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Effect of Sodium Alginate in inhibiting Uptake of Radiostrontium by the Human Body


THE selective inhibition of radiostrontium uptake by rats following the administration of doses of sodium alginate has been reported recently1–3. We have performed a similar experiment with a normal healthy adult human male volunteer, in order to see whether sodium alginate was effective in inhibiting uptake of radiostrontium from the human gastro-intestinal tract.

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HESP, R., RAMSBOTTOM, B. Effect of Sodium Alginate in inhibiting Uptake of Radiostrontium by the Human Body. Nature 208, 1341–1342 (1965).

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