Asbestos in the News: Issue 122

Asbestos in the News: Issue 122
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 34 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Decontamination ordered after botched asbestos job in Winnipeg home: The province has ordered two local companies to decontaminate a house after a botched asbestos-removal job forced a family from their Winnipeg home.
Asbestos remains in many older homes: Renovations can be stressful for a homeowner, especially when dealing with an older home where asbestos may be hiding under old flooring or around heating ducts.
Asbestos pushed in Asia as product for the poor: The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at a conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world’s poorest people.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (10)
Australian Doctors Use Bacteria to Shrink Mesothelioma Tumors: Could bacteria responsible for problems ranging from sinusitis to food poisoning be used as a weapon in the fight against malignant mesothelioma? The results of a new study conducted by mesothelioma researchers at the University of Western Australia suggest that it might.
NIH Will Test Immunotherapy Vaccine for Preventing Cancer Recurrence: Researchers hope the vaccine they soon will begin testing in humans will prevent or delay the recurrence of some cancers. Patients with pleural mesothelioma will be among the first to receive the H1299 lysate vaccine with an Iscomatrix adjuvant. The vaccine is a form of immunotherapy designed to trigger the body’s immune system into preventing new cancer growth.
Absence of amplification of the FGFR1-gene in human malignant mesothelioma of the pleura: a pilot study: Mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare malignant disease with a worse outcome. Fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGFR1) may be an interesting target for selective tyrosine kinases inhibitors (TKI) in MPM.
Veterans and Mesothelioma: Coming Home with a Covert Condition: Veterans comprise about one-third of mesothelioma diagnoses. The Veterans Administration urges veterans to watch for mesothelioma signs and symptoms.
Mesothelioma Patients Encouraged to Prepare for Surgery to Ease Recovery: Earlier this month, thoracic nurse Lisa Hyde-Barrett offered suggestions to mesothelioma patients for mentally preparing for their upcoming surgery. She reports that by mentally preparing first, patients will recover faster. Preparation does not stop there though, being in good physical shape and knowledgeable about the procedure can help ease stress and result in an easier recovery.
Which Mesothelioma Surgery Should You Consider?: Patients with mesothelioma are sometimes faced with surgical options to remove damaged tissue and/or organ parts. Patients rely on advice from specialists and surgeons treating them, but there are some factors that might be overlooked: physical and genetic characteristics of the patient.
UPenn Glowing Cancer Cells May Help Mesothelioma Surgeons Removal All Traces of Cancer: We just reported that the University of Pennsylvania was awarded an $8 million grant for mesothelioma research. Now, Penn reports another breakthrough that could soon help mesothelioma patients – glowing tumors.
New Research Finds Mesothelioma Surgery Outcomes Can Be Improved: Research conducted at three major European and Canadian medical centers finds that the benefits of a controversial surgical procedure called extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) can outweigh the risks for mesothelioma patients, under the right conditions.
New Research Finds Cholesterol Drugs No Match for Mesothelioma: Researchers at the University of Western Australia say statin drugs used to treat high cholesterol are not likely to be of any help against pleural mesothelioma, despite their anti-cancer properties.
Pain Pill Granted Fast-Track Status by FDA May Offer Relief to Mesothelioma Patients: Mesothelioma is a serious and rare cancer that occurs in individuals that have either inhaled or swallowed asbestos fibers. The cancer is aggressive and extremely painful with nearly every patient suffering from some form of pain. Many patients use around-the-clock pain medication but still suffer from extreme pain.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (3)
Universities confirm asbestos in student bedrooms: More than 3,000 students in Wales slept last year in university bedrooms containing asbestos, BBC Wales has learned.
Asbestos removal complete at Southwest Elementary: Asbestos has been removed from floor tiles in eight Southwest Elementary School classrooms.
Union-Endicott High School Reopens After Asbestos Removal: School officials say the asbestos was mainly located in the building’s ceiling tiles and has been removed.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (12)
West Herts NHS trust fined nearly £90,000 over asbestos risk: An NHS trust which put staff at risk to exposure from asbestos for 11 years has been ordered to pay nearly £90,000 by a court.
Family of member who died from asbestos receive compensation: The family of a Newcastle upon Tyne retired firefighter, who died from incurable asbestos cancer, has received compensation for his death.
Defendants win summary judgment in Okla. take-home asbestos exposure case: An Oklahoma federal judge has granted summary judgment for three defendants in a take-home asbestos exposure case, concluding two box manufacturing companies and a boiler manufacturer did not owe a duty of care to a former plant supervisor’s wife.
Man wins £275k payout for school asbestos exposure: A man who claims he developed terminal cancer after being exposed to asbestos while a schoolboy in Devon has been given a council payout of £275,000.
Former tenants and owners given access to Mr Fluffy details: The Government has shifted ground on allowing former tenants and owners access to details about Mr Fluffy homes, saying it will accept a statutory declaration as proof someone lived in a house.
Leominster company assessed $19K in penalties for asbestos violations: A Leominster licensed asbestos removal contractor will pay $5,000 in fines after reportedly failing to follow asbestos-removal regulations.
Martinsburg VA hospital cited for asbestos: State regulators have cited the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg for improperly disposing of materials containing asbestos
Widow’s $2.8 million mesothelioma award in jeopardy: A Madison Township woman who won a $2.86 million jury award in a lawsuit over her husband’s death from lung cancer has been told that verdict has been reversed.
Oil worker suing over asbestos: A FORMER North Sea oil worker is suing Shell after he was allegedly exposed to deadly asbestos dust more than 40 years ago.
Former worker at New Orleans port files suit after contracting mesothelioma: A former employee working at the New Orleans and Baton Rouge ports has filed suit against numerous companies for their alleged negligence in exposing the employee to asbestos which resulted in the contraction of mesothelioma.
RPM Resolves Asbestos Lawsuit, Establishes Trust Fund: RPM International Inc. settled a lawsuit that resolves personal injury asbestos-related claims related to Bondex International, Inc.
North Tonawanda man spared prison in federal asbestos fraud case: A North Tonawanda was spared prison Friday on his misdemeanor conviction as an accessory to false asbestos reporting in the Kensington Towers Apartment complex abatement project.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Asbestos concerns at Ausgrid depot: There is concern energy workers may have been exposed to asbestos at an Ausgrid depot near Toukley on the Central Coast.
Asbestos find delays re-opening of Woolton Hill church hall: THE re-opening of Woolton Hill church hall has been delayed until next month following the discovery of asbestos.
Mid Devon Council under fire over botched asbestos removal in Crediton: Mid Devon District Council could face legal action after reports that Crediton residents may have been exposed to lethal brown asbestos.
MISC. (3)
Mine Tales: Arizona has huge deposits of asbestos: More than 95 percent of the asbestos used in the United States is the chrysotile type in the serpentine family, which is the least harmful of the six different silicate minerals which comprise asbestos.
EPA Looks to the Future and Eventually Leaving Libby: More than a decade after one of the largest Superfund projects in American history got underway in Lincoln County, local, state and federal officials are now looking toward the future and thinking about how the Libby asbestos cleanup will end. Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency will meet with local officials later this year to discuss what type of institutional controls to put in place once the federal agency wraps up its cleanup and hands it over to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.
EPA Investigating Asbestos Removal: The Environmental Protection Agency has opened a criminal investigation at the former School for the Blind”in Lansing after workers hired to remove asbestos by MAC Contracting filed a safety complaint.

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