Asbestos in the News: Issue 89

Asbestos in the News: Issue 89
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 28 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (2)
Italian Asbestos Victims Call on Yale To Revoke Honorary Degree to Schmidheiny: Switzerland’s Stephan Schmidheiny is a billionaire. He’s worth an estimated $3 billion. But he’s also a convicted criminal. Last year, Schmidheiny was convicted in Italy of causing an environmental disaster through his asbestos company — Eternit – that caused an estimated 3,000 deaths. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison — bumped to 18 years by an Italian appeals court.
What Does India Have In Common With Regina? Asbestos: One thing we share is an abundance of unsafe Quebec chrysotile AKA asbestos. Most of the world stopped using the miracle mineral once they realized what a global disaster its widespread use had been. Inhaled asbestos fibres cause lung cancer. There is some ongoing effort four decades after its use in new products was stopped in Canada, to remove it from buildings we live, work, and play in.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (4)
LCCC classes rescheduled after asbestos found in facility: Luzerne County Community College rescheduled classes and laboratories planned for a renovated facility on the Nanticoke campus after tests revealed trace amounts of asbestos, spokeswoman Lisa Nelson said.
Asbestos tracking software lets NT schools breathe easier: A new centralised information management system is being deployed to help maintain asbestos registries as an audit is conducted of government-run Northern Territory schools.
State to district: You fix asbestos-ridden Trenton High: Collins said the report is a master management plan to identify where the asbestos is located if repair work is done by vendors. “There’s asbestos in over half of our schools, but it’s not asbestos that has gone unmanaged,” Collins said of the mineral documented to cause cancer. “Any building that was built prior to 1968 will more than likely contain asbestos in it. It’s not a thing where you got asbestos, you’ve got to tear the building down and run for the hills.”
Slater Junior High will be closed for asbestos abatement: School officials will shut down Slater Junior High School on Monday, Sept. 30, and Tuesday, Oct. 1, so workers can address a ceiling containing asbestos, a silicate mineral that can be harmful to human health.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (12)
Mesothelioma Advocates Defend Obamacare, Despite Political Debates: Despite a potential, partial government shutdown over the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — those working closely with patients diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases still believe strongly in the merits of the new health care law.
Aspirin Derivative No Match for Mesothelioma: It may work wonders for aches and pains but apparently the ‘wonder drug’ is no match for the asbestos-linked cancer, malignant mesothelioma.
All Eyes are on Mesothelioma Clinical Trial that Attacks Cancer Stem Cells: In June, pharmaceutical company Verastem, Inc. announced its investigational drug VS-6063 (now known as defactinib) received orphan medicinal product designation from the European Commission for use in mesothelioma. Now, Verastem is sponsoring a global clinical trial named COMMAND (Control Of Mesothelioma with MAiNtenance Defactinib), which will assess the overall survival and progression free survival of patients receiving the drug.
Help prevent mesothelioma: I have lived in Augusta for 27 years. I am married and have two children. I want to tell you how we learned about mesothelioma, the asbestos cancer.
Immunologic checkpoint inhibitor shows promise in malignant mesothelioma: Tremelimumab, one of a new class of immunomodulatory monoclonal antibodies, has shown encouraging clinical activity and acceptable tolerability in patients with chemotherapy-resistant malignant mesothelioma, results of a single-arm phase II study show.
Mesothelioma: Two groundbreaking trials into treatments for asbestos-related cancer: University of Leicester researchers are leading two major trials into treatments for a type of cancer which affects those exposed to asbestos.
Treating Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma: Misdiagnosing a mesothelioma patient as having lung cancer is not uncommon. Because the two cancers share similar symptoms and mesothelioma is the much less common of the two, it comes as no surprise that this would be a reoccurring mistake. The research done on mesothelioma and lung cancer are mutually exclusive, however, scientists are excited to introduce a new breakthrough treatment for lung cancer patients that may also play a pivotal role in the way doctors treat their mesothelioma patients.
British Lung Foundation targets tradespeople with asbestos awareness campaign: The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is this week launching ‘Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Leicester leads two groundbreaking trials into treatments for asbestos-related cancer: University of Leicester researchers are leading two major trials into treatments for a type of cancer which affects those exposed to asbestos.
Immunotherapy Drug May Be Option for Advanced Mesothelioma: Advanced malignant mesothelioma patients who have not responded to standard chemotherapy may have an alternative in a new drug called tremelimumab. An open-label, single-arm, phase 2 trial of the drug has found it to be safe and tolerable and to have “encouraging clinical activity” in advanced malignant mesothelioma that cannot be surgically removed.
Wake Forest Study Shows Treatment to Reduce Fluid Buildup in Patients with Peritoneal Mesothelioma: A new study from cancer researchers at North Carolina’s Wake Forest University reports that undergoing cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) can improve the lives of those suffering from peritoneal mesothelioma by controlling the buildup of fluid in the abdomen.
Verastem Initiates Trial of Defactinib in Japan: Verastem, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSTM), focused on discovering and developing drugs to treat cancer by the targeted killing of cancer stem cells, today announced the initiation of a Phase 1 trial of defactinib (VS-6063), a potent inhibitor of focal adhesion kinase (FAK), in Japanese patients with advanced solid tumors. FAK is a pathway critical for the growth and survival of cancer stem cells and the study marks the launch of Verastem’s development efforts in Japan.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Birmingham widow’s asbestos claim: Birmingham widow claims basement route between University of Birmingham and old Queen Elizabeth Hospital was contaminated. A corridor used as a student short-cut may have played a part in a Birmingham doctor’s death, his grieving widow has claimed.
Asbestos removal priority at hotel site: ASBESTOS removal is continuing at the fire-ravaged Kerang Hotel. Masked specialist asbestos removers were working on Friday removing asbestos through the corner bar doorway and then using the bucket on a hydraulic loader to place the asbestos into a sealed skip.

LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (7)
Former steelworks staff claiming for asbestos-related diseases: A steelworks plant that operated during the 1960s and 1970s is the source of a growing number of claims for asbestos-related diseases, it has been claimed.
2 charged over asbestos work at Kent apartments: The manager of a Kent apartment complex has been charged in federal court with failing to take proper steps to protect workers and others from asbestos during a renovation.
Iowa company ordered to pay for asbestos violation: A West Des Moines company has been ordered to pay $80,000 for violating state environmental laws when it demolished a Williamsburg truck stop.
The Public Eye: Cal-OSHA fines Sacramento County for asbestos incident: State regulators have cited and fined Sacramento County for its inadequate response last year to the collapse of a ceiling containing the carcinogen asbestos.
Man Sentenced for Reselling Asbestos-Tainted Items From Virginia Tech: A Virginia man has been sentenced to six months of house arrest for telling others to resell asbestos-containing window frames during a 2007 building-renovation job at Virginia Tech.
Liverpool asbestos worker wins £127k compensation from former employees: A dad-of-three who worked with asbestos for decades has won £127,000 compensation from his former employers.
Insurance company files oppositions in suit over defense of asbestos suit: An insurance company being sued for failing to pay for the defense in a Madison County asbestos suit filed oppositions to Apex Oil’s motions to strike affirmative defenses and to dismiss their counterclaim for declaratory judgment on Aug. 16. Apex filed the suit against Arrowood Indemnity Co. last December for defense costs it incurred in defending a 2010 asbestos lawsuit.
MISC. (1)
Chch family exposed to asbestos in home repair: A young Christchurch family is demanding answers after discovering they were exposed to asbestos when earthquake repair work was done on their home.

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