Asbestos in the News: Issue 127

Asbestos in the News: Issue 127
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 31 stories we thought may interest you!
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U of M prof diagnosed with mesothelioma speaks out over asbestos: A University of Manitoba professor with a rare form of cancer often linked with exposure to asbestos has a warning. Patricia Martens wants others to be aware and be safe.
Workman Industries slapped with 21 penalties in 5 years: Workman Industries, a Winnipeg company that claims it can remove asbestos safely, has been in trouble with the Manitoba government for inadequate work 21 times in five years.
Component in Asian Spice Could Slow Mesothelioma Tumor Growth: The active ingredient in a common Asian spice is being scrutinized closely now for its ability to inhibit the growth of mesothelioma tumor cells, prompting scientists to search for a derivative that can be absorbed easily in the blood stream.
Mesothelioma May be Controlled by Blocking Energy Sources of Cancer Cells: MesotheliomaHelp has offered a variety of articles recently about discoveries in the lab that could halt metastasis in aggressive cancers, such as mesothelioma. Researchers have identified several proteins that, when targeted by anti-cancer drugs, will halt the growth and spread of cancer. Now, researchers report they have found the protein that provides the energy for cells that allow them to migrate to other organs.
Mesothelioma Patients Encouraged to Seek Out Clinical Trials: Two cancer experts from MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas say patients with mesothelioma should be encouraged to take part in clinical trials, not only to help themselves, but to help others who may develop the disease.
Tragic mum was exposed to the ‘lightest dusting’ of asbestos: A popular mum developed an incurable cancer after ‘the lightest dusting’ of exposure to asbestos as a teenager – an inquest has heard.
New Mesothelioma Study Says Mice Cured by Immuntherapy “Cocktail”: Scientists at the University of Western Australia say a combination of three drugs that target immune system proteins has the power to knock out mesothelioma in mice.
Mesothelioma Patients Likely to Benefit from UK Recommendation of Use of Radiation for Small-Cell Lung Cancer: Research shows that even though mesothelioma cells may be killed after initial treatment, the cancer almost always recurs locally. In order to slow recurrence, many physicians take a multi-modal approach to treatment that could include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Now, researchers in the UK report findings that the likelihood of cancer recurrence in the chest was cut by almost 50% in small-cell lung cancer patients when treated with radiation following chemotherapy.
Studies report new findings on treatment options for mesothelioma: Treating patients with high-dose radiotherapy after chemotherapy and surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma does not achieve improvements in local relapse and overall survival, according to data from a prospective randomized phase II trial presented at ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid.
Possible Link between IPF and Asbestosis: When patients know they have been exposed to asbestos, it might be easier for them to understand how they have developed asbestosis or other asbestos-related diseases. But not everyone realizes they have been exposed to asbestos, and asbestosis is remarkably similar to another lung condition, pulmonary fibrosis. The two are so similar that some researchers believe that some cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) might actually be asbestosis.
Asbestos testing closes 2 Ocean View schools: Two Ocean View School District elementary campuses will be closed while the district conducts tests to determine whether there is evidence of potentially dangerous asbestos inside the Huntington Beach classrooms.
75 percent of schools in England and Wales contain asbestos: A recent parliamentary report has estimated that three out of every four schools in England and Wales contain asbestos.
Construction Crew Hit With $67K in Fines After Lying About Asbestos: The city has issued more than $67,000 in violations to builders working on the demolition of the historic Mount Manresa who said there was no asbestos in the building — despite city inspectors later finding the potentially deadly material.
Summary judgment granted in asbestos case after claimant failed to respond: A North Carolina federal judge has concluded that summary judgment was proper for seven defendants in an asbestos lawsuit after the claimant failed to respond to any of the defendants’ motions.
High Court halts government plans to increase asbestos victims’ legal costs: A judicial review judgement handed down yesterday in the Royal Courts of Justice has halted government plans to increase legal costs for the victims of the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma. This is an extremely aggressive disease usually affecting the pleura around the lungs, life expectancy after diagnosis is approximately nine months and the only known cause in this country is exposure to asbestos.
City hits Mount Manresa project with $67,400 in violations over asbestos: Asbestos problems at the controversial Mount Manresa project have led to $67,400 in city violations, and GOP Borough President James Oddo wants the Department of Investigation (DOI) to step in.
‘Bad facts make bad laws’: Attorneys compare Mo. and Ill. asbestos work comp laws: While comparing asbestos litigation trends in neighboring states, two attorneys from both sides of the asbestos argument predict a wave of insurance cases as asbestos defendants fight for coverage from decades-old insurance packages.
Colorado Worksite Fined, Workers Exposed to Asbestos: The exposure of workers to asbestos has led to proposed fines totaling $81,000 for one employer.
Family of recently deceased man files asbestos lawsuit: The wife and children of a recently deceased man have filed suit against his former employer, alleging the man died after exposure to asbestos. Dolores Belton, Carla Mahan and Myra Mitchell allege their husband and father, Jack Belton, was working for defendant Gulf Oil/Chevron in Jefferson County. During his employment, Jack Belton was exposed to toxic materials, including asbestos dust and fibers, according to the complaint filed Aug. 26 in Jefferson County District Court.
Justice for Newcastle former labourer diagnosed with asbestos-related illness: A shipyard labourer diagnosed with mesothelioma says “justice has been done” after lawyers secured him a six-figure settlement.
Asbestos victims win damages ruling: Government plans to deduct legal fees from the damages paid to people dying from asbestos exposure are unlawful, the High Court has ruled.
Cleveland man indicted on Clean Air Act charges for dumping: A federal indictment was filed today charging Christopher Gattarello with Clean Air Act violations for failing to remove asbestos before demolishing a former factory in the city’s Collinwood and East Glenville neighborhoods.
City sues, says contractor exposed tenants and workers to asbestos: City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit Wednesday against San Francisco construction contractor and permit expediter Henry Karnilowicz, accusing him of exposing dozens of workers and residents at three different residential hotels to asbestos during renovations.
Workers renovating firehouse exposed to asbestos: A Chicago real estate and management company is facing more than $40,000 in fines after workers renovating a historic firehouse in the River North neighborhood were exposed to asbestos.
LIer wins $7M award in asbestos case: A West Islip man who alleged he contracted a rare form of lung cancer from exposure to asbestos during construction of the Northport Power Station has been awarded $7 million by a jury in state Supreme Court.
MDL judge ready to dismiss asbestos cases without mandated medical reports; Attorneys say law is unconstitutional: A Texas judge is ready to dismiss more than a 1,000 asbestos and silica cases for failing to have medical reports filed by a Sept. 1 deadline, but the plaintiffs’ attorneys say that deadline is unconstitutional.
Asbestos found in New York Public Library’s temporarily shuttered Rose Reading Room: The New York Public Library’s majestic Rose Reading Room will be closed another six months, library brass disclosed Friday. Officials said engineers had found a “new” problem — asbestos in the rafters above the coffered ceiling.
Asbestos found in Autauga County Courthouse: Asbestos floor tiles have been found in an office being renovated in the Autauga County Courthouse.
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Nunavut Employees Union backs college staff who spoke out on asbestos: Some Nunavut Arctic College employees are worried about being disciplined for voicing their concerns that renovations were releasing asbestos in Iqaluit’s Old Res building.
EPA experiments with asbestos control weren’t safe: The federal agency in charge of protecting human health and the environment caused a threat in both of those areas while experimenting with a relatively new method for asbestos control, according to a watchdog report.
Shipwright who worked on HMS Plymouth and Ark Royal died of mesothelioma: A FORMER shipwright who worked on the HMS Ark Royal, HMS Hermes and HMS Plymouth died as a result of his regular contact with asbestos, an inquest heard.
7 roles asbestos played in Hollywood [infographic]: Today, we know that asbestos — once a commonly used product in homes, schools, and workplaces — causes cancer and it isn’t strange to see an old building falling apart from disuse because no one can afford the asbestos removal, but even if Hollywood is about as far from those dilapidated structures as you can get, it wasn’t safe from the scourge of asbestos.

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