Asbestos in the News: Issue 112

Asbestos in the News: Issue 112
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 27 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (4)
Scientists Call For a Total Ban on Cancer Causing Asbestos: Scientists at the Collegium Ramazzini in Modena, Italy have repeated calls for a total ban on all asbestos across the globe. The Collegium points out that just 52 nations have banned asbestos but a large number still use, import and export asbestos and asbestos-containing products. Asbestos can refer to any of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals, serpentine asbestos, also known as chrysotile or white asbestos accounts for 95per cent of all asbestos use. The amphibole minerals: amosite (brown asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos), and tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite, are no longer used. Asbestos can withstand fire, heat and acid, is strong and insulates against heat and sound. But, it is a potent cancer-causing material account for 5-7per cent of lung cancers in men internationally and effecting the health of millions.
Ed Lauter’s family sues TV networks over asbestos claims: Ed Lauter’s relatives have filed a lawsuit over allegations the actor’s cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos in TV studios.
Doctor proposes groundbreaking funding scheme to fight mesothelioma: A SPECIALIST in respiratory diseases has proposed a groundbreaking scheme to address the lack of funding into the mesothelioma.
Governments have no excuse for asbestos delays: The detrimental effects of exposure to asbestos were first noted by Pliny the Younger in the first century AD. Were the noted Roman writer and lawyer alive today, he might also observe that asbestos has another curious but equally insidious habit, that of inducing lethargy in governments. Australian state and federal administrations were slow to wake up to the hazards posed by blue and brown asbestos, slower still in their efforts to ban its use and bring asbestos building products manufacturers to account for their carelessness, and positively sluggish in their attempts to ensure the satisfactory clean-up and disposal of this deadly product.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (4)
Mesothelioma Patients Should Work with Their Doctors to Manage Neuropathy: Mesothelioma patients often face months of treatment to fight back the growing cancer cells in their body. Most often, though, these same treatments can result in side effects that cause sickness, infections and pain. While many patients are aware of these side effects, some patients are caught off guard from the lesser known side effect, neuropathy, which can potentially become debilitating.
10 people in hemp sack recycling centers reportedly dead from asbestos-related sickness: A survey from an association shows that at least 10 people who were working at or lived near hemp sack recycling plants in Sakai, Osaka have died from asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma. The group is demanding that the Sakai Municipal Government look into the problem as it is just the “tip of the iceberg.
Biomarker May Predict Chemotherapy Response in Mesothelioma: Cancer researchers in Japan say they may have found a way to help predict which mesothelioma patients are most likely to respond well to treatment with Alimta.
Phase II Study Finds Lower-Cost Mesothelioma Drug Safe and Effective: Scientists in the Thoracic Oncology Unit at Mexico’s National Cancer Institute say continuous infusions of low-dose Gemzar (gemcitabine) with cisplatin appear to be a safe and effective alternative to standard mesothelioma chemotherapy. Click here to read about the new study on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (3)
Olympia Brown fieldhouse closed due to asbestos work: Olympia Brown Elementary School’s fieldhouse is temporarily closed for professional cleaning and asbestos abatement, according to Racine Unified spokeswoman Stacy Tapp.
Kids exposing themselves to asbestos at former Bucknall school site: CHILDREN are risking their lives by inadvertently exposing themselves to asbestos at a former school site.
School board OKs architect work, Tech asbestos review: The St. Cloud school board on Wednesday approved the Technical High School asbestos abatement project review and comment report, which the district will submit to the Minnesota Department of Education. Asbestos abatement will take place at the high school this summer.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (10)
Company fined $37K for asbestos violations: A company has been fined more than $37,000 for not following safety procedures during an asbestos removal project at a multi-family residence in Uxbridge, Mass.
Legal advice sought after dozens potentially exposed to asbestos on Irish naval ship: A NUMBER OF naval personnel thought to have been exposed to asbestos after carrying out maintenance work on the LÉ Ciara are now seeking legal advice.
Federal judge upholds use of removal statute, orders new complaint in asbestos case: An Illinois federal judge has found removal of an asbestos case to his court under the federal officer removal statute to be proper.
Reagan agrees with defense in asbestos case removal; Federal officer statute upheld: U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan has denied remand of an asbestos lawsuit to Madison County finding in favor of defendants’ “federal officer” removal statute argument.
Brake manufacturer wins Calif. jury verdict in asbestos case: A brake linings manufacturer received a defense verdict after what its attorneys consider the most challenging friction case their firm has seen in its 38 years of asbestos litigation.
Fears court reforms to deny dying former shipyard workers justice: DYING former shipyard workers face being denied justice under Scottish government plans to reform the country’s civil courts, campaigners have warned.
Asbestos risk lingers as more Mr Fluffy home owners consider legal action: The ACT government could face legal action from Mr Fluffy home owners and tradesman who contract deadly mesothelioma from residual loose-fill asbestos in the properties.
Insurer, Bondex want to use sealed evidence of asbestos attorneys’ misrepresentations: An insurer of Pittsburgh Corning Corporation and Bondex International are the latest companies to seek the evidence of “misrepresentation” by asbestos attorneys that was referenced in a landmark January ruling.
Wisconsinites can look to Ohio for effects of new asbestos transparency law: As Wisconsin asbestos courtrooms and attorneys prepare for the changes the new asbestos transparency bill provides, referencing the experience with Ohio’s similar bill passed in 2012 could indicate less hectic courtrooms in the future.
Louisiana House quickly passes bill to restrict mesothelioma: Without any debate or discussion, the Louisiana House passed a bill that would place restrictions on where lawsuits relating to “latent diseases,” such as mesothelioma, can be filed.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Asbestos found in Brussels metro: A technician working for the Brussels public transport company MIVB discovered the presence of asbestos in an old metro carriage.
EPA: Workers mishandled asbestos while renovating Hunting Point apartments: Renovations at the Hunting Point apartment complex screeched to a sudden halt last week after the Environmental Protection Agency revealed workers were inappropriately handling materials containing asbestos.
MISC. (4)
30 more may have been exposed to asbestos on navy ship: It is now being claimed that 30 civilian workers could also have been exposed to potentially lethal asbestos while carrying out routine maintenance on a Naval Service ship.
Insurers urged to fund research into asbestos cancer: Lung experts say the insurance industry should fund research into the deadly asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma.
Asbestos fear sparks picket of Parliament Square construction site: WORK was shut down at the Parliament Square construction site in Hobart yesterday as concerns over asbestos sparked a war of words between the developer and Unions Tasmania.
Homes with Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation should be demolished, says safety chief: The head of Australia’s federal Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, Peter Tighe, said he would not allow his family to live in a home affected by Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation and that Canberra’s 1050 Mr Fluffy homes should be ”demolished”.

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