Asbestos in the News: Issue 51

Asbestos in the News: Issue 51
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 11 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (2)

Studies Highlight Global Mesothelioma and Asbestos Problem: Two new reports highlight the fact that mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are global issues. Reporting in a recent issue of Global Health Action, scientists from South Africa’s National Institute for Occupational Health and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg say the country is facing an epidemic of environmentally-linked asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma because of abandoned asbestos mines. The same report also found that many of these mesothelioma patients are not receiving any compensation for their injuries.
All Types of Asbestos Are Dangerous Reports: It is known that asbestos is dangerous and may lead to health problems including mesothelioma. But what is asbestos? Asbestos refers to six different fibrous minerals which are divided into two groups that occur in mineral deposits throughout the world. It is a chemically inert substance that does not conduct heat. It is also fire resistant, insoluble, and odorless. Because of these properties, asbestos was regularly used in shipyards, automobiles, factories, and other commercially distributed products.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (1)
Asbestos scare shuts down gym at TRU: Thompson Rivers University’s International Days wrap up party blew the stuffing out of the gym — literally. The gym was closed over the weekend after a substance that may have been asbestos tumbled out of a few holes in the walls.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (2)
Pacific Meso Center Celebrates Grand Opening of First Free-Standing International Mesothelioma Research Laboratory: On Wednesday, February 13th the Pacific Meso Center (PMC) will celebrate the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art laboratory dedicated solely to the discovery of new treatments and prevention of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), a cancer of the chest lining (pleura) caused by asbestos exposure. As the first of its kind in the world, the PMC Research Laboratory is headed by a distinguished team of physicians and scientists focused solely on mesothelioma research in a collaborative effort that is independent of the limitations often imposed by academic and private medical institutions. The team includes one of the foremost experts in the field of mesothelioma research and treatment, Robert B. Cameron, M.D., who serves as PMC’s scientific advisor. Dr. Cameron is a cardiothoracic surgeon and surgical oncologist, the director of the UCLA Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the West Los Angeles Veterans’ Administration Medical Center, and a long-time proponent of lung-sparing surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma. He organizes the Annual International Symposia on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, which is held each spring in Santa Monica, CA.
Mesothelioma Research Roundup: Redirecting T Cells: An ingenious technique that has vanquished leukemia in a handful of patients is also being applied to mesothelioma. The strategy combines parts of the immune system in a way that targets cancer cells. The New York Times reported two of the leukemia cases. “An Immune System Trained to Kill Cancer” tells the story of the first patient treated, William Ludwig. He was 65 and had chronic lymphocytic leukemia when he enrolled in 2010 in a clinical trial at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Chemotherapy no longer worked, but the experimental treatment did, and he’s still in remission. An article in The New England Journal of Medicine describes the technology.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (1)
Asbestos being removed from former Galaxy Niteclub-site debris: Public safety is not at risk at the former Galaxy Niteclub site south of Duncan, so long as you stay away and let clean-up crews do their job. Crews in haz-mat suits caught the attention of hundreds of drivers Wednesday as they were busy stuffing asbestos into bright-yellow bags at the site. People were warned to stay away from the property — where local Island Tractor aims to build — by caution tape strung by Coast Environmental around the flattened Galaxy building.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (4)
IDF fined NIS 4m for failing to clear asbestos: Environmental Protection Ministry announced Monday that it would fine the army NIS 4 million ($1.08 million) for failing to properly treat and remove harmful asbestos from a base near Beersheba. This is the first time ever that a government ministry has placed financial sanctions on the IDF. A year and a half ago, while doing construction work at the base, a bulldozer accidentally knocked over a tree that hit a building that contained the harmful substance. Instead of notifying the ministry and activating protocols to assess the health risk to people on the base, as required by law, the base commanders decided to deal with the issue themselves and ordered the asbestos removed to a different part of the base.
Building unions seek laws to clear asbestos: Two out of three homes in Australia built between World War II and the early 1980s still contain asbestos and building unions will launch a campaign in Sydney on Wednesday demanding new laws to dispose of it. The unions will also renew a push for the creation of a federal asbestos authority. Renovators who do not realise their homes contain asbestos are still being subjected to deadly exposure, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union say.
6 Italian ex-managers indicted for 8 workers’ asbestos-related deaths: Six Italian power company ex-managers were indicted for manslaughter in connection with eight asbestos-related workers’ deaths, court records showed. A Milan judge levied the charges against Francesco Corbellini, the chairman of the ENEL corporation from 1979 to 1987 along with five others, all of whom were managers at the corporation’s Turbigo power plant in Milan, ANSA reported Wednesday.
McKenzie-Willamette fined $25,000 over asbestos complaint: State occupational safety and health regulators fined McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and a Utah-based general contractor each more than $25,000 for improper handling of asbestos during renovations last year to the Springfield hospital’s second floor. The asbestos was in the sealant and tape used in duct work of the hospital’s HVAC system, said Melanie Mesaros, spokeswoman for the health and safety division. “It was found in the second-floor drop ceiling above the operating room,” she said. Asbestos, which is found in a variety of building materials, can cause respiratory disease and cancer if the fibers are disturbed and inhaled.
MISC. (1)
Without Asbestos Legislation to Protect You, You Must Protect Yourself: Each year more than 3,000 people die from mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure. So what is asbestos — and why are people dying? Asbestos is a mineral fiber widely used for decades in thousands of products — particularly construction materials — due to its insulating and fire-resisting properties. But its tiny, inhalable fibers are what make asbestos so dangerous to human health. If those microscopic fibers become airborne during demolition, remodeling, or any activity that disturbs asbestos-containing materials, they can be inhaled into the lungs where they can trigger life-threatening illnesses such as mesothelioma. Most people who suffer from mesothelioma experienced frequent exposure to asbestos, usually due to their occupation and work history. They may have handled this deadly substance directly or were in an environment with a high concentration of asbestos fibers in the air.

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