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Kansas City builder creates Health Home
Just in time for peak allergy and asthma season, Kansas City's H&S Covenant Homes opens a state-of-the-art, model home designed specifically for asthma and allergy sufferers. Accredited by the American Lung Association and featuring Pella windows, KC Health Home blends medical science with building science to create a healthier, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly home. (2008-04-23)

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

Radioactive progenies of thoron can be measured accurately, thanks to the PTB
Approximately one fourth of our annual radiation exposure we absorb by breathing within our own four walls. A relevant radiation source here is thoron, an isotope of the noble gas radon, which so far has been very difficult to measure. Researchers of the Physikalisch-Technische-Bundesanstalt have now been successful here with the crucial step: By means of their new thoron progeny chamber, it has only very recently been possible to calibrate measuring devices with an accuracy unique worldwide. (2008-03-31)

Exposure to low levels of radon appears to reduce the risk of lung cancer, new study finds
Exposure to levels of radon gas typically found in 90 percent of American homes appears to reduce the risk of developing lung cancer by as much as 60 percent, according to a study in the March issue of Health Physics. The finding differs significantly from results of previous case-control studies of the effects of low-level radon exposure, which have detected a slightly elevated lung cancer risk (but without statistical significance) or no risk at all. (2008-03-25)

A safe bet or Russian roulette?
All too often, health benefits and risk statements are presented as if they were authoritative, definitive, and based on compelling evidence. A new book, (2007-08-17)

In new statistical approach, data decide model
A data-driven computational approach developed by a University of Illinois statistician is revealing secrets about inner Earth and discovering unique gene expressions in fruit flies, zebra fish and other living organisms. (2007-05-23)

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)

Livermore scientists team with Russia to discover element 118
Scientists from the Chemistry, Materials and Life Sciences Directorate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in collaboration with researchers from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Russia (JINR), have discovered the newest superheavy element, element 118. (2006-10-16)

Radon testing as a campus community service
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer -- attributable to an estimated 20,000 deaths in the United States per year from exposure to the gas, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. At last month's Health Physics Society meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, however, a scientist described an alternative program that provided convenient, impartial, and cost-effective assistance from an unlikely source: the local university. (2006-07-12)

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)

Genes and environment interact to promote cancer
Day by day, environmental scientists identify new culprits in the cancer equation in which genes, environment and lifestyle interact to increase cancer risks in some people but not in others. (2006-03-28)

Even very low levels of environmental toxins can damage health
Wigle and Lanphear argue that for many toxins widely dispersed in the environment, even very low levels pose health risks, in a paper published in the freely-available online journal PLoS Medicine. (2005-10-17)

New noble gas chemical compounds created as result of Hebrew University research
Chemical compounds consisting of noble gases combined with hydrocarbon molecules - a feat previously thought to be unattainable - have been created as the result of the work of researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (2005-03-23)

Multi-center study shows direct link between residential radon exposure and lung cancer
University of Iowa researchers were part of a large multi-center study that provides direct evidence of an association between prolonged residential radon exposure and lung cancer risk. (2005-03-14)

Radon in the home responsible for 9% of lung cancer deaths across Europe
The effects of natural radon gas escaping the earth's surface into our homes is causing 9% of all deaths from lung cancer across Europe, and smokers are most at risk, according to a paper on (2004-12-21)

World's largest scientific society holds regional meeting Sept. 29 - Oct. 2 in Fort Worth
Research on allergens, green chemistry and nanotechnology will be presented among nearly 500 papers at the 60th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 29 - Oct. 2. (2004-09-22)

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)

USGS December science picks!
It's our holiday gift to you this year: a stocking-full of great science stories -- some of which are timely, some of which are evergreen -- but all are great leads to fill these otherwise barren winter months. Included this month: California high schooler sparks radon probe; Mistletoe -- So much more than just a kiss; Invaders off Cape Cod; Tadpole deaths in east cause for alarm; and A corny approach to teaching geography. (2003-12-02)

New Hampshire lung disease research center funded
A team of New Hampshire scientists has been awarded a five-year, $12 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish an interdisciplinary research center on lung diseases in New Hampshire. The grant will support research at Dartmouth Medical School, Dartmouth College and Keene State College, in collaboration with the state of New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services and Department of Health and Human Services. (2003-10-13)

The Geiger counter within us
Testing the damage caused by different kinds of radiation exposure has been hard to record - up until now. American scientists have devised a technique, which involves (2003-05-28)

Air pollutants in low-income housing, child-care centers
Low income homes have significantly higher rates of radon than higher income homes, and a significantly number of child-care centers have unsafe levels of radon, lead and mold according to new study at Cornell University. (2002-07-01)

Terrorism response, radon in Fairfax homes among topics at regional scientific meeting, May 28-30
At the 35th annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers will discuss a wide variety of chemical advances, highlighted by measurements of radon in Fairfax, Va., homes, a description of a DNA forensic response to the September 11 tragedy, and a discussion of the next generation of genetically modified crops. The meeting is being held at George Mason University. (2002-05-29)

Low doses of radiation in nature may pose more risk
Radiation can trigger widespread mutations in living cells at much lower doses than the amount scientists previously believed could do such damage, according to findings from a study by Columbia researchers. The research may help public health officials reconsider what levels of radiation in nature should be deemed safe. (2001-12-11)

URI chemical oceanographers successfully use naturally occurring radium to measure round water input to Rhode Island salt ponds
Chemical oceanographers Margaret K. Scott and S. Bradley Moran at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography have estimated the input of ground water to coastal systems by measuring naturally occurring radium-226 (226Ra) as a ground water tracer. (2001-12-03)

Science historian predicts one billion deaths from tobacco by end of century
In the October issue of the journal Nature Cancer Reviews, Penn State science historian Robert Proctor predicts that, left unchecked, tobacco products will cause up to one billion deaths by the end of the 21st century. (2001-11-29)

Tobacco-industry sponsored research misled
An analysis of tobacco-industry documents published in the September issue of the American Journal of Public Health finds that the industry went to great lengths to battle the environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) issue by camouflaging its involvement in and creating an impression of unbiased scientific research on the subject. (2001-09-27)

New computer model tracks and predicts paths of Earth's dust
A new computer model of the atmosphere can now actually pinpoint where global dust events come from, and can project where they're going. The model may help scientists better evaluate the impact of dust on human health, climate, ocean carbon cycles, ecosystems, and atmospheric chemistry. (2001-09-19)

Oestrogen could explain greater lung cancer risk in women
Reviews in this months issue of THE LANCET Oncology include:
- Oestrogen could explain greater lung cancer risk in women
- Depression in cancer paients
- Optimum anthracycline-based chemotherapy for early breast cancer
- Repair of DNA interstrand crosslinks: molecular mechanisms and clinical relevance
- Meta-analyses of randomised clinical trials in oncology
- Immunotherapy of cancer with alloreactive lymphocytes (2001-07-31)

Synthetic clay removes radium from water and soil
An inexpensive, synthetic clay may one day help provide radium free drinking water and clean up radium-contaminated mine and mill tailings according to a Penn State researcher. (2001-04-10)

Bright idea: A new class of sensors fashioned from LEDs
Already glowing away on thousands of consumer electronics products, the light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are proving to be useful as chemical sensors. (2001-02-05)

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)

New study finds multiple myeloma linked to radiation exposures of nuclear workers
Increasing exposure to ionizing radiation boosts the risk of multiple myeloma, a rare but often fatal cancer of blood- forming tissues, especially among people exposed later in life, according to a new study of workers at four U.S. Department of Energy plants. (2000-04-08)

Media advisory -- Northeastern section, Geological Society of America
Over 360 papers will be presented on topics including climate change, coastal hazards, extinction events, radium and radon contamination of drinking water, and sea-level changes. Complimentary media registration is available. Advance interviews may be conducted on an embargoed basis, with release dates coinciding with presentation dates. (2000-02-16)

North by northwest to catch a neutrino in the act
A century-old radiation detection tool may be pressed into service to see if neutrinos change flavor. The answer may change our models of subatomic particles and the universe. (1999-08-30)

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)

Puffing Ban Has Not Hurt Restaurants, Study Shows
Fears that prohibiting smoking among diners and food workers hurt North Carolina's restaurant industry are largely unfounded, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study concludes. (1998-09-08)

Water Quality In Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain Affected By Agricultural And Urban Activities
Water quality is generally good in the Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain but has been adversely affected by agricultural and urban land uses in some areas, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). (1998-04-27)

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)

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