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Yong-Jun Ye, Xin-Tao Dai, De-Xin Ding, Ya-Li Zhao
In this study, a one-dimensional steady-state mathematical model of radon transport in fragmented uranium ore was established according to Fick's law and radon transfer theory in an air-water interface. The model was utilized to obtain an analytical solution for radon concentration in the air-water, two-phase system under steady state conditions, as well as a corresponding radon exhalation rate calculation formula. We also designed a one-dimensional experimental apparatus for simulating radon diffusion migration in the uranium ore with various water levels to verify the mathematical model...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Renata Havránková, Zuzana Freitinger Skalická, Jiří Havránek, Dana Novotná, Friedo Zölzer
Results are presented of a survey of almost 1000 dosimetric records of employees at the former uranium processing plant MAPE Mydlovary. Located ~20 km to the north-west of České Budějovice in South Bohemia, it was the place where most of the uranium ore mined in Czechoslovakia in the years from 1962 to 1991 was processed. The records refer to incorporation of short-lived radon progeny and long-lived radionuclides as well as external gamma exposure. The average annual doses calculated from the recorded data were 2...
October 7, 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Alexandra Cucoş Dinu, Botond Papp, Tiberius Dicu, Mircea Moldovan, Denissa Bety Burghele, Ionuţ Tudor Moraru, Ancuţa Tenţer, Constantin Cosma
The exposure to radon and radon decay products in homes and at workplaces represents the greatest risk from natural ionizing radiation. The present study brings forward the residential, soil and water radon surveys in 5 counties of Romania. Indoor radon measurements were performed by using CR-39 track detectors exposed for 3 months on ground-floor level of dwellings, according to the NRPB Measurements Protocol. Radon concentrations in soil and water were measured using the LUK3C device. The indoor radon concentrations ranged from 5 to 2592 Bq⋅m(-3) with an updated preliminary arithmetic mean of 133 Bq⋅m(-3), and a geometric mean of 90 Bq⋅m(-3)...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Fabien Gagnon, Patrick Poulin, Jean-Marc Leclerc, Jean-Claude Dessau, Aryan Abab, Pamela Arsenault, Fady El-Turaby, Guillaume Lachance-Paquette, Félix-Antoine Vézina
OBJECTIVES: To invite and support managers of child care centres to measure radon concentrations in their buildings. Their ability to carry out a measurement protocol and communication plan was also evaluated as well as the intention of parents and educators to test for radon at home. PARTICIPANTS: Managers, parents and educators of child care centres. SETTING: 36 child care centres located in two priority investigation areas in Québec. INTERVENTION: A kit containing radon detectors with installation and recovery instructions was shipped by mail in addition to factsheets intended for parents and educators...
October 20, 2016: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
Viktor Jobbágy, Timotheos Altzitzoglou, Petya Malo, Vesa Tanner, Mikael Hult
The aim of this paper is to present information about currently used standard and routine methods for radon analysis in drinking waters. An overview is given about the current situation and the performance of different measurement methods based on literature data. The following parameters are compared and discussed: initial sample volume and sample preparation, detection systems, minimum detectable activity, counting efficiency, interferences, measurement uncertainty, sample capacity and overall turnaround time...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Sabolč Pap, Jelena Radonić, Snežana Trifunović, Dragan Adamović, Ivana Mihajlović, Mirjana Vojinović Miloradov, Maja Turk Sekulić
Development, characterization and evaluation of the efficiency of cost-effective medium for the removal of Pb(2+), Cd(2+) and Ni(2+) from aqueous systems, as a novel, eco-friendly solution for wastewater remediation were done. The precursors for low-cost adsorbent were lignocellulosic raw materials (sweet/sour cherry kernels), as industrial byproducts and components of organic solid waste. Activated carbon synthesis was carried out by thermochemical conversion (H3PO4, 500 °C) in the complete absence of inert atmosphere...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Jelena R Radonić, Sunčica D Kocić Tanackov, Ivana J Mihajlović, Zorica S Grujić, Mirjana B Vojinović Miloradov, Marija M Škrinjar, Maja M Turk Sekulić
The objectives of the study were to determine the aflatoxin M1 content in human milk samples in Vojvodina, Serbia, and to assess the risk of infants' exposure to aflatoxins food contamination. The growth of Aspergillus flavus and production of aflatoxin B1 in corn samples resulted in higher concentrations of AFM1 in milk and dairy products in 2013, indicating higher concentrations of AFM1 in human milk samples in 2013 and 2014 in Serbia. A total number of 60 samples of human milk (colostrum and breast milk collected 4-8 months after delivery) were analyzed for the presence of AFM1 using the Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay method...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
Guy Medan, Naomi Shamul, Leo Joskowicz
We present a new method for rigid registration of CT datasets in 3D Radon space based on sparse sampling of scanning projections. The inputs are the two 3D Radon transforms of the CT scans, one densely sampled and the other sparsely sampled (limited number of scan angles/ranges). The output is the rigid transformation that best matches them. The method first finds the best matching between each projection direction vector in the sparse transform and the corresponding direction vector in the dense transform...
October 6, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Kil Yong Lee, Yong-Chul Kim, Soo Young Cho, Seong Yun Kim, Yoon Yeol Yoon, Dong Chan Koh, Kyucheol Ha, Kyung-Seok Ko
The recharge fractions of injection water in combined abstraction-injection wells (AIW) were determined using continuous radon monitoring and radon mass balance model. The recharge system consists of three combined abstraction-injection wells, an observation well, a collection tank, an injection tank, and tubing for heating and transferring used groundwater. Groundwater was abstracted from an AIW and sprayed on the water-curtain heating facility and then the used groundwater was injected into the same AIW well by the recharge system...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
H Roux, A Ali, S Lambert, L Radon, C Huas, F Curt, S Berthoz, Nathalie Godart
BACKGROUND: Patients with severe Anorexia Nervosa (AN) whose condition is life-threatening or who are not receiving adequate ambulatory care are hospitalized. However, 40 % of these patients leave the hospital prematurely, without reaching the target weight set in the treatment plan, and this can compromise outcome. This study set out to explore factors predictive of dropout from hospital treatment among patients with AN, in the hope of identifying relevant therapeutic targets. METHODS: From 2009 to 2011, 180 women hospitalized for AN (DSM-IV diagnosis) in 10 centres across France were divided into two groups: those under 18 years (when the decision to discharge belongs to the parents) and those aged 18 years and over (when the patient can legally decide to leave the hospital)...
September 30, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
Alexandre Endres Marcon, Julio Alejandro Navoni, Marcos Felipe de Oliveira Galvão, Anuska Conde Fagundes Soares Garcia, Viviane Souza do Amaral, Reinaldo Antônio Petta, Thomas Ferreira da Costa Campos, Renata Panosso, Antônio Luiz Quinelato, Sílvia Regina Batistuzzo de Medeiros
Lucrécia city, known to harbor a high cancer rate, is located in a semiarid region characterized by the presence of mineral reservoirs, facing a high exposure to metal and natural radioactivity. The present study aimed to assess the environmental scenario at a semiarid region located in Northeastern Brazil. Metal concentration, alpha and beta radiation, and cyanobacteria content in tap water along with indoor radon and gamma emitters (U, K and Th) concentrations were measured. In addition, mutagenic and nuclear instability effects were assessed using buccal micronucleus cytome assay...
October 2, 2016: Chemosphere
Alexandra Cucoş Dinu, Monica I Călugăr, Bety D Burghele, Oana A Dumitru, Constantin Cosma, Bogdan P Onac
A comprehensive radon survey has been carried out in seven caves located in the western half of Romania's most significant karst regions. Touristic and non-touristic caves were investigated with the aim to provide a reliable distribution of their radon levels and evaluate the occupational exposure and associated effective doses. Radon gas concentrations were measured with long-term diffusion-type detectors during two consecutive seasons (warm and cold). All investigated caves exceed the European Union reference level of radon gas at workplaces (300 Bq/m(3))...
October 1, 2016: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Bernard Collignan, Eline Le Ponner, Corinne Mandin
A monitoring campaign was conducted on a sample of more than 3400 dwellings in Brittany, France from 2011 to 2014. The measurements were collected using one passive dosimeter per dwelling over two months during the heating season, according to the NF ISO 11665-8 (2013) standard. Moreover, building characteristics such as the period of construction, construction material, type of foundation, and thermal retrofit were determined using a questionnaire. The final data set consisted of 3233 houses with the measurement results and the questionnaire answers...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Gavin Gillmore, David Wertheim, Simon Crust
Solid State Nuclear Track Detectors (SSNTDs) are used extensively for monitoring alpha particle radiation, neutron flux and cosmic ray radiation. Radon gas inhalation is regarded as being a significant contributory factor to lung cancer deaths in the UK each year. Gas concentrations are often monitored using CR39 based SSNTDs as the natural decay of radon results in alpha particles which form tracks in these detectors. Such tracks are normally etched for about 4h to enable microscopic analysis. This study examined the effect of etching time on the appearance of alpha tracks in SSNTDs by collecting 2D and 3D image datasets using laser confocal microscope imaging techniques...
September 29, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Goran Krstić
IMPLICATIONS Limitations and uncertainties associated with published epidemiological studies and the observed lack of consistency in lung cancer attribution estimates for radon and other non-smoking lung cancer risk factors should be taken into consideration by policy makers in setting population health protection priorities.
September 29, 2016: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
Biljana Vuckovic, Ljiljana Gulan, Biljana Milenkovic, Jelena M Stajic, Gordana Milic
This study presents the results of indoor radon and thoron activity concentrations of some municipalities in central and south part of Serbia: Krusevac, Brus, Blace and Kursumlija. Measurements were carried out in 60 dwellings during the winter season. Passive discriminative radon-thoron detectors known as UFO detectors were used. The mean values of indoor radon and thoron concentrations were 82 Bq m(-3) and 42 Bq m(-3), respectively. Population-weighted mean values were 76 Bq m(-3) and 40 Bq m(-3), respectively...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
C Sainz Fernández, L S Quindós Poncela, A Fernández Villar, I Fuente Merino, J L Gutierrez-Villanueva, S Celaya González, L Quindós López, J Quindós López, E Fernández, J Remondo Tejerina, J L Martín Matarranz, M García Talavera
One of the requirements of the recently approved EU-BSS (European Basic Safety Standards Directive, EURATOM, 2013) is the design and implementation of national radon action plans in the member states (Annex XVIII). Such plans require radon surveys. The analysis of indoor radon data is supported by the existing knowledge about geogenic radiation. With this aim, we used the terrestrial gamma dose rate data from the MARNA project. In addition, we considered other criterion regarding the surface of Spain, population, permeability of rocks, uranium and radium contain in soils because currently no data are available related to soil radon gas concentration and permeability in Spain...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
R C G M Ronald Smetsers, R O Roelf Blaauboer, S A J Fieke Dekkers
A new Euratom directive demands that Member States establish a national action plan for indoor radon. Important requirements are a national reference level for the radon concentration in dwellings, actions to identify dwellings with radon concentrations that might exceed this reference level and the encouragement of appropriate measures to reduce the radon concentrations in dwellings where these are high. This paper provides ingredients and recommendations for a national action plan for radon in dwellings, applicable to the Netherlands...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Julije Mestrovic, Irena Bralic, Ivana Pavic Simetin, Aida Mujkic, Marija Radonić, Urelija Rodin, Mario Trošelj, Ranko Stevanović, Tomislav Benjak, Ivan Pristaš, Dijana Mayer, Branimir Tomić
The Republic of Croatia is a Parliamentary Republic with a population of 4.2 million people that sits on the Adriatic coast within Central Europe. Gross domestic product is approximately 60% of the European Union average, which in turn, limits health service spending. The health system is funded through universal health insurance administered by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund based on the principles of social solidarity and reciprocity. The children of Croatia are guaranteed access to universal primary, hospital, and specialist care provided by a network of health institutions...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
A Clouvas, F Leontaris, S Xanthos, D Alifragis
Radon concentration as function of the soil depth was measured during the years (2011-2015), in a location of the Aristotle University campus. Radium distribution in soil was found constant. On the contrary, as expected, radon concentration increases with soil depth. The experimental distribution was reproduced by solving the general transport equation (diffusion and advection). From the general radon migration (diffusion and advection) equation it was indirectly deduced, from the measured radon profile in the soil, the radon exhalation rate from the soil (26...
September 24, 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
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