Asbestos in the News: Issue 109

Asbestos in the News: Issue 109
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 40 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (6)
Health department: Asbestos levels preventable: An apartment complex where dangerous levels of asbestos were discovered never did asbestos testing required by the state before starting renovation, according to Denver Environmental Health.
Asbestos report highlights danger to women: Women are likely to form a significant proportion of the ‘third-wave’ of people with asbestos-related diseases, according to the findings of a new research report The Asbestos Narratives
Asbestos report sounds alarm for renovators: A new report predicts a third wave of people affected by asbestos-related illness is about to emerge.
The Impact of Asbestos Use Worldwide: Although the danger of asbestos was acknowledged decades ago, and although the mineral is entirely or mostly banned in most industrialized nations, the world is still feelings the effects of asbestos use. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), deaths from asbestos-related disease worldwide increased from 90,000 in 2006 to 107,000 in 2010. These are deaths from lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis caused by asbestos exposure, mostly in the workplace. As many as one in three deaths from occupational cancer may be caused by asbestos WHO says. Several thousand more deaths annually can be attributed to exposure to asbestos in the home.
$12.5M Verdict for Three New York Construction Workers: A four-month legal battle ended this week in victory for the families of three New York area workers stricken by mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The verdict, announced Tuesday by a New York Supreme Court jury, brings closure to the fight for justice of three workers unwittingly exposed to toxic materials on the job.
Killer dust: why is asbestos still killing people?: A long vertical pipe sits against white-painted brickwork in the corner of a cramped storeroom. Two men wearing orange boiler suits and gloves crouch at its base. One uses a scraper to remove lumps of what looks like wet papier-mâché from the outside of the pipe, into a red bag held by the other.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (9)
Work History & Asbestos Risk: Many workplaces in the US are now considered to have put workers at high-risk for asbestos exposure—decades ago. These include: US Navy, oil refineries, shipyards, chemical manufacturing facilities, aerospace manufacturing facilities, mines, smelters, coal fired power plants, construction work sites, auto repair shops, plumbers, welders, electricians, and most manufacturing, or industrial plants that were operating in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s.
Spinal Procedure for Mesothelioma Pain Relief: Pleural mesothelioma patients with severe pain may benefit from a surgical procedure to disable certain pain-conductors in the spinal cord.
Mesothelioma Surgery Debate: Experience is the Answer: A pair of researchers in the UK say a cancer center’s level of experience in dealing with mesothelioma may be the most important factor in achieving good surgical outcomes – not which surgery is chosen.
Standard Chemotherapy Mix Still Best for Mesothelioma: Researchers at Japan’s Shizuoka Cancer Center and Juntendo University say the popular chemotherapy combination of cisplatin and Alimta (pemetrexed) should remain the gold standard for malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Systemic stem cell therapy reduces malignant mesothelioma growth: Systemic delivery of stem cells expressing an apoptosis-inducing protein can successfully incorporate into malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) cells and subsequently induce their death, according to preclinical study findings.
Scientists Say Novel Drug May Stop Mesothelioma Growth: Cancer Monthly is reporting on a newly-published study suggesting that compounds called CFMs might offer a better way to fight the treatment-resistant cancer, malignant pleural mesothelioma.
New Protein ‘Mimic’ Kills Mesothelioma Cells in Lab Tests: Scientists testing a novel compound on mesothelioma cells in the lab say it may have the power to not only trigger cellular death, but also to stop mesothelioma from growing and spreading.
Mesothelioma Treatment Should Still Include EPP Says UK Study: The much-debated and extremely aggressive extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) surgery still should play a prominent role in the management of mesothelioma, according to a recent U.K. study.
Enzyme Could Help Doctors ‘Target’ Mesothelioma Treatment: An enzyme found on the surface of cells may open the door to new kinds of targeted mesothelioma treatments. Researchers studying the metalloenzyme carbonic anhydrase IX (CAIX) say the enzyme, which is responsible for maintaining the pH level in cells, may also play a role in the formation and spread of cancers like mesothelioma.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (4)
Students concerned about asbestos at school: Thick plastic and an asbestos sign are the barriers that block the bridge between Roxana, Ill. junior and senior high schools.
Asbestos Still Found In Majority Of Schools: Recent studies have shown that a worrying number of schools may still be harbouring dangerous levels of asbestos left over from decades of bad building design. A report from the Coventry Telegraph has uncovered that fact that, from the 96 schools that the Coventry city council currently own and run, 50 still contain asbestos materials. This includes 44 primary schools that contain the deadly substance, which could still be a threat to teachers and students in these buildings.
Asbestos Removal Near School Concerns Parents: Parents whose children attend a Little Rock head start are concerned asbestos removal at a nearby building could jeopardize children’s and workers’ health.
UB takes precautions in asbestos removal in Capen Hall: UB has placed signs warning students of the presence of asbestos in a few rooms on the first floor of Capen Hall that are being renovated in conjunction with New York State health codes.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (13)
Bill targeting asbestos lawsuits passes Wisconsin state Assembly: A bill opponents say would deny justice to people exposed to asbestos has passed the Wisconsin Assembly.
Widow wins six-figure payout over asbestos death of Sittingbourne husband and former Swale council decorator Edward Jacobs: The widow of a former Swale council worker who died of an asbestos-related cancer is set to receive a payout of more than £128,000.
NYC Trial Court Consolidates 17 Asbestos Cases into 7 Trial Groups: A New York trial court has consolidated 17 asbestos actions for trial, creating seven trial groups after determining that common questions of law and fact existed within those groups.
Phila. cop who won asbestos whistleblower case against city awarded $75K for lost work: A veteran Philadelphia police officer who alleged whistleblower law violations stemming from his raising concerns about the presence of asbestos in a police-run youth recreation center has been awarded $75,000 by a Common Pleas Court judge.
Ford Seeks Garlock Bankruptcy Information To Fight Its Own Asbestos Suits: In a motion and accompanying memorandum of law filed with the federal bankruptcy court in Charlotte, N.C. late Friday, Ford is seeking access to sealed testimony and exhibits that Judge George R. Hodges relied upon to conclude that plaintiff lawyers had withheld evidence their clients had made conflicting statements about their asbestos exposure to different courts and bankruptcy trusts set up to pay claimants. The health insurer Aetna filed a similar motion last month, as part of its effort to determine whether it paid the medical expenses of plaintiffs who later recovered money for the same illness.
Williamsburg property owners fined $9K for improper asbestos removal: The state Department of Environmental Protection has fined Alan Bernhardt and Sallie Swartz $9,000 for violations of regulations related to the removal of asbestos at their rental property on 32 Main Street, officials said.
$7.2 Million Verdict for Family of Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Victim: A jury in Philadelphia assessed a $7.25 million verdict yesterday against nine asbestos manufacturers in a mesothelioma case. The victim, Edward Merwitz of Langhorne, PA, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in January 2010 and died six months later. The Philadelphia County jury rendered the verdict after two weeks of trial.
Apartment owner gets 15 months in jail for asbestos cleanup: A Kent apartment complex owner was sentenced to 15 months in jail for not protecting his residents from asbestos.
Texaco, Chevron named in mesothelioma suit: A man’s death from alleged asbestos exposure pulls Texaco and Chevron into court.
Asbestos Lawsuit Plaintiff Says Asbestos Concern Fell on Deaf Ears: A plumber whose complaints and concerns about an alleged presence of asbestos at a Staten Island hospital fell on deaf ears was fired in December. The plaintiff in an asbestos lawsuit claims that he was let go because he spoke up.
Asbestos Victims Request for Yale to Revoke Honorary Degree of Swiss Billionaire Linked to Asbestos Deaths: Stephan Schmidheiny is a Swiss billionaire who was born into the Swiss industrial empire, Eternit Switzerland. In 1976, at age 29, Stephan Schmidheiny took over leadership of the family business. At the time, Eternit Switzerland was a large manufacturer of asbestos-containing cement products with plants located throughout Europe and Latin America.
Woodbridge contractor admits to illegal asbestos removal work across the state: A Woodbridge contractor admitted today to removing asbestos from a Union Township daycare center and other schools and homes without having a license to perform the work, acting Attorney General John Hoffman said.
£123k payout for mesothelioma victims: VICTIMS of the asbestos-induced cancer mesothelioma who cannot trace a liable employer or an employers’ liability insurer will soon be able to apply for compensation packages worth an average of £123,000. The Government has increased this from the initial £115,000 debated in the House of Commons in January after making savings in the administration costs of the scheme.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (4)
Asbestos found in Honolulu Hale, fear of exposure to public: There’s fear that city leaders and the general public may have been exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos alert at Paisley’s RAH maternity ward: Concerns were raised yesterday after asbestos was found in a room at a Paisley hospital – not far from where new mums are giving birth.
Rockland County workers relocated after leak disturbs asbestos-wrapped pipe: Rockland County employees who work in an office where asbestos has been disturbed have been relocated until a cleanup can be done, a county spokesman said Thursday.
Asbestos permanently forces out residents of Denver apartments: Residents of a Denver apartment complex forced out after asbestos was discovered have been told they can’t go back, their leases are terminated , and they won’t see some of their belongings ever again.
MISC. (4)
Government to phase out asbestos roofing in Gauteng: The Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) will phase out hazardous asbestos roofing and replace it with tile roofing”, said Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane during her visit in Soshanguve on Sunday, 16 March 2014. Mokonyane’s visit came as part of an Imbizo that announced an intervention plan for the houses that were damaged by hailstorm in various parts of the province in December last year.
Asbestos worries remain for rail staff: Rail workers are still concerned about possible asbestos on KiwiRail’s Chinese-built locomotives despite tests showing only six were affected.
EWG Wonder Woman: Linda Reinstein of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization: First in a time-to-time series of EWG profiles of women leaders who are making a difference in environmental health. In June of 2003, Linda Reinstein found out that her husband Alan had a type of lung cancer called mesothelioma, caused by breathing asbestos. “I can treat it,” the surgeon told her, “but I can’t cure it.
Admiral Zumwalt – Mesothelioma Patient, Vietnam Veteran, Navy Trailblazer: Asbestos doesn’t discriminate. Age, sex, whether you were exposed to asbestos in a laboratory or from washing your husband’s dirty clothes from his job in construction — it doesn’t matter. And sadly, the toxin asbestos doesn’t consider it off-limits to hurt servicemen and women while they are sacrificing their lives to the call of duty. From the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps to the Navy, many men and women of the U.S. military have been exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma because of it. In fact, while veterans represent just eight percent of the nation’s population, veterans make up a significant amount of all known mesothelioma deaths, up to 30 percent. While every branch of the military handled or may have been exposed to asbestos prior to the 1970s, it was the Navy that was in particular contact with asbestos. So today, it is the Navy whose veterans are particularly suffering from mesothelioma.

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