Medicine: Radiation Mystery

Vomiting is an important protective function, i.e., the stomach eliminates or warns against dangerous substances in the body. But, while doctors know how to induce vomiting,* they have never found out exactly how it is caused. Scientists at the University of Utah College of Medicine are now studying vomiting for a clue to the nature of one of man's newest ailments: radiation sickness.

Doctors have found that—for unknown reasons—radiation victims who vomit almost immediately after exposure are almost sure to die, and those who do not vomit at all are almost certain to survive....

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