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How slick water and black shale in fracking combine to produce radioactive waste
Study explains how radioactive radium transfers to wastewater in the widely-used method to extract oil and gas. (2018-09-18)

Houseplants could one day monitor home health
In a perspective published in the July 20 issue of Science, a team of University of Tennessee faculty and a student from two unrelated disciplines -- plant sciences and architectural design -- explore the future of houseplants as aesthetically pleasing and functional sirens of home health. Their idea is to genetically engineer house plants to serve as subtle alarms that something is amiss in our home and office environments. (2018-07-20)

UMass Amherst physicists contribute to dark matter detector success
This week, scientists from around the world who gathered at UCLA at its Dark Matter 2018 Symposium learned of new results in the search for evidence of the elusive material in Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) by the DarkSide-50 detector. WIMPs have been candidate dark matter particles for decades, but none have been found to date. Andrea Pocar of UMass Amherst says the DarkSide detector his group helped to build has demonstrated the great potential of liquid argon technology in the search for WIMPs. (2018-02-21)

Radioactivity: Discover the lowest amounts with new methods
On the invitation of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, the German National Metrology Institute, scientists from 27 countries are meeting Sept. 22-26 to exchange ideas about new measurement and analytical techniques and possible ways of applying them at the 5th International Conference on Radionuclide Metrology Low-Level Radioactivity Measurement Techniques. (2008-09-16)

Cancer risk due to certain lifestyle and environmental factors is preventable
Almost four in every 10 new cases of cancer in Germany are attributable to lifestyle and environmental factors, including smoking, low physical activity, overweight, and infections. Hermann Brenner and his group of authors from the German Cancer Research Center report on how these risk factors affect the number of cancer cases in Germany in concrete terms. (2018-09-28)

To a fault: the bottom line on earthquakes
Although many people think that California (2008-04-22)

Nobody wins in a landslide
The University of Cincinnati is working with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology to add specific details on landslides to the state's map of known hazards. (2018-11-06)

Earthquake in Illinois could portend an emerging threat
To the surprise of many, the earthquake on April 18, 2008, about 120 miles east of St. Louis, originated in the Wabash Valley Fault, not the better-known and more-dreaded New Madrid Fault in Missouri's bootheel. The concern of Douglas Wiens, Ph.D., and Michael Wysession, Ph.D., seismologists at Washington University in St. Louis, is that the New Madrid Fault may have seen its day and the Wabash Fault is the new kid on the block. (2008-04-24)

Campus natural gas power plants pose no radon risks
When Penn State decided to convert its two power plants from their historic use of coal as a source of energy to natural gas, there was concern about radon emissions. Although radon is known to exist in natural gas, now Penn State research indicates that it does not escape from these two power plants in harmful amounts. (2017-02-06)

Some chemicals in smoke may be even more dangerous than previously thought
Though most 'low molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons' (LMW PAHs) have not been shown to cause cancer alone, the study shows that in common combinations, these chemicals can help to spark the disease. (2017-11-30)

Free lung cancer screening program builds valuable relationships with patients
A free, simple screening for lung cancer can save a patient money, while building a healthy relationship for any medical needs they may have in the future. The research, published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, shows the partnership can be beneficial for patients looking for cardiology specialists, family medical care and other health-related issues, as well as for medical facilities that offer the free screening. (2019-01-24)

Doctors Testing New Technology, Seek People At Lung Cancer Risk
CHAPEL HILL - Physicians at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine are seeking people at high risk of developing lung cancer to participate in a new study aimed at saving lives by detecting tumors earlier. (1998-11-02)

Radon inferior to radium for electric dipole moments (EDM) searches
An international research team led by the University of Liverpool has made a discovery that will help with the search for electric dipole moments (EDM) in atoms, and could contribute to new theories of particle physics such as supersymmetry. (2019-06-06)

Radon increases risk for malignant skin cancer
A new study by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) about residential radon exposure in Switzerland shows that the radioactive gas radon increases the risk for developing malignant skin cancer. (2017-06-16)

Tanning beds and risky behavior linked -- in men
Even though men use tanning beds at lower rates than women, men who tan tend to do it in riskier ways, according to a study by researchers at the University of Connecticut. The findings should help public health officials rethink how, and to whom, they're targeting anti-tanning messages. (2017-11-02)

Lung cancer rates higher among female nonsmokers than previously
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Northern California Cancer Center have taken the first steps toward analyzing why people who never smoked get lung cancer. (2007-02-08)

A carcinogen at the gym
Gyms are places people go to get healthier. But nearly half the gyms in the U.S. contain a potentially addictive carcinogen -- tanning beds, report UConn researchers in the July 18 issue of JAMA Dermatology. Exercise reduces the risk of every cancer except melanoma. Tanning beds in gyms make tanning seem like part of a healthy lifestyle, undermine public health messaging and target a vulnerable population. (2018-07-18)

Comprehensive report says tobacco control must be highest priority in cancer control
The highest priority in a national cancer control plan must be expansion of tobacco control -- the intervention with the largest potential health benefits -- according to a new American Cancer Society report, the second in a series of articles that together inform priorities for a comprehensive cancer control plan. (2018-10-10)

Large nuclear cardiology laboratory slashes radiation dose by 60 percent in 8 years
A large nuclear cardiology laboratory has slashed its average radiation dose by 60 percent in eight years, according to new research presented today at ICNC 2017 and published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. The study in over 18,000 patients shows dose reductions were achieved despite a large number of obese patients. (2017-05-07)

Radon in residential buildings: A risk factor for lung cancer
About 1900 deaths from lung cancer per year in Germany are due to radon within residential buildings. This was the conclusion reached in the current edition of Deutsches Arzteblatt International by Klaus Schmid of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and his co-authors. (2010-03-30)

Can inhaled oxygen cause cancer?
The ancient physician/alchemist, Paracelsus, said: 'The dose makes the poison.' According to a new study published in PeerJ, even oxygen may fall prey to the above adage. While essential to human life, aspects of oxygen metabolism may promote cancer. Capitalizing on the inverse relationship of oxygen concentration with elevation, researchers found lower rates of lung cancer at higher elevations, a trend that did not extend to non-respiratory cancers, suggesting that carcinogen exposure occurs via inhalation. (2015-01-13)

Electricity from trees
Plants have long been known as the lungs of the Earth, but a new finding has found they may also play a role in electrifying the atmosphere. (2012-03-20)

Indoor residential air quality has significant impact on health
Indoor air quality has a greater impact on health than outdoor air quality, as North American adults spend almost 90 percent of their time indoors. (2008-07-14)

UToledo research links fracking to higher radon levels in Ohio homes
A new study at The University of Toledo connects the proximity of fracking to higher household concentrations of radon gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. (2019-06-18)

Study in Spain and Romania confirms radon as second leading cause of lung cancer
Exposure to radon gas in homes is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, according to a study carried out by researchers from the University of Cantabria and the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. The team has studied data on exposure to this element in a uranium mining area in Transylvania and in an area of granite in Torrelodones, Madrid. (2009-09-30)

Lung cancer screening: New Canadian guideline
Adults aged 55-74 years who are at high risk of lung cancer -- current or former smokers (i.e., have quit within the past 15 years) with at least a 30 pack-year history or more -- should be screened annually up to three times using low-dose computed tomography (CT), according to a new guideline from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2016-03-07)

Research at University of British Columbia receives historical recognition
The groundbreaking research of chemist Neil Bartlett proving that the noble gases are not inert will be designated an International Historic Chemical Landmark in a special ceremony at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on May 23. The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, sponsors the Landmarks program. (2006-05-10)

Water study yields a few surprises for New England
New England's legacy of urban and industrial activities, together with recent development in forested areas, has affected the quality of rivers and ground water in cities and rural areas. The impact is reflected more quickly than expected as development begins to take hold. These are a few of the findings the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced today (2004-07-08)

UI study finds residential radon exposure poses a significant lung cancer risk
Long-term exposure to radon in the home is associated with lung cancer risk and presents a significant environmental health hazard, according to a study by researchers at the University of Iowa. The results are published in the June 1 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. (2000-05-24)

XENON1T Experimental data establishes most stringent limit on dark matter
Experimental results from the XENON1T dark matter detector limit the effective size of dark matter particles to 4.1X10-47 square centimeters--one-trillionth of one-trillionth of a centimeter squared--the most stringent limit yet determined for dark matter as established by the world's most sensitive detector. (2018-05-29)

Accurate measurement of radioactive thoron possible at last
Annette Rottger and her scientific team managed to do something that was previously thought to be impossible: they developed a primary standard for the measurement of short-lived radioactive thoron. (2011-03-07)

Radon, Especially In Combination With Smoking, Contributes To Lung Cancer Deaths
Smokers who are exposed to radon appear to be at even greater risk for lung cancer, because the effects of smoking and radon are more powerful when the two factors are combined, says a new National Research Council report. (1998-02-19)

Employers key to addressing lung cancer disparity in rural Kentucky
According to a University of Kentucky study, worksite intervention may be key to connecting men in rural Kentucky with critical lung cancer prevention and control resources and services. (2019-12-19)

The 43rd Midyear Meeting of the Health Physics Society
The 43rd Midyear Meeting of the Health Physics Society will take place Jan. 24-27, 2010, in Albuquerque, N.M., at the Doubletree Hotel. The topical meeting will focus on (2010-01-13)

Experts add radon test to 'must-dos' for home safety -- as important as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Pointing to startling statistics on lung cancer risks, child health and other experts in Canada are ramping up calls for families nationwide to test their homes for radon gas contamination. Worldwide, the estimated proportion of lung cancers attributable to radon range from 3 to 14 percent, depending on the average radon concentration in the country concerned and the calculation methods. (2014-02-13)

Health Physics Society recommends considering action for indoor radon below current guidelines
With radon-caused lung cancer deaths averaging 20,000 per year, the Health Physics Society asks the public to consider taking action even at measured levels below current guidelines. (2009-11-30)

Deep diving scientists discover bubbling CO2 hotspot
Hydrologists diving off the coast of the Philippines have discovered volcanic seeps with some of the highest natural levels of C02 ever recorded. The scientists were working in Verde Island Passage, one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world and is home to thriving coral reefs. (2020-01-22)

New method for extracting radioactive elements from air and water
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have successfully tested a material that can extract atoms of rare or dangerous elements such as radon from the air. (2014-07-20)

World's fastest camera freezes time at 10 trillion frames per second
What happens when a new technology is so precise that it operates on a scale beyond our characterization capabilities? Professor Jinyang Liang and his colleagues, led by Caltech's Lihong Wang, have developed what they call T-CUP: the world's fastest camera, capable of capturing ten trillion (10 exp 13) frames per second. This new camera literally makes it possible to freeze time to see phenomena--and even light!--in extremely slow motion. (2018-10-11)

Scientists unpick the history of Western France, written in 300-million-year-old rainwater
For the first time scientists have been able to reconstruct the chemical composition of rainwater from 300-million-year-old minerals, allowing them to unpick some of the history of Brittany and Western France since the rain fell in the late Carboniferous period, just before the time of the dinosaurs. The results point to the area being mountainous and originally located close to the Equator. This work is presented at the Goldschmidt Geochemistry congress in Barcelona. (2019-08-20)

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