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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)

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)

Canada's radon guidelines are inadequate
Radon gas is a silent health threat, and Canada needs to align its guidelines for acceptable radon levels with World Health Organization limits, argues an editorial in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2015-06-01)

Deaths from lung cancer could be reduced by better policies to control indoor radon
About 1,100 people each year die in the UK from lung cancer related to indoor radon, but current government protection policies focus mainly on the small number of homes with high radon levels and neglect the 95 percent of radon-related deaths caused by lower levels of radon, according to a study published on bmj.com today. (2009-01-06)

UofL research shows that children at home did not prompt parents to test for radon, secondhand smoke
Luz Huntington-Moskos, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N., UofL School of Nursing assistant professor, recently published findings in the journal Public Health Nursing that show the presence of children in the home did not motivate parents to test and mitigate for radon and secondhand tobacco smoke, both of which cause lung cancer. (2016-08-30)

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)

Study links residential radon exposure to hematologic cancers in women
A new report finds a statistically-significant, positive association between high levels of residential radon and the risk of hematologic (blood) cancer in women. (2016-04-28)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Penn chemists make first molecular binding measurement of radon
Even in trace quantities, the radioactive gas radon is very dangerous; it is second only to cigarette smoking as a cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States. The expense and precautions necessary to study it safely have limited research into its properties. Now, University of Pennsylvania chemists have for the first time measured how well radon binds to a molecule, paving the way for future research on it and other noble gasses. (2011-07-29)

UCalgary research finds short-term radon test kits are not effective in measuring radon gas exposure
A University of Calgary led study finds the only reliable way to measure exposure to radon gas is with a long-term testing kit, 90 or more days. Researchers placed two test kits, a short term (five-day) and long term (90-day) in the same homes. Tests were conducted during summer and winter months. Findings showed the short-term kits were imprecise up to 99 percent of the time when compared to a long term test. (2019-12-03)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

34 percent of Galician secondary schools exceed maximum recommended radon levels
Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela have analyzed levels of radon, a natural radioactive gas, in 58 secondary schools in Galicia. The results show that 34 percent of these schools exceed the limit of 400 Bequerels/m3 recommended by the European Union. Excessive inhalation of radon is associated with lung cancer. (2010-12-21)

Suggested link between radon and skin cancer
A new study published this week suggests that a link may exist between radon exposure and non-melanoma skin cancer. (2011-11-14)

Increased levels of radon in Pennsylvania homes correspond to onset of fracking
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers say that levels of radon in Pennsylvania homes -- where 42 percent of readings surpass what the US government considers safe -- have been on the rise since 2004, around the time that the fracking industry began drilling natural gas wells in the state. (2015-04-09)

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)

Major source of radon exposure overlooked at former Ohio uranium-processing plant
University of Cincinnati scientists say that a recent scientific study of a now-closed uranium processing plant near Cincinnati has identified a second, potentially more significant source of radon exposure for former workers. (2008-10-23)

Study finds 1 in 8 Calgary homes exceed Health Canada's acceptable radon level
Radon gas is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that has been linked to lung cancer. University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine, researchers have proven it's prevalent throughout southern Alberta homes. Undertaking one of the largest Canadian municipal studies to date, Aaron Goodarzi, Ph.D., and his team tested radon levels in more than 2,300 Calgary and area homes. The results show that there is no unaffected neighborhood. The study is published in today's CMAJ Open. (2017-03-29)

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)

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)

SU plays key role in search for elusive dark matter
The ongoing search for invisible dark matter is the subject of a recent article involving physicists from Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences. Research by Richard Schnee, assistant professor of physics, is referenced in Symmetry magazine, a joint publication of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Palo Alto, Calif., and Fermilab in Batavia, Ill. (2014-04-10)

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)

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)

Choice of career is a major risk factor for persistent neurodermatitis
Neurodermatitis is characterized by abnormal skin irritability. Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have shown that occupational exposure to sensitizing agents like flour influences the risk for persistent neurodermatitis. The new finding highlights the need for careful career counseling of adolescent patients. (2010-09-07)

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)

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)

Sunbeds (UV tanning beds) and UV radiation moved up to highest cancer risk category by International Agency for Research on Cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has moved sunbeds (UV tanning beds) up to the highest cancer risk category -- group 1 -- (2009-07-28)

Tracking fracking pollution
A team of geochemistry researchers has just completed the first detailed study to examine the natural quality of groundwater prior to fracking. (2013-12-02)

Exotic atoms hold clues to unsolved physics puzzle at the dawn of the universe
An international team of physicists has found the first direct evidence of pear shaped nuclei in exotic atoms. (2013-05-08)

Health Physics Society 54th Annual Meeting
How does Hollywood impact radiation perception? Can we treat cancer with microscopic particles acting like a Trojan horse? How does the radiation exposure our astronauts receive during space travel compare to their routine diagnostic radiology exams? (2009-07-08)

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)

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