalpingograms does not contain any radioactive materials. ...Read more

Radioactive (Overview)

Radioactivity refers to the particles which are emitted from nuclei as a result of nuclear instability. Because the nucleus experiences the intense conflict between the two strongest forces in nature, it should not be surprising that there are many nuclear isotopes which are unstable and emit some kind of radiation. The most common types of radiation are called alpha, beta, and gamma radiation.


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Why are radioactive chemical elements nasty?

Why are radioactive chemical elements nasty?

Damage DNA: These greatly increase the rate of mutations, which in turn are the actual cause of cancer. This is the major reason for avoiding exposure as much as possible. ...Read more

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Coping with Nuclear or Radioactive Releases (Checklist)

Listen to instructions from the Emergency Broadcast Network
daily
if you must shelter in place, duct tape all outside doors, windows, and chimneys
once
Have a week's worth of rations, water, and iodine pills if at high risk
once
Have batteries, flashlight, transistor radio, and first-aid kit handy
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What is the definition or description of: radioactive?

What is the definition or description of: radioactive?

See below: Radioactivity refers to the particles which are emitted from nuclei as a result of nuclear instability. Because the nucleus experiences the intense conflict between the two strongest forces in nature, it should not be surprising that there are many nuclear isotopes which are unstable and emit some kind of radiation. The most common types of radiation are called alpha, beta, and gamma radiation. ...Read more

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Is extra doze of radioactive i31 is injurious to health?

Depends on the dose: There is no upper limit to the amount of radioactive iodine a person can receive in their lifetime. However, the greater the dose is above 500 mci in one's lifetime, the greater the risk of subsequent cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and others. ...Read more

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I ask after you do radioactive can you work do your normal life?

Need more info: You mean a test or a treatment? Usually you could go back to normal work/life, unless you mean radiation for cancer, in which case it depends on how sick you get. ...Read more

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Please share an interesting fact about nuclear or radioactive releases.

Sodium Iodide pills: In the 1950s and sixties, iodine pills were kept in bomb shelters and taken to reduce uptake of radioactive iodine (I131) which is found in nuclear bombs and releases from power plants. This prophylaxis is still valid. See: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/i-131 ...Read more

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What kind of food should I store in preparation for a radioactive disaster?

What kind of food should I store in preparation for a radioactive disaster?

All food: Could potentially become contaminated when exposed to radiation. A radiation proof storage system is what you need for both food and water. Then, in addition to medical/sanitaton supplies you need emergency heat, lighting and communication sources. Also, in a nuclear disease you might need a geiger counter, gas mask (s), fallout meter, potassium iodide tablets, among other things. ...Read more

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Can things only become radioactive, if particles of something radioactive get on something?

Can things only become radioactive, if particles of something radioactive get on something?

Yes: Physical particles which are radioactive can get on or in people or things, thus rendering the person or thing also radioactive. In contrast, a person or thing which is exposed to radioactivity (such as by getting an x-ray) is only exposed to the energy, not the particles, so does not become radioactive. It's sort of like the difference between getting poop on your shoe vs. Just smelling poop. ...Read more

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Is it ok for kids to wear watches with luminescent markings? I thought they were radioactive?

Yes, most are safe: Most children's watch dials now use phosphorescent paint, commonly called "glow-in-the-dark" paint, which emits visible light for a time after light exposure. It is used as an alternative to radio luminescent paint, which does emit small amounts of radiation. ...Read more

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Tile was from Italy, painted and glaze. Say it was radioactive. If a iPhone touched it, would it be radioactive?

No: The radioactivity in the tile likely relates to small amounts of natural uranium or other radioactive isotopes in the materials used to make the tile. Touching the tile won't transfer radioactivity to anything else. The risk is likely low unless the tile is close to the body for long periods of time. ...Read more

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We have tiles from Italy, they aren't radioactive but they were. Would it spread to other things by touching it?

This is a question: For someone who knows about radioactivity. Try calling your County Health Department. ...Read more

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We have tiles from Italy, they aren't radioactive, but they were. Would it spread to other things by touching it?

?: Your question is unclear. These tiles - they were once radioactive but not now? When did that happen? How do you know/Why do you say that? Would what spread to other things? ...Read more

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How can you tell whether a skincare product has got radioactive contaminant? If one feel alright after using, does it mean product is safe?

Not likely: Most skin care products use inexpensive ingredients and there is little supervision of these products by governmental agencies. Thus they could have various forms of contamination without your knowledge or even that of the manufacturer. Radioactive contaminants must be extremely rare if ever; you should be more concerned about toxic ingredients and whether the product is worth the cost. ...Read more

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This is an unnormal question. If I ate food that could be radioactive, and the steam from it got on iPhone, would the iPhone be radioactive?

This is an unnormal question. If I ate food that could be radioactive, and the steam from it got on iPhone, would the iPhone be radioactive?

No trivia please!: This is a serious health forum. We, the doctors at HealthTap, are here to answer relevant medical questions.
For answers to trivia questions like this, please use your favorite search engines. ...Read more

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What are the signs of radioactive poisoning?

Depends on exposure: If you are seriously exposed, the symptoms will appear within a week and include dizziness, disorientation, weakness, fatigue, hair loss, bloody vomit and stools, poor wound healing, and low-blood pressure. ...Read more

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How can I shield myself from nuclear or radioactive particles?

Blocking radiation: Putting heavy, dense materials like thick walls, earth, concrete, bricks, water and books) between you and the radioactive fallout is best. Stay indoors or below ground. Taking shelter in a basement or a facility below ground reduces exposure by 90 percent. A 4-inch layer of soil or earth can reduce the penetration of dangerous gamma rays. ...Read more

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We had a soda tab by a tv, is it harmful or radioactive to touch?

Soda Tab: Soda tablet/ baking soda is Sodium Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) the main ingredient in carbonated drink, also used in cooking and baking so no it's not harmful to touch it and definitely not radioactive. ...Read more