Latest Radon Stories

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...

2006-10-17 09:45:00

WASHINGTON -- Revisiting one of physics' most embarrassing cases of scientific misconduct, researchers from Russia and the United States announced Monday that they have created a new super-heavy element, atomic number 118. Scientists said they smashed together calcium with the manmade element Californium to make an atom with 118 protons in its nucleus. The new element lasted for just one millisecond, but it was the heaviest element ever made and the first manmade inert gas - the atomic family...

2006-05-30 17:06:07

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children living near nuclear plants in France do not have an increased risk of leukemia, a new study confirms. Most studies that have examined cancer risk near nuclear installations have looked only at how far a child lives from the plant, Dr. Jacqueline Clavel of Universite Paris Sud, Villejuif and colleagues note, assuming that the greater the distance, the lower the radiation exposure. However, radiation dispersion follows a more complex pattern, they...

2006-03-08 13:55:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON -- The lung cancer death of activist Dana Reeve, a non-smoker and widow of "Superman" star Christopher Reeve, has focused attention on what some have discounted as a "self-induced" disease unworthy of adequate research money. "Sadly, it takes her death, coming just seven months after diagnosis, and the fact that she had never smoked, to let the public see the real picture of lung cancer," said Laurie Fenton, president of the non-profit Lung Cancer Alliance....

2006-02-09 11:10:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fewer Americans died of cancer in 2003 than in previous years, the first such decline ever recorded, although the number of cancer deaths among women increased, the American Cancer Society said on Thursday. "From 2002 to 2003, the number of recorded cancer deaths decreased by 778 in men, but increased by 409 in women, resulting in a net decrease of 369 total cancer deaths," the American Cancer Society said in a statement. Due largely to a decline in smoking among men,...

2005-10-25 12:46:23

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - There is no clearly safe level of exposure to four of the most common environmental toxins in the world, and more should be done to protect the public, researchers argue in a new report. The toxins in question -- lead, radon, tobacco smoke and byproducts of drinking-water disinfection -- are ubiquitous, and there is growing evidence that even low-level exposure can have health consequences, according to the report, published in the medical...

2005-06-30 13:11:40

In June 29 WASHINGTON story headlined "Study shows radiation causes cancer but rarely" please read in fourth paragraph ... the equivalent of 1,000 chest X-rays ... instead of ... the equivalent of 10 chest X-rays ... A corrected story follows: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Exposure to everyday sources of radiation, mostly medical X-rays, raises the risk of cancer but not by much and there is no clear line between a harmless dose and a disease-causing dose, an expert panel reported on Wednesday....

2005-06-30 13:16:18

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Exposure to everyday sources of radiation, mostly medical X-rays, raises the risk of cancer but not by much and there is no clear line between a harmless dose and a disease-causing dose, an expert panel reported on Wednesday. People should think twice about having unnecessary high-dose X-rays such as the full-body CAT scans being offered by some clinics, the panel advised, but otherwise should be reassured by the findings. The report from the National Research...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.