Asbestos in the News: Issue 81

Asbestos in the News: Issue 81
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 26 stories we thought may interest you!
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Asbestos safe, govt claims: A Public Health Ministry committee on Monday said it could find no solid evidence that chrysotile a common form of asbestos was harmfulto human health. The finding contradicts an international body of scientific evidence linking exposureto the mineral with various forms of cancerand pleural abnormalities.
$6.4 million to tackle Australia’s deadly asbestos legacy: Minister for Workplace Relations Bill Shorten today announced an additional $6.4 million for the new Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency to implement the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management. The Rudd Labor Government is committed to safe handling and ultimately, the eradication of asbestos containing materials across Australia.
Erie County Jury Awards Three Million Dollars to Former Ashland Oil Employee in Mesothelioma Case: After a two week-long trial, an Erie County (Buffalo, NY) jury delivered a verdict in favor of the family of Lee Bernard Holdsworth in the amount of $ 3 million dollars. Mr. Holdsworth was a former employee at Ashland Oil in Tonawanda, New York, and he was diagnosed with mesothelioma in February 2012 and died on January 17, 2013.
Guilford asbestos project finished ahead of schedule: Guilford Central School now has a clean bill of health. Officials say an asbestos-removal project was finished ahead of schedule and on budget, in spite of the fact that crews found more of the hazardous construction material than originally expected.
Asbestos discovery adds $70,000 to Carnegie Elementary project: Contractors renovating Carnegie Elementary School ran into a hiccup last week when they discovered asbestos on top of the ceiling, which caused the Carlynton School Board to approve just over $70,000 in repair costs.
Caravan tells renovators they’d Betty beware of asbestos: A CARAVAN by the name of Betty rolled into Lismore on Monday to warn home renovators about the dangers of asbestos. Most homes built or renovated before 1980 contain asbestos, with at least one in three having the deadly dust somewhere.
Clinical trials start for cancer- fighting drug: The asbestos-related cancer has no cure and is relatively common in Australia with about 650 new cases a year. The possibility of a clinical trial is welcome news for patients.
Verastem Receives Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. FDA for Defactinib in Mesothelioma: Verastem, Inc., (NASDAQ: VSTM) focused on discovering and developing drugs to treat cancer by the targeted killing of cancer stem cells, announced that lead cancer stem cell inhibitor, VS-6063 (defactinib), has received orphan drug designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer. The designation is designed to encourage the development of drugs which may provide significant benefit to patients suffering from rare diseases.
Asbestos fears for thousands of Carlisle homes: Social landlord Riverside has admitted it has no idea how many of its properties have asbestos – although it could be half of its 6,000 homes – after a couple told of their health fears after inhaling potentially toxic dust.
EPHB2 as a New Potential Therapeutic Target for Mesothelioma: Last week, the Journal of Thoracic Oncology published the results of a study looking into the overexpression of the ephrin B2 receptor (EPHB2) in patients with mesothelioma. The researchers at the New York University Langone Medical Center observed that EPHB2 is overexpressed in all malignant mesothelioma cell lines, but not in benign mesothelial cells. In addition, they found that silencing this receptor resulted in a significant increase in certain processes responsible for naturally ridding the body of old and defective cells (including cancerous ones).
New Approach to Decrease Mesothelioma Symptom: Draining off excess lung fluid with an indwelling catheter may be a better way to deal with this mesothelioma symptom than surgery, according to a new study.
Improved Photodynamic Therapy May Fight Mesothelioma with a ‘One-Two Punch’: Mesothelioma treatments typically either focus on stopping the cancer cells from dividing and multiplying or on attacking and killing cancer cells at the primary tumor site. One treatment that can do both is not currently available. However, Swiss researchers report they have developed “the first potential drug, used in concert with a laser, to pack a lethal one-two punch” when fighting cancer.
FDA Approval Could Mean New Choice for Mesothelioma Patients: A newly-approved drug for late-stage lung cancer may have implications for people with malignant mesothelioma, as well. The FDA recently announced its approval of afatinib, a drug which blocks epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expression in cancer cells. Many types of cancer, including about half mesothelioma cases, express a specific type of mutation on the EGFR gene that causes tumors to grow even faster. Because of this, EGFR has been a focus for biomarker research in mesothelioma, as well as in a number of other cancers.
Mesothelioma News: Widespread Asbestos Stalls Renovation of Old Public Library Building: A long-closed public library in the town of Chicopee, Massachusetts may finally get a new life now that town officials have decided to spend nearly a quarter of a million dollars to remove the large amounts of asbestos that are inside the building.
Asbestos left dumped next to youth centre: FURIOUS parents have slammed health and safety chiefs after a potentially lethal pile of dumped asbestos was left next to a youth centre for almost a month. Anxious families phoned the council as soon as a pile of abandoned cement roofing panels containing the harmful substance was discovered yards from Bingham Community Centre around four weeks ago.
Asbestos Scare At Waikato Hospital: A patient transfer corridor was cordoned off and four people put through decontamination after an asbestos scare at Waikato Hospital yesterday.
Waste operators fined for illegal asbestos storage: Two waste operators convicted of storing waste illegally at a site in Benfleet have been ordered to pay £80,397 in compensation, confiscation and fines by Chelmsford Crown Court. A1 Bins and Waste Ltd’s director David John Tuffen from Billericay and manager Nigel Lee Hickman from Port Talbot were charged in 2009 when Environment Agency (EA) officers discovered 72 large skips full of asbestos waste at their Towerfields Business Park site.
MassDEP Assesses $3,000 Penalty Against Haverhill Contractor for Asbestos Violations at Former Fitchburg Gas & Electric Site: The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $3,000 penalty against Absolute Environmental Contractors, Inc. of Haverhill for the company’s failure to follow asbestos removal procedures required by MassDEP regulations at a job site in Fitchburg.
Sentencing is in Nov. in asbestos dumping: A Toledo man who admitted to illegally removing then dumping cancer-causing asbestos around the city from a warehouse in Toledo is to be sentenced Nov. 25 by U.S. District Court Judge James Carr.
Workers in Cape Cod Town May Have Been Negligently Exposed to Asbestos: The Massachusetts State Attorney General has been asked to intervene on behalf of workers who believe they were negligently exposed to asbestos materials while working at a school administration building and other offices in the town of Barnstable on Cape Cod.
£48k awarded to Blackburn woman who contracted asbestos illness in gas mask factory: THE family of a woman who contracted asbestosis through assembling gas masks during the Second World War 70 years ago has won nearly £48,000 damages.
Asbestos lawsuit claims companies knew risk: A former professional insulator in Jacksonville is seeking $1.75 million from 23 separate companies he contends over the years exposed him to dozens of products that contained asbestos without being warned of its hazardous nature.
Md. Court OKs ‘Any Exposure’ Asbestos Theory In Ford Case: Maryland’s highest court ruled Thursday that a plaintiffs expert in an asbestos injury lawsuit could testify that every single exposure to asbestos substantially contributes to the development of mesothelioma, restoring a $1.1 million judgment against Ford Motor Co.
Hefty Fines For Waste Dumping: Two men who ran an illegal waste site in Benfleet are now paying out more than £80,000 in compensation and fines. A1 Bins and Waste Ltd’s director David John Tuffen and manager Nigel Lee Hickman were given suspended prison sentences in February after Chelmsford Crown Court heard that the company illegally stored waste at Towerfields Business Park.
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Hartford Has Third Straight Loss On Annuity Costs, Asbestos: Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., the insurer exiting life operations to focus on property-casualty coverage, posted a third straight loss on asbestos liabilities and costs tied to variable annuities.
Asbestos found at cattle grazing site: MINOR fragments of asbestos have been removed from land in Bournemouth that has been earmarked for cattle grazing. Plans to introduce cattle to land near the Cherry Tree Nursery in Northbourne are unaffected by the discovery of asbestos, council officials have confirmed.

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