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


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


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


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


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


HIGH RADON LEVELS ESTIMATED IN 30 PERCENT OF NW METRO HOMES

New data from the Minnesota Department of Health indicate that people living in poverty and more rental housing areas are less likely to protect themselves from radon. In the northwest suburbs alone, officials say 30% of homes have high radon...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/12/2020


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


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]


Data shows Minnesota income disparities extend to radon mitigation

New data from the Department of Health shows the many income disparities we have in Minnesota now extends to radon...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/08/2020


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


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]


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


Regulation of Minnesota radon contractors is headed to court

A Minnesota law that would place new licensing requirements on radon-remediation companies could go to trial this spring after part of the law was blocked for more than a year when the industry sued, claiming that the regulations could put them out of...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/07/2020


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]


I-TEAM: Radon Bill Signed By Gov. Pawlenty

New homes in Minnesota will have something that no other state requires: systems to remove radon. The new law caps off three years of reporting by the I-TEAM. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the radon bill into law Friday, along with several other bills....[Read More]

Date Published: 05/06/2007


A Deadly Agent Lurking In Minnesota Homes

It's not something we can see, smell or taste. Yet, we're exposed to radiation or radon pretty much every day. You may not think it's a problem. But the Minnesota Department of Health estimates one in three homes right here have enough radon to put...[Read More]

Date Published: 11/23/2004


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


Radon Bill Becomes Law

Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the Radon Bill into law Friday. The radon bill was authored in the Senate by Sen. Linda Higgins of Minneapolis and in the House by Rep. Kim Norton of Rochester. It requires all new homes in this state to be built with radon...[Read More]

Date Published: 05/05/2007


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


Healthy people live in healthy homes

Indoor air quality is important because the majority of people spend 90 percent of their time inside buildings. People exposed to indoor air hazards, such as contaminants or hazardous substances, may increase their risk for allergies, asthma, cancer and...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/28/2009


EDITORIAL: Invisible killer in our homes

The Minnesota Department of Health and the federal government also urges all homeowners to test their homes for radon. In McLeod County, the average indoor radon level is 5.3 picocuries, more than three times the national average. That level was...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/09/2009


Radon in Minnesota Homes

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) provides information on radon and how to protect your family's health. The U.S. Surgeon General, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and MDH recommend that every Minnesota home be tested for...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/09/2007


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


What The New, Young Faces Of Lung Cancer Are Doing

Each year in Minnesota: More people are diagnosed with lung cancer than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. It's a disease most people associate with smokers, but a growing number of patients have never smoked. Sometimes the place that makes...[Read More]

Date Published: 09/13/2007


January Is Ideal Time To Test Home For Radon, Minnesota Health Officials Say

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and about 1 in 3 Minnesota homes contain potentially harmful levels of the gas. But you can't see it or smell it, so the only way to know for sure is to test for it, say Minnesota health...[Read More]

Date Published: 01/09/2007


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