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November 3, 1993

Radical Approaches: Is Widespread Testing and Treatment for Oxidative Injuries Coming Soon?

JAMA. 1993;270(17):2024. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510170014004

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FREE RADICALS are overtaking more than the lipids, proteins, and DNA contained in human cells.

Just a few years ago, these molecular Jack the Rippers were largely the purview of chemists and biochemists. But now that their expansive role in human disease is being acknowledged in clinical medicine, research scientists and physicians are clamoring to know more.

How can their presence in the body be detected? Once their destructive reactions begin, can they be stopped? Once their damage has been done, can it be repaired? Is the havoc they wreak preventable? When will widespread diagnosis and treatment become available?

Some of the answers have yet to be determined. Emerging data and theories were discussed recently in Buffalo, NY, at the first international symposium on the topic, Free Radicals in Diagnostic Medicine: A Systems Approach to Laboratory Technology, Clinical Correlations, and Antioxidant Therapy.

The meeting was sponsored by the State University