Radon in the News
NBC and some other news outlets have a story about finding early 'precancerous' lung cells that can potentailly be turned back to normal with an over the counter medication. One issue not discussed is that some scientists believe that lung cancer in non-smokers (and maybe from radon) may be a different diease and we don't know if this will work for the non-smoking group as well.
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How scientists can monitor radon gas emissions
Radon can give a clue to earthquake activity – but how does Italian scientist Giampaolo Giuliani measure the radioactive gas?
Radon is a radioactive gas, with no colour or smell. It is slightly heavier than air, chemically inert, and is made – after stages of decay and mutation – from uranium. Radon diffuses out of the earth in small, variable quantities all the time, but these can increase when reductions in pressure allow radon (or fluids carrying it in solution) to escape to the surface. Such pressure drops can accompany – or precede – the shearing of rocks in an earthquake.
Students in Chatham, IL are putting their creativity to the test.
Glenwood High School students are competing in a radon awareness contest. They submitted five videos to the American Lung Association. It's to show the public about health hazards associated with radioactive gas.
Students used everything from digital editing systems to green screens to create their projects. Glenwood High School offers its students a comprehensive broadcasting program. One that has grown in recent years.
"Even when I started here sophomore year we didn't have near this much equipment. We had four computers to edit on now we have like 20 or so to use. It's really nice cause I'm looking to go into this field and so any experience I can get before entering college is really helpful," say senior Scott Vennell.
ScienceDaily (2010-03-22) -- A study that scanned the genomes of thousands of "never-smokers" diagnosed with lung cancer as well as healthy never smokers has found a gene they say could be responsible for a significant number of those cancers.
To meet an increasing need for radon mitigation of homes in Northeast Colorado, Colorado State University Extension has two scholarships available to become a certified radon mitigator.
Each scholarship covers the $595 cost of the mitigation course through the Center for Environmental Research and Technology Institute.
When course work and the certification test are completed, membership to the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists will be paid for the first year as part of the scholarship.
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas which is considered the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
During the past three years, CSU Extension has provided educational programs which include radon screening tests.
CSUN community members now have the opportunity to learn about cancer through a class taught by a CSUN professor.
Dr. Steven Oppenheimer will teach “Biology of Cancer” every Monday during the Fall semester from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., in Eucalyptus Hall 2132.
“There’s a tremendous importance for public awareness about cancer,” Oppenheimer said. “The topic of radon is especially relevant for cancer prevention. Everyone should test their homes for radon.”
Oppenheimer said some homes in the U.S. have so much radon, a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas, that it is estimated in posing a cancer risk equivalent to smoking 50 packs of cigarettes a day.
Alexander Tishbi, a radon expert for Indoor Safety, Inc.will present in Oppenheimer’s class on Nov. 29 and will discuss the hidden dangers of radon throughout U.S. households.
Oppenheimer said CSUN students can register for his class and if space permits, the public audit the class.
Kevin and Maureen Joy were the first to discover the high levels of dangerous radon in their home, built by Richmond American Homes of West Virginia.
Now, they're among 152 West Virginia residents suing Richmond American and its parent company, Denver-based MDC Holdings Inc., claiming the companies failed to install functioning radon-removal systems in their homes.
In May, 66 people sued the company in a Jefferson County, W.Va., court, and 86 more plan to file suit today, according to their lawyer.
Representatives from MDC, the 10th-largest homebuilder in the country, declined to comment. The company sold 8,195 homes in 2007, according to BuilderOnline.
When it comes to preventing cancer, two things come to mind immediately: Quit smoking. Wear sunscreen.
But doctors say there's much more we can do:
Limit salted, pickled and smoked foods
Lindi Finke, acting director of nurses for Sandusky County Health Department, said eating a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of cancer.
Finke said by limiting fat intake and eating lots of fruits and vegetables, people can more likely maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight, she said, increases a person's risk for cancer.
"Being healthy is important," she said. "Increasing your physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight."
Marlys Olson, a registered and licensed dietitian at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital, said avoiding certain foods also can work to prevent some cancers.
Although salty and pickled foods are always best to minimize, Olson said it's the smoked foods that can actually pose a risk of stomach and colon cancer.
View this aired news clip at http://www.wsmv.com/local-video/index.html?grabnetworks_video_id=4369876.
Radon is an odorless, colorless, radio-active gas. It's also deadly if a homeowner is exposed to it long term. That's why Mount Juliet's public works department is ordering radon venting in all new construction as of Oct.1
Wilson County has a high potential for radon gas.
"We have a lot of course features, drop outs, sink holes, fissures in the rock, there is a lot of rock base here," said Marvin Keel, director of Mount Juliet's public works department.
Keel said homeowners in Mount Juliet should be concerned about radon, but there is no reason to panic.
"All of a sudden here's someone in the city of Mount Juliet saying we are going to require radon to be vented. I think we are moving on this cautiously, to make certain that It's not an issue in the future, said Keel.
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) announces a $500 radon mitigation scholarship available to an area contractor.
The purpose of the scholarship is to make radon mitigation more easily accessible in Southwest Nebraska. With the increased awareness of radon and the increase in the number of tests being conducted, SWNPHD felt it was necessary for area contractors to become trained and licensed in radon mitigation.
The requirement to become a Nebraska radon mitigation specialist includes training in radon measurement, as well as radon mitigation. The radon training is typically offered in Lincoln sometime during the spring. Training involves 16 hours in measurement, and 24 hours covering mitigation.