Asbestos in the News: Issue 126

Asbestos in the News: Issue 126
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 (2)
Saltburn woman died of cancer caused by washing husband’s asbestos covered work clothes: A woman died from a terminal cancer caused by inhaling asbestos dust while she washed her husband’s work overalls.
Component in Spice May Help Slow Mesothelioma Growth: Yet another study has demonstrated the potential mesothelioma-fighting properties of curcumin, an anti-inflammatory polyphenol that is the primary component in the spice turmeric. The latest study suggests that applying curcumin along with cancer-fighting peptides may increase the levels of a protein inhibitor that can slow the progression of mesothelioma.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (8)
CU-NantBioScience Collaboration Targets Ral Protein for Treatment, Could Halt Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Growth: One of the keys to defeating mesothelioma, lung cancer, or any aggressive cancer, is to prevent it from metastasizing or spreading throughout the body. Earlier this month, MesotheliomaHelp reported on the discovery of a new gene that could help stop metastasis. Now, researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center report they have found a protein known to contribute to metastasis, and they aim to develop a novel therapy to target the protein to stop cancer growth.
Georgia Regents University Launches Immunotherapy Clinical Trial: The Georgia Regents University Cancer Center, a national leader in immunotherapy research, has opened its first clinical trial for mesothelioma patients.
Mesothelioma risk endures over long-term: Western Australian researchers have determined the risk of developing mesothelioma continues to increase even 40 years after a person’s first exposure to asbestos.
Possible Link between Asbestos and IPF: People who worked with asbestos drilling mud and other products that contained asbestos might already be well aware of the potential for serious health problems such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Asbestos Suspected in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: British researchers say they found evidence of a link between asbestos exposure and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a disease in which lung tissue thickens or scars and prevents oxygen from moving around the body. It is often diagnosed instead of asbestosis if the patient cannot recall being exposed to asbestos. The European Lung Foundation reported the new findings in September 2014.
New Treatments Have Improved Outcomes for Peritoneal Mesothelioma: The newest studies on peritoneal mesothelioma indicate that the outlook for people with this rare asbestos-linked cancer are better than ever.
Could High Breath Temperature Lead to a Mesothelioma Diagnosis?: Although there is nothing good about being diagnosed with mesothelioma, or any cancer, the saying “the sooner the better” is the best way to receive the diagnosis. An early diagnosis offers cancer patients the best chance at survival. However, most tests are invasive, expensive and slow-to-process leading patients to take the wait-and-see approach. Now, researchers report that a simple temperature reading of a patient’s exhaled breath could “change the way we currently diagnose the disease.”
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.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (7)
Huntington Beach Schools Suspend Asbestos Removal Effort In Response To Complaints: School officials in Huntington Beach have halted an asbestos abatement project after hearing complaints from parents and a vocal school board member.
UO moves to correct problems with worn asbestos floor tiles: A university contractor will begin sealing floors in 59 faculty and staff offices in two campus buildings Monday night as part of a project that will prevent the release of asbestos fibers from worn floor tiles.
Arctic College students concerned about asbestos in residence: A couple of minor renovations are raising major concerns for students and staff at Nunavut Arctic College’s Nunatta residence in Iqaluit.
Asbestos debris dumped near East Penn school; some residents want an investigation: Two East Penn School District residents on Monday urged board members to pursue an investigation of who dumped asbestos siding and other construction debris near Wescosville Elementary School.
High School Discovers Asbestos in Gym: A local high school’s cleanup is much more complicated after asbestos was found in the wreckage.
Wales Street Primary School principal formally stands aside following asbestos scare: Mr Sexton was removed to the department’s north-western regional office eight months ago while an investigation in relation to the asbestos found at the school was conducted.
Renovations in Haley Center see removal of asbestos: Rooms 3184 and 3194 in Haley Center were closed this week for asbestos removal with no threat to public health.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (10)
Next asbestos bankruptcy could see Garlock-style fight or Bondex-style deal: When the next asbestos-related bankruptcy occurs, the Garlock Sealing Technologies case and Bondex International case will provide the debtor with two separate approaches for resolving disputes over asbestos liability.
Watchdog faults EPA on failed asbestos tests: The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) internal watchdog criticized it for mismanaging tests on methods for demolishing buildings with asbestos.
Judge: Asbestos claimant only included defendants to keep case out of federal court: When determining whether the court had jurisdiction over an asbestos case, a Louisiana district judge has concluded that the claimant only joined certain defendants to the case in an effort to keep it in state court.
Difference in litigating asbestos cases in federal court? They have to be ‘worked up,’ lawyers say: Since asbestos cases have found their way back into federal courts across the nation, attorneys from both sides of the asbestos litigation field have agreed that litigating in district courts is nothing to be afraid of.
Serial offender fined $225,000 for illegally dumping asbestos waste: Serial dumper Dib Hanna has been fined $225,000 for illegally dumping 90 tonnes of building waste including asbestos in Picnic Point, in Sydney’s south west.
Louisiana Appeals Court Affirms $2.3 Million Award in Mesothelioma Survival Action: A Louisiana state appeals court has affirmed a $2.3 million verdict in a mesothelioma survival action, rejecting defense claims that the case was filed too late and that the decedent’s degree of suffering was insufficient to justify an excessive award.
Principal told to resign over students’ exposure to asbestos: The former principal of a Thornbury primary school, Chris Sexton, has “formally relinquished” his position at the school following a departmental investigation into the exposure of children to asbestos.
Wash. SC rules Workers’ Comp law doesn’t extend to asbestos-related diseases: The Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the exception to the state’s Workers’ Compensation law does not extend to asbestos-related diseases because it is impossible to have absolute knowledge that an injury is certain to occur.
Flint and Associates files asbestos case in St. Clair County: A man is suing dozens of companies he alleges manufactured products responsible for giving him mesothelioma.
£170,000 award for rail worker’s widow: SWINDON widow Mary Neil has received a six-figure payout following the death of her husband, who was exposed to asbestos on a daily basis while working for British Rail for more than 40 years.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (5)
Construction Violations Released Asbestos Into Denver Apartments: Steve and Kim Weiner are so afraid of the health conditions in their apartment they won’t even let family help them move out.
A ticking timebomb: The asbestos compensation crisis facing Greater Manchester’s town halls: Town hall bosses throughout Greater Manchester are facing a ‘ticking timebomb’ of mounting claims from people struck down with conditions linked to deadly asbestos.
Asbestos complicates HVAC, roofing work at McKean County Courthouse: The McKean County Commissioners have authorized a contract with Northeastern Environmental Management of Bradford to encapsulate up to 1,000 linear feet of asbestos-containing pipe insulation in the McKean County Courthouse.
Asbestos concern closes Capitol Shopping Center in Dover: The Capitol Shopping Center at 1026-1056 N. DuPont Highway will remain closed until an asbestos abatement is complete.
Leaking pipes lead to discovery of asbestos: Leaking pipes in the Vista Dining Center led Mt. Hood’s facilities personnel to the discovery of asbestos in ceilings over the Student Union this summer.
MISC. (2)
Fleet-wide check under way after asbestos found on Naval ships: A FLEET-WIDE CHECK of all Irish Naval Service ships is now under way, after asbestos was found on board a number of vessels.
Mr Fluffy homes can be demolished safely, asbestos taskforce head Andrew Kefford says: As Canberrans turn their minds to the hazards of a mass demolition of Mr Fluffy asbestos houses, Asbestos Taskforce head Andrew Kefford has moved to reassure people it can be done safely.

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