Radiation leaking from a nuclear power plant damaged by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan led Kristen Kulinowski, Ph.D., executive director for education and public policy at Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, to blog about potassium iodide -- a drug sold over-the-counter that can protect the thyroid gland from absorbing iodide in its radioactive form. Kulinowski writes about potential policy implications regarding effective distribution of the drug, noting that accurately identifying populations in need of potassium iodide can be difficult. In addition, timeliness of distribution is critical, or else the drug"s effectiveness is seriously hindered. 

Read Kulinowski"s March 16, 2011, post "Can potassium iodide protect my health after a nuclear accident?" on the Baker Institute Blog.