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Tuesday, October 2

8:25am EDT

Science & Research: Risk Estimates for Airborne and Waterborne Radon
Douglas Mose, Professor of Chemistry(ret)
George Mason University, Fairfax VA 22030  U.S.A.
A 3-year radon and health study was conducted using approximately 2000 occupied homes in VA, MD and DC over approximately 1000 square miles. Seasonal alpha-detectors and weekly charcoal detectors were used for indoor-radon measurements, with EPERMs used for drinking water. Home occupants provided the home location (radon vs. geology comparisons), home characteristics (radon vs. basement construction, size, HVAC system, water supply, etc.) and cancer experiences of family members (radon and time vs. cancer types). Higher indoor-radon tends to be in homes over sandy soil and acidic (granitic) soil, and in homes with larger basements, concrete block construction, heat pump HVAC systems, dry sump-pump crocks, etc.; while soft-tissue cancers (leukemia, brain, breast, liver, kidney) were more common in homes with waterborne radon above 2000 pCi/L. No correlation was found between waterborne radon and indoor radon, indoor radon and season-of-year, indoor radon and lung cancer, and drinking water radon and stomach cancer.

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Douglas Mose

Science Teacher (1970-2015) at George Mason University in VA, Brooklyn College in NY, University ofKansas, Germanna Community College in VA, Preston International University, Center for Basic andApplied Science in VA. Research Publications in Scientific Journals (1975-2010) on Radioactivity... Read More →

Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:25am - 8:45am EDT

10:45am EDT

Science & Research: Self-reported Respiratory Symptoms in Healthy Adults with High Home Radon Levels
            Karen M. Butler*, DNP, RN, Whitney Hiner, Monica Mundy, Amanda Wiggins,
Kathy Rademacher, and Ellen J. Hahn
University of Kentucky College of Nursing, BREATHE
Lexington, KY, USA
 The association between exposure to radon, tobacco smoke, and lung cancer is established; not as much is known about the immediate health effects of radon exposure. We examined the relationship between levels of radon and secondhand smoke (SHS) in the home and respiratory symptoms, controlling for smoking status and COPD diagnosis. The pilot study was a cross-sectional design with a convenience sample of 71 homeowners who had tested their homes for radon and SHS as part of a larger environmental risk reduction study. Of the 71 participants, 27 homes tested high for radon (> 4.0 pCi/L); 44 tested high for SHS. Logistic regression showed that radon level was the only significant variable associated with presence of respiratory symptoms, controlling for smoking status and COPD diagnosis. This study adds important information to the literature and indicates that more research is needed to understand the immediate health effects of radon exposure.

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Karen M. Butler, DNP, RN

Dr. Karen Butler is a Professor and Assistant Dean in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and a Faculty Associate in BREATHE.  She has clinical and research experience in tobacco control and reduction of radon exposure, and works with community partners to reduce the health... Read More →

Tuesday October 2, 2018 10:45am - 11:05am EDT

11:35am EDT

Science & Research: What we know about uranium and radon in Georgia well waters
What We Know About Uranium and Radon Georgia Well Waters
Uttam Saha*1, Leticia Sonon1, Pamela Turner2, Dana Lynch3, and Gabrielle Dean2
1Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.
2Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.
3Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, Monroe County Extension, Athens, GA, USA.
Radionuclides from three naturally occurring decay series (headed by 238U, 230Th, and 235U), have long been known to be present in groundwaters in Georgia. In 2010, routine surveillance of drinking-water testing revealed uranium concentrations exceeded the U.S. Maximum Contaminant Level (30 ppb) in private wells in central Georgia. Since they are in the same 238U decay series, high levels of uranium in well water may be associated with elevated levels of dissolved radon gas. Drinking water that contains high levels of these contaminants can have adverse health consequences, though definite relationships of those health issues with uranium and radon in drinking water have not been established. This paper provides an overview of our testing, mapping programs, and public education programs for tracking and mitigating uranium and radon in Georgia well waters. It also sheds some lights on the temporal variation of these two contaminants in well waters and their interrelationships.

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Uttam Saha

Program Coordinator and Public Service Associate, Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories, University of Georgia
Dr. Uttam Kumar Saha is the Program Coordinator and Public Service Associate, Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories, University of Georgia. Dr. Saha has a long 26 years of research, teaching, and outreach experience in soil fertility & crop production, hydroponic production... Read More →

Tuesday October 2, 2018 11:35am - 11:55am EDT