Asbestos in the News: Issue 125

Asbestos in the News: Issue 125
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 28 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (1)
How asbestos exposure leads to mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the lungs. It is caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral fiber the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says was once “added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.”
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (9)
WA tops country as ‘third wave’ deadly asbestos victims diagnosed: West Australians are being diagnosed with mesothelioma at a higher rate than anywhere else in the country, with two out of every three victims likely to have contracted the deadly disease at work.
Aggressive Therapy Shows Hope for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients: Repeating an aggressive procedure that removes recurring cancer tumors from a patient’s abdominal cavity and bathes the area in a heated chemotherapy solution is extending the lives of some peritoneal mesothelioma patients.
Doctors Find Lower Treatment Response in Those with Rare Type of Mesothelioma: Researchers say patients with the rarest and most deadly subtype of mesothelioma are least likely to have good outcomes with chemotherapy treatment.
Understanding asbestos and mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the lungs. It is caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral fiber the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says was once “added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.”
Study Suggests Asbestos Bans May Take Decades to Lower Mesothelioma Rates: Italy’s 1992 asbestos ban is expected to cause a significant decrease in the number of mesothelioma cases in the country – but not for at least another decade. Researchers in the Occupational Health Unit of the Local health Authority of Padua reached that conclusion after studying 1,600 Italian pleural mesothelioma cases over a 23 year period.
‘Variations’ in mesothelioma care: More needs to be done to ensure people who suffer from asbestos-related cancer are seen by specialist doctors, a new report has suggested.
Killer Asbestos: When most people hear the word asbestos, they think of lead paint, yellow Formica counter tops, Happy Days lunch boxes, and children riding bikes without helmets. Asbestos is thought to be a thing that died years ago. Most folks live their lives without ever worrying about asbestos exposure and the horrible disease associated with it, mesothelioma. Those people would be shocked to learn that asbestos is still around and still a threat. Just ask Heather, a woman who continues to battle cancer because of it.
New Study Suggests Mesothelioma Diagnosis May be Possible from Lung Fluid Alone: A team of Japanese cancer researchers say mesothelioma can be diagnosed using a sample of excess lung fluid – but only if the test is performed at exactly the right time.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cases linked with asbestos exposure: Some cases of the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) may be linked with asbestos exposure, according to the results of a new study.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (3)
Asbestos removal underway at Greenall High School: Workers are continuing to remove asbestos insulation that was disturbed during an August wind storm that rocked the Greenall High School, east of Regina.
Swampscott school’s asbestos test negative after early dismissal: School Committee Chairman Ted Delano said today should be a normal day at Hadley Elementary School after students and staff were dismissed early Friday due to concerns of asbestos in crumbling plaster at the century-old building.
Angelakis explains Hadley evacuation: Pamela Angelakis, Swampscott Superintendent of Schools, released Hadley Elementary School students and staff early today. Earlier this morning she was informed by her staff that two small areas of crumbling plaster had been observed in the school building. Out of an abundance of caution , Students and staff were released immediately so that the material could be tested for the possible presence of asbestos.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (7)
High-Profile Asbestos Cases Leave Judges Pondering Trust: America’s longest-running personal injury litigation arena is approaching full disruption, with high-profile cases and finger-pointing on issues ranging from concealing evidence to judges in the nation’s largest trial court feeling “sad” at the disrespect shown by lawyers.
Ind. court says plaintiff misrepresented work history in asbestos suit: An Indiana appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s conclusion that an asbestos decedent was not a credible witness after “misrepresenting” his work history, thus leading expert witnesses to believe he was exposed to a greater amount of asbestos fibers during his employment.
Order allowing punitive damages in NYC asbestos cases violated state law: Asbestos defendants opposing punitive damages in the New York City Asbestos Litigation court have requested a stay on the order in order to renew and reargue the issue.
New asbestos compo plan ‘morally bankrupt’: ASBESTOS victims have rejected a “morally bankrupt” proposal for James Hardie to ditch lump sum compensation packages in favour of instalment payments.
Salinas nursing home, contractors settle asbestos-related lawsuit: A lawsuit settlement reached between a Salinas nursing home and contractors for violating asbestos-related laws netted $295,000 in civil penalties and costs, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
Family of former Goodyear subsidiary employee awarded $18.6 million in asbestos-related case: A jury in Dallas County, Texas, has awarded an $18.6 million verdict to the family of a former employee at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. subsidiary. The employee died of mesothelioma in 2009 after being exposed to asbestos at his job, said Chris Panatier, lead counsel for the family and partner at Dallas-based Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC.
Asbestos Litigation Summit Tackles Issues of Trust: The insular and well-heeled world of American asbestos litigation is gathering atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill this week for what amounts to an annual current-events snapshot, and this year things may get a bit testy in the industry triangle of plaintiff attorneys, defense firms and insurance companies.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (5)
Asbestos discovery delays reopening of Horsham’s Costas: The reopening of Costa in Horsham town centre has been delayed following the discovery of asbestos inside the coffee shop.
War veteran fears asbestos poisoning after housing association neglect: A war veteran has told of his fears of asbestos poisoning after a housing association failed to repair a damaged ceiling in his home.
Capitol Hill Employees Worry About Asbestos Exposure: The asbestos emergency that temporarily closed the House side of the Capitol was a scary ordeal for Architect of the Capitol and Capitol Police employees working the overnight shift.
Asbestos could kick Stamford cops out of station: What started as a project to upgrade heating and air conditioning systems in the city’s police station now has the city facing OSHA violations and possibly $50 million or more for a new building project.
Asbestos closes Cambridge council chambers: The city council chambers have been closed to the public after asbestos was detected in the ductwork and crawl space.
MISC. (3)
Owners of asbestos-contaminated homes fear they could be forced out of neighbourhoods: Members of the Mr Fluffy homeowners’ group are outraged at the suggestion homes could be subject to a compulsory buyback, with owners forced to compete on the open market to get their blocks back.
Joe Sample, jazz pianist and Crusaders co-founder, dead from mesothelioma 75: Joe Sample, jazz pianist and founding member of the Crusaders, died Friday from mesothelioma. He was 75.
The Dangers Of Removing Asbestos: Asbestos is one of the most dangerous fibers that are usually present in older homes. It poses serious health risks, thus, needs to be removed and disposed of by licensed professionals. Because of the dangers it causes and the nature it has, it is recommended that you hire a professional asbestos removal company to do the removal for you.

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