Asbestos in the News: Issue 50

Asbestos in the News: Issue 50
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of asbestos related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are 8 stories we thought may interest you!
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Grandmother dies from asbestos poisoning after washing her husband and son’s overalls everyday for 20 years: A devoted wife died of cancer after washing her husband and son’s work overalls everyday for 20 years. Grandmother Valerie Ward, 78, breathed in asbestos fibres as she shook out her painter husband Eric and son Adrian’s work clothes, with the couple both contracting cancer. While Eric survived Valerie died just ten weeks after being diagnosed with mesothelioma on her lungs, an inquest heard.
Asbestos discovered: An asbestos discovery inside Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School has left staff and students without the use of several classrooms. According to Principal Jonathan Kakegamic, the discovery was made a couple weeks ago, in the ceiling tiles of one of the school’s computer labs.
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Gears Up for Annual Symposium in March: The staff at the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is stepping into high gear in preparation for its 10th annual Meso Foundation Symposium. The Symposium, scheduled March 7-8 in Las Vegas, is an opportunity for the entire mesothelioma community, including patients, their families, caregivers and advocates, to come together to network and to learn the latest mesothelioma news. The primary theme for the Symposium this year is “’All in’ for a cure.” Mesothelioma is a rare, incurable form of cancer primarily caused by exposure to airborne asbestos fibers that is diagnosed in close to 3,000 Americans each year. Although mesothelioma can be treated with varying degrees of success with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, there is still no known cure for the disease. The Meso Foundation is the only national, non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for the deadly disease. The annual Symposium is extremely important for bringing the mesothelioma community together in one place each year.
Understanding Your Diagnosis of Pleural Mesothelioma: Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma can be heart-rending for you and your loved ones. Once you are diagnosed with mesothelioma it is important to understand and know what type of mesothelioma you have. Pleural is the most common type of mesothelioma. Around 50 to 70 percent of cases reported are of this type. The pleura is a tissue-thin lining around the lungs and other organs in the upper part of the body. Epithelial cells provide important functions such as filtration, secretion, protection, and absorption for certain organs within the pleura. Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer that attacks these cells and the connective tissue that can be found in the inner surface of the lungs.
Scientists back EPA on Libby asbestos risks: Federal officials anticipate finishing by late 2014 a risk study to guide the cleanup of an asbestos-contaminated Montana mining town, after a panel of scientists backed draft results that say even a minuscule amount of the substance can lead to lung problems. The long-awaited document will determine when work can end on the cleanup of asbestos dust from a W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine outside Libby, Mont. Hundreds of people in and around Libby have died from exposure, and many more have been sickened.
Asbestos forces Isaac Theatre Closure: Asbestos has been found in the Isaac Theatre Royal in central Christchurch. White asbestos was found in fibre cement sheets in an old projection room in the foyer of the theatre late last week. The area has been cordoned off. Specialists from Ward Demolition will remove the small amount of asbestos this week.
Ruling throws Travelers asbestos award into question: The New York Court of Appeals on Thursday said a trial must determine whether Travelers Cos deliberately structured a nearly $1 billion asbestos settlement to force its reinsurers to pay more than their fair share. The ruling, the latest development in one of the longest-running asbestos-related cases in U.S. history, throws into question a $420.4 million award Travelers won at an earlier stage in the case.
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Test Method for Asbestos in Soil Approved by ASTM Air Quality Committee, ASTM : A new ASTM International standard is focused exclusively on testing soil for asbestos. ASTM D7521, Test Method for Determination of Asbestos in Soil, was developed by Subcommittee D22.07 on Sampling and Analysis of Asbestos, part of ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality. According to Alan Segrave, division manager, laboratory services, Bureau Veritas, and an ASTM D22 member, many materials that are analyzed for asbestos are man-made and contain known types and quantities of asbestos. Testing soil presents a unique set of challenges. “For soils, the asbestos is not typically homogeneous, and the soil matrix tends to mask lower levels of asbestos,” says Segrave. “A method was needed to address soils where an accurate assessment of what is in the sample could be determined.”

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