“Radium Girls”

Alpha Emitters Hit the Clinic

August 19, 2013

It has taken almost 100 years for radium to come into vogue again. After its discovery by Marie Curie in 1898, radium quickly gained notoriety as a curative panacea, incorporated into toothpaste, water purifiers and day spas. Anemia and bone cancer among the "Radium Girls," however, quickly dashed its glamor. However, a new radium is emerging as an attractive candidate for medical use. [Read more]