Asbestos in the News: Issue 113

Asbestos in the News: Issue 113
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 (2)
State ends inmate asbestos-cleaning program: Washington state has ended a program that used prisoners to remove asbestos-containing material.
Can Mesothelioma Be Genetic?: A new study out of Italy suggests that a person is more likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma if a sibling has the disease. That is especially true if both siblings were also exposed to asbestos.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (8)
New Cases Of Asbestos Related Disease Deaths Keep Coming: A recent coroner’s inquest has investigated the life and death of a man who was diagnosed with malignant plural mesothelioma – the most deadly form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure. A ruling of death as a result of industrial disease was the coroner’s conclusion, and the ruling continues to highlight the growing number of people affected by exposure to the deadly dust.
Using Genes to Predict Mesothelioma Chemotherapy Response: British genetic researchers say a mesothelioma patient’s genes can influence their response to chemotherapy and the knowledge may open the door for more individualized and successful mesothelioma treatments.
New Study Says Lung Removing Surgery Still Riskier, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: Thoracic surgeons and biostatisticians from some of the country’s top research centers say extrapleural pneumonectomy, the most invasive surgical treatment for pleural mesothelioma, is more likely to cause serious problems for patients. Click here to read the story, which has just been posted online by Surviving Mesothelioma.
Upregulated spindle pathway genes identified in aggressive mesothelioma: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) can be stratified according to three distinct molecular subtypes, a finding that could be of potential therapeutic importance, report US researchers.
New Report May Help Doctors Predict Chemotherapy Success: Scientists say testing for the structural glycoprotein osteopontin in mesothelioma tissue samples could help streamline the process of selecting an effective treatment.
Study Finds Higher Risk with Mesothelioma EPP Surgery: Yet another team of researchers is weighing in on the ongoing debate over the different kinds of surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma and the news is not good for patients considering the most invasive approach.
Asbestos timebomb: Deaths set to peak over next two years, says family who lost grandad: THE family of a man who died after years of exposure to asbestos have warned of a “ticking timebomb” as deaths from the disease are expected to peak over the next two years.
UKATA challenges commonly held view that asbestos related diseases are a thing of the past: Mesothelioma does not always come from exposure to asbestos, but with estimates suggesting over 1.5 million buildings in the UK still contain asbestos, including schools, flats and as many as 50,000 farm structures, the Emmerdale storyline is relevant. Whilst it does not cause any harm left undisturbed, if damaged when removed during building work or when crumbling materials release asbestos dust, when inhaled it can be a killer.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (5)
Mooers school closed due to asbestos: The interim superintendent for the Northeastern Clinton Central Schools said Mooers Elementary School will be closed Monday due to the discovery of asbestos at a nearby demolition site.
Brea School Closed due to Asbestos Concerns after Earthquake: Last month, the Orange County Register reported that parts of an elementary school in Brea would be temporarily closed after an earthquake caused dust and debris in the school. The school was built in the 1970’s, and the earthquake damaged some materials that are believed to contain asbestos.
Radford asbestos removal disrupts faculty, staff: The English and foreign languages and literatures departments are relocating faculty and staff offices to Clow Social Science Center from April through July while crews remove asbestos from Radford Hall’s second and third floors.
Asbestos Floor Tile Will Be Removed From Two Schools: A contract firm will remove asbestos floor tiles from two Meramec Valley School District schools over the summer vacation.
Asbestos removal projects planned for Roundhouse: One asbestos removal project was approved while another was let out to bid by the school board for the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse project during a meeting Monday.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (8)
Pandora’s Box: Dems Should Pay Close Attention to Victims Facing Asbestos Perjury Claims: A slow-motion train wreck in one of America’s longest running personal injury communities is expanding beyond legal theory, potentially dragging hundreds of families back into lawsuits they thought were settled — families that already endured heartbreaking litigation over asbestos-related cancers.
NYCAL judge consolidates eight asbestos cases for trials: The New York Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) has agreed to consolidate eight asbestos lawsuits into three separate trial groups set to begin in September.
MDL judge dismisses 22 defendants in Ohio maritime asbestos case: Nearly one month after the multidistrict litigation court granted approximately 6,000 motions of dismissal in Ohio maritime asbestos lawsuits, Judge Eduardo Robreno has upheld his prior decision dismissing Ohio claims for lack of personal jurisdiction in yet another mass dismissal.
Chemical company sues insurer over asbestos defense costs: A chemical company has filed suit against the insurance company it claims failed to protect it from damages it sustained in an asbestos-related lawsuit.
$980K asbestos verdict against Cleaver Brooks affirmed in deceased boiler worker’s case: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld a jury’s $980,000 verdict in an asbestos lawsuit, affirming the jury’s liability apportionment based on the defendant’s failure to provide proper evidence against other entities.
Mr Fluffy victims may sue ACT government: Lawyers are investigating the possibility of a class action against the ACT government for the loss in value of homes affected by Mr Fluffy insulation and the difficulties in selling the contaminated properties.
California Appeals Court Upholds $5 Million Verdict for Malignant Mesothelioma Patient: Kazan Law partners Frank Fernandez and Dianna Lyons, now retired, won the original verdict last March for Hellam, a 66 year-old motivational speaker and former police officer. Kazan Law attorneys Ted Pelletier and Ian Rivamonte led the successful appeal. The appellate court held that evidence supported the finding that Crane’s gaskets and cement were defectively designed because they emitted and exposed Hellam to significant levels of toxic asbestos fibers during ordinary use. The court agreed that the jury rightly attributed Crane’s products being a cause of Hellam’s malignant mesothelioma.
Whitinsville builders penalized $37,625 for asbestos violations: Town and Country Builders of Whitinsville and its owner, Denis Latour, were fined $37,625 by the state Department of Environmental Protection for failing to follow safe and legal asbestos removal procedures during a project in Uxbridge.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (1)
Federal study: Asbestos exposure okay for short term at Alexandria apartment complex: The amount of airborne asbestos at Alexandria’s Hunting Point apartments is not enough to harm people who breathe it for weeks or months, a federal study has concluded, but there is not enough data to make long-term predictions.
MISC. (1)
Asbestos losses likely to continue to ‘bleed through’ insurers’ earnings, report says: A recent report detailing the impact of asbestos liability on insurance companies shows a steady loss of $2 billion annually that doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

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