|Belgium: NBC News|
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NBC News April 29
'All Belgians to be given iodine pills for nuclear safety'
'The Belgian government has agreed to distribute iodine pills to the country's entire population as a nuclear safety precaution. Health Minister Maggie De Block said current rules requiring pills to be given within 20km (12 miles) of a reactor should be increased to 100km. Belgium's neighbours have criticised the state of its nuclear reactors.'
'Iodine tablets help to reduce the damage radiation does to the body after a nuclear accident.'
'Radioactive iodine gathers in the thyroid gland and there it releases its energy and damages the tissue. Ultimately this can culminate in cancer. Taking the tablets fills the thyroid with stable iodine so there's no room for the radioactive material. Of course they offer no protection against other radioactive elements such as caesium-137.'
One can lessen the risk of cancer from radioactive nuclear elements.
'Of course they offer no protection against other radioactive elements such as caesium-137.'
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