Asbestos in the News: Issue 54

Asbestos in the News: Issue 54
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 13 stories we thought may interest you!
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Green Tea Component Fights Mesothelioma: Another study appears to confirm the idea that a compound found in green tea may be a powerful tool for combatting malignant pleural mesothelioma. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is a potent antioxidant found in abundance in green (though, not black) tea. It has long been thought to help fight cancer and other diseases by reducing the so-called free radicals produced during oxidative stress. Now, a new study conducted in Japan and published in Cancer Cell International finds that EGCG triggered cell death in five different human mesothelioma cell lines by doing just the opposite.
Asbestos false alarm at Cupar school: School dinners at Castlehill Primary in Cupar have returned to normal, following an incident on Friday which led to an asbestos alert. During a programme of installing energy-efficient lighting in the school, head teacher Carol Opdahl was alerted on Friday morning to a disturbance of a ceiling panel – known to contain asbestos fibres – in the stage/dining area. As a precautionary measure, the emergency protocol was put into place and the area was cordoned off. Air quality testing was carried out on Friday and the results have come back “well within Health and Safety Executive standards.”
Early Detection of Mesothelioma Tumors May be Possible Via Non-Invasive Bioelectric Signals: Early diagnosis of mesothelioma is critical for improved survival. When treating mesothelioma patients, the best outcome is achieved with early detection of the disease by increasing treatment options and improving the patients’ quality of life while battling the cancer. Currently, there are no reliable screening methods for detecting mesothelioma before symptoms become problematic for patients. However, biologists report they have discovered a bioelectric process that can identify cells that are “likely to develop into tumors.”
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Launches Mesothelioma Study for New Intrapleural Drug: The first new mesothelioma trial of 2013 launched earlier this month in New York. In collaboration with the biopharmaceutical company Genelux, a Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center team administered the trial drug – GL-ONC1 – to the first of what they hope to be several dozen patients. “We have screened three patients to date,” Ulrike Szalay, Genelux Vice President of Strategic Planning and International Communications, told “And we anticipate [the study] will take about a year to complete.”
Deadly asbestos-related disease ‘heart-wrenching’ for families: Clayton Fernie was a martial artist with a zest for life who died a “hard, horrible” death in 2010 from an asbestos-related disease, wasting away in front of his family’s eyes. He had spent decades in the construction sector, most of those in Kamloops, and had been complaining of a pain in his back but hadn’t chalked it up to anything specific.
A Primer on Chemotherapy for Mesothelioma Patients: I often ask people when I care for them if they had chemotherapy before having surgery for their mesothelioma. I am really not sure what the percentage is of who has had it and who hasn’t, but if you had chemotherapy prior to your surgery, chances are your lymph nodes were positive during your initial biopsy. Most likely, your oncologist ordered chemotherapy to try to shrink the lymph node tumors to make your operation easier. In pleural mesothelioma, cancer cells invade the lining of the lung as a large mass of interlocked tumors that blend in with healthy tissue making complete surgical removal difficult. As a result, after surgery, chemotherapy, sometimes combined with radiation therapy, is recommended to try to destroy any cancer cells left behind. Some chemotherapy agents have shown to improve overall survival rates. Patients can expect to achieve a partial response or at least stability with the disease, although chemotherapy is not a known cure for mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma Lawsuit Cases directly correlated to Mesothelioma Diagnosis Statistics: The number of Mesothelioma Lawsuit cases filed each year falls far short of the number of new Mesothelioma Diagnosis. This includes all Asbestos Related Cancers. The only conclusion that can be drawn from this is that many people who are diagnose with Mesothelioma and other Cancers related to Mesothelioma often do not file Mesothelioma Lawsuits.
Tougher sanctions, criminal charges needed for asbestos rule abusers, NDP labour critic says: Criminal charges should be considered in cases where employers are breaking rules to protect workers and repeatedly exposing them to asbestos, said NDP labour critic Shane Simpson. Simpson was responding to The Vancouver Sun’s Monday story that revealed Skylite Building Maintenance, and its successor company Seattle Environmental Consulting, wracked up more than 250 orders for violations of the Workers’ Compensation Act of B.C. and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, as well as more than $280,000 in fines dating back to incidents in 2009.
$1.3m payout for man with asbestos disease: A New South Wales man with an asbestos-related disease has been awarded $1.3 million in damages, partly because of his reduced capacity to care for his grandchildren. The Dust Diseases Tribunal has awarded the money to Mario Perez, who worked as a bus depot labourer at Chullora in Sydney’s west from the 1970s until 1990. The 68-year-old was exposed to asbestos from gaskets in bus engines and pipes and when a roof was removed in 1987.
Pembroke hospital asbestos exposure leads to $60K fine: The Pembroke Regional Hospital has been fined $60,000 for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act after workers were not protected against asbestos exposure. The hospital west of Ottawa pleaded guilty to four violations of the act after maintenance workers drilled into a wall and ceiling that contained asbestos. The hospital was fined $15,000 for each violation.
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Kiama asbestos removal continues: EMERGENCY workers are continuing to remove asbestos from storm-ravaged Kiama on the NSW south coast, with 70 residents still unable to return home. The damage to the town comes after gale-force winds uprooted trees, stripped roofs and wiped out homes as the storm front hit in the early hours of Sunday.
‘Forgotten town’ wants asbestos wasteland gone: For decades an asbestos wasteland has stretched across a South Australian town, yet the body responsible for cleaning it up is in no hurry to press the panic button, leaving locals despairing for their health. The asbestos in the township of Terowie, 220 kilometres north of Adelaide, is not an illegal dump. It is the property of the South Australian Government and yet there is no fence, no warning signs and no hurry to clean it up despite fears it could be blowing particles straight into a nearby playground and school.
Infamous author dies from mesothelioma: At the age of 12, James Fogle stole a car and set sail on what would be an endless string of crimes throughout his life. He spent the majority of his life in prison, and passed away behind bars from probable malignant mesothelioma at the age of 75 in August of 2012. Fogle was born in a small town in Wisconsin, and said that he was a restless child who had an abusive father. Stealing cars became a form of escapism for him. He spent much of his youth in juvenile correctional facilities where, he said, he learned tips from fellow detainees on how to pull off crimes. He continued his life of crime upon his release and, after serving time in jail as an adult and learning from fellow inmates, he began robbing drugstores. For the rest of his life, he was in and out of prison, and was rarely free for more than a year at a time.

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