Asbestos in the News: Issue 87

Asbestos in the News: Issue 87
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 31 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (5)
DIY renovators admit taking asbestos risks: HOME renovators are risking death by not protecting themselves from asbestos, according to an article in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia.
For 9/11 Survivors, the Deadline for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is Almost Up: Tragically, the repercussions of the destruction surrounding 9/11 are still unraveling, as more than 1,100 people have been diagnosed with cancer as a result of exposure to toxic debris from the crash. For these victims, there is the 9/11 Compensation Fund, which offers support and treatment during the struggles that come with managing a deadly disease. But the deadline to register for the fund is on October 3, 2013, only three weeks away.
Queensland school asbestos sites top 125,000 as Graceville State School oval closed: SCHOOL asbestos sites – confirmed and assumed – have soared past the 125,000 mark as the State Government deals with another incident involving the potentially deadly substance.
Justice sought with new asbestos registry: The union representing people who worked at a notorious asbestos mine on Newfoundland’s Baie Verte Peninsula is demanding changes to eligibility criteria that prevented most of them from receiving compensation.
8 Things You Should Know About Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma — a long word you may have heard on a commercial or two, but do you know what it means? This rare and deadly cancer is sadly lacking awareness. In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day this September 26, read on for the top 8 things you don’t know about this cancer, but should. Then share them. The key to saving lives starts with education.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (10)
Asbestos scares at three Brisbane schools: Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek says letters have been sent to the parents of students at Sandgate High School and Rainworth State School regarding asbestos concerns.
Asbestos at Montague High demolition prompts precautions: Asbestos in the old Montague High School building has prompted special precautions to be taken as demolition work begins. The province has confirmed asbestos in floor tiles, wall plaster and pipe insulation in sections of the school built in the 1960s.
Asbestos found on Graceville school oval: Graceville State School students and staff will have to wait until investigations are complete to learn whether asbestos debris found on the school oval has put them at risk.
Asbestos dust cloud threatens Beagle Bay school: Parents have been keeping their children away from a remote Kimberley school amid fears an old asbestos building being demolished just metres away poses a serious health risk.
Asbestos fears at American Samoa college: A building at the America Samoa Community College suspected of causing sickness among students and teachers has been closed while tests are carried out to determine whether asbestos is the cause.
Asbestos Contaminated Abandoned LA Schools May House Charter Schools:The Los Angeles Unified School District [LAUSD] may seek redevelopment proposals for four of its abandoned school campuses in the Woodland Hills area from charter schools and other organizations. Early estimates put the total of necessary renovations needed to ensure the four schools are updated and safe – including extensive environmental and asbestos remediation – around $80 million.
Asbestos leads to partial lockdown of Newcastle school: A New South Wales school is in partial lockdown after a student discovered asbestos in the playground.
Mesothelioma News: Lightning Strike Prompts Asbestos Concerns at School: Environmental specialists gave Lewisboro Elementary School in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District in Westchester County, New York the all-clear after asbestos was discovered during an inspection that followed a lightning strike to the school’s chimney.
Asbestos fears at Bulli Public School: The NSW Department of Education and Communities says it is unclear how many people came in contact with “potentially hazardous material” after it was donated to Bulli Public School to be used as fill for a vegetable garden bed.
Tice Elementary asks for $350,000 to clean asbestos: It will take more than a quarter million dollars to clear out a school building filled with asbestos.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (7)
Doctors brace for 40 years of asbestos illness: Do-it-yourself home renovators are regularly exposing themselves and their children to cancer-causing asbestos, a study of NSW residents has found. Experts say the disturbing findings show that, despite repeated warnings, Australians are still not protecting themselves from asbestos-related diseases.
Treatment Uses Herpes Virus to Shrink Mesothelioma Tumors: Researchers at a hospital in Sheffield, England are testing a potential new mesothelioma treatment based on the same virus that causes herpes.
Asbestos Drilling Mud and Effect on Public: Concerns about asbestos drilling mud and the effect it had on engineers and the people working with it are well-documented. Up until the late 1980s, drilling mud contained asbestos, which is a known carcinogen and can cause asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer decades after exposure. Drilling mud itself is used to cool drill bits and flush debris during drilling, and asbestos was added to drilling mud because it was heat resistant.
New Mesothelioma Drug Kills Cancer Stem Cells: Citing “significant enthusiasm within the mesothelioma community”, the manufacturers of a promising new mesothelioma drug say they have begun a major test of the drug in patients.
Surgeon Says Standardization Needed for Mesothelioma Procedures, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: In an article detailed on Surviving Mesothelioma, Dr. David Rice of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center points out that the primary types of mesothelioma surgeries currently mean different things to different surgeons. Although the steps of extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP), the most radical mesothelioma surgery which involves removal of a lung, have been standardized, the same is not true for the lung-sparing procedures, pleurectomy/decortication (P/D) and extended pleurectomy/decortication (EPD).
Inflammation Both “Friend and Foe” in Mesothelioma: An immune system response that causes mesothelioma symptoms such as fever, fatigue, and weight loss may also be helpful to clinicians as a way to find and treat the disease.
Mesothelioma Patients May Benefit from Drug Reported to Stop Lung Cancer Cells In Their Tracks: Late last month North Carolina State University researchers reported they could conduct computations on microRNAs that could lead to “new methods of disease detection and treatment.” Now, following in their footsteps, another group of NC State researchers report they have developed a drug that can stop the spread of lung cancer. These two breakthroughs have the mesothelioma community anxious to have this work move from the lab to the bedside and bring vital treatments to mesothelioma patients.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Emergency meeting to tackle mold and asbestos: Guadalupe County Commissioners Court will hold an emergency meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, to discuss problems with mold and asbestos at the county’s Agriculture Building, 210 E. Live Oak St. The Ag Building primarily houses offices of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension personnel along with entities leasing office space — the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the Guadalupe County Groundwater Conservation District.
Asbestos sparks patients switch: Ilkeston Community Hospital is coming to the rescue by finding beds for patients who are being moved from Heanor Memorial Hospital after the discovery of asbestos.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (4)
Richland County jury awards $38 million in asbestos case: A Richland County jury has awarded a Wagener equipment worker and his wife $38 million in damages for health problems linked to exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos claims to cost millions: The UK Government is facing a huge bill for compensation from former employees of the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast over their exposure to asbestos.
Pa. Superior Court tosses $14.5 million plaintiff’s verdict in Phila. asbestos case, remands for new trial: A three-judge Pennsylvania Superior Court panel has thrown out a $14.5 million plaintiff’s verdict in an asbestos case out of Philadelphia, determining that the trial court should have granted a mistrial because the plaintiff’s attorney made prejudicial remarks during closing arguments, and also due to the fact that the judge erred in allowing certain expert witness testimony.
Petition seeks man’s asbestos exposure history at Goodyear: Vidor resident Joyce Franks has filed a petition to perpetuate the testimony of Edward Franks, who allegedly suffers from lung cancer. Through Provost Umphrey attorney Keith Hyde, the petition was filed Sept. 5 in Jefferson County District Court. The anticipated defendant in the pending suit is the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
MISC. (3)
Mayor pledges park will be reclaimed: Standing just feet away from where asbestos and lead were discovered in Centennial Park, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley promised victims of occupational disease Saturday that the popular waterfront park would be reclaimed by the community.
Hazardous Asbestos Still On Many Houses: While asbestos has been labeled by Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) as a hazardous material, even some government institutions are still housed in building which have it in their roofing sheets.
Vermont Reaches Agreement with Owner of Old Asbestos Mine: The state of Vermont has finally reached an agreement with the owners of a now-defunct asbestos mine that has been a constant threat to the health of those who live in and near the towns where it’s located.

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