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Citizen Asks - How can I know if my family is healthy?

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The following message was submitted by a concerned citizen to RadonLeaders.org. Please provide your thoughts and input.

Hello,

I'm having a VERY hard time getting my question answered by anyone. We have lived in our home for 10 years and just tested for Radon gas. Tests came back high: 10, 14 and 16.

Today, we are having a venting mitigation system installed.

Is there something we should do for each member of our family (5) to check for any short/long term effects that the Radon gas may have had on us over the past 10 years?

Our local physician says "no." But I am not convinced. Can you answer this question or give me someone (website, phone, etc.) that can help give me some peace of mind?

Thank you

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Radon & Earthquakes?

Prior to the recent earthquake in Italy, scientist Giampaolo Giuliani warned an earthquake might be imminent based on a spike in radon emissions readings. For more coverage on this story see the links below:
New York Times
CNN
NPR Science Friday

Question on Dust and Radon

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I need a refresher course in the mechanism of how radon gets into the lungs.

I just had a client ask "does the amount of dust in my home's indoor air influence the level of radioactive exposure to the lungs?" Knowing that radon attaches to dust particles, it would seem that the more dust present, the more radon-laced dust particles one would inhale. Is this a fair assessment?

I await your learned responses.

Thanks, Ginger

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Research: Radon-induced Lung Cancer Deaths and the Cost Effectiveness and Potential of Policies to Reduce Them

Research: Radon-induced Lung Cancer Deaths and the Cost Effectiveness and Potential of Policies to Reduce Them

Lung cancer deaths from indoor radon and the cost effectiveness and potential of policies to reduce them

Alastair Gray, professor of health economics, Simon Read, analyst and programmer, Paul McGale, statistician, Sarah Darby, professor of medical statistics

1 Health Economics Research Centre, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF, 2 Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Correspondence to: A Gray alastair.gray@dphpc.ox.ac.uk

Full Published Article: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/338/jan06_1/a3110

Objective
To determine the number of deaths from lung cancer related to radon in the home and to explore the cost effectiveness of alternative policies to control indoor radon and their potential to reduce lung cancer mortality.

Design
Cost effectiveness analysis.

EPA Radon Zone Map & State Radon Maps

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Friday, January 9th 2009. We will soon be forming a workgroup to look at the EPA Zone Map and the existing state radon maps. I expect that the workgroup will be comprised of representatives from the EPA HQ radon team, EPA regional staff, individual states, CRCPD, AARST and possibly others. I would like to keep the workgroup relatively small (e.g., 12-15 people) presuming that the representatives will commit to communicating effectively with those they represent and with the workgroup. The main purpose of the workgroup (at a minimum) will be to review the bases for the EPA and state maps, how they're currently used, and discuss how both might/should be used in the future.

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HUD Healthy Homes Conference Presentations Now Available

HUD Healthy Homes Conference Presentations Now Available

The presentations from the 2008 National Healthy Homes Conference: Building a Framework for Healthy Housing are now available on line at www.hud.gov/offices/lead/NHHC/index.cfm.

NSC Radon Poster Contest: Winning Posters!

NSC Radon Poster Contest: Winning Posters!

To view the 2009 Radon Poster Contest winning posters – both the national winners and the first place winners for the states and tribal nations – watch the slideshow on the National Safety Council website or view the listing of 2009 Radon Poster Contest winners on the National Radon Program Services website.

The Children’s Environmental Health Network: Protecting Preschoolers from Radon

The Children’s Environmental Health Network: Protecting Preschoolers from Radon

Although most U.S. children under age six spend up to 40 hours a week in child care settings, little has been done to protect young children from environmental health hazards like radon in child care and preschools. The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is a national, multidisciplinary, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental hazards and promote a healthy environment by focusing on the areas of research, policy, and education. Recognizing preschools and child care settings as a missed opportunity to address children’s environmental health. In response, CEHN launched the Georgia Healthy Environments for Child Care Facilities and Preschools (HECCP) program in 2006.

Testimony on Radon to the President's Cancer Panel

Testimony on Radon to the President's Cancer Panel

On Thursday, December 4, 2008 Dr. Bill Field gave testimony on radon to the President's Cancer Panel. The 2008-2009 overall topic being addressed by the Panel is Environmental Factors in Cancer, with the December 4th session addressing Indoor/Outdoor Air Pollution and Water Contamination.

Dr. Field's has kindly made his slides available for review. The slides can be downloaded below in PDF format (Slides: 1-33 presentation slides; Slides: 34-43 White Paper testimony).

Press coverage of the meeting is available here.

Radon Presentation at EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Symposium

Radon Presentation at EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Symposium

On Friday, December 5, 2008 CRCPD E-25 Chair Bill Bell and EPA's Susie Shimek held a session titled Radon and Schools at the 9th Annual Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Symposium. The slides can be downloaded below in PDF format.

Slides from other sessions are available on the Symposium website.