Laura Larsson, an assistant professor at Montana State University’s College of Nursing, has won a $350,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study how to reduce radon exposure among low-income people. Radon, a decay product of uranium, has been found in dangerously high concentrations in the West and other mountainous regions of the country. Testing for harmful levels of the colorless, odorless gas often occurs during real-estate transactions. Because low-income people are more likely to rent instead of purchase their homes, they are less likely to test for the presence of radon. Larsson plans to test strategies that she hopes will encourage low-income tenants to purchase subsidized radon home test kits and test for high levels of the noxious gas.
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