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2009-01-10 00:53:52

Deaths from lung cancer could be reduced by better policies to control indoor radon, researchers in Britain said. A study, published in the British Medical Journal, said government protection policies focus mainly on the small number of homes with high radon levels and neglect the 95 percent of deaths linked to lower levels of radon. Alastair Gray, Sarah Darby and colleagues at the University of Oxford assessed the contribution of indoor radon to lung cancer deaths in Britain and examined the...

2009-01-05 13:47:00

Gov. Rendell Proclaims January 'Radon Action Month' HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using a simple, inexpensive test to detect radon gas seeping into homes could help prevent lung cancer and save thousands of lives, Acting Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said today. "Homeowners can protect themselves and their families from this known carcinogen by using a test kit available for about $25 at hardware stores or by contacting a Pennsylvania...

2009-01-05 07:00:00

CLEVELAND, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- To reassure consumers about the safety, beauty and durability of granite countertops for their homes, and put an end to baseless claims that granite countertops can pose a health risk, the Marble Institute of America (MIA) today announced the Home Approved Stone program, a national stone safety testing program. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090105/AQM016) All products that pass the uniform test will be labeled with a Home...

2008-09-24 00:00:12

By Jonathan Brown HE WAS the man who launched the world into the nuclear age, winning a Nobel prize and laying the foundations for modern nuclear physics. But now it appears that radiation left over from 100-year-old experiments by Ernest Rutherford, the first man to split the atom, could be partly responsible for the deaths of up to four Manchester University staff. For years between 1909 and 1917 Professor Rutherford conducted experiments in room 2.62 of an austere red-brick Victorian...

2008-09-21 21:00:26

By Abby Lu THERE was one thing that evaded our mothers' scrutiny when they lectured us on the health hazards of ordinary things such as mobile phones, microwave ovens and barbequed food ... but it was probably because they didn't know about it either. A New York Times article has revealed that expensive granite countertops, a common fixture in kitchens, could contain more than bargained for. An igneous rock (formed of magma), granite is the natural source of radiation, as it contains...

2008-09-04 09:00:23

CLEVELAND, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 air. The study reviewed more than 500 measurements of radon emissions from granite published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. It showed that the average granite slab contributes to indoor radon levels that are: -- 300 times lower than...

2008-09-02 12:00:00

CLEVELAND, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- To clear up consumer confusion about the safety of granite countertops, a growing number of environmental and health agencies from states across the U.S. have issued new statements that all conclude that granite countertops typically found in homes do not pose a health risk to consumers. Perplexed by inaccurate science and misleading statements about granite, radon and radioactivity reported in the media in recent weeks, consumers are contacting health...

2008-07-21 03:00:16

By McLean, Mike The world is a dangerous place, and while your home might seem like a refuge, you can be exposed to several times the amount of air pollution there that you encounter outside. The Spokane office of the American Lung Association wants to make sure that the air inside your home is as clean as it can be, and in partnership with the Community Lead Education and Reduction Corps (CLEARCorps) of Washington, is offering free home indoor-air assessments here through a program...

2008-07-08 18:00:40

Basin Water, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWTR) announced today that it will install small-scale uranium removal systems treating groundwater wells for three private condominium developments in New Hampshire. The first installation, for the Saco Woods Condominium Association in North Conway, NH, has just come on-line and is operating successfully. The second, for Davis Hill Condominiums in Center, NH, is planned for start-up in mid-July. The third project, for the Saco Forest Condominiums, has had a...

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2007-01-07 16:18:44

CINCINNATI -- A bird's nest nestled in the tall grasses of a wetland symbolizes the end of a 20-year struggle to clean up a site contaminated by radioactive material from a former Cold War-era uranium processing plant. After years of often-contentious public meetings, lawsuits and relentless lobbying, the land is now devoid of 1.5 million tons of its most dangerous waste and has begun its transformation into an undeveloped park and wildlife haven covered with woods, prairie and wetlands. "I...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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