Asbestos in the News: Issue 110

Asbestos in the News: Issue 110
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 31 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (5)
Group to advocate asbestos bylaw at Saskatoon council: A group of health advocates wants Saskatoon to consider an asbestos bylaw.
Dire warning on Mr Fluffy asbestos in Canberra homes: ACT home owners whose properties have Mr Fluffy loose asbestos should be forced by the government to have an asbestos management plan – bringing them under the same laws that govern all commercial buildings, workers’ advocates say.
Yale faces mounting pressure from asbestos victims to revoke honorary degree: Pressure is mounting to persuade Yale University to revoke an honorary degree it gave to a Swiss billionaire convicted of causing thousands of asbestos-related deaths in Italy.
Calls for more asbestos awareness after fears of a ‘third wave’ of diseases: A Broken Hill contractor is urging renovators to be aware of asbestos in their homes, after concerns a spike in diseases caused by the material is on the horizon.
Asbestos at 21 francophone schools cleaned up: Parents of students in the Francophone North-East school district are breathing a little easier, now that asbestos in several of the schools has been cleaned up.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (8)
Japan Study Shows Chemotherapy Remains Best Mesothelioma Treatment: The long-standing chemotherapy combination of cisplatin and pemetrexed will remain the front-line treatment regimen for mesothelioma patients in the foreseeable future, despite recent efforts to develop newer and more effective drugs.
Mesothelioma Blood Test May Save Lives through Earlier Diagnosis: There is new evidence that a blood test for a biomarker called N-ERC/mesothelin could help identify mesothelioma earlier and improve outcomes in people at risk for the disease.
Review Shows Spine Procedure May Help Mesothelioma Pain: In a study published in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care and recently posted on the Surviving Mesothelioma website, British researchers say a spinal procedure called cordotomy may relieve the pain of late-stage pleural mesothelioma. Click here to read the study details.
Novel cancer vaccine promising against ovarian cancer and mesothelioma: A protein engineered to combine a molecule targeting a tumor-cell-surface antigen with another protein that stimulates several immune functions was found to prolong survival in animal models of both ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. This novel approach to cancer immunotherapy may provide a new and cost-effective weapon against some of the most deadly tumors.
Italy’s MolMed close to announcing cancer drug results: Italy’s MolMed is close to presenting results from Phase III clinical trials of a new cancer treatment that could represent a turning point for the biotech company, its founder said on Wednesday. The Milan-based company has developed the NGR-hTNF molecule to treat mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos, and expects to announce results of the trials by the end of June, Claudio Bordignon told Reuters.
Breast Cancer Drug Shrinks Mesothelioma Tumors in Mice: There is new evidence that a drug used to fight breast cancer may offer a new way to treat the intractable lung-related cancer, malignant pleural mesothelioma. Scientists at Rome’s Regina Elena National Cancer Institute have recently published some encouraging findings on the drug Aromasin (exemestane) in the journal Molecular Cancer.
Eat to Defeat: 7 Immune Boosting Foods: There is an abundance of research demonstrating the importance of a strong immune system in the fight against mesothelioma and other types of cancer. Including a variety of immune-boosting foods can help you fight off the disease or prevent it from taking root in the first place. In general, a diet based mostly around plants, which includes many different colors of fruits and vegetables, will provide you with a good balance of nutrients and antioxidants. But if you’re looking for an extra boost, here are seven immune-boosting foods you can make sure to have in your diet.
Deadly asbestos fibres continue their ripple effect: Asbestos may have been banned from Australian manufacturing since the mid-1980s but the effects continue to be felt beyond the initial victims and decades after the prohibition of the deadly fibres.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (3)
Cedar Grove schools spend on asbestos monitoring, new doors and other projects: Asbestos abatement will begin June 24 at South End Elementary School in preparation for a $242,000 boiler replacement project, Fetherman said. AHERA Consultants of Atlantic County will work on asbestos monitoring and project management for $13,575.
Asbestos insulation getting removed at GDCI: The second phase of a large improvement project at Goderich District Collegiate Institute (GDCI) has been approved. Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) trustees gave the go ahead on a tender for the replacement of existing steam boilers and air handling units at the school, as well as the removal of asbestos insulation.
Council and building firm fined for asbestos exposure during school refurbishment: Stafford Crown Court heard two joiners were cutting through a large built-in cupboard in the nursery class when they noticed unidentified material nailed to the back of it. They showed this to their site manager, who allowed them to carry on dismantling the cupboard and to detach the material. However, the material was asbestos insulating board, which by law should only be moved by a licensed asbestos removal contractor. The court heard the joiners used an ordinary vacuum cleaner to clear up dust and debris, which would also have spread asbestos fibres in the air.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (10)
Asbestos death £70,000 payout for Doncaster rail worker: The family of a dad whose life was cut short by asbestos exposure have been awarded £70,000 in compensation.
Scott Walker signs asbestos trust transparency bill: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker passed Assembly Bill 19 on Thursday, which requires plaintiffs to disclose claims they have filed or anticipate filing against asbestos trusts to prevent double-dipping and ensure solvency of the asbestos trust.
Bristol developer fined for breaking asbestos safety code: A Bristol property company has been fined nearly £10,000 after it exposed employees to asbestos while working on a former Marks and Spencer shop building.
NYCAL consolidates 17 asbestos trials: The New York City Asbestos Litigation court has granted plaintiffs law firm Weitz & Luxenberg’s motion to consolidate 17 asbestos trials into six separate groups for joint trial.
Judge To Give Aetna Access To Asbestos Claim Files: Aetna won a judicial ruling giving it access to filings made by asbestos claimants in the bankruptcy of gasket maker Garlock Sealing Technologies, opening a new front in the battle between plaintiff lawyers and companies that accuse them of double-dipping and fraud.
MDL dismisses nearly 6,000 asbestos lawsuits: Nearly 6,000 asbestos cases in the Multidistrict Litigation court against shipowner defendants have been dismissed.
Manufacturer’s Lonely Quest To Open Asbestos Claims Files Gains Strength: A manufacturer’s stubborn crusade to open up the records of thousands of claims in asbestos cases has drawn the support of big names like Ford and Aetna, as they join in the effort to uncover evidence that lawyers have been gaming the multibillion-dollar system with conflicting stories about how their clients got sick.
Building firm fined for exposing workers to asbestos dust in house: A building firm has been fined £5,000 after exposing two of its employees to asbestos dust while working at a house.
New Asbestosis Disease Lawsuit Filed in California: Larry H. Speer was hit with a diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma this past December. Mesothelioma, which is a form of asbestosis disease, is a grievous condition triggered by exposure to asbestos fibers. There is no known cure. But Speer is wasting no time in an attempt to provide for his family and hold those entities allegedly responsible for his disease to account.
California appeals court affirms $6.5 million asbestos verdict: A California appeals court has upheld a Los Angeles County Superior Court’s jury verdict in a commercial plumber’s asbestos lawsuit.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (4)
Asbestos gone, St. Charles library ready to re-open: The St. Charles Public Library will reopen Saturday after closing for a week to handle an asbestos problem discovered during the course of renovations. Interior upgrades will continue for several more weeks as the library continues a process of using limited funds to adjust to community needs following rejection of an attempted tax increase in 2010.
Dozens Displaced From Asbestos Contamination: Dozens of families in Pueblo are still out of their homes because of an asbestos contamination. Ten units were evacuated at an apartment complex on Vinewood Lane in Pueblo, off Northern Avenue and Pueblo Boulevard. The complex is owned by a company called Emerald Isle Lending.
Asbestos crisis at Lords: ASBESTOS fibres were found at Lords recreation centre last week, prompting the City of Subiaco to close the facility indefinitely.
Khyber asbestos risks don’t concern Heritage Trust: Halifax has told the tenants of the city-owned Khyber building they have to leave by April 1 because there’s asbestos in the walls, but not all tenants are concerned.
MISC. (1)
Plan to eradicate asbestos roofs underway: Last month the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements told the portfolio committee that it is planning to eradicate all asbestos roofs in houses as they posed a health hazard represented the legacy of the apartheid era.

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