Scientists identify new risk factor for stroke in women Neurology: Exposure to radon may increase risk of stroke in women 12:52

Scientists from Brown University in the US concluded that increased exposure to the radioactive gas radon may increase the risk of stroke in women. results published In the journal Neurology.

158,910 American women with an average age of 63 participated in the study. Scientists collected health data from participants and asked them to provide their residential addresses to identify areas with high radon concentrations in soil and water.

Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. It is formed as a result of the natural radioactive decay of uranium. Radon can be released from soil, rocks, and building materials, and is also found in water.

Over 13 years of follow-up, 6,979 strokes were recorded. Scientists found that living in an area where the average radon concentration exceeds four picocuries per liter (pCi/L) is associated with a 14% increased risk of this pathology. Increasing the content of this gas in soil, water, and air to 2 to 4 pCi/L increased the risk of stroke by 6%.

The researchers noted that the results should be interpreted with caution because the study included data from middle-aged and elderly women. Scientists don’t say radon exposure necessarily causes stroke. They emphasized that their discovery highlights the need for further research.

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