Asbestos in the News: Issue 93

Asbestos in the News: Issue 93
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 35 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (2)
Study Confirms Firefighters at Elevated Risk for Mesothelioma: A 5-year National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study of U.S. firefighters is the first to confirm what has long been suspected: Firefighters are definitely at higher risk for malignant mesothelioma.
One Year Later: Superstorm Sandy Leaves Health Legacy: Dubbed ‘Sandy Lung’ or ‘Sandy Cough,’ terms linked to medical conditions – some quite severe – caused by repeated exposure to asbestos, mold, toxic dust, broken glass, insulation, rocks and other hazardous materials that were whipped into a frenzy by the staggering storm. Some survivors of Superstorm Sandy have been forced to live in substandard conditions as they rebuild their lives and homes. From these terrible conditions, a growing number of Superstorm Sandy survivors are being diagnosed with severe lung conditions, pneumonia and lingering coughs.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (3)
Asbestos in student bedrooms: A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Boar has revealed that every single bedroom in campus accommodation buildings Westwood and Tocil contains asbestos.
Pupils kept off school in asbestos leak fears: St Joseph’s Catholic Primary in Preston was closed for the day before the start of half term amid fears of an asbestos leak. It is understood that the problem arose when a workman putting up a smoke alarm in the school kitchen is believed to have drilled into the material.
Asbestos Removal Part of $78 Million Renovation: As the school district moves forward on a $78 million renovation and expansion of Bensalem High School, containing, removing and abating asbestos will be integral, an official told Patch.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (12)
Asbestos change may be too late for Tina: As a little girl, Tina Holt played in the backyard of her parents’ Spearwood home as fences went up, a shed was installed and rooms renovated – all with the common ingredient of asbestos. She even tagged along with her father when he cleaned up after the builders, taking all the leftover material to the rubbish tip.
NIH Study Finds Combo Treatment Shrinks Mesothelioma Tumors, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: In a report published in the journal Science Translational Medicine and detailed by Surviving Mesothelioma, Dr. Raffit Hassan and his colleagues at the National Institute of Health (NIH) explain how they successfully used an immunotoxin to find and attack mesothelioma cells.
Iron Range mesothelioma study finds some answers: Does taconite dust lead to mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung’s lining? This was the main question that the state Legislature charged University of Minnesota researchers with answering nearly five years ago through the $4.9 million Minnesota Taconite Workers Health Study.
NCI Researches New Mesothelioma Immunotoxin Treatment: An inability to unlock the vast potential of the SS1P immunotoxin and use it effectively for patients with mesothelioma has frustrated researchers for many years.
Study shows putting aggressive cancer on a starvation diet slows tumour growth: Scientists researching one of Britain’s deadliest rare cancers, mesothelioma, at Queen Mary’s Barts Cancer Institute studied how cancer cells are not able to survive and continue growing when starved of the amino acid ‘arginine’. Cells are normally able to make arginine themselves, but research found around half of tumours lacked this ability and need to be fed arginine in order to survive, leaving it vulnerable to starvation.
Overlooked lymph nodes in rib cage have prognostic power for mesothelioma patients: For the first time, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have shown the predictive power of a group of overlooked lymph nodes–known as the posterior intercostal lymph nodes–that could serve as a better tool to stage and ultimately treat patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.
MicroRNAs May Hold Key to Fighting Mesothelioma, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: In a study published in the Annals of Oncology and reported by Surviving Mesothelioma, researchers at the renowned Asbestos Diseases Research Institute in Sydney tested the role of microRNAs in mice with mesothelioma. MicroRNAs are tiny cell components responsible for the expression of a wide variety of genes, including genes that can help fight cancer.
Dampening the immune system improves response to mesothelioma treatment: Suppressing the body’s natural defences could improve how well mesothelioma patients respond to certain treatments, a US study suggests.
Combination Drug Therapy Results in Tumor Shrinkage in Late-Stage Mesothelioma Patients: In a new study released this week, researchers report that the use of an immunotoxin combined with two cancer drugs may be the next breakthrough treatment for mesothelioma patients.
Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Tests New Drug to Control Stem Cells: A recently launched, international clinical trial that involves the targeted killing of mesothelioma cancer stem cells soon could provide a much-needed breakthrough for patients around the world.
Consumer Products Putting You at Risk for Asbestos Exposure: In the past five decades, there has been an increasing awareness of the dangers of asbestos. Many recognize asbestos exposure as the primary cause of mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other asbestos-related lung cancers and diseases. Unfortunately, millions of individuals worldwide have firsthand knowledge of this fact and have suffered the devastating effects of exposure to asbestos.
Copper-Reduction Therapy A Possibility for Some Mesothelioma Patients: Mesothelioma has continued to confound doctors and scientists alike. The aggressive cancer cells fight off even the most effective treatments used in other cancers, returns after surgery was thought to be successful, and invades other organs leading to serious complications. Patients and their families who are frustrated by the invasive, incurable cancer sometimes turn to alternative treatments that may help extend their lives.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Asbestos exposed at Muswellbrook Hospital: Further reports of neglect and facility decay at Muswellbrook Hospital are surfacing after reports the facility’s library has been condemned.
Asbestos halts work on roof replacement at Science and Technology Museum: The Canada Science and Technology Museum has halted work on replacing its roof after asbestos was discovered in roofing materials in the nearly 50-year-old building.
Patient sounds alarm over asbestos removal at Penticton hospital: Asbestos removal within Penticton Regional Hospital has been underway for years, although one patient wishes she knew that before spending three days in a room beside the latest project area.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (11)
New deal for asbestos victims: Groundbreaking reforms to WA laws could soon allow victims of asbestos to claim thousands of dollars more in compensation for their deadly illness.
Asbestos violations result in fine: The state Department of Environmental Quality has cited a Portland contractor for mishandling asbestos at a burned-out and partially demolished building in Dallas.
Owner of a Massachusetts Contracting Firm Accused of Illegally Dumping Asbestos: Charges have been filed against the owner of a Worcester, Massachusetts contracting firm for allegedly mishandling asbestos and violating the Clean Air Act during construction work at an area family home. According to prosecutors with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, Francis J. Scavone III, owner of Scavone Plumbing & Heating, failed to fully and properly dispose of asbestos waste generated from replacing a heating system.
Company Charged After Workers Exposed To Asbestos: The Government has laid charges following an investigation into asbestos exposure at Christchurch Hospital.
Company fined for Dallas asbestos violations: The state Department of Environmental Quality has cited a Portland contractor for mishandling asbestos at a burned-out and partially demolished building in Dallas.
Monroe couple faces asbestos fine: A Monroe couple is facing a $10,200 fine from state environmental regulators for allegedly violating asbestos disposal rules.
Maryland High Court Allows “Every Exposure” Testimony in Asbestos Case: Overturning what some commentators had considered a leading opinion rejecting the so-called “any exposure” theory, Maryland’s highest court ruled that an expert may testify that “every exposure to asbestos is a substantial contributing cause” of mesothelioma.
Former Winchester, Idaho hotel owner settles with EPA for asbestos demolition violations: BBA Winchester LLC, the owner of a former hotel located in Winchester, Idaho has settled with EPA and agreed to pay a $21,000 fine for asbestos safety and environmental violations from improper demolition of the hotel.
Compensation for deadly asbestos ‘snowball’ fights: “It was this soft blue stuff and it was all over the works.We used to joke around and throw it at each other like snowballs.” Starting his apprenticeship at the age of 16,Mr Hobson worked as a carpenter, fitting door handles and locks on the carriage’s wooden panels. Other apprentices would spray the blue asbestos onto the panels, between the framework and the wood.
Department of Energy Fined $115K By EPA for Asbestos Removal Violations at Decommissioned Hanford Nuclear Reservation: A nuclear production complex from the Manhattan Project era is embroiled in an asbestos removal controversy. The decommissioned Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State is under the direction of the United States Department of Energy is facing $115,000 in asbestos removal violations from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
The County Hotel in Skegness fined £39k over asbestos exposure: A SKEGNESS hotel has been fined £44,512 in fines and costs for exposing staff to asbestos.
MISC. (4)
Popular Military Surplus Gas Mask Used for Halloween Contains Deadly Asbestos: If it was not for Steve Dixon’s professional curiosity, many unsuspecting Halloween revelers may have been unintentionally exposed to asbestos, a potentially lethal toxin. After purchasing a Russian GP5 gas mask at an area Army Navy surplus store for his grandson’s Halloween costume, Dixon, a laboratory technician with Dixon Information, tested the gas mask for asbestos.
Asbestos warning for NSW bushfire zones: Residents returning home after the NSW bushfires have been warned that asbestos has been found in at least 48 of the properties so far inspected.
‘I ate asbestos-covered cake’ – Crook man recalls school visit to Bowburn factory: A MAN who grew up near an asbestos factory has told how he and dozens of young classmates toured the facility completely unprotected – even eating cake covered in the deadly dust.
Viewpoints: Tobacco company plays hardball in new suits in mesothelioma cases pointing toward cigarette filters: It’s hard to think of anything more reckless than adding a deadly carcinogen to a product that already causes cancer – then bragging about the health benefits. That’s what Lorillard Tobacco did 60 years ago when it introduced Kent cigarettes, whose patented “Micronite” filter contained a particularly virulent form of asbestos. Smokers puffed their way through 13 billion Kents from March 1952 until May 1956, when Lorillard changed the filter design. Six decades later, the legal fallout continues – including last month, when a Florida jury awarded record damages of more than $3.5 million.

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