Asbestos in the News: Issue 97

Asbestos in the News: Issue 97
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 22 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (4)
Asbestos taking a toll on firefighters, study suggests: Exposure to asbestos is believed to be responsible for a high rate of mesothelioma among some firefighters. A new study shows firefighters in three major cities had a rate of the cancer two times greater than the country’s overall population.
Specialist nurses ready for surge of cancer from asbestos: It’s the cancer that is about to hit Australia in a deadly wave. It’s mesothelioma, a usually fatal disease of the lungs caught through exposure to asbestos. Health authorities are warning Australia can expect an 80 per cent increase in new mesothelioma diagnoses by 2020 and have begun preparing a specialised nurse workforce to help deal with the influx of new patients.
Over 300 scientists and organisations from 36 countries condemn efforts of the asbestos industry to promote use of asbestos in India: In a letter sent to three government ministers, over 200 scientists and over 100 labour and health organizations from 36 countries urge Government of India to protect the health of the people of India, not the profits of the asbestos industry
American Heroes: The Faces of Mesothelioma Victims: On December 7th, 2011, Pearl Harbor Survivor and Navy Veteran, Frank Curre, passed away exactly 70 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Curre, who had shared his harrowing experience with others, not only suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) type symptoms, but suffered from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer most often linked to asbestos exposure, a type of exposure which was common for Navy veterans before regulations on the use of asbestos were established. Today, many Navy Veterans who served during the Vietnam War are the faces of mesothelioma victims. Any individual, who has a history of working with asbestos, should be aware of mesothelioma symptoms and take immediate action if any symptoms are present. While mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer, an early detection may allow an individual to live with it more comfortably.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (5)
Waterloo school board to approve asbestos removal for old Irving building: A $184,181 contract with Advanced Environmental to remove asbestos from the old Irving School will be considered Monday by the Board of Education.
Ridley School District part of DEP asbestos investigation: The Ridley School District is a party to an investigation by the state Department of Environmental Protection concerning a matter dating back to 1983 when a contractor working on a former junior high school in the district disposed of asbestos material in a landfill in Montgomery County.
Improper asbestos cleanup at high school results in citation: A local environmental cleanup firm has been hit with a penalty for allegedly improperly handling asbestos at Myrtle Point High School.
Asbestos found in two more Binghamton schools: Asbestos contamination was found in two Binghamton city schools this week, but the district said it will not evacuate any students or faculty.
New York State Investigation of Asbestos Exposure Incident at New Rochelle’s Davis Elementary School Continues: State investigators were on scene today at the Davis Elementary School in New Rochelle, NY as part of an ongoing investigation of an asbestos exposure incident last July.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (5)
Study Says Mexican Mesothelioma Risk May Rival That of Turkey, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: A new study published in Environmental Geochemistry and Health and reported by Surviving Mesothelioma has found large concentrations of the mesothelioma-causing mineral erionite in Central Mexico. The study is focused on the region around San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato. In the village of Tierra Blanca de Abajo, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma are the primary causes of death and the researchers say erionite may be the reason.
WHO Study Reports Toll of Asbestos Disease: A recent analysis of data from the World Health Organization, shows that when the problem of mesothelioma and asbestosis, the two most prominent asbestos-related diseases, is analyzed in terms of life years lost, the burden is “substantial”.
Asbestos risk in rebuild unprecedented – experts: Australian asbestos experts say the potential contamination problems facing earthquake-hit Christchurch are on a scale they have never seen before.
Researchers Say Nano-Technology Could Improve Mesothelioma Diagnosis, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: n a study published in the International Journal of Nanomedicine and detailed by Surviving Mesothelioma, German scientists say advanced hyperspectral imaging may be the key to improving mesothelioma diagnosis.
High Dose Radiation, Pleurectomy Boosts Lives of Mesothelioma Patients: High dose radiation therapy, as a follow-up to aggressive pleurectomy/decortication surgery for patients with pleural mesothelioma, has produced impressive results in a recent Italian study.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (1)
Asbestos dumped by “environmental terrorists”: ENVIRONMENT bosses have made a plea to residents to help track down “environmental terrorists” responsible for dumping asbestos.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (5)
MP highlights case of asbestos killing granddad, dad, mum and son as he slams Government for not doing enough for sufferers: HARTLEPOOL’S MP has welcomed a new compensation fund for victims of mesothelioma – but has slammed the Government for not going far enough to give sufferers justice.
The asbestos scam: In May, Carolyn McCarthy, a nine-term congresswoman from Long Island, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her treatment began almost immediately, causing her to take a lengthy absence from her office while she fought the disease. At the same time, McCarthy, 69, ended a pack-a-day cigarette habit that she’d had for most of her life, presumably because she understood the link between cigarette-smoking and lung cancer. Scientists estimate that smoking plays a role in 90 percent of lung cancer deaths.
Railroad Friction Products Corp. dismissed from asbestos suit; Robreno rules claims preempted by Locomotive Inspection Act: A federal judge in Philadelphia has dismissed Railroad Friction Products Corp. from an asbestos suit brought by a deceased laborer’s widow, ruling that the defendant was correct to assert that the plaintiff’s claims are preempted by the Locomotive Inspection Act.
Phila. judge affirms $2.3 million plaintiff’s verdict in asbestos wrongful death case: A trial court judge recently upheld a $2.3 million plaintiff’s verdict in an asbestos mass tort case out of Philadelphia, disputing defense assertions that the defendants were entitled to a new trial because the plaintiff’s case for causation failed as a matter of law.
Marrero resident sues previous employers claiming brain cancer result of asbestos exposure: A Marrero resident claims he developed brain cancer after years of exposure to asbestos and has filed a lawsuit against four of his previous employers.
MISC. (2)
Second Geologist Confirms Asbestos-Form Fibers At Proposed Mine Site: A second scientist now confirms that asbestos-like fibers exist in the rock formations of the proposed iron ore mine in the Penokee Hills. That confirmation also comes with a warning: that these fibers are dangerous if the rock is disturbed.
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Launches Asbestos Mobile App: The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), released the mobile app on the subject of asbestos. ADAO is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy and community. The ADAO app, available on iTunes under “ADAO Asbestos Information,” connects users to the latest news regarding treatments for mesothelioma, a cancer caused only by asbestos, and ways to prevent asbestos exposure. Touch the icons to learn about ADAO’s three initiatives – Education, Advocacy and Community – and “Connect With Us” to access social networks.

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