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Radon daughters, both in the workplace and in the household, are a continuing cause for concern because of the well-documented association between exposure to radon daughters and lung cancer. To estimate the risk of lung cancer mortality among nonsmokers exposed to varying levels of radon...
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In the January 6, 1989, issue of JAMA there is a report entitled "Reducing the Illegal Sale of Cigarettes to Minors,"1 which is based on a project organized by several individuals in Santa Clara County, California.
The authors advocate the elimination of cigarette vending...
"The role of physicians and other health workers in the preservation and promotion of peace is the most significant factor for the attainment of health for all." This 1981 resolution of the World Health Assembly (resolution WHA 34.38) recognizes that the greatest threats to the health of the...
Historically, at least through the Korean War, primitive initial battlefield treatment measures, delays and inefficiencies of transport, and nonavailability of effective drugs and resuscitative equipment limited the application of clinical wartime experience to civilian medicine. Vietnam,...
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We would agree that guide-wire changes are widely used, but we are unable to find randomized, controlled trials demonstrating the precise rate of infectious or mechanical complications associated with their use. We excluded guide-wire changes from our study because previous data...
IT IS fitting in this issue of The Journal that we turn our attention to another means of mass destruction—biological warfare. This method of warfare, first used in the sixth century BC,1 is widely available, easily obtained, silent, and invisible. Whether it be a fraction of a microgram of...
THE ARMY'S research on biological agents has escalated dramatically since 1980 and raised concerns in the scientific and medical communities about its propriety, utility, and safety. In an article in this issue of The Journal regarding chemical and biological warfare, Orient1 asks whether...
Untold thousands of Americans are daily exposed, in their own homes, to levels of radiation that would cause regulatory agencies to shut down a uranium mine or a nuclear power plant. The average annual dose due to indoor radon is about 300 mrem, compared with 200 mrem from all other sources...
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