Asbestos in the News: Issue 101

Asbestos in the News: Issue 101
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 23 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (4)
New Zealand Authorities Concerned Over Worksite Asbestos: It is no surprise that asbestos is considered a hazard whenever building, renovating or tearing down a property. With that the case, New Zealand authorities recently involved in managing the health and safety impacts of the Canterbury rebuild raised concerns at the way in which asbestos material is being managed on a number of work sites across the region. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Canterbury Medical Officer of Health are urging all of those working on any site, where there may be the possibility of asbestos, to make sure it is accurately identified.
Widow’s plea as council reveals asbestos present at 77 school sites: A woman whose husband died of a cancer linked to asbestos exposure has called for companies and public bodies to remove the material from all buildings. Christine Glover believes her husband, David, was exposed to asbestos while working as a painter and decorator in schools, businesses, and homes across Leicestershire.
Study Shows Pineapple Enzyme May Boost Mesothelioma Treatment: A study conducted in Australia and reported by Surviving Mesothelioma finds that a compound derived from the stems of pineapples appears to be able to improve standard drug treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma.
Geologists find natural asbestos fibers in Nev.: 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 UNLV 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.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (3)
Cwmcarn High School reopens 14 months after asbestos found: A south Wales school which closed 14 months ago after asbestos was discovered has reopened.
Former East Lancs teacher in absestos cancer claim: A FORMER teacher believes the life-threatening cancer she is suffering from may have been caused by exposure to asbestos during a 22-year career at schools in East Lancashire.
Mt. Lebanon High School Renovation Will Also Remove Asbestos: School officials say the construction being done on Mt. Lebanon High School will require asbestos removal.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (5)
Case Study Describes Rare Mesothelioma Surgery Complication, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: Surviving Mesothelioma is reporting on a recently-published case study of a mesothelioma patient suffering from heart failure in the wake of extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP).
Mesothelioma Patients to Benefit as Pfizer Leads the Way With Clinical Trial Transparency: Pfizer, one of the world’s largest drug makers, has announced that it will focus on transparency during its research and development efforts. The company will offer broader access to information from its clinical trials, even allowing study participants access to the data. This new approach allows researchers current information for help in guiding the industry in the latest mesothelioma and cancer research breakthroughs.
Research Finds Renal Cancer Treatment May Also Kill Mesothelioma Cells, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: A new study published in the journal Oncology Reports and detailed by Surviving Mesothelioma suggests that temsirolimus, a kinase inhibitor used to treat advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), may offer a promising new way to treat malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Does Radiotherapy Reduce Mesothelioma Pain?: A new study says there is not enough evidence to support the use of radiotherapy for the treatment of pain associated with malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Immunotherapy Cancer Trial Produces Positive Results: Patients with advanced malignant pleural mesothelioma and metastatic pancreatic cancer received surprisingly positive results during a small, recent Phase I clinical trial involving a novel engineering of immune cells.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (1)
Care home worker’s anger at asbestos risks: A MOTHER from Llithfaen has hit out after safety experts ruled she may have been exposed to dangerous asbestos.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (9)
Asbestos cancer compensation law agreed – but MPs reject funding calls despite hearing Plymouth woman Debbie Brewer’s who died of mesothelioma tragic story: MPs have rejected calls to increase funding into research into a fatal lung cancer caused by asbestos despite hearing how a Plymouth woman who died of the disease had to travel to Germany for treatment. Long-awaited legislation has today passed through Parliament to provide a compensation package for sufferers of the fatal lung disease mesothelioma, which is caused by inhaling asbestos.
Asbestos-related lung cancer blamed on Georgia-Pacific: The suit claims that Bill Cowger, husband of Barbara Cowger, worked from 1963 to 2008 as a drywaller for various contractors. During the course of his employment, his wife was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed large amounts of asbestos fibers emanating from certain products he worked with and around which were manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants.
Stiff fine for illegal asbestos removal: A housing corporation got slapped with a €108,000 fine for illegal removal of asbestos from a building in its care.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Broad Asbestos Exclusion: In 2006, Daniel Parmelee and Aquila Group (“Sellers”) sold an apartment building to Michael Phillips, Perry Petta and Walkers Point Marble Arcade, Inc. (“Buyers”) covered by an American Family business owners policy. Prior to selling the building to Buyers, Sellers received a property inspection report noting the probable presence of asbestos. However, Buyers claimed Sellers never put them on notice that the property probably contained asbestos and eventually filed suit.
Mississippi Asbestos Ruling Throws Out Product Liability Standard: Union Carbide Corp. has until Jan. 27 to file a motion asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to review an unfavorable ruling in an asbestos case. The Supreme Court on Dec. 12 overruled a Smith County judge who threw out a $3.85 million judgment for the family of Larry Smith. Smith died of lung cancer in 2002. His wife argued in a lawsuit that her husband was exposed to drilling additives made by Union Carbide that contained asbestos.
Estate Wins Appeal in Safe Place Statute Asbestos Case, Trial May Proceed: A state appeals court has ruled in favor of an estate administrator who claims Wisconsin Electric Power Company knowingly allowed his father to work in the presence of asbestos without telling him, and claimant’s father died as a result.
Asbestos victims need higher compensation payouts, says law firm: Specialist lawyers at Irwin Mitchell in Manchester wrote to MPs of all parties for support to see terminal patients suffering from the effects of deadly asbestos receiving a ‘fairer’ settlement. Victims currently only receive 75% of average compensation payments which means they could miss out on a staggering £43,000.
Insurers’ Exhaustion Defense Fails In Asbestos Coverage Suit: A Maryland federal judge ruled Thursday that defunct insulation purveyor Porter Hayden Co. could tap excess policies issued by a pair of American International Group Inc. insurers for indemnification of underlying asbestos injury suits even if its primary policies had not been completely exhausted.
Bradken trains in asbestos breaches: NEWCASTLE-based engineering giant Bradken is under fire for importing heavy-rail locomotives containing deadly asbestos from China.
MISC. (1)
Pilbara asbestos fears follow in the wake of cyclone Christine: The cyclonic winds and pelting rain may have passed by Western Australia’s Pilbara and Kimberley regions, however, ex-tropical cyclone Christine has exposed a fresh yet familiar danger for residents to contend with. Asbestos in buildings, fencing and other building products dislodged or damaged during the wild weather now pose an additional health risk to Pilbara residents if they are exposed to the cancer-causing material.

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