Asbestos in the News: Issue 108

Asbestos in the News: Issue 108
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 (4)
‘Washing clothes gave me cancer’ – Crewkerne woman’s asbestos warning: A CREWKERNE woman who believes she developed a deadly cancer from washing her husband’s work clothes has spoken out to support others who may be going through the same experience.
Asbestos Poisoning Victims Want Yale Honor Revoked: Victims of asbestos poisoning in Italy are urging Yale University to rescind an honorary degree given to a Swiss man later convicted of negligence in some 2,000 asbestos-related deaths.
Dockyard workers poisoned by asbestos paid £35m in compensation: Compensation totalling more than £35 million has been paid to workers poisoned by asbestos at Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.
Dying wife Mavis Nye battles for change in law to speed up treatment for mesothelioma after husband worked with asbestos in Chatham Dockyard: A dying woman battling for a change in the law to speed up life-saving treatment has revealed washing her husband’s work clothes led to her deadly disease.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (6)
Thoracoscopy: An Alternative to Surgery for Mesothelioma Diagnosis?: Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say an outpatient medical procedure called thoracoscopy is safer and simpler than inpatient surgery for diagnosing a common mesothelioma symptom.
Radiation before surgery may improve survival rate for mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that can be caused by living or working near asbestos. This type of cancer can be identified by the small cancer cells that will line the layer of tissue in the chest cavity where the lungs are contained.
Mesothelioma Survival Case Encouraging for Current Patients: A new case report out of Belgium has some encouraging news for mesothelioma patients. It recounts the case of a patient who not only survived multi-modality treatment for mesothelioma, but whose cancer disappeared completely.
European Study Confirms Higher Mesothelioma Risk in Firefighters: New research conducted by a team of Finnish scientists and reported by Surviving Mesothelioma confirms what many smaller studies have suggested – that firefighters face an increased risk of mesothelioma and other cancers from on-the-job exposure to asbestos.
Inflammatory Markers May Predict Mesothelioma Prognosis: Researchers say they have identified several signs of inflammation in patients with malignant mesothelioma that might be used to predict how patients will respond to treatment.
Protein Discovery May Determine Mesothelioma Patient’s Survival Rate: Scientists from Austria, Hungary and Croatia have identified an important biomarker in blood plasma as both an accurate predictor of malignant pleural mesothelioma survival and as a potential new guide for treatment.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (5)
Asbestos warning sign at Clements causes concern for students and parents: An asbestos waring sign posted Tuesday at Clements High School is causing concern for students and parents. But school officials claim students are not in any danger as crews remove the cancer causing material from the school.
Legal firms call for Victorian asbestos schools register following probe at Thornbury school: TWO prominent legal firms are calling for the State Government to set up a centralised schools’ asbestos register.
Asbestos claims school sealed: ASBESTOS is suspected to have been found on the ovals and near the playground of a Sydney Muslim school where a former principal resigned last year after claiming dangerous material had been dumped at the school.
‘No asbestos released at school’: Work to ensure asbestos fibres are not released into the air at a school has been carried out.
Education Department agrees to asbestos removal at Wales St Primary in Thornbury: VICTORIA’S Education Department has agreed to remove all asbestos from Wales St Primary School in Thornbury.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (10)
Ill. federal judge allows testimony that Kent cigarettes contributed to mesothelioma: An Illinois appellate judge denied a cigarette manufacturer’s motions to bar two experts from testifying that the asbestos-containing “Micronite” filters once found in Kent cigarettes contributed to the claimant’s mesothelioma.
Asbestos Cancer Victims to Get More as UK Government Boosts Compensation Pot: The UK’s victims of the fatal asbestos-induced cancer mesothelioma could receive average compensation pay-outs of £123,000, bringing “years of injustice” to an end.
High Court judge rules in favour of daughter’s bid for compensation after dad died of asbestos exposure: A HIGH Court judge has ruled in favour of a woman who launched a compensation claim after her father died from asbestos poisoning.
More asbestos prosecutions: The Health and Safety Executive has announced further prosecutions relating to the incorrect handling of asbestos.
Phila. jury sides with whistleblower cop who raised concerns of asbestos in police-run youth athletic center: A veteran Philadelphia police officer who hit the city with a lawsuit alleging whistleblower law violations stemming from his complaining about asbestos inside a police-run youth recreation center has won his case in civil court.
Asbestos MDL remands case to SDIL to decide ‘bare metal defense’: The National Asbestos Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation Court has remanded a 20-year-old asbestos lawsuit to federal court in East St. Louis to determine whether the state recognizes the “bare metal defense.”
One of three men charged in connection with improper asbestos removal from Bay City Academy pleads guilty to perjury: One of three men facing federal felonies stemming from improper removal of asbestos from Bay City Academy has accepted a plea deal, rather than go before a jury.
CBS, Ford, Others Hit With Asbestos Suit: CBS Corp., Ford Motor Co. and several others were hit with a lawsuit Thursday by a man claiming he developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in a wide range of products from packing materials to turbines and automotive components.
Former SMU student sentenced to federal prison for exposing day laborers to asbestos: A former Southern Methodist University student who exposed workers to asbestos was sentenced Thursday to a year in federal prison for violating the Clean Air Act.
Aetna wants access to asbestos claims at heart of landmark Garlock ruling: A health insurer is arguing that the public is entitled to records disclosed during a bankruptcy case that showed asbestos attorneys were manipulating information to maximize recoveries for their clients.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Asbestos found inside Greenwood County Courthouse: Greenwood County Council passed a measure Tuesday night which will clear the way for the removal of asbestos from Greenwood County Courthouse.
Asbestos fears close two Ainslie businesses, WorkSafe on site: Two businesses in Canberra’s inner-north have been closed because of asbestos concerns.
MISC. (2)
Initial asbestos tests clear KiwiRail locomotives: Independent testing indicates no airborne asbestos fibres or asbestos dust has been found in Chinese built KiwiRail DL locomotives.
Workers’ Compensation: US Asbestos Import Deceased But Still Not Banned: Events, Trends, and Issues: U.S. imports decreased by 46% and estimated consumption of asbestos decreased by 7% in 2013. The large decline in imports resulted from increased imports and a buildup of inventories in 2012 and a drawdown of stocks during 2013. All asbestos imported and used in the United States was chrysotile, solely sourced from Brazil in 2013. The average unit value of imports declined in 2013. Based on current trends, annual U.S. asbestos consumption is likely to be between 900 and 1,000 tons for the near future.

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