Asbestos in the News: Issue 103
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 39 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (4)
Ohioan with asbestos-related cancer awarded $27M: A jury in Ohio has awarded a Cleveland-area man suffering from asbestos-related cancer a $27.5 million verdict.
‘My husband died in agony from asbestos. Now I face the same because I washed his overalls’: Monica Haxton, 66, lost her husband Ronald to mesothelioma — an incurable lung cancer associated with asbestos — caused by his years spent working as an electrician in Balham. Over the years, she said she spent hours washing her husband’s boilersuit after his shifts at Philips Electronics where he was exposed to asbestos dust while dismantling boilers. Two years after his death in July 2009, she began suffering the same symptoms and was diagnosed with the same cancer in January 2012.
Help Running Out for 9/11 First Responders?: It has been two years since Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. President Obama signed the Act into law on January 2, 2012. The law provides health care and other compensation to the growing number of 9/11 first responders who are gravely ill from exposure to Ground Zero toxins.
Insurers Mostly Unprepared for ‘Third Wave’ of Asbestos Exposure: Insurers may be underestimating their exposure to a coming “third wave of asbestos liabilities” by relying on outdated assumptions and not accounting for factors such as longer life expectancy and advances in medical knowledge, a research firm says.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (11)
Improved Mesothelioma Survival with Surgery/Radiation Combo: A cancer center in Canada is reporting a 3-year survival rate among 84% of their epithelial mesothelioma patients – a statistic that is significantly better than average. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an especially aggressive cancer and the median survival with standard therapies is a little over a year.
Study Finds Clotting Protein May Predict Mesothelioma Treatment Response: A new article published in the British Journal of Cancer and reported by Surviving Mesothelioma suggests that a glycoprotein called fibrinogen can help predict survival in patients with malignant mesothelioma.
Radiation Before Surgery More Than Doubles Mesothelioma Survival: Results of clinical research that treated mesothelioma with radiation before surgery show the three-year survival rate more than doubled for study participants afflicted with this deadly disease, compared to treating with surgery first.
European Commission Grants Orphan Drug Status to Eisai’s Amatuximab for the Treatment of Malignant Mesothelioma: The investigational monoclonal antibody amatuximab (development code: MORAb-009), has today been granted orphan drug designation (ODD) for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma by the European Commission.
Scientists one step closer to magic bullet against cancer caused by asbestos: Researchers have come closer to finding a cure for Mesothelioma – a very aggressive cancer associated with asbestos exposure – usually diagnosed in an advanced stage.
Study Finds Betadine Works like Chemotherapy Without Toxicity: Researchers in Italy are exploring the possibility of using a popular and traditional antiseptic as an alternative to chemotherapy for pleural irrigation after surgery with the hope of better preventing mesothelioma cancer recurrence.
Component in Spice May Be “Double Hit” Against Mesothelioma, According to Surviving Mesothelioma: Surviving Mesothelioma is reporting on new research out of Vermont that suggests that curcumin, the primary component in the dietary spice turmeric, may be a powerful ally in the fight against malignant mesothelioma. The new study, published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, finds that curcumin may both attack existing mesothelioma cells and protect against the development of new ones.
Significant exposure to asbestos led to former shipyard worker’s death: A PENSIONER who worked for years in the shipbuilding industry died as a result of significant asbestos exposure, an inquest heard.
Studies aim to address urgent need to identify possible new methods for mesothelioma treatment: Mesothelioma is a very aggressive cancer associated with asbestos exposure, which is usually diagnosed in an advanced stage. So far no therapeutic strategy has proven effective against this deadly cancer and the prognosis remains very poor with only few exceptions.
Mesothelioma Treatment May Get a Boost from Pineapple Enzyme: There’s new evidence that an enzyme found in pineapples may make peritoneal mesothelioma cells more susceptible to the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
Pacific Meso Center Explores Stem Cell Research to Extend Life: The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute in California is moving forward with potentially groundbreaking stem cell mesothelioma research that could dramatically change the treatment of this disease.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (4)
Asbestos found at Halesowen’s Earls High School: The asbestos is being safely dealt with under the usual strict conditions and until this is complete the drama area will remain closed and sealed off.
Asbestos find sparks OHS probe: THE national Occupational Health and Safety team is investigating the discovery of asbestos materials on the ceiling of the Nasinu Secondary School boys’ dormitory.
University cleans tunnels of asbestos: Facility Services began the process of cleaning asbestos from the steam tunnels under the Student Union last week. While the asbestos, which had insulated the pipes in the underground tunnel, isn’t harmful to students passing above, Dave Maharrey, associate executive director of Facility Services, said removing the asbestos will make repairs easier.
Did asbestos at old school lead to death of accountant for Bath firm Future?: A Bath accountant who lost his battle with a form of cancer linked to asbestos could have been exposed to the substance during his school days in the late 60s.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (10)
Luton Council faces asbestos legal threat: The family of a teacher who died from asbestos-related cancer is planning legal action against Luton Council.
2 Northern NY men plead guilty in asbestos case: Two northern New York men have pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally removing and disposing of asbestos.
Asbestos fight: Sunderland electrician launches legal action over mesothelioma: A RETIRED electrician diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer has launched a legal fight to investigate how he was exposed to the deadly dust.
Wash. asbestos case asks Supreme Court to apply deliberate intent claim against Boeing: Washington’s Workers’ Compensation law, known as the Industrial Insurance Act, is under fire over a mesothelioma victims’ lawsuit alleging The Boeing Company “deliberately intended” to harm him because it knew of the dangers involved with asbestos in the work environment.
A Win for Mesothelioma Victims: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Restores Employee Rights: In December 2013, the Nemeroff Law Firm won a major victory for victims of mesothelioma and other latent occupational diseases in Pennsylvania by restoring their legal right to seek compensation for their injuries from their employers.
Bill is ‘unfair’ to some victims nof asbestos: Last week saw the final stage of the Westminster Bill which will provide compensation for people who contracted Mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos, but had to date been denied compensation because their employers had gone out of business, or their insurance could not be traced.
Upholsterers exposed to deadly asbestos for five years: A firm in Rochdale has been fined after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection discovered it had been exposing its employees to potentially-fatal asbestos for five years.
Jury Awards $11 Million in Asbestos Wrongful Death Lawsuit: An Alameda County, California jury returned an $11 million verdict in a wrongful death suit (Emily Bankhead, Tammy Bankhead, and Debbie Bankhead Meiers v. ArvinMeritor, Inc., et al., Alameda County Superior Court Case No. RG12632899) against Pneumo Abex LLC on January 15, 2014. Kazan Law partner David McClain represented Emily Bankhead, Tammy Bankhead, and Debbie Bankhead-Meiers, the widow and adult daughters, respectively, of Gordon Bankhead. A prior jury had found that Pneumo Abex’s asbestos-containing brakes were defective, and that Pneumo Abex negligently, intentionally, and maliciously caused Mr. Bankhead’s mesothelioma, who died from the disease at age 68.
Surrey firm in court after asbestos find at girls’ school: A building contractor has been fined for ignoring asbestos safety rules after the potentially deadly material was discovered in a basement area at the independent Woldingham girls’ school in Caterham.
OSHA cites Thompson Wrecking Co. over asbestos removal violations: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing fines of more than $63,000 against an Augusta demolition company for alleged violations related to asbestos removal during demolition of a Grovetown school.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (5)
Asbestos removal at La Habra Heights City Hall nearly completed: Until recently, the city was under impression that all the asbestos in the old City Hall was removed, then a layer of it was found under the roof.
Asbestos discovery closes Dickson businesses: The discovery of asbestos fibres in a commercial building in Canberra’s inner-north has forced the shut down of several businesses.
Asbestos discovered during Charleston airport renovation; travelers not affected, officials say: Charleston International Airport is monitoring air quality in some construction areas of the terminal after asbestos-laced materials were discovered during demolition on two exterior walls.
Asbestos fears force temporary closure of Halifax’s Khyber building: The only sounds coming out of the historic Khyber building on Barrington Street in the coming months will likely be construction, with its temporary shuttering announced this week. The municipality alerted tenants in the downtown arts and culture hub after an environmental assessment found asbestos might be disturbed if plaster detached in the old building.
Asbestos concerns close Pocatello Senior Citizen Center: Concerns about potential asbestos dust have closed the Pocatello Senior Citizen center housed inside the Bonneville Community Center indefinitely. Emergency closure went into effect about 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Australian of the Year: West Australian candidate Professor Bruce Robinson: Professor Bruce Robinson is a respiratory doctor in Perth who has developed an internationally enviable reputation for his research work on cancer. In Western Australia he was particularly moved by the cancer caused by asbestos that was mined in the town of Wittenoom, and has since been discovered in many older homes when they are renovated. As part of his research he and his team developed a blood test for the devastating disease – also known as mesothelioma – which is caused by exposure to asbestos.
James Hardie’s shame laid bare in Asbestos House: Haigh’s book tells how James Hardie management was aware for decades of the link between these diseases and asbestos mining and the manufacture and use of asbestos products. But Hardie failed to act to properly protect its workers and the community at large.
An Asbestos Map of the United States: It was dismaying to me to realize the extent of naturally occurring asbestos in the United States. But fascinating to trace the patterns of where it occurs. The map I’ve posted above is not in the Times piece so I wanted to put it here because I think it eloquently illustrates the way geochemistry shapes our surroundings.
Landscapes Tainted by Asbestos: For the past few years, Brenda Buck has been sampling the dust blowing across southern Nevada. Until recently, she focused on the risks of airborne elements such as arsenic. But then she started noticing an oddity in her samples, a sprinkling of tiny, hairlike mineral fibers.
Warning to Perth Hills residents as fire exposes deadly asbestos fibres: Residents recovering from the devastating Perth Hills fires have been warned of a secondary danger facing homeowners and clean-up services. Asbestos in homes and buildings may have been exposed or disturbed by the fires, specialist in the deadly fibres Laine McDonald said.
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