PEHSU Journal Club Webinar
This in-depth and interactive series provides a platform for learning and discussion about issues that focus on current and emerging aspects of pediatric and reproductive environmental health.
Radon: A Review - April 18, 2018 - 1PM EDT
The presenter will begin by describing the study methodologies used in the journal articles to be discussed. This will be followed by a discussion of the results of the studies under consideration and implications for current clinical and public health practice. The presenter will conclude by discussing preventive steps that can be taken to decrease exposure in the journal articles.
Articles to be discussed:
- Erin C Peckham, M. E. S. H. E. D. J. L. P. H. L. P. J. L. (2015). Residential Radon Exposure and Incidence of Childhood Lymphoma in Texas, 1995–2011, 1–17. http://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph121012110
- Sheen, S., Lee, K. S., Chung, W. Y., Nam, S., & Kang, D. R. (2016). An updated review of case–control studies of lung cancer and indoor radon-Is indoor radon the risk factor for lung cancer? Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 1–9. http://doi.org/10.1186/s40557-016-0094-3
Ou, J. Y., Fowler, B., Ding, Q., Kirchhoff, A. C., Pappas, L., Boucher, K., et al. (2018). A statewide investigation of geographic lung cancer incidence patterns and radon exposure in a low-smoking population, 1–8. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12885-018-4002-9
Del Risco Kollerud, R., Blaasaas, K. G., & Claussen, B. (2014). Risk of leukaemia or cancer in the central nervous system among children living in an area with high indoor radon concentrations: results from a cohort study in Norway. British Journal of Cancer, 111(7), 1413–1420. http://doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2014.400
At the conclusion of this activity, attendees should be able to:
- Describe what radon is and where it can be found
- Describe some of the known and hypothesized health risks associated with radon exposure
- Know the EPA action level for radon
- Examine some literature investigating whether there is evidence that radon increases the risk of developing lung cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, and CNS malignancies
- Apply this information to discussing radon mitigation with patients and with the community
Presenters: Keith Baker, MD and Nick Brandehoff, MD
Keith Baker, MD
Medical Toxicology Fellow
Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center
Region 8 PEHSU
Keith Baker, MD is a medical toxicology fellow at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, Colorado. He attended University of Northern Colorado to receive his undergraduate degree in chemistry, and then attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he completed medical school. Dr. Baker completed his emergency medicine residency training at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA, and is now in his final year of medical toxicology fellowship.
Nick Brandehoff, MD
Medical Toxicology Fellow
Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center
Region 8 PEHSU
Nicklaus Brandehoff, MD is a medical toxicology fellow at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, Colorado. He attended Whittier College to receive his undergraduate degree in psychology, and then attended the University of California San Francisco where he completed medical school. Dr. Brandehoff completed his emergency medicine residency training at UCSF-Fresno in Fresno, CA, and is now in his final year of medical toxicology fellowship.
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