Family Health

Josh Knight, WHSV Radon Awareness Month.jpg Watch this WHSV news segment. Radon is something you can't see or smell but, you need to know about to keep your family safe. It's a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is likely in your home and specialists say one in three homes in the Valley have unsafe levels. The rocky soil in the area makes homes, businesses and apartment buildings more susceptible. The radon comes from decaying uranium and thorium, which exist naturally in the soil and rocks. Continuously breathing in unsafe levels of radon is the equivalent of smoking numerous cigarettes per…

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Gayathri Vaidyanathan, Greenwire States are taking the lead with studying levels of radon in drinking water and air even as federal regulators lag, as a coincidence of geology and population density leaves some more at risk than others of suffering from the naturally occurring radioactive toxin. Nine states have guidelines for radon in drinking water, with New Jersey considering the most stringent levels, fourfold tighter than a limit proposed but never mandated by U.S. EPA in 1999. Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts and Wisconsin are the other states that have some guidance levels for the chemical,…

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Mike Marshall, The Huntsville Times 9075748-small.jpg MADISON, Al. - 291 Dublin Circle in Madison looks like a place where there's little chance of danger. It's tucked in the curve on the north side of the street, a four-acre lot huddled among the maples. Tom and Faye Dickerson have lived here for almost 40 years. They've been here for most of their marriage, raising three children when Jack Clift's farm nudged up to their backyard. With the children gone, it's unnerving to the Dickersons that they raised a family in a house with such high levels of radon. "It's the second…

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Kathleen E. Carey, The Delaware County Daily Times Delaware Countians at high risk of developing lung cancer may have recently gotten another lease on life. Thanks to Dr. Raymond J. Vivacqua, medical director of the Crozer Regional Cancer Center, and his participating partners, an evaluation procedure called the Family Lung Assessment Program, which is accessible to all people, offers free identification surveys and low-cost CAT scans for specific populations in jeopardy of developing lung cancer. “I’m hoping to reduce the number of people scanned so we target the people who need it,” Vivacqua said. Although the program has been in…

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Rona Fischman, The Boston Globe Sam Schneiderman, broker owner of Great Boston Home Team (our Monday guy) looks again at what to do about radon testing. Last week, I mentioned a story about a radon inspection dispute that ended in court. The buyer wanted to cancel the purchase due to high radon results, but the seller refused to return the buyer’s deposit because the radon test was not performed to EPA standards. Our vigilant readers reviewed EPA protocols and noted that a radon test done in an unfinished area does not meet EPA guidelines. A spirited discussion about the proper…

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National Association of Women in Health Care November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Lung cancer kills more women than any other cancer – nearly 200 each day. Most die within a year of diagnosis. Yet lung cancer remains the “hidden” women’s cancer – little known and rarely discussed. It is the least funded cancer in terms of research dollars per death of all the major cancers. It’s one of the only cancers where patients are routinely blamed for causing their condition. But despite lung cancer’s strong association with tobacco use, one in five women who develop the disease has never…

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National Lung Cancer Partnership MADISON, Wisc., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Men and women worry about prostate and breast cancer, yet the number one cancer killer in the United States – lung cancer – isn't on their radar. According to a survey released today by the National Lung Cancer Partnership, Americans know little about lung cancer's causes, symptoms and the number of lives it takes compared to other cancers. The survey of 1,000 American men and women age 18 and older found most women were unaware that lung cancer takes more women's lives each year than breast cancer. And they weren't…

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Lynette Summerill, EmpowHER 1. Lung cancer affects women differently than men, and young women (under 40) are at greater risk for developing lung cancer than young men. 2. More women die of lung cancer than any other cancer, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancers combined. Smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer, so if you smoke, quit. 3. Your risk of lung cancer continues to decline with every year you don't smoke. However, if you used to smoke, you remain at increased risk for lung cancer for at least 20 years after you quit. 4. Radon is…

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Inspired by my friend and colleague’s blog post, Snowed Under in our Green House, I decided to focus this blog on the main event of the larger Washington metropolitan area this week—the massive snowstorms and blizzards. Due to the inclement weather, the area was virtually paralyzed for days. Many schools systems, businesses, and government agencies remain closed. While we were snowed in at home, the power went off intermittently. One day we were without power for a span of 15 hours! During that long stretch without electricity, we had no heat and, of course, no functioning appliances. Our only lifeline…

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Durante las pasadas tres semanas, he sostenido una conversación ambiental con mis colegas en la blogosfera sobre la disposición de la joyería infantil de juguete y baratijas de metal contaminadas con cadmio y plomo. Me alegró el intercambio que se desarrolló con el pasar del tiempo. Los comentarios me han motivado a escribir un tercer blog sobre el tema. Además, me complace poder informar que desde que comenzamos esta conversación sobre la joyería infantil y baratijas tóxicas, la Comisión para la Seguridad de los Productos de Consumo de EE.UU. ha anunciado la retirada del mercado de varios artículos por estar…

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