Frontiers in Public Health: Radiation & Health

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  • Published: Jun 20, 2014
  • Author: Dariusz Leszczynski
  • Source: 2296-2565
  • Copyright: http://www.frontiersin.org/Radiation_and_Health
  • Channels: Proteomics & Genomics / Electrophoresis / Proteomics
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Radiation, whether ionizing or non-ionizing and whether naturally occurring or emitted by man-made devices, is omnipresent in the environment and has an impact on human life and health. One kind of radiation may alter the effects of other types of radiation. Also, different radiation types may modify effects of various chemicals. The specialty of the Radiation and Health is aimed at the scientific community and policy-makers interested in health effects caused by radiation exposures. The aim of the Radiation and Health is to provide a comprehensive view of health policies and of the science on which the health policy decisions are made.

Besides publishing studies on development of health policies and health risk evaluation, the Radiation and Health will also publish studies on the biological mechanisms underlying the radiation-related health effects. This will be the comprehensive approach to health policy where the knowledge of the physiological impact of radiation exposures on humans is considered to be of paramount importance for health policy-makers in developing and justifying the policy decisions made. Radiation and Health specialty will publish research on:

(i) policies to mitigate radiation-related health risks,

(ii) risk estimation of radiation exposures of individuals as well as of human population as a whole,

(iii) new, science-based, approaches of risk communication about the dangers of radiation exposures that will emphasize reliable and open information to avoid triggering of unfounded scare,

(iv) the impact caused by radiation exposure on both physiological and psychological aspects of human health examined by epidemiological approach in population,

(v) effects of radiation exposures on human physiology by biomedical approaches,

(vi) animal radiation toxicology studies primarily designed to assist in estimation of human health risk caused by acute and chronic radiation exposures,

(vii) in vitro laboratory studies examining biophysical and biochemical mechanisms of the physiological effects of radiation exposures (in vivo and ex vivo) on human tissues and cells,

(viii) ‘omics’ studies that examine globally effects of radiation on humans and animals using high-throughput methods of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics; the ‘omics’ approach will help to comprehensively discover signaling pathways and molecules targeted by radiation exposures and to develop new and more precise hypotheses about known as well as yet undiscovered physiological effects of radiation.

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