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12 Mar. 2012
Potassium iodide pills are pictured at a health centre... more
JAPAN-TSUNAMI/
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12 Mar. 2012
KORIYAMA, Japan
Potassium iodide pills are pictured at a health centre in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture March 12, 2012. The pills are believed to be effective in lowering the risk of thyroid cancer by saturating the thyroid gland, which helps prevent the uptake of radioactive material when given before or shortly after exposure. According to an employee from the health centre, Koriyama city has a reserve of 24,000 iodide pills, which are available for its residents under 40-years-old in case of another nuclear disaster. Even then, Japan's requirement for administering the pills is only when the radiation level exceeds 100 millisieverts (mSv) per hour. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: HEALTH DRUGS SOCIETY DISASTER)
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