Asbestos in the News: Issue 107

Asbestos in the News: Issue 107
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 25 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Asbestos-Related Diseases Among Firefighters Devastating: Asbestos-related diseases among firefighters is something that a New Hamshire lawmaker noted a report on cancer issues that was quietly published at the same time as tort reformers were pushing the FACT Act on Capitol Hill. Mesothelioma and its devastating impact was revealed by the joint report from the National Fire Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Who is Behind the FACT Act?: When you look closely at who is behind the FACT Act, three organizations keep turning up — Koch Industries, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Asbestos in Schools FAQs: Sara Hunt, a partner with Shoosmiths Access Legal specialising in asbestos related illness and Mesothelioma claims, gave a series of radio interviews to BBC and commercial local radio stations throughout the UK on the topic of Asbestos in Schools.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (8)
Cancer Research Publication Highlights Importance of Merlin Loss and Cancer Stem Cells in Mesothelioma: Verastem, Inc., focused on discovering and developing drugs to treat cancer by the targeted killing of cancer stem cells, today announced that a publication in the journal Cancer Research supports the scientific rationale for the Company’s ongoing development program of targeting cancer stem cells in mesothelioma.
Toronto cancer treatment gives asbestos victims new life: The technique used by Dr. John Cho and Dr. Marc de Perrot at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has doubled survival times in patients with mesothelioma, according to research they published last month. Their success has drawn attention from around the world and they say doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota will soon attempt to use their method.
Treatment hopes for asbestos-link cancer: SCIENTISTS are to evaluate a potential new treatment for patients with an aggressive form of lung cancer which has been linked to asbestos exposure.
Cancer scare at STATIN! Asbestos found on premises, five workers die from cancer-related illnesses: The leadership of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has gone quiet after an initial report to staff that they might have been exposed to the deadly cancer-causing agent, asbestos.
Asbestos Causes Autoimmine Responses Connected to Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma and lung cancer are not the only risks associated with exposure to toxic minerals like asbestos. A study out of Idaho State University finds that asbestos also has a negative effect on the immune system.
Geologists Take on Key Health Problem: Mesothelioma: Through a series of experiments, the geologists tested whether crocidolite binds to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), a protein receptor on the lung cell surface that initiates cell division. They found that crocidolite continually binds and unbinds with EGFR. When it does so, “crocidolite signals or triggers a potent response that may tell the cells to proliferate,” says Lower. “This may help explain why cancer develops.”
Scientists ask for sufferers of the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma to step forward to boost research: Scientists looking into possible treatments for the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma are asking patients and their families to help steer future clinical research.
Preoperative radiation improved survival in malignant pleural mesothelioma: Radiation prior to surgery more than doubled survival in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, according to results of a combined phase 1/phase 2 study.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (5)
Asbestos still present in ‘60 schools’: Around 60 schools in Mid-Ulster have been found to contain asbestos despite the threat to health and the link to serious illnesses.
Asbestos scare at Aldercar Community School: AN extra £400,000 needs to be found to rebuild a Derbyshire secondary school after “significant levels” of asbestos were found.
Thornbury parents demand answers over asbestos scare at Wales Street Primary School: PARENTS at a Thornbury primary school want an explanation from the Education Department about how their children were exposed to asbestos.
Half of Coventry’s schools still contain asbestos: Asbestos can be found lurking in more than half of Coventry’s schools, figures show. Some 50 of the 96 council-run schools in the city contain the material which can be dangerous if disturbed.
Latrobe Elementary School to get asbestos exam: As a part of a larger district-wide facilities assessment, Latrobe Elementary School will be given a thorough examination for asbestos. The Greater Latrobe school board approved the measure.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (3)
Navy didn’t warn asbestos victim, ship doctor testifies: Monday’s defense witness was the first medical doctor to testify in a Madison County, Ill., asbestos trial that is now into its second week before a jury.
Asbestos-related death leads to lawsuit against Dupont: A Jefferson County family is suing a company which they claim exposed their now deceased patriarch to asbestos.
Bid to reclaim asbestos care costs: The medical costs of treating people who suffered “industrial” diseases linked to asbestos could be reclaimed under legislation lodged today at the Scottish Parliament.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Racine closes City Hall due to asbestos incident: Racine City Hall will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to asbestos dust.
Port Lincoln hospital asbestos clean-up underway: Country Health SA says a clean-up of asbestos at the Port Lincoln hospital has begun, in accordance with required practices.
Attorney General Requests Court Order to Block Work at Former Merrimac Paper Co.: David Padellaro, owner of the former Merrimac Paper Co. mill, has had a salvage operation shut down after state Attorney General Martha Coakley requested a court order to block work at the 134-year-old complex due to the presence of friable, or airborne, asbestos.
MISC. (3)
Gauteng to be rid of all asbestos roofing: Malibongwe Kanjana, chief of operations in the Gauteng human settlements department, said yesterday that asbestos roofs were a health hazard.
ACT households warned loose asbestos could still be hidden in homes: The ACT Government has sent letters to 1,000 households warning residents raw asbestos may still be present in their properties despite attempts to remove the product from ACT homes.
Corette power plant shuts down after asbestos leak: PPL Montana recently shut down its J.E. Corette power plant in Billings and sent workers home after a steam tube failed on the boiler and damaged asbestos-containing insulation. A subsequent windstorm also whipped up materials.

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