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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


Connecticut Prison Officials Can't Escape Radon Exposure Suit

Connecticut corrections officials can't assert qualified immunity in a proposed class action claiming that they, with deliberate indifference, exposed inmates to dangerously high levels of radon at the Garner Correctional Institution, the U.S. Court of...[Read More]

Date Published: 06/29/2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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]


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


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


DPH Encourages Residents to Test Their Home for Radon as Part of National Radon Action Month

Participating Local Health Departments Giving out Free Radon Test Kits While Supplies Last. Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) this week is encouraging state residents to test their homes for radon gas, the leading environmental cause of...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/13/2020


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


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]


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


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


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


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]


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


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


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


Health inspector advocates radon awareness

Even as doctors and scientists learn more about radon's negative effects on people's health, it is becoming easier to deal with the emissions from the gas. Radon is a naturally occurring colorless, odorless radioactive gas. It comes from the natural...[Read More]

Date Published: 02/20/2007


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


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


Winter is a good time to check your house for radon

Although the weather has been kind to the region so far this year, cold and ice and snow are sure to arrive and stay for awhile, causing many of us to retreat to the inside of our homes for much of the season. The Environmental Protection Agency...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/04/2007


Free radon testing offered

About 100 town residents can now register to have their homes tested at no cost for radon, a deadly radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer, according to public health officials. "There are certain areas in Greenwich that have these little pockets...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/25/2007


January marks national Radon Awareness Month

It is a threat that you can't see, smell or taste. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and the leading cause among non-smokers. It's radon, and if it's in your home, your family might be at risk. "A lot of Connecticut homes along...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/29/2007


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


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