Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 by Tara Valley
Legionella – the bacteria behind so-called Legionnaire’s disease – has made worldwide headlines this year with a recent outbreak in Edinburgh, Scotland. More than 60 cases of confirmed and suspected cases of the bacteria-caused respiratory disease have left one patient dead. Read More...
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Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 by Tara Valley
Even Mike Holmes is commenting on the current wave of media attention that’s being given to an age old problem – radon gas. In fact, radon gas is as old as the rock foundation most of us live on in this part of Canada. Read More...
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Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Tara Valley
We often assume that indoor air quality improves in the summer simply because more windows are open and more air circulates. Many of the main issues that contribute to poor air quality are also associated with poor ventilation; moisture build up leads to mould, for example, and it’s the build-up of gases like radon in an enclosed area that leads to exposure to dangerous concentrations. Read More...
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Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 by Tara Valley
After decades of falling cancer rates, a recent news story notes that lung cancers are rising among surprising groups.
Cancer specialist Dr. Natasha Leighl of Princess Margaret Hospital is quoted in a CTV piece as saying, “In cancer centres, it certainly seems that we are seeing more lung cancer, in particularly younger women and in people who have never smoked,” she says. Read More...
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Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 by Tara Valley
The Homeowner Protection Centre is a not-for-profit centre that unites homeowners in their concerns and serves as a central clearinghouse for advocacy and complaints. The organization has just released a study called The Radon Challenge: Building Awareness and Encouraging Action that points out some pertinent facts for Canadians about the potentially deadly gas. Read More...
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Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 by Tara Valley
A new report that comes from a study conducted by University of Toronto and the Ontario Health Coalition names indoor air quality as one of the key environmental issues that affect the health of Torontonians. Read More...
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Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012 by Tara Valley
A recent episode of Wylde on Health, a weekly news magazine on health matters on CP24 TV invited Tara Valley, Senior Environmental Consultant and Indoor Air Quality Specialist for the Environmental Services Group on the set as an expert to comment on common health risks in the home. Read More...
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Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 by Tara Valley
The winter of 2011/2012 has been unusually kind to the residents of Southern Ontario, but there have been enough days that have seen stiff winds, cooler temperatures and even torrential rains, meaning your windows and doors are likely staying shut. Read More...
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Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 by Tara Valley
Radon gas, the unseen threat to human health, continues to make headlines across Canada.
Radon is produced when uranium decays and is an odourless radioactive gas considered to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in this country (after smoking). Read More...
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Posted on Friday, February 3, 2012 by Tara Valley
A bill that’s currently before the provincial legislature is designed to raise awareness about radon gas – the invisible danger that occurs naturally.
Radon gas is a by-product of the decaying process of uranium, and is produced even where small amounts of uranium are present in the ground. Read More...
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