Trump Cuts EPA Budget Again

President Trump's budget proposal for fiscal 2021 contains a 26 percent cut to funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This would mean the agency is funded only $6.7 billion, rather than $9.1 billion in 2020. The budget would eliminate...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/11/2020

Who Got the Work? Meet Attorneys Litigating Federal Lawsuit Alleging Radon Dangers at Connecticut Prison

A federal lawsuit alleging the state knew about radon dangers at a Connecticut prison, but failed to act for decades, can proceed to trial, a three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled. The ruling came in Thursday...[Read More]

Date Published: 07/06/2020

Appeals court says prison radon lawsuit can move forward

A federal appeals court has ruled that a group of Connecticut prison inmates can move forward with a lawsuit that accuses the state of failing to protect them from exposure to dangerous radon gas. The lawsuit is one of two filed by current and former...[Read More]

Date Published: 06/30/2020

LM Investigates Cell Cover Conversion from Rock to Vegetation

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) is in the preliminary stages of a pilot study on the feasibility of converting select disposal cell covers from rock riprap to an alternative type of cover referred to as an...[Read More]

Date Published: 12/03/2020

There's No Better Time to Clear the Air

Think about the phrase "air pollution." Are you picturing black plumes curling out of factory smokestacks and the tailpipes of idling vehicles? Something to worry about outdoors, that is, not inside your home? Not so fast: Air pollutants could...[Read More]

Date Published: 11/28/2020

How To Eliminate Radon Pollutants In Your Home

When we talk about air pollution, we immediately think about outdoor pollution. The air pollution on the outside is mainly because of industrial and automobile emissions. Most of us do not consider indoor air pollution which can also harm our body....[Read More]

Date Published: 09/24/2020

Understanding Radon Exposure's Connection to Lung Cancer

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a perfect time to discuss the correlation between radon exposure and lung cancer. Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that is created by the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil. ...[Read More]

Date Published: 11/04/2020

Health & Wellness: Do I really need to worry about radon?

A colorless, odorless gas could be entering your home. Left unchecked, it could have a serious impact on your health. This description may sound like carbon monoxide, but there is another hidden danger to watch out for. Radon is behind an estimated...[Read More]

Date Published: 11/03/2020

What is Radon and Why is Regular Testing Important?

If you're in the process of purchasing a home and are wondering if you should have the property tested for radon during the inspection, the answer is yes. But radon testing is not a one-and-done practice. Regardless of whether your property passes or...[Read More]

Date Published: 10/22/2020

Radon Classes Offered at the Wright County Extension Office

Those who may have to stay indoors and are worried about radon gas will have the chance to learn more about it according to KIOW's Tony Andrews. Radon gas originates from the ground and works its way through cracks in the basement flooring or...[Read More]

Date Published: 10/18/2020

How to protect your home against 5 hidden hazards

Everyone wants their home to be safe. They look for obvious risks — damaged floor boards, bad wiring, roof leaks. But in older housing stock like Maine's, sometimes the dangers are hidden. Do you know what to look for? Radon: Maine has relatively...[Read More]

Date Published: 10/15/2020

Dangerous radiation levels from fracking

I was very interested to read your report (13 October) on recent research by Harvard University scientists on radiation risks from fracking. I have raised this concern in several letters to the Guardian over the past seven years. Indeed, seven years...[Read More]

Date Published: 10/15/2020

January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month, which means you should test your home for the colorless, odorless gas, which is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Kits are available from the National Safety Council at a discount or from your...[Read More]

Radiation Concerns Return

Radiation Concerns Return While Collections Grow and Glow by Robert Kyle Radiation, an almost forgotten remnant from the Cold War, has returned to public consciousness as a weapon of terrorism and in potential nuclear bomb development from other...[Read More]

Radon: Act but do not overreact

Q. My husband and I have lived in our house for 15 years with no problems. Our neighbor listed their house for sale a few weeks back and quickly had several lookers and an offer that they accepted. I really do not know any of the details of the contract,...[Read More]

Date Published: 10/04/2020

Primary lung tumors in dogs and cats associated with radon exposure

Radon is a radioactive gas and found in rocks and soils. Studies have suggested that residential radon exposure can increase the risk of primary lung cancer in people, but those studies have been limited due to the participant's mobility. A...[Read More]

Date Published: 12/02/2020

A Finished Basement Could be the Go-to Space You've Always Wanted

Having a finished basement sounds like a dream come true for many homeowners. Not only are you expanding the overall living area of your home, you're potentially creating the playroom, entertainment area, or office/craft/meditation space you've...[Read More]

Date Published: 09/18/2020

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

Headlines have been howling for months about COVID-19 and the wildfires that have ravaged Colorado, the Pacific Northwest and California. What these two disparate disasters highlight is the need for optimum indoor air quality; both present major health...[Read More]

Date Published: 10/30/2020

Effect of Working Conditions and Natural Radioactivity Levels on Occupational Doses to Workers of an Old Manganese Mine

The average activity concentrations of 238U, 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 210Pb in rock samples were 207.3, 155.5, 59.7, 304.5 and 119.3 Bq kg-1, respectively. The average radon activity concentration was 1254.6 Bqm-3, which is equivalent to 0.135 WL. The radon...[Read More]

Date Published: 08/27/2020

Estimating the disease burden of lung cancer attributable to residential radon exposure in Korea during 2006-2015: A socio-economic approach.

The disease burden and that attributable to residential radon, respectively, increased from 517.57 to 695.74 and 64.62 (95%; CIs 61.33-67.69) to 86.99 (95%; CIs 82.7-91.1) DALYs per 100,000 patients. The percentage of years lost due to disability among...[Read More]

Date Published: 08/27/2020

How and when to inspect a home

Property inspections have long been a part of the real estate buying process. Traditionally, a buyer would make an offer subject to a satisfactory home inspection. If something were found to be functioning poorly or not at all, the buyer would request...[Read More]

Date Published: 10/24/2020

Arthur Young SMITH Jr.

Arthur Young Smith, Jr., age 90, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, August 23, 2020, at Manoir Lac Brome in Knowlton, Québec. He graduated from McGill University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology and received his...[Read More]

Date Published: 08/23/2020

The Best Radon Test Kits for Homeowners

Radon gas is a naturally occurring byproduct produced by the deterioration of uranium in igneous rock and soil. It enters the home through cracks in the foundation, slowly building up until it becomes hazardous to your health. The harmful gas can cause...[Read More]

Date Published: 06/22/2020

'Give a Can, Get a Kit' radon testing offered in October

Oct. 1923 is National Radon Action Week, have you tested your home in the last two years? District Health Department Four wants to remind community members that regular testing for radon, every two years, in your home, office, and school is an...[Read More]

Date Published: 10/19/2020

Congressional drumbeat grows louder for radon protections after Oregonian investigation

Four more U.S. senators and a congressman this week joined the drumbeat of federal lawmakers calling for radon protections in public housing following a yearlong investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive. "It's very concerning," Rep. Jim...[Read More]

Date Published: 12/21/2019

Clean the Air Inside Your Home

The American Lung Association recently released a statement expressing the need for concern over indoor air quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's own reports affirm that indoor air often contains 2-5 times (and sometimes more) the...[Read More]

Superb scientist

James Burkhart is ending his distinguished career just as he began it 55 years ago — with the blessing of Maurice O. Graff. It was summer 1965 when Burkhart, an electronics technician fresh out of the U.S. Air Force, returned to his hometown for...[Read More]

Date Published: 07/31/2020

Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer: Prevention and Awareness

Aug. 1 is World Lung Cancer Day, and the American Lung Association is encouraging everyone to educate themselves on environmental risk factors and prevention through early screening. Lung cancer can affect anyone, and it remains the most common and...[Read More]

Date Published: 07/30/2020

HEALTHWISE: Lung cancer can emerge long after quitting smoking

She had called with a cough. Lena, in her 70s, but lean, lively and looking 15 years younger, rarely complained about anything. "I've had a little more sinus drainage than usual and it seems to be giving me a cough. I didn't want to bother...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/31/2020

Cancer Cloud fallout: Ben Carson suggests HUD will now include radon problems in inspection scores

Secretary Ben Carson made his first public comments about radon in public housing following a yearlong investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive, suggesting in one breath that it's not a federal responsibility while in another pledging to take steps...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/31/2020

Low dose environmental radon exposure and breast tumor gene expression

Background The International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radon and its decay-products as Group-1-human-carcinogens, and with the current knowledge they are linked specifically to lung cancer. Biokinetic models predict that radon could...[Read More]

Date Published: 07/28/2020

Alabama's Doug Jones joins congressional push for HUD radon action after Oregonian investigation

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, on Wednesday joined the growing list of federal lawmakers calling for radon protections in public housing following a yearlong investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive. In a letter to Ben Carson, secretary of the U.S....[Read More]

Date Published: 01/29/2020

A Tried and True Way of Showing Homes

Home Inspections. Here's where the trouble can start, unless you've done the work up front. I taught a course on showing homes once a month for 15 years at Weichert University. The home inspection process actually starts at the time of showing a...[Read More]

Date Published: 09/22/2020

USAG Japan releases housing radon testing results

After testing 677 housing units for radon, U.S. Army Garrison Japan found only two occupied units with results slightly over the Environmental Protection Agency's recommended action level. The EPA's recommended action level for radon...[Read More]

Date Published: 07/24/2020

Amid 'unconscionable' inaction on radon, HUD and Secretary Ben Carson prolong silence with senators

Housing Secretary Ben Carson has provided no response to a bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators pressing for federal action to protect public housing tenants from exposure to radioactive gas. The senators on Jan. 15 requested a meeting with Carson,...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/24/2020

N.C. gives away radon test kits

Every year, radon, a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, radioactive gas, causes an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States. In North Carolina, officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services estimate that 435...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/20/2020

Myth: Does a Dehumidifier Help with Radon?

Someone may ask you, "How Does a Dehumidifier Affect Radon?" In order to find the right answer to that question, you need to know what radon is. What is Radon? Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is created by decaying uranium. It...[Read More]

Date Published: 07/18/2020

'Radioactive' Exclusive clip: The pride of France

Exclusive clip from the biographical romantic drama "Radioactive" following the scientific and romantic passions of Marie Sklodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie based on the book by Lauren Redniss. Starring Rosamund Pike. Directed by Marjane...[Read More]

Date Published: 07/17/2020

Durbin, Duckworth Join Colleagues To Request Meeting With HUD Secretary On Radon Dangers In Public Housing

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and a bipartisan group of Senators in requesting a meeting with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to get answers on why...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/15/2020

Report Finds Asbestos, Other Risks in Military Family Housing

U.S. military families around the world are living in government-owned and -operated housing containing serious health and safety risks, according to the most recent report by the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General. The report stems...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/11/2020

Lead Paint, Asbestos Mitigation Plans Fall Short in Military Family Housing, IG Finds

Military families living in 38,000 housing units owned and operated by the U.S. government face health and safety risks such as lead-based paint, asbestos, radon and contaminated drinking water because the services have failed to monitor these...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/05/2020

Lawmakers grill EPA chief over push to slash agency's budget

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler appeared before lawmakers Thursday to defend a budget that would bring the agency to its lowest funding level in years. As with previous Trump administration budgets, lawmakers are...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/27/2020

Lung cancer symptoms: Three signs on your face that could signal the deadly disease

Lung cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the lungs and does not usually cause noticeable symptoms until it's spread through the lungs or into other parts of the body. This means the outlook for the condition is not as good as many other types...[Read More]

Date Published: 12/27/2019

Actor Sanjay Dutt battling lung cancer, know the symptoms and causes

Actor Sanjay Dutt has been ill for a long time and he suffers from fatal cancer of the lungs. Among them, third stage cancer in which correct treatment is very important. It is often seen that people think that smoking is the cause of lung cancer....[Read More]

Date Published: 08/19/2020

Clean Air Day: Air Pollution Awareness During COVID-19

Air pollution is an unfortunate result of vehicle exhaust, building energy, factory emissions, and environmental waste. Poor air quality can provoke numerous chronic health conditions such as asthma or could develop into life-threatening cancer. Both of...[Read More]

Date Published: 06/17/2020

June is National Healthy Homes Month

Spending more time at home has made all of us more aware of the air we breathe inside our homes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor pollutant levels can be two to five times higher than outdoor pollutant levels. There are...[Read More]

Date Published: 06/17/2020

Massachusetts Lawmakers Demand HUD Take Action to Protect Public Housing Residents From Radon

Yesterday, February 14, House Rules Committee Chair James P. McGovern (MA-02) and United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and United States Representatives Richard E. Neal (MA-01), Stephen F. Lynch...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/15/2020

Jones urges Trump Administration to address unsafe radon levels in public housing

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, joined a growing number of federal lawmakers in urging the Trump administration to address reports of hazardous levels of radon in public housing in Huntsville. Jones sent a letter to U.S. Department...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/03/2020

Radon Resistant New Construction

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, naturally occurring radioactive gas, and, is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year (one every 25 minutes) in the U.S. In Florida,...[Read More]

Date Published: 06/01/2020

Ex-Olympic Hockey Star Warns Everybody About Dangerous Gas Present At Homes

A former USA Olympic hockey star wants everybody in America to be aware of a gas that causes lung cancer. Rachael Malmberg was a former Olympic hockey player who is also a lung cancer survivor. Shockingly, the cause of her cancer had nothing to do...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/31/2020

Five Things to Know about Hazards of Radioactivity

Radiation is just like any other substance – the dose makes the poison. There is water all around you, but too much of it can kill you. There is a similar philosophy for medications in that too much of something will exceed a therapeutic dose and result...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/28/2020

Lung cancer survival in never-smokers and exposure to residential radon: Results of the LCRINS study

We aimed to evaluate lung cancer survival in never-smokers, both overall and specifically by sex, exposure to residential-radon, age, histological type, and diagnostic stage. We included lung cancer cases diagnosed in a multicentre, hospital-based,...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/26/2020

Type 1 diabetes geographic variability implicates environmental triggers

Researchers uncover geographic heterogeneity in type 1 diabetes incidence across England, and identify demographic and environmental factors significantly associated with this variability. Susan Hodgson (Imperial College London, UK) and colleagues...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/27/2020

Open a window: It's the best thing you can do for your health when stuck at home

So many of us are stuck inside, what with stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and working remotely. Still, breathing freely — particularly during a respiratory illness-inducing pandemic — is critical. What's the best way to ensure good air...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/26/2020

What's behind your walls? 3 household dangers you can't always see

When it comes to keeping your family and home safe, you're probably familiar with the most common household hazards that can occur. And chances are you have taken precautions to prevent most hazards by installing devices like smoke alarms, carbon...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/23/2020

The most misunderstood clause in a real estate contract: The financing contingency

In the home-buying process, buyers and sellers should negotiate to write contingencies into their contract to mitigate risk. For example, sellers may want to condition their obligation to sell on finding and purchasing another home. Buyers who are...[Read More]

Date Published: 07/20/2020

Beyond the Pandemic: Ensuring Your Home is a Safe Haven

There's been a lot of talk about how to keep your home clean and safe during the pandemic. But what about the other health hazards in your home, like radon or asbestos? With so much focus on disinfecting for the COVID-19 virus, it's easy to see...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/21/2020

It's not just privatized military houses with issues

The Defense Department has taken plenty of heat for health and safety problems in its privatized housing programs. But there are plenty of issues in government-owned housing too. A new inspector general's report found "systemic...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/07/2020

Radon and radium activity concentration measurement in drinking water resources in Kurdistan Region-Iraq

In this present research, twenty-five drinking water samples were collected in Erbil Governorate in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and analyzed for radon and radium activity concentrations. The measurements have been carried out using RAD7 detector and...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/06/2020

An Invisible Gas, Radon, Is the Second-Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in the Country – Here's How You Can Prevent Getting Sick

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. The naturally occurring radioactive gas is found beneath some one in 15 houses in the U.S. When we think of lung cancer risk factors, cigarettes are usually the first to come to mind, and with a good...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/28/2020

Speaking Out: Understanding the Rise of Lung Cancer in Women

In recent years, the lung cancer community has seen an uptick in cases involving young women who have never smoked. No one knows the reason for this surprising and alarming turn. In an interview with CURE®, Andrew Ciupek, who holds a Doctor of...[Read More]

Date Published: 04/27/2020

Book excerpt: "Quackery," on how radium acquired a glowing reputation as a cure-all

Dr. Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen's book, "Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything" (Workman Publishing), explores the history of charlatans and snake oil salesmen taking advantage of a gullible public – and the bad...[Read More]

Date Published: 04/22/2020

Your home gym could threaten your life, but you can fix it

With quarantine procedures in place throughout the country, many people have been forced to rethink how they'll continue to stay in shape. I've vouched for home gyms as the ideal solution. However, as I pumped iron in my garage, a startling...[Read More]

Date Published: 04/14/2020

Are you safe from radon

It is invisible. It has no smell. And it is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America. What naturally-occurring radioactive gas can wreak such havoc? Radon. "You can't see it, you can't smell it, you don't...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/12/2020

Lung Cancer Claims Life of "Superman's" Widow

Dana Reeve died on Monday in New York at the age of 44 from lung cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in August. Reeve was a non-smoker. While it's not clear what caused her to get the disease, the American Lung Association says smoking or...[Read More]

RadonZone.com Announces Month Long Program to Contribute Money for Lung Cancer

Charles Pritt of RadonZone.com announced today that the company will contribute $3.00 to the American Cancer Society's Lung Cancer Fund for every order taken between March 15th and April 15th of this year. "In light of the unfortunate deaths of...[Read More]

Clear the air to improve health

An EPA study found that many Americans spend an average of approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. This finding underscores the importance of maintaining a healthy breathing environment at home because the concentrations of some pollutants are...[Read More]

Date Published: 04/09/2020

What Is Radon?

Prolonged exposure to unsafe levels of radon increases the risk of lung cancer; in fact, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, and can cause cancers in pets, as well. Any home can have a radon problem—old or new, well-sealed...[Read More]

Date Published: 04/08/2020

Mercy Corps report finds 'missteps'; board apologizes, another exec resigns: Morning Briefing for Thursday, Feb. 6

RADON FUNDS: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has pledged to seek a "record amount" of money from Congress to combat environmental hazards like radon gas. The commitment follows a November investigation by The...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/06/2020

Hazardous results of ecological poisonous substances

Some of the usual toxins are actually lead, mercury, radon, chemicals, cadmium as well as benzene. These can easily lead numerous constant problems like cancer cells, serve as bodily hormone disruptors as well as trigger body organ...[Read More]

Date Published: 06/04/2020

Family Frustrated After Discovering High Levels of Radon in Rental Home's Basement

A family who just moved from California to Colorado say they feel trapped in a home with unsafe radon...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/05/2020

Cancer deaths decline in US, with advances in prevention, detection and treatment

The American Cancer Society recently reported a drop in the overall cancer death rate in the U.S., with an overall 29% decline in cancer deaths from 1991 to 2017. This resulted in 2.9 million fewer deaths over this span. This decline was mainly...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/04/2020

If radiation causes cancer, how can it be used to treat cancer?

Radiation is everywhere. Ultraviolet light streams down from the sun. Radon may seep from the cracks in our basements. Nuclear energy keeps the lights on in millions of homes across the world. X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans may be used...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/03/2020

February: National Cancer Prevention Month

In some cases, cancer is the combination of a variety of factors, in others, it can be attributed to genetics or a specific carcinogen. Regardless, there are preventative measures one can take to reduce the chances of a cancer diagnosis. National Cancer...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/02/2020

Why You Should Get a Home Inspection When You Buy a House

When you have selected a home, you love it's important to do your due diligence and carefully examine any potential issues with the house. Savvy investors and real estate agents recommend that you get a home inspection before you finalize your...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/27/2020

NC gives away radon test kits

It's known as the silent killer for a reason: Every year, radon, a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, radioactive gas, causes an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States. In North Carolina, officials with the state Department of...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/23/2020

Non-Smokers Develop Lung Cancer, Too

More than 80% of lung cancer cases are attributed to smoking. But that means that nearly a fifth of cases afflict non-smokers, a percentage that has increased in recent years. Both environmental and genetic factors are in play when non-smokers get lung...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/11/2020

Types of Home Inspections Buyers Should Know

A standard home inspection provides you with a detailed report on the home you're hoping to buy, but it doesn't tell you everything. Depending on the age, location and condition of the home you're considering, you may need additional...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/10/2020

Geostatistically controlled field study of radon levels and the analysis of their spatial variation

Abstract Increasing concern about possible links between radon concentration and certain types of malignant disease has led to local, regional and national surveys being conducted to determine radon levels in soil and indoors. The nature and scale of...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/09/2020

Is your home safe from radon?

January is National Radon Action Month, so MLHS would like to share some ways to ensure your home is safe from radon gas. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and claims the lives of approximately 21,000 Americans every year,...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/09/2020

The Commuter: Who woulda thunk? Radon and creameries

Apparently, and perhaps some things are best left unknown, we commuter-types are on the road with radon. Radon is "a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas." And while I got lost in the first graph of the it's-gotta-be-a...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/07/2020

Taking steps to keep radon out of your home

It's hard to know if radon is present in your home in dangerous levels. The gas occurs naturally as uranium and other radioactive materials in rocks and soil break down, and it has no odor or visible sign. Since the air pressure in a home's...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/06/2020

Angie's List: How to clean the air in your home

Whether you live in an expansive estate or a cozy cottage, there are proactive ways to ensure the air in your home stays healthy year-round. Here's a look at how to recognize and address common indoor air pollutants. Test for radon gas: Radon...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/05/2020

Mike Holmes: Best builders happy to back their work

You've just bought a new home. I'm talking brand new — the builder just added all the finishes and handed over the keys. You're the first person to own it, and the home is brand new, so everything should be in good shape, right? You hope so,...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/05/2020

What Is Radon Gas, and How Does It Impact Home Purchases or Sales?

In the course of buying a home, there are certain deal-breakers you might encounter. For example, if your home inspection reveals a sinking foundation, damaged roof, or electrical wiring that isn't up to code, you may have a very good reason to back...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/04/2020

This home maintenance can prevent lung cancer

Radon is the second most common cause of lung cancer. Yet, there is no nationwide requirement to test for it. Here's why it's worth testing your...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/03/2020

5 ways to clear the air and maintain a healthy home

Whether you live in an expansive estate or a cozy cottage, there are proactive ways to ensure the air in your home stays healthy year-round. Here's a look at how to recognize and address common indoor air pollutants. Test for radon gas Radon gas...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/02/2020

Kerlink Powering IoT Radon-Monitoring System on Mount Etna

In a great case study of the broad applications of LoRaWAN Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, Kerlink's Wirnet gateway is powering a radon-sensing project on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, according to a recent release. The...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/27/2020

Monitoring Saskatchewan Homes for Radon

Radon is a known carcinogen, and according to The Canadian Cancer Society, is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer after tobacco smoke. A group of Saskatchewan and Prairie Researchers are launching the Evict Radon Research Campaign to help...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/24/2020

Communicating radon risk via a smartphone app: a pilot intervention study

Abstract Background Residential radon is a major preventable cause of lung cancer. However, prevention requires radon testing and it has proven very challenging to motivate individuals to test their homes for hazards like radon that are invisible and...[Read More]

Date Published: 04/22/2020

Letters to the editor: Feb. 21

Radon Testing in Homes: The "Live Well" article by Amey Vance on January 26, 2020 intended to put FEAR into the public about exposure to low levels of radiation, and needs to be refuted. The EPA statement, that exposure to indoor radon is...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/21/2020

Prevent Lung Cancer: Test Your Home for Radon

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages Americans around the country to test their homes for radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer. Make 2020 a healthier, safer new year by testing your home. "Radon exposure is one...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/20/2020

Mary Monday: Radon could it be in the home you are purchasing?

Upon contract acceptance on a home, a buyer generally has a period of time in which to conduct their due diligence and have any inspections preformed that they may feel necessary. In the past few years, radon testing in our community has become normal. I...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/16/2020

Indoor air quality merits closer attention

A study covering all of French-speaking Switzerland found that energy-efficient renovation work on residential buildings tends to overlook the question of indoor air quality. The study's authors, mainly from EPFL and the School of Engineering and...[Read More]

Date Published: 04/15/2020

IoT at 10,000 Feet Tracks Volcanic Activity

French researchers have been tracking the level of radon venting out of Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, in order to better predict when an eruption is imminent. To enable the collection of data even during winter months, the team has...[Read More]

Date Published: 04/13/2020

Your home's indoor air quality is important — here's how to test and improve it

How to test radon levels According to the EPA, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. Another colorless, odorless gas, radon seeps into your home from building materials and rocks, soil, or water beneath your home. The only way to...[Read More]

Date Published: 04/13/2020

Underestimated cancer risks related to radon exposure

A report recently released by the President's Cancer Panel focuses on underestimated cancer risks related to environmental contaminants and other harmful exposures, including radon. The report, "Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/24/2010

US Senator To Introduce Bill Targeting Radon in Homes

St. Paul, MN – Joined by public health advocates and homebuilder representatives, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced today Friday, April 30) that she will introduce federal legislation aimed at reducing exposure to cancer-causing radon gas in...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/04/2010

WATCH: Radon on Dr. Oz Program

Dr. Oz told us today he tested his home for radon gas! Thank you Dr. Oz for helping to prevent future radon-induced lung cancer deaths by helping to spread the message that it is simple to test for radon and fix if the level are...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/25/2010

National Radon Action Month

The EPA designated January as National Radon Action Month. If you're building a home, ask about radon-resistant building construction. If radon affects an existing home, there are ways to fix the problem, such as increasing under-floor ventilation...[Read More]

Date Published: 12/16/2009

Radon is a silent killer

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the US. Most patients diagnosed with radon-related lung cancer do not live long because it is usually not diagnosed in the early stages. In an effort to raise awareness about the...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/13/2009

Program to Identify Likely Victims of Radon-Related Lung Cancer; Survivors Commit to Risk Reduction Despite Failed Government Policy

After a story about radon-related lung cancer in Minnesota captured thousands of viewers, the Minnesota legislature passed a law requiring radon-resistant construction in all new homes. Similar legislation was passed in Illinois. However, this is...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/13/2009

Your house can make you sick

CNN Money lists dangerous toxins that may be found in your home and how to remove them without spending too much money. One highly dangerous "toxin" is radon gas, which you can test for inexpensively. If you have granite countertops, it may...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/06/2009

Frequently Asked Questions About Radon

This is a general summary of frequently asked questions and their corresponding answers concerning radon, issues surrounding radon in the air and water, and mitigation of radon exposure. ...[Read More]

Date Published: 11/22/2004

Lung Cancer Prevention

Doctors cannot always explain why one person gets cancer and another doesn't. However, scientists have studied general patterns of cancer in the population to learn what things around us and what things we do in our lives may increase our chance of...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/05/2006

Column: What Is Right Under Your Nose That Is Making You Sick?

I strongly believe environmentally outside and in our home are a huge factor when it comes to having an effect on our health. If you're still using Tide and other chemicals as your household products, you better read up on the ingredients. Your home...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/07/2020

The connection between radon and lung cancer

Radon is a radioactive gas found in the soil. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, radon forms when the radioactive metals uranium, thorium or radium break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. People are constantly exposed to...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/03/2020

Reducing lung cancer risk through radon testing

Lung cancer is the second deadliest form of cancer in both men and women, after prostate and breast cancer. Lung cancer is cancer that begins in the lungs and most often occurs in people who smoke. "While the majority of lung cancer is caused by...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/25/2020

Deep Diving Scientists Discover Bubbling CO2 Hotspot

Diving 200 feet under the ocean surface to conduct scientific research can lead to some interesting places. For University of Texas at Austin Professor Bayani Cardenas, it placed him in the middle of a champagne-like environment of bubbling carbon...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/22/2020

Economic valuation of health benefits from using geologic data to communicate radon risk potential

Background Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer worldwide and represents a major health concern within and outside the United States. Mitigating exposure to radon is especially critical in places with high rates of tobacco smoking...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/20/2020

Letter: Cancer checks

C: Checkup, get one each year. H: Healthy air, Stop smoking. E: Eat foods that help fight cancer risk. C: Check your house for cancer-causing hazards such as radon. K: Keep our workplaces free of cancer hazards. S: Sun: only in moderation...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/17/2020

Maxwell: Reinforced basement crack repair better than injection alone

Almost every basement I've seen has at least some cracks in floors and walls. Yours probably does, too. Most times these cracks are small and stable, and need filling only to prevent water and radon gas infiltration. Occasionally, basement cracks are...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/08/2020

American Lung Association busts top five myths about radon

This January, during Radon Action Month, the American Lung Association clears up five common myths around this deadly gas. "Radon is a naturally occurring gas that hides invisibly in homes, yet is the nation's second-leading cause of lung...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/07/2020

Debunking some myths about radon

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that forms when certain radioactive metals break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. Though radon is naturally occurring, when people are exposed to it at levels deemed to be excessive, the consequences can be dire. In...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/05/2020

Protect your home from these household dangers

As part of your spring cleaning routine, take time to protect your home and family from these household dangers. Radon: One in eight homes exceeds Health Canada's acceptable radon level and the only way to detect hazardous radon levels inside the...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/22/2020

Radon awareness still a challenge

The president's panel on cancer is focusing on environmental factors. Several presenters spoke on radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas that has largely slipped out of the public's...[Read More]

Date Published: 12/08/2008

New Study Confirms Commonly Used Granite is Safe for Countertops

A new study of the most popular granites used for kitchen countertops in the United States concludes that granite is safe to use in kitchens. The study, designed to determine whether radon gas sometimes released by natural stone poses any health risk,...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/24/2008

Dealing with the dangers of radon gas

Unsure about whether your home has high levels of radon? It's time to find out if your house is among the estimated 1 in 15 with dangerous levels of the cancer-causing radioactive gas. The federal government has begun a campaign to increase radon...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/01/2007

American Lung Association Says Radon A Health Risk In Many Midwestern Homes

The American Lung Association Health House program is urging homeowners to start the New Year by having their homes tested for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can enter homes through the soil or well water. Long-term exposure to radon...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/24/2007

Lung cancer survivor and former Olympic hockey player warns of radon gas that could be hiding in your home

Every year, an invisible gas causes an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths in America, according to the EPA, and is the leading cause for non-smokers. It's called radon — and it's a very real, very dangerous problem here in Northeast...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/28/2020

Radon Causes 100 Times More Deaths than Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - EPA Launches National Radon Action Month

National Radon Action Month is quickly approaching. Updated press releases from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of the Surgeon General will most likely be launched in January, but this is an early reminder to promote the upcoming...[Read More]

Date Published: 12/10/2008

EPA, Geochemistry Researchers Affirm Granite's Safety

Some types of granite do emit radon gas, but studies have shown that the majority of stones tested generate either unmeasurable or insignificant emissions that are well below the levels requiring EPA-recommended remediation....[Read More]

Date Published: 07/30/2008

Cleaning Is First Step In Minimizing Hidden Home Threats

Orkin, Inc., a pest control company, has created a campaign to help educate individuals on how to protect themselves from threats in and around the home. One item included is conducting a home radon test. Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless,...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/11/2008

A Simple Radon Test Can Help Prevent Lung Cancer -- EPA Urges Builders to Use Radon-resistant Techniques for New Construction

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Surgeon General's Office are stepping up the call to action to get homes tested for radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas that claims nearly 20,000 lives each year. Breathing indoor air...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/09/2007

The hidden dangers of radon gas, a silent killer most of us don't think about.

We all know to check the smoke detectors at least once a year, be it when clocks fall back or spring forward. Many of us responsible ones even have carbon monoxide monitors in our homes and businesses. But what about radon? To be honest, I did not give...[Read More]

Date Published: 12/04/2019

7 overlooked ways to prevent cancer

Eating healthy, exercising and not smoking are doctors' usual pieces of advice on how to avoid getting cancer. Although many patients know this, following the advice itself is another story. There are many lesser-known ways to contract cancer and...[Read More]

Date Published: 11/18/2019

Letter: Check homes for radon with a free test kit

As part of National Radon Action Month, NC residents can obtain free radon test kits until Jan. 31 from their county extension...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/23/2009

Novelist John Updike Latest Victim Of Lung Cancer

Novelist John Updike was a recent victim of lung cancer. 85 to 90 percent of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. However, 15 percent occurs with non smokers. Other contributing causes are asbestos, radon, and other environmental...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/28/2009

BuildClean's National Radon Action Month Message: Test, Test, Test Your Home for Indoor Radon Sources No Matter Where You Live in the U.S.

Not-for-profit organization BuildClean urges homeowners to test their homes for radon, which can come from the soil or possibly from some building...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/06/2009

Plaintiffs Lawyers Have New Target: Radon-Emitting Granite Countertops

Plaintiffs lawyers are advertising on the Internet for clients whose granite countertops are emitting high levels of...[Read More]

Date Published: 07/30/2008

Little Things Buyers Don't Ask For, But Should

When you're sitting right in the middle of a buyers market, or at least an equitable market (neither a buyer nor seller market), this is the time when buyers should start asking for the moon. If you don't ask, you'll never get what you...[Read More]

Date Published: 08/17/2007

The Raid on Radon: Free test kits available

Local NC health departments and the NC Division of Environmental Health are raising awareness of the risks of radon and urging residents to test their homes. Free test kits are available during January, which is National Radon Action Month. Nearly...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/09/2009

Radon gas can be a serious health threat

ome testing is recommended by the N.C. Radon Program, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Gov. Mike Easely also is urging citizens to test their homes during January. In fact, the U.S....[Read More]

Date Published: 01/21/2007

Alzheimers & Parkinsons -- Could the Cause be Radon?

In a study conducted at the University of North Dakota, researchers discovered that the presence of radioactive radon daughters in the brains of non-smoking persons with Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease was 10 times greater than it was in the brains of...[Read More]

Date Published: 06/14/2010

2011 National Radon Poster Contest

2011 National Radon Poster Contest is sponsored by Kansas State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Contest Calendar * 2011 Contest opens March 1, 2010 and closes October 31, 2010 * Judging for national level entries will...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/18/2010

Radon and cancer – WHO 2009 Fact Sheet

Key facts * Radon is the second most important cause of lung cancer in many countries. * Radon is estimated to cause between 3% and 14% of all lung cancers, depending on the average radon level in a country. * Radon is much more likely...[Read More]

Date Published: 10/13/2009

Radon in Homes is the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer

It is well known that the main cause of lung cancer among smokers is their cigarettes, but unbeknownst to many is that this cancer develops in a large number of nonsmokers. The leading cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers is exposure to radon in the home....[Read More]

Date Published: 10/15/2009

Is that granite counter in your home emitting radon?

Fears about granite surfaces are largely unfounded, experts say, but a test can quell homeowners' worries. The best course of action is to test for radon in air, regardless of whether the home has granite...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/13/2009

National Safety Council's Radon Awards Ceremony Honors Those Who Help Save Lives

The National Safety Council's Radon Awards Ceremony is being held on Jan 28, ,2009, at the National Press Club. It recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to reducing radon related deaths. Awards are presented for the winners...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/28/2009

Program To Identify Likely Victims Of Radon-Related Lung Cancer; Survivors Commit To Risk Reduction Despite Failed Government Policy

More people today are at risk from exposure to radon than when the EPA's radon program began over twenty years ago. Some states have passed legislation after victims of radon-related lung cancer have come forward and obtained media attention....[Read More]

Date Published: 01/21/2009

MIA Launches 'Home Approved Stone' Program To Give Consumers Complete Reassurance That Granite Countertops Do Not Pose A Health Risk

The Marble Institute of America has introduced a national stone safety testing program called the Home Approved Stone program. Based on testing protocols developed by an independent parties in the scientific community, natural stone products that pass...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/04/2009

New Comprehensive Scientific Review Shows Granite Countertops are Safe

The most comprehensive review of scientific data on radon emissions from granite countertops shows that contribution to indoor radon levels is well below EPA's guideline for action and even levels found in outdoor...[Read More]

Date Published: 09/19/2008

Federal agencies start summit on healthy homes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is using existing funds to develop a program, Indoor Air Package, that will give homes a seal of approval if they use certain building techniques to protect against radon, pests and...[Read More]

Date Published: 09/19/2008

How important is variant gene as lung cancer cause?

Does a variant gene, common to half the people of European descent, cause lung cancer? Dr. Stephen Chanock, of the National Cancer Institute, said many variables lead to such diseases, and it is unrealistic to say that one gene can be pinpointed as...[Read More]

Date Published: 04/10/2008

Polluted Water – A Cause of Cancer

More and more communities are becoming concerned about potential links between cancer and chemicals found in their drinking water. Whether you drink municipal water or drink from a well, additives and contaminates linked to cancer probably exist in your...[Read More]

Date Published: 10/31/2006

Clean the Air Inside Your Home

Safe food and clean drinking water are central to a healthy lifestyle. Taking into account that humans consume nearly 3,000 gallons of air each day, it's time for clean air to join these concerns at the forefront of our health considerations....[Read More]

Date Published: 01/09/2007

Alabama Student Wins National Radon Poster Contest

The National Safety Council's Radon Poster Contest, conducted in partnership with EPA and U.S. Department of Agriculture, is intended to raise awareness of radon and the importance of testing homes and fixing elevated levels. Radon is a naturally...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/10/2007

Alzheimer's & Parkinson's - Could the Cause be Radon?

In a study conducted at the University of North Dakota, researchers discovered that the presence of radioactive radon daughters in the brains of non-smoking persons with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease was 10 times greater than it was in the...[Read More]

Date Published: 08/02/2007

Radon in the Home Can Cause Lung Cancer

Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. But while most Americans know tobacco smoke is the primary trigger for lung cancer, very few are aware of the risks posed by radon -- or that dangerous levels of the gas can be...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/24/2007

American Lung Association: Radon a Health Risk in Many Midwestern Homes

The American Lung Association Health House program is urging homeowners to start the New Year by having their homes tested for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can enter homes through the soil or well water. Long-term exposure to...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/24/2007

Radon problems can exist in any home

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a release in January urging consumers to be cautious about the danger of radon gas. While the home is a major source of exposure to the gas, the EPA reports that "only one in five homeowners has actually...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/10/2007

Radon Testing: Inspect, Detect, and Correct

Radon is a radioactive gas that can be found in any home, new or old. This toxic gas comes from decomposed uranium in the soil, and since it always moves from the ground into the air above, it often leaks into houses through cracks in the foundation....[Read More]

Date Published: 02/16/2007

Active soil depressurization can correct most radon problems

The most common approach for radon abatement is active soil depressurization (ASD). ASD draws the soil gases (including radon) from the ground directly adjacent to the structure and diverts it away from the home. This is called "out...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/11/2009

Bad air in there

W hen the weather outside is frightful, the conditions inside can be pretty scary, too. The health risks of polluted air inside our houses — a year-round concern — can be greater in the winter, health and environmental officials say. Pollutants build up...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/07/2007

Female non-smokers suffer disproportionately

Female non-smokers suffer disproportionately By Rita Rubin, USA TODAY The death of Dana Reeve on Monday serves as a reminder of one of lung cancer's tragic truths. "If there was no smoking, there would still be lung cancer," says...[Read More]

Date Published: 03/07/2006

Testing for Radon

As part of National Radon Action Month, North Carolina is offering free radon test kits to residents as art of an outreach program to raise awareness about health risks of radon and to encourage people to test their...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/13/2009

Some wells may have high levels of contaminants

A continuing study shows that some Western North Carolina wells contain radon at levels that are potentially unsafe. Residents of some mountain counties are generally at greater risk of exposure to the cancer-causing compound because the region's rock...[Read More]

Date Published: 08/30/2006

Is your Granite Countertop Glow

Concerns regarding the safety of granite surfaces and the level of radon gas emitted has sparked a controversy by 90. However, the extensive use of granite in kitchen and bath caused renewed interest in this old issue. The New York Times recently...[Read More]

Date Published: 10/11/2009

Radon Awareness Month - 10 "New" Reasons to Test Your Home For Radon

10 reasons (other than the fact that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers) to test your home for...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/07/2009

Granite countertops: radon risk?

Some types of granite that are used for countertops can emit radon. However, it will vary depending on where the stone is from and what elements it is composed of. Most radon risk, however, derives from gas that is emitted from the soil and that can...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/08/2009

Podcast: Spotlight on Radon

Episode # 3 of the Nontoxic Living Podcast puts the spotlight on RADON- what it is, how it affects your health, and how to eliminate or reduce your exposure to radon in your home. MP3 File Hosted by Randy and Kathy...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/11/2007

Breathe Easy: Radon Mitigation at the PATH Concept House

When you think of life support, probably the first thing that comes to mind is air. Water might occur to you, and food, but since most of us carry enough fat around the waist line to last a few days, nutrition usually comes last. Nevertheless, when you...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/03/2007

Annual CT Scan Detects Curable Lung Cancer

Annual screening for lung cancer with CT scan can identify lung cancers at an early curable stage, resulting in high 10-year survival rates, according to results of the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP). The I-ELCAP study...[Read More]

Date Published: 10/25/2006

Radon Remediation

As airborne radon in buildings constitutes a major health risk worldwide, measures to reduce radon levels represent an important consideration for homes, schools, and workplaces. Simple ways to reduce radon substantially reduce associated health risks....[Read More]

Date Published: 10/28/2006

CT scans pick up early lung cancers

New research has shown that early screening with CT scans could significantly improve the survival rates from lung cancer. Tobacco is the main cause of lung cancer and 90 percent of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. Other causes include...[Read More]

Date Published: 10/26/2006

Radon Gas: An Invisible Threat to Your Real-Estate Business

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally in the earth from the decay of radioactive uranium in the soil. However, radon exposure in a domestic setting is actually a dangerous threat to your health and your real-estate...[Read More]

Date Published: 11/08/2006

Clearing the Air: How To Avoid Indoor Air Pollutants

When the weather outside is frightful and the fire inside delightful, it's so tempting to curl up on the couch and avoid the nasty winter air. But after a few hours, you may feel the beginnings of a dull headache, perhaps a raspy throat or a stuffy...[Read More]

Date Published: 11/11/2006

Lung Cancer

This article gives a general idea about the lungs, pollutants, lung cancer diagnosis, disease stages, and treatments for lung...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/09/2007

Lung Cancer

This article gives a general idea about the lungs, pollutants, lung cancer diagnosis, disease stages, and treatments for lung...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/09/2007

Its National Radon Action Month

We haven't even put away the holiday ornaments and here we are, already five days into the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "National Radon Action Month." This observance is intended to encourage the public to test their homes...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/07/2006