Asbestos in the News: Issue 80

Asbestos in the News: Issue 80
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 32 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (5)

Mesothelioma: The Quiet Cancer: Mesothelioma is one of the hardest types of cancer to detect, and this delay in diagnosis often comes at the cost of the patient’s life. Read more to find out to better understand this “quiet cancer.” Exposure to asbestos causes a rare and lethal type of cancer called mesothelioma. Although asbestos may not be considered a dangerous material when it’s in good condition, once the fiber deteriorates and becomes airborne these small particles can cause cancer of the heart, lungs and abdomen when inhaled.
Anger over payoff snub to victims of asbestos: Experts estimate up to 25,000 could be denied full justice because they will fail to meet the criteria in a Bill going through Parliament. The Government boasted its new scheme would help the thousands who developed lung cancer through asbestos exposure but cannot trace their former employer’s insurer. However, new rules mean it will apply only to those diagnosed after July 25, 2012. It will also exclude many asbestos-related diseases such as the potentially fatal lung condition asbestosis.
Asbestos can be a problem when remodeling homes: Before you dig into that remodeling project, you should survey the material to be sure you’re not unleashing dangerous asbestos fibers. Brian Hutchins with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says your home doesn’t have to be decades old to contain asbestos materials.
SK asbestos disposal rules not as deep as other provinces: A Regina man who asked not to be named is questioning how the city landfill handles asbestos waste, saying it doesn’t look safe. “The bags were just thrown in a bunch together out on top of the landfill,” he explained. “ A D8 cat comes along and pushes dirt over top of them, you know all the bags are going to break.”
Cancer victims win $190 million in asbestos case: Five cancer victims won a whopping $190 million verdict in an asbestos case against two boiler companies. Unfortunately, only two of the five plaintiffs lived to see their victory. The three other tradesmen died from mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (5)
Cwmcarn asbestos school on target for September reopening: CONTRACTORS are making progress at Cwmcarn High School to fix airborne asbestos problems which shut the school last year.
High school asbestos being replaced: Asbestos abatement and the replacement of flooring on the second story of Sturgeon Bay High School are under way.
School gets numbers for trailer asbestos removal: The cost to remove asbestos from nine trailer homes in the former mobile home park in Britt owned by the West Hancock School District is lower than originally believed. The school board approved at the July 17 meeting a quote of about $11,500 to remove the asbestos. Superintendent Wayne Kronemann said the original estimate was about $20,000.
Asbestos clearing works begins on old primary school building: Cornerstone is beginning the process of “dealing with the building” that is the old elementary school, Estes Park R-3 school superintendent Patrick Hickey said on Monday. Demolition is planned for next year. They are starting with the asbestos abatement process now.
Call to remove asbestos-ridden building in the Kimberley to protect children: Residents, community leaders and politicians are demanding urgent action to remove asbestos-ridden buildings in the Kimberley. It has been confirmed abandoned buildings close to schools in the Beagle Bay and Bayulu communities contain the toxic material.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (9)
FDA’s Approval of Afatinib for Lung Cancer Brings New Treatment Option to Mesothelioma Patients: In January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted priority status to the anti-cancer compound Gilotrif (afatinib). Now, the FDA has granted approval to the drug for patients with late stage non-small cell lung cancer whose tumors express specific types of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutations, as detected by an FDA-approved test. The EGFR mutation has been found in certain populations of lung cancer and mesothelioma patients.
New Drugs May Be More Effective in Mesothelioma: There is evidence that two novel mesothelioma medications may work better than some of the most commonly used drug treatments. Researchers in Stockholm, Sweden treated six mesothelioma cell lines with six different drugs, some of which are already commonly used to treat the asbestos-linked cancer. The drugs tested include carboplatin, pemetrexed, doxorubicin and gemcitabine, all of which have been used to fight mesothelioma. The new drugs included in the tests were selenite (a form of selenium) and bortezomib (a proteasome inhibitor). The researchers tested the drugs alone and in various combinations to see which were most effective.
Radiologists study Libby asbestos victims exposed as children: Three new doctors have joined the Libby Epidemiology Research Program, bringing expertise that will help better understand lung disease in people exposed to amphibole fibers from vermiculite mining in Libby.
Preventing Asbestos Exposure at Work: Occupational asbestos exposure is deadly. According to the World Health Organization, asbestos causes half of all occupational cancers and despite the fact we know all kinds of asbestos are deadly, the fibrous mineral is banned in only around fifty countries in the world. While the European Union has banned asbestos, neither Canada or the United States taken this important step to greater health and safety, especially in the workplace.
New Mesothelioma Treatment Targets Growth Factors: On the brink of a predicted “third wave” of mesothelioma cases in Australia, Australian scientists are testing a new kind of treatment that combines drugs and gene therapy. Australia has long had one of the highest per capita rates of mesothelioma, the most deadly of asbestos-linked diseases. Historically, mesothelioma cases occurred first among people who worked with asbestos in Australia’s mines. Later, new cases developed among people in industrial jobs like construction or shipbuilding. But, in recent years, there is growing concern about a third wave of mesothelioma cases among renovators, do-it-yourself homeowners and others with relatively low levels of exposure.
Letham resident warns of asbestos ‘time bomb’: A former police officer warned yesterday that Perth kids could be facing an asbestos ‘ticking timebomb’. Taxi driver Murdo MacDonald (50) claims lock-up garages owned by Perth and Kinross Council contain decaying asbestos in their roofs. He says children use the garages as a play area and risk inhaling dust from the lethal mineral by disturbing rubble.
Future of Mesothelioma Treatment May Come From Immunotherapy: Almost everyone in the mesothelioma medical community agrees that the future of treatment — and a potential cure — will involve some type of immunotherapy, which helps the body’s own immune system to target and destroy the cancer cells. The pharmaceutical industry believes that, too.
Researchers find potential new target to treat malignant pleural: Malignant mesothelioma is a rare asbestos-associated malignancy with limited therapeutic options. Despite advances in the treatment, the median survival remains 12 months from the time of diagnosis. Increased understanding of the molecular basis for the diverse signaling pathways involved in cancer progression should promote the discovery of novel biomarkers for early diagnosis and potentially lead to more effective therapeutic tools for the disease.
EPHB2 overexpressed in malignant pleural mesothelioma cell lines, find researchers: Malignant mesothelioma is a rare asbestos-associated malignancy with limited therapeutic options. Despite advances in the treatment, the median survival remains 12 months from the time of diagnosis. Increased understanding of the molecular basis for the diverse signaling pathways involved in cancer progression should promote the discovery of novel biomarkers for early diagnosis and potentially lead to more effective therapeutic tools for the disease.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (4)
Battersea mum’s fears over asbestos discovery: A young mum has pleaded with Wandsworth Council to move her out of her flat after asbestos was discovered so her daughter’s asthma does not deteriorate.
Asbestos at old Thunder Bay hotel prompts caution: The company removing the debris from the former Empire Hotel in Thunder Bay’s south-side downtown says asbestos in the collapsed building poses no risk to the public.
Former Chicopee library asbestos removal project begins: After a long debate, work has begun to remove asbestos from the long-closed public library.
New Plymouth Courthouse Shuts After Asbestos Discovery: Workers upgrading the New Plymouth Courthouse had discovered asbestos, the Ministry of Justice confirmed yesterday.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (7)
A Much Higher Burden For Take-Home Asbestos Plaintiffs: On July 8, 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals (the state’s highest court) reversed a $5 million judgment, reduced from $20 million due to settlement credits, against Georgia-Pacific LLC in a “take-home” or “household” asbestos product liability case, ruling that the manufacturer owed no duty to warn a family member of a worker exposed to asbestos dust on the worker’s clothing.
IDF fails to pay NIS 3.8M fine for environmental hazard: After the IDF failed to remove asbestos from an IDF base in the Negev it was slammed with a NIS 3.8 million fine, a fine it failed to pay and will now begin accumulate interest.
Garlock Sealing asbestos trial begins today: A trial that could lead to the end of Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC’s bankruptcy starts today in a North Carolina courtroom. At issue is how much the company likely will have to end up paying to settle a variety of personal injury claims alleging that asbestos Garlock once used in its manufacture of gaskets and seals caused numerous cases of mesothelioma.
OSHA cites Strong Memorial Hospital, contractor: Renovation to an inpatient unit at Strong Memorial Hospital could resume in another week, once asbestos abatement is completed. During demolition, asbestos was found in some samples of joint compound that had been used on the drywall, said University of Rochester Medical Center spokeswoman Teri D’Agostino. The drywall itself was not affected. Asbestos testing had been done on other surfaces, but not walls.
Cancer-stricken Monica Haxton sees asbestos payout halved due to ‘reduced lifespan’: A widow struck by lung cancer caused by washing her husband’s asbestos-soiled overalls has had her £500,000 compensation nearly halved because her illness has reduced her life expectancy.
New Proposed Clean-up Standards for Libby Asbestos Tougher than Ever: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new clean-up standard for the asbestos-laden town of Libby that will be 5,000 times tougher than what has been used in past projects regarding the clean-up of airborne asbestos, reports an article in The Missoulian.
Union Carbide seeks transfer of asbestos mass tort claim in Philly: Attorneys for Union Carbide Corp. have petitioned the federal court in Philadelphia for a transfer of an asbestos mass tort claim that was brought last month by a Florida woman at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
MISC. (2)
Asbestos should be removed by a professional: My daughter was trying to sell her home, but when the buyer found out the home had asbestos on the furnace he decided to buy some other home. I have read that boilers have asbestos, but I never heard of asbestos on a furnace. Have you ever seen something like this?
Telstra has applied to its board to resume work on cabling pits at centre of recent asbestos scandal: POTENTIAL further delays to the National Broadband Network rollout over the recent asbestos scares may have been avoided, with Telstra moving to resume work on its pits.

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