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Varsity-BARC Sign MoU for Research on Radon

MANGALORE: Mangalore University and Bhabha Atomic Research Center recently signed a MoU for conducting a collaborative research study on '220Rn adsorption in charcoal and vegetable oils for 220Rn mitigation application in off-gas stream'. Under this MoU, collaborative research programmes will be carried to develop charcoal and oil based radon and thoron absorbers for their mitigation from gaseous effluents.

The study would help to identify more effective materials for the purpose of fluid based radon and thoron mitigation, a press release from H M Somashekarappa, head, University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC) and centre-in-charge, Centre for Application of Radioisotopes and Radiation Technology, Mangalore University here stated.

The development of simple and inexpensive devices for continuous removal of radon and thoron from air will find immense application in workplaces, uranium and thorium processing facilities.

B6, Nutrient Slash Lung Cancer Risk

Smokers who have higher levels of vitamin B-6 and certain essential proteins in their blood have a lower risk of getting lung cancer than those deficient in these nutrients, according to a study by cancer specialists.

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Biggest radiation threat is due to medical scans

We fret about airport scanners, power lines, cell phones and even microwaves. It's true that we get too much radiation. But it's not from those sources — it's from too many medical tests.

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Granite Countertop Radon Information from LIVESTRONG

Granite Countertop Radon Information from LIVESTRONG

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Overview
Mineral crystals form the colors, mottling and striations that make granite an attractive choice for countertops, but those crystals can contain radioactive elements like uranium. Over time, uranium breaks down into a gas called radon. Radon is radioactive and you can't detect it by sight, smell or taste, which leaves consumers wondering about the safety of granite countertops.

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Karmanos Cancer Institute's Environmental Cancer Program Rolling out Statewide in July

Karmanos Cancer Institute's Environmental Cancer Program Rolling out Statewide in July

DETROIT, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, in cooperation with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), is introducing the Environmental Cancer Program to physicians statewide July 1.

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The program trains primary care physicians to accurately identify and diagnose cancers and other serious illnesses resulting from exposure to arsenic, radon and asbestos, three of the state's most frequently encountered carcinogens.

Michael Harbut, M.D., MPH, FCCP, of Karmanos is director and author of the program. Dr. Harbut is an occupational and environmental medical expert.

Real estate law made simple: How to assemble the right team for a real estate transaction

Assembling the right team in a real estate transaction can often make the difference between getting your dream home and watching it slip through your fingers. Much like a well orchestrated team in the operating room, each of whom has a discrete role and executes it – hopefully – with precision, the right players in your real estate transaction can have a huge impact on success.

So who are the players and what do they do? Here’s a primer on the team that will help you pick a winning lineup in your next transaction.

Blood Test Could Provide Early Detection Of Cancer

The University of Nottingham spin-out company, Oncimmune Ltd, has developed a ground breaking blood test which will aid the detection of cancer as much as five years earlier than current testing methods such as mammography and CT scans. Physicians will know the result of their patient’s test within one week of sending in a blood sample to Oncimmune.

The first early cancer detection test (EarlyCDT™) to launch will be the test for lung cancer (EarlyCDT-Lung) which has the potential to detect the early stages of lung cancer possibly up to five years before a tumor appears. The target population for this test are high-risk individuals such as long-term smokers and ex-smokers between the ages of 40 and 75. Additionally the test would be appropriate for people who have been exposed to other risk factors associated with the disease, for instance, environmental exposures such as radon, asbestos and extensive exposure to secondary smoke.

Rutgers Center Helps Struggling Homeowners Breathe Easier: Children cheer removal of 'poison' radon gas

Rutgers Center Helps Struggling Homeowners Breathe Easier: Children cheer removal of 'poison' radon gas

Benjamin Wolfgang and his sister, Sage, are thrilled to play in their basement again. And their mother, Dawn, is breathing easier knowing that Rutgers helped install a system to remove radon – the second leading cause of lung cancer – from their home.

“As soon as the workers left, both our children ran downstairs and danced around their former playroom singing, ‘They fixed the poison gas! They fixed the poison gas!’’’ Dawn Wolfgang said. “I truly feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.’’

As part of a three-year project, the Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers has helped install mitigation systems to protect low-income families from radon, a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

Lion-Hearted Lung Cancer Victim Spurs Action in the Heart of Radon Country

Click the link below to read the inspirational story of activist Linda D’Agostino from the latest issue of Radon Reporter, published by AARST. Learn how Linda and others helped plan very successful media outreach in Pennsylvania.

"Lion-Hearted Lung Cancer Victim Spurs Action in the Heart of Radon Country," Radon Reporter, Spring 2010

Radio Story on Radon

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The Environment Report: Radon Continues to Plague Americans