Genetic Research Focus at Meso Foundation Symposium
Researchers present the latest in mesothelioma genetic research during the first day of the Meso Foundation Symposium. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 8, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: TimPovtak Tags: Mesothelioma Featured Genetics Mesothelioma Research Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Community will Gather in Las Vegas for 10th Annual Meso Foundation Symposium
Mesothelioma survivors, clinicians, researchers and advocates all will gather in Las Vegas this week for 10th annual Meso Foundation Symposium (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 6, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: TimPovtak Tags: Mesothelioma Awareness Clinical Trials Featured Mesothelioma Cancer Research Survivors Source Type: news

Cholangiocarcinoma: The Next Asbestos-Related Disease?
Researchers from the University of Bologna noted that many of their cholangiocarcinoma patients had a history of asbestos exposure. In a recent study to further investigate the correlation, they found that asbestos exposure may be an occupational risk factor for cholangiocarcinoma. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 28, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: faith Tags: Asbestos Exposure Asbestos Cancer Research Source Type: news

Trial Tests Dosage Recommendations for New Mesothelioma Drug
In February 2013, Valerie Rusch and her team of researchers administered treatment to the first mesothelioma patient in a trial for the drug GL-ONC1. They plan to test several doses over the course of a year. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 25, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: faith Tags: Asbestos Exposure Source Type: news

Sequestration Will Hurt Mesothelioma Research, Drug Development
The federal government spends $5 billion a year on cancer research, but that figure will drop if sequestration cuts are enacted at the end of February, health care experts say. The already low contribution for mesothelioma research would shrink further as well. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 21, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: TimPovtak Tags: Treatment Clinical Trials Featured Mesothelioma Research Source Type: news

Recent Observations in End-of-Life Mesothelioma Care
A recent Australian study tracked the treatment choices that mesothelioma patients made in the last month of their care. Although most patients initially received potentially curative treatment, most patients moved away from these therapies once they were in the end stages of the disease. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 15, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: faith Tags: Treatment Featured Mesothelioma Mesothelioma Cancer Source Type: news

Latest Experimental Cancer Treatment Drug Reolysin Causing Stir in Financial Markets
It takes years for new cancer-fighting drugs to reach the market, but the stock market already believes that Reolysin could be next big cancer-treatment drug. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 13, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: TimPovtak Tags: Treatment Awareness Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Source Type: news

Could Fowlpox Vaccination Be Next Big Mesothelioma Treatment?
Researchers at the University of Hawaii found that a fowlpox-based vaccine could be the next promising form of mesothelioma immunotherapy. In an animal study, the vaccine generated a significant immune response that led to delayed tumor growth and longer overall survival. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 7, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: faith Tags: Mesothelioma Treatment Alternative Treatment Featured Research Source Type: news

World Cancer Day Brings Global Perspective to Fight against Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is just one of many preventable diseases that gets mentioned when we observe World Cancer Day on Feb. 4. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 4, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: TimPovtak Tags: Mesothelioma Asbestos Exposure Event Mesothelioma Cancer Source Type: news

World Cancer Day Brings a Global Perspective to the Fight Against Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is just one of many preventable diseases that gets mentioned when we observe World Cancer Day on Feb. 4. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 4, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: TimPovtak Tags: Mesothelioma Asbestos Exposure Event Mesothelioma Cancer Source Type: news

Study Revisits Health Risk of Chrysotile: Why Is This Still a Debate in 2013?
A recent article in the February 2013 issue of Critical Reviews in Toxicology discusses the dangers of chrysotile asbestos, which begs the question: Why is this still up for debate? (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 1, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: faith Tags: Asbestos Exposure Featured Research Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Cancer Patients Hurt by Court Ruling Against Medicinal Marijuana
Federal appeals court rules against loosening marijuana laws, hurting mesothelioma cancer patients looking for alternative treatment options. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 31, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: TimPovtak Tags: Mesothelioma Alternative Treatment Asbestos Legislation Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Cancer Research Veterans Source Type: news

Verastem Inc. to Begin Developing Novel Mesothelioma Drug
Biopharmaceutical company Verastem, Inc. is gearing up for a phase II mesothelioma trial of a new drug, VS-6063. The drug has been in development for several years and shows promise in mesothelioma patients who lack the tumor-suppressor protein Merlin. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 25, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: faith Tags: Mesothelioma Treatment Clinical Trials FDA Research Source Type: news

Chemotherapy Drug Alimta was Sparked by the Wings of a Butterfly
Edward Taylor, the Princeton University chemist whose discovery led to Alimta, will be honored by the National Academy of Sciences. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 24, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: TimPovtak Tags: Treatment Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Research Source Type: news

Radon Exposure in Homes Across America Still Leading to Lung Cancer
The EPA is encouraging radon testing for all homes, schools and businesses, hoping to cut back on the number of people being diagnosed with lung cancer. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 15, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: TimPovtak Tags: Asbestos Exposure EPA Lung Cancer Schools Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Research: Where 2012 Took Us, and What 2013 Has in Store
In December's Journal of Thoracic Oncology, expert oncologist Anne Tsao analyzed recent mesothelioma research developments, including discoveries of anti-angiogenic drugs, immunotherapy procedures and biomarkers. Tsao also discussed studies on schedule for 2013 - and what they may mean for the future of mesothelioma treatment. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 14, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: faith Tags: Mesothelioma Treatment Clinical Trials Research Source Type: news

Ohio School Facing Serious Charges After Students Were Used to Haul Away Asbestos Materials
A private school in Northeast Ohio is facing serious charges after the EPA was told that students was hauling away cancer materials during renovation project. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 11, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: TimPovtak Tags: Asbestos Exposure Abatement EPA Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Schools Source Type: news

Annual Report Shows Both Progress and Frustration in the War Against Cancer
While the overall incidence rate of cancer continues to decline in America, the lack of progress with some particular cancers remains a troubling reminder that there is so much work still to be done. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 10, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: TimPovtak Tags: Resources Awareness Lung Cancer Research Treatment Source Type: news

Lung Cancer Led Female Cancer Deaths in 2012
Recent projections suggest that lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer deaths in women in 2012. It claimed an estimated 72,590 female lives - nearly twice the amount claimed by breast cancer. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 9, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: faith Tags: Resources Asbestos Exposure Lung Cancer Research Source Type: news

MIT Researchers Using New Technology that Could Make Cancer Detection Much Easier
Researchers at MIT are working on new technology that will uncover the biomarkers that could make detection of cancers like mesothelioma as simple as a urine test. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 4, 2013 Category: Environmental Health Authors: TimPovtak Tags: Mesothelioma Asbestos Exposure Awareness Featured Research Source Type: news

Actor Jack Klugman was Key Player in Orphan Drug Act Becoming Law 30 Years Ago
Actor Jack Klugman became known for TV roles like Oscar Madison and Quincey. But his real life role helped Congress pass the Orphan Drug Act, which has helped many cancer patients, including those with mesothelioma. (Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News)
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 27, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: TimPovtak Tags: Mesothelioma Awareness Clinical Trials Featured Mesothelioma Cancer Research Treatment Source Type: news

The 'Gentler' Chemotherapy Regimen for Mesothelioma
Pemetrexed (Alimta) is the standard chemotherapy drug for mesothelioma treatment. To increase its efficacy, medical oncologists often combine it with a platinum-based chemotherapy drug like cisplatin or carboplatin. However, adding a second drug also increases the risk for (and severity of) chemotherapy-induced side effects. These side effects can prevent patients from completing a full chemotherapy cycle. They can also discourage patients from pursuing  adjuvant therapies, such as surgery or radiation therapy. Weighing the Options To design a treatment program with the highest possible chance of success, doctors need...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 21, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Faith Franz Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Demolition of Camp Roberts Ends Army's Asbestos Era in California
There was so much asbestos, lead-based paint and other contaminants throughout the 658 abandoned buildings at Camp Roberts that the U.S. Army had to create its own on-site hazardous waste landfill before the demolition could begin. That's a scary thought for the hundreds of thousands of military veterans who once lived and worked there. They marked the end of an era earlier this month at Camp Roberts, the largest military training facility in California, when a $20 million demolition project began with considerable fanfare. Many of the structures were abandoned long ago, and fell into disrepair, becoming an eyesore along H...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 18, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Fundraiser 'Soccer for a Cure' a Local Success
An athletic young man in a dri-fit jersey limped over to the sidelines, clutching a tube of Biofreeze numbing gel. "This is rough," he sighed. "I've been playing for 12 hours – four hours on, four hours off, four hours on." Sam Cabrera was one of the 36 soccer players who spent their weekend participating in Soccer for a Cure – a fundraiser and awareness event for mesothelioma. The players took the field in honor of James Bard Sr., who passed away from pleural mesothelioma in 2009. Bard's son organized the fundraiser in hopes of raising at least $50,000 for the Mesothelioma Applied Rese...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 13, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Faith Franz Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Is There a Better Way for Doctors to Evaluate a Mesothelioma Patient's Response to Treatment?
In June 2012, a graduate student named Zacariah Labby submitted his doctoral dissertation to the Committee on Medical Physics at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. For the past five years, he had worked under world-renowned mesothelioma experts Dr. Samuel Armato and Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler. While studying mesothelioma response evaluation models, he noticed a big problem. Some patients who doctors thought were getting better passed away before patients whose disease was progressing. This led Labby to believe that current criteria may not accurately determine a mesothelioma patient's response. Doctors may ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 24, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Faith Franz Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Among Many Cancers that Leave Survivors with 'Chemo Brain'
Mesothelioma survivor Michelle Marshall didn't need a medical study to tell her the chemotherapy she received years ago had scrambled her ability to remember things. She has one now. "Chemo Brain" is an all-too-real issue for many people dealing with cancer, according to a recent study. Having foggy thoughts and forgetting routine things are a couple of the not-so-obvious side effects of chemotherapy that often get overlooked, despite the frustration it causes. "My hair grew back. I don't get sick to my stomach anymore. I've got energy again. But I still can't remember things," Marshall told Asbestos.co...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 9, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

BWH's Mesothelioma Test Acquired by Cancer Diagnostic Company
Cancer-related biotechnology company Castle Biosciences will acquire the mesothelioma testing technology for Brigham and Women's Hospital, one of the world's foremost treatment centers for the rare cancer. The acquisition gives Castle Biosciences exclusive worldwide license to all intellectual property related to the hospital's gene expression test for mesothelioma, known as DecisionDx-Mesothelioma. "We now have a molecular test that alone as well as in conjunction with other simple clinical parameters can help identify patients who most likely to benefit from aggressive surgery as well as assist with fundamental trea...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 5, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Notable Mesothelioma Treatment Centers Rank Highly In "Best Hospitals" List
U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual rankings of the best hospitals in the United States for cancer care. Some of the best mesothelioma treatment centers topped this list, demonstrating the prudent care provided to patients of the tragic asbestos-related cancer. Because of the rare and aggressive nature of mesothelioma cancer, proper diagnoses and treatments are often required at one of the big name cancer centers that have the resources to identify and treat the difficult disease. Since the increased incidence rates of mesothelioma in the late 1900s, select top-tier cancer centers have become authorit...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 6, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Graduation at Ohio's Fostoria High Will Come with Asbestos Warning
If the turnout looks a little lighter than normal Sunday for commencement ceremonies at Fostoria High School in Ohio, that will be understandable. According to the Review Times Newspaper in Fostoria, there will be "Asbestos Warning" signs posted on all the doors to the school gymnasium, where the annual ceremonies will be held. It's not exactly a welcome mat. Asbestos is the naturally occurring mineral that can cause a variety of serious health issues, including asbestosis and mesothelioma. Health officials throughout the world agree there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Asbestos, which once was praised fo...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 8, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Asbestos Regulations at Center of New York's Housing Surplus Problem
Excess housing is a problem in New York, and local officials are attributing part of the issue to the state's asbestos regulations. Regulations and proportionally-high costs are slowing down the demolition process for countless vacant properties that need to be destroyed, according to some. Jamestown, New York, is one of the cities feeling these effects of the regulations. The city suffered from drastic population decrease, leaving asbestos-contaminated houses that were once needed, now unfilled and in need of demolition. State regulations have been set on asbestos and the handling of the toxic substance because exposure t...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 14, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Reduction of Asbestos Exposure in Libby, Montana, at Top of City's Priority List
The Libby Board of Health has put forth an initiative for a plan that would reduce current and future risk of asbestos exposure to residents throughout the Montana city made infamous by asbestos. With funds provided by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the initiative aims to focus on developing a long-term plan to reduce asbestos exposure threats now and in the future, as the EPA cleans up the Superfund site. A Superfund site is a location that has been designated by the EPA as a place that needs cleanup, because of the presence of hazardous waste. Asbestos, the mineral known for causing respirat...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 2, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Canada Closing Its Chrysotile Institute, Signaling End of Country's Asbestos Industry
After a controversial run that began in 1984, the government-funded Chrysotile Institute announced its closing, yet another signal that Canada's asbestos industry will not be revived. According to the Montreal Gazette Sunday, the Institute published its intent to dissolve in the Canada Gazette, the official publication used by the government to announce new laws and make other announcements. The Chrysotile Institute, which originally was formed as the Asbestos Institute but changed its name to quiet critics, has been used as a mining industry advocacy arm to promote the safe use of this type of asbestos. Canada, which has ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 30, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Asbestos Find Leads to University of Colorado's $1.5 Million Demolition Plans
The University of Colorado will demolish a building on campus next year after a health audit exposed that it contained large amounts of asbestos, which poses a long-term health threat to students and staff. The College Inn building was used as an overflow housing dorm at the university, and local reports cite that it was constructed in 1964, a time when asbestos was widely used in construction materials. Because of its insulating and heat-resistant properties, asbestos was commonly found in piping, tiling, cement, paint, insulation and countless other building products. Exposure to this toxic material has been linked to th...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 16, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Steve McQueen's Widow Vows to Pick Fights with Asbestos Industry
Tough guy movie star Steve McQueen died more than 30 years ago -- another victim of mesothelioma -- but a part of him is back and looking for a fight. The asbestos industry should be a little nervous. "If he were alive today, he'd be kicking some serious ass over this. Unfortunately, he didn't live to tell about it," Barbara Minty McQueen, Steve McQueen's widow, told Asbestos.com. "I guess that's where I come in now. So, run you [asbestos] people, run. My bark is bad, and I hope I'm rabid." Minty McQueen, a feisty former model and photographer, was a recent keynote speaker at the International Asbestos ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 11, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Celebrities Source Type: news

Asbestos at Nassau Coliseum Could Force NHL's N.Y. Islanders to Move to Brooklyn
The New York Islanders of the National Hockey League could be moving -- at least temporarily -- to a new home next season because of the lingering asbestos problems at their aging Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The New York Department of Labor began an investigation of the Coliseum in Long Island March 30 after more than 75 workers there filed a lawsuit, claiming asbestos in the building made for unsafe working conditions. "The whole place is covered with it (asbestos)," plaintiff attorney Joseph Dell told The Brooklyn Paper. "The county is responsible for keeping Nassau Coliseum safe, but it never renov...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 10, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Asbestos Exposure at Old School Becomes Parents' Worst Nightmare
Parents in the Niagara Falls, New York area have become increasingly worried after their children were directly exposed to sizable quantities of asbestos near a former junior high school. The children mistakenly thought the dangerous substance was chalk. A known carcinogen, asbestos is a toxic yet naturally forming mineral that was commonly used in building materials because of its industrial properties. Schools are a common location where asbestos was used. Exposure to it has been linked to the development of multiple cancers, like mesothelioma and lung cancer. Tammy Shermer is a parent of one of the children who directly...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 30, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

UK Supreme Court: Asbestos Victims Should Receive Compensation from Insurers
Insurance companies should provide compensation to victims of asbestos exposure, according to a recent ruling by the UK Supreme Court. The ruling came after the judges concluded that employer's liability insurance is triggered at the time that workers were exposed to asbestos, not when the development of asbestos-related diseases occurred. Therefore, compensation should be provided based on the time of exposure. Asbestos is a dangerous material found in thousands of products and is used for its insulating and heat-resistant characteristics. Occupational exposure to it is more common among industrial workers, like manufactu...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 29, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Legislation, Laws & Litigation Source Type: news

Asbestos-Related Occupations Listed among Rhode Island's Deadliest Jobs
The death of two welders helped place welding, along with nine other careers, among the top 10 deadliest jobs in Rhode Island, according to local reports from that state. More than 30,000 workplace injuries have been reported in these top ten occupations in the state. Even worse, dozens of Rhode Island residents have lost their lives because of work-related duties. Because asbestos has heat-resistant and insulating characteristics, it was widely used throughout countless industrial settings. Exposure to this substance has been conclusively linked to multiple cancers and diseases, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbest...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 23, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Jury Awards $9 Million to Victim's Family in Virginia Asbestos Case
The family of John Bristow won a $9.18 million award in a Newport News, Virginia, asbestos case on Friday. The jury decided that John Crane Inc. was ultimately liable for Bristow contracting mesothelioma. Bristow, 68, died more than a year ago from mesothelioma cancer after working for 37 years as a shipyard worker where he was exposed to asbestos. He is survived by a wife and two sons. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive disease caused by asbestos exposure. This disease claims approximately 3,000 deaths per year, many of which are related to occupational hazards associated with shipyards, construction work or other indu...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 20, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Legislation, Laws & Litigation Source Type: news

Jury Awards $9 Million to Victim's Family in Virginia Asbestos Case
The family of John Bristow won a $9.18 million award in a Newport News, Virginia, asbestos case on Friday. The jury decided that John Crane Inc. was ultimately liable for Bristow contracting mesothelioma. Bristow, 68, died more than a year ago from mesothelioma cancer after working for 37 years as a shipyard worker where he was exposed to asbestos. He is survived by a wife and two sons. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive disease caused by asbestos exposure. This disease claims approximately 3,000 deaths per year, many of which are related to occupational hazards associated with shipyards, construction work or other indu...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 20, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Legislation, Laws & Litigation Source Type: news

Super Bowl Reminds of NFL Great Merlin Olsen, Who Died from Mesothelioma
The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots on Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVI, but the world's biggest sporting event also brought to mind an NFL legend who never played in one. Merlin Olsen was a Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams. He never played in a Super Bowl, but he appeared in 14 Pro Bowls and was a TV analyst at Super Bowl XXIII. Olsen died of mesothelioma in 2010. His cancer is believed to be caused by asbestos exposure stemming from multiple jobs including construction work and drywall. Mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lining of the lungs, affects over 3,000 people per year, including...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 6, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Celebrities Source Type: news

Asbestos in Schools 'A National Scandal' in United Kingdom
Asbestos contamination in schools throughout the United Kingdom is "a national scandal,'' according to one Member of Parliament who has asked for swift action to correct the growing health concern. More than 140 teachers at British state schools died over the past decade from mesothelioma, which is caused almost exclusively by an exposure to asbestos fibers. "Asbestos does not just harm, it kills, which makes it quite unbelievable that as a country we allow children and staff in schools to be exposed to it," said Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, in a news release issued ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 2, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Asbestos Imports Have Started to Rise Again, Fueled by Manufacturers' Demands
After several years of decline, the importing of asbestos into the United States is back on the rise, infuriating advocates like Linda Reinstein of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Mineral Commodity Summaries released this week, asbestos imports were are up by more than 25 percent in 2011. "I was appalled and shocked (to learn the numbers)," Reinstein said in a statement released this morning. "The asbestos industry has argued for years that importation and exposure was decreasing. We have discovered that the argument simply isn't true."...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 26, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

New Report Shines Light on Navy's Knowledge of Asbestos Dangers
The U.S. Navy required asbestos and asbestos-containing materials be used to build its ships despite understanding some of the health hazards associated with asbestos exposure, a recent research report concludes. The report "Government and Navy Knowledge Regarding Health Hazards of Asbestos: A State of The Science Evaluation (1900 To 1970)" was created by ChemRisk, a San Francisco-based chemical risk assessment company. Published in December, it highlights the Navy's knowledge and actions regarding asbestos, a well-documented carcinogen. Some believe that this research may provide more insight into why veterans a...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 17, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Veterans & Military Source Type: news

New York Firefighters Concerned after Asbestos Confirmed at Firehouse
Firefighters in Lackawanna, New York, are concerned after tests confirmed that asbestos fibers are present in the firehouse where they work. The firemen were evacuated Saturday from Fire House 3 at 2990 South Park Ave. after two samples tested positive for asbestos. Large amounts of dust in the air was first noticed by the firefighters, which then sparked testing of the air samples. That led to the evacuation. On Monday, firefighters spoke at Lackawanna City Council meeting, voicing their concern about getting the situation properly corrected and ensuring that their health is not in danger. Asbestos exposure is believed to...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 21, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

EPA Inspector General Elkins Challenges Agency's Policies On Asbestos
The government agency responsible for protecting citizens from environmental dangers is the same agency that is endangering its employees through asbestos exposure, concludes the group's own inspector general. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. said EPA own policies threaten public health and potentially endanger the lives of workers. He made that conclusion in a memo this week. The report, titled "Early Warning Report: Use of Unapproved Asbestos Demolition Methods May Threaten Public Health" and sent to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, discusses the agency's policies on h...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 16, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Claims Another Actor: Australia's Harold Hopkins
Mesothelioma cancer took the life of another actor on Sunday. Australian film actor Harold Hopkins died while in hospice care at Naringah Private Hospital in Sydney, Australia, Hopkins, 67, was best known in America for only one of his film roles, from "Gallipoli," a Peter Weir film from 1981. Hopkins played a soldier playing opposite Mel Gibson. His other most famous role was on "Don's Party," though that film was more widely known in his native country. He won roles in hundreds of films and TV series, according to IMDB.com. Hopkins is believed to have contracted mesothelioma through occupational expos...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 13, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Alan Schmadtke Tags: Celebrities Source Type: news

Canada's Asbestos Mining Comes to a Stop, For Now
For the first time in more than a century, asbestos mining in Canada has halted. Canada's two mines, Jeffrey Mine and Lac d'amiante du Canada, stopped asbestos production earlier this month because of financial obstacles and operational difficulties. The asbestos industry in Canada enjoys long, lucrative and tumultuous history, and this marks the first time in 130 years that the country's asbestos mines are shut down. The stoppage reignited a debate of the dangers of asbestos. Protesters were recently on Parliament Hill advocating for the mines to be shut down. While asbestos companies believe the shutdown is temporary, cr...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 29, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Can new 'Electronic Nose' Device Diagnose Mesothelioma by Somone's Breath? Researchers Say Yes
Can cancer be detected by smell? Some researchers believe so. Italian and Dutch researchers created an "electronic nose" device that may be able to determine if someone has malignant pleural mesothelioma simply by sampling a patient's breath. One day, this may mean no more biopsies, no more CT scans and no more complications involved with the diagnostic process.That, at least, is the hope. A Breakthrough Product The device, called a Cyranose 320, evaluates an individual's "breath print" in search of dangerous organic compounds related to mesothelioma. Identification of certain compounds within a patient...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 18, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Research & Clinical Trials Source Type: news

Former Policeman Developed Mesothelioma, Even Though the Disease is Known as an 'Industrial Illness'
Frank Dodd was not a shipyard worker or a pipefitter. He was not a chemical worker, construction worker or even a navy veteran, all of which are careers that have been known to involve asbestos exposure. He was a policeman. However, like many who worked in one of the previously listed professions, Dodd died from what the Deputy Coroner for Birmingham called an 'industrial illness.' In July of 2009, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lining of the lungs that is caused by asbestos exposure. He died less than two months later. His wife is still determined to learn how and why her policeman husband could ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 3, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news