Introducing the SidePak Controls and Menus

In this video I give a little introduction to turning on and off the SidePak AM510 aerosol monitor and navigating the menu system.

  1. Turn on the SidePak by pressing the leftmost pink "Page" button
  2. The SidePak takes a few moments to warm up
  3. When warmed up the SidePak LCD will display "Survey Mode" along the top and the current mass particle (aerosol) concentration along the bottom
  4. The units of the shown concentration are milligrams per cubic meter
  5. The units can be converted to micrograms per cubic meter by multiple by 1000

Walk-Through of the SidePak Carrying Case Contents

Walk-Through of the SidePak Carrying Case Contents

In this video I give a short walk-through of everything you might find in the TSI SidePak Aerosol Monitor (Model AM510) carrying case:

  1. The SidePak aerosol monitor
  2. Tubing
  3. Cyclone for measuring respirable particles
  4. Power cables for running on household current or charging the Sidepak battery
  5. USB cable for downloading data onto your computer
  6. Zero calibration filter
  7. Screwdriver
  8. Size-selective impactor kit (optional)
  9. Rotameter air flow meter with flow dampener (optional)

Gulf War Illness Strongly Linked to Chemical Exposure

As reported by Reuters and other outlets, Dr. Beatrice Golomb of the University of California, San Diego has found that exposure of soldiers to multiple chemicals, including pesticides and nerve-gas pills, was associated with lingering health problems in veterans of the Persian Gulf War. Effects include neuropathic pain and loss of muscle control, chronic fatigue or forgetfulness.

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Pharmaceutical Drugs Found in U.S. Drinking Water

An Associated Press story reports that "a vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans."

The drugs get into the water as people take medications and unabsorbed amounts enter the waste water system. The water treatment protocols do not remove all of the drug residue.

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Harvard Faculty Make Articles Open-Access

A new policy at Harvard makes it the first university in the United States to mandate open access to its faculty members’ research publications.

Stuart M. Shieber, a professor of computer science at Harvard who proposed the new policy, said after the vote in a news release that the decision “should be a very powerful message to the academic community that we want and should have more control over how our work is used and disseminated.”

Law makes NIH-funded research open access

An article at ScienceCodex.Com describes the new law that mandates research funded by the U.S. NIH to be opened up to the public:

"President Bush has signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2007 (H.R. 2764), which includes a provision directing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide the public with open online access to findings from its funded research. This is the first time the U.S. government has mandated public access to research funded by a major agency"

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Worst pollution risks increasingly indoors

Tony Davis, a reporter with the Arizona Star, has written a series of articles on "Toxic Homes". The latest article discusses how toxins can "lurk in air, dust, even cleaning supplies." A previous article has scientific experts rate the different toxic risks in a home.

From the earlier article, here is Lance Wallace's list of the worst hazards in a home:

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Wood smoke from residential fireplaces as bad as cigarette smoke

As reported in an article in the SF Chronicle, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is considering a ban on residential wood-burning on nights with poor air quality. From the article: "Spurred by growing evidence that shows smoke from wood-burning is as bad or worse than smoke from cigarettes, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is trying to reduce the amount of harmful particulate matter that people breathe.

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Cancer Rates Falling Due to Prevention, Tobacco Control, Screening

As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, cancer rates in the U.S. have recently been falling an average of 2.3% per year. Much of the improvement comes from improvements in prevention and early detection of diseases, which are not available to all populations. From the article:

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