Asbestos in the News: Issue 100

Asbestos in the News: Issue 100
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 24 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (5)
Top Mesothelioma News on Treatment and Research in 2013: There was plenty of good news within the tight-knit mesothelioma community in 2013, but some of it was mixed with disappointment. While significant advancements were made that continued hope for the future, there were reminders the fight against mesothelioma cancer remains an uphill battle. There is much work still to be done.
Small Exposure Still Deadly Risk: New research published recently in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, suggests that industrial workers at the lowest levels of the asbestos exposure spectrum may still be at risk for deadly mesothelioma, lung cancer, and laryngeal cancer.
Forty-Year-Old English Professor Receives $27.5 Million Asbestos Award: On Wednesday this past week, a Cuyahoga County jury awarded mesothelioma sufferer John Panza, Jr. and his spouse Jane Panza $27,515,000 in a take-home asbestos exposure lawsuit against Kelsey-Hayes Company, successor to National Friction Products Corp.
Teacher’s Diagnosis Highlights Mesothelioma Risk in Schools: A recent mesothelioma diagnosis in the UK once again dramatically highlights the fact that even a small amount of asbestos can be deadly.
Asbestos Victims Ask Yale to Revoke an Honorary Degree: An Italian organization representing victims of asbestos exposure has asked Yale University to rescind an honorary degree awarded to the owner of the company they once worked for.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (3)
Asbestos danger fears at half of Bradford district’s schools: Almost half of Bradford Council schools still contain potentially-deadly asbestos, new figures reveal.
New Trier board OKs asbestos removal at Winnetka campus: In advance of their Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades to the Gaffney Auditorium, the New Trier High School Board has approved the removal of asbestos to prepare the area for the work.
Asbestos warning signs for schools: Victorian schools that have asbestos will now have to erect warning signs on gates and buildings.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (5)
Asbestos-related lung disease has claimed 396 victims in Devon & Cornwall since 2008: Almost 400 people in the Westcountry have died in the last five years from asbestos exposure, figures have revealed.
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.
Ape Virus Shrinks Mesothelioma Tumors in Lab: A virus that causes leukemia in gibbon apes may have the power to help fight malignant mesothelioma in people. Gibbon ape leukemia virus (GALV) has been tested for years as a viral vector, a carrier of therapeutic genetic information, in the treatment of various human illnesses, including cancer. A new study in Japan compared GALV with a leukemia virus derived from mice to see which carrier communicated most efficiently with mesothelioma cells.
Asbestosis and Asbestos: When it comes to asbestos exposure lawsuits, health problems such as mesothelioma and lung cancer tend to get most of the attention, but asbestosis is also a serious condition linked to asbestos exposure. Similar to lung cancer and mesothelioma, asbestos disease affects the patient’s lungs, severely restricting the patient’s ability to breathe.
Mesothelioma Researchers Find Promise in RITA, according to Surviving Mesothelioma: A new study published in Cell Cycle and reported by Surviving Mesothelioma says a molecule known by the acronym RITA (reactivation of p53 and induction of tumor cell apoptosis) may work synergistically with current cancer treatments to fight mesothelioma.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (1)
Asbestos to be removed from Towneley Hall: ASBESTOS is to be removed from Towneley Hall while it is closed to the public next month.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (9)
Teesside asbestos legacy exposed as councils set aside millions to compensate workers: Over £2.7m set aside by Teesside councils to deal with compensation claims as a widow told of the shattering effect of asbestos-related disease
Texas laborer files lung cancer asbestos case against 113 companies in St. Clair Co.: Another asbestos lawsuit has been added to St. Clair County’s asbestos docket.
Asbestos Exclusion Precludes Insurance Coverage for Real Estate Buyer’s Losses: The buyer in a real estate deal claims the seller unlawfully failed to disclose the presence of asbestos in the building, causing damages. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled the seller is not covered under an insurance policy.
Large payout for asbestos victim: AN ELECTRICIAN suffering from terminal cancer has won a six-figure payout after being exposed to deadly asbestos during his work at the military base in Shoebury.
State Cites Maui Company for Workplace Violations Involving Asbestos: The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ (DLIR) Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division today announced that it issued citations to Hale Mahaolu for exposing workers and the public to asbestos. The health violations were related to work with asbestos-containing material (ACM) in the Lahaina Surf Complex between January and June 2013. Contractors and maintenance personnel were not informed that there was ACM present and about the precautions necessary to protect themselves during work with such material. Hale Mahaolu has contested the citations.
Convictions of unlawful asbestos removal in Chattanooga are upheld: A federal appeals court Monday upheld the convictions of two men found guilty of violating federal environmental laws during the demolition of a Chattanooga textile mill that contained large amounts of asbestos.
Japan court holds govt liable for asbestos exposure: The Osaka High Court on Wednesday became Japan’s first high court to hold the government responsible for failing to prevent workers from being exposed to harmful asbestos.
Glasgow Health Board fined £10k for ignoring asbestos risk: A Scottish health board has been fined for putting its workers at risk from exposure to deadly asbestos fibres during a seven-year period.
Scott Depot couple names 55 defendants in asbestos suit: A Scott Depot couple are suing 55 companies they claim are responsible for an asbestos-related lung injury diagnosis.
MISC. (1)
Geologists find natural asbestos fibers in Southern Nevada: Removing asbestos from an old building can be hazardous and expensive. So what happens if the ground outside is covered with the stuff for miles around? That’s what a team of University of Nevada, Las Vegas geologists is trying to figure out after the surprise discovery of potentially toxic, asbestos-type minerals in rocks and dust from Boulder City to the southeastern edge of the Las Vegas Valley.

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