Released Documents Disclose Secrets Behind Canada's Opposition to U.S. Asbestos Ban
In the spring of 2011, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) application was filed to learn why and who was involved in the overturning of the Asbestos Ban and Phase-out Rule, a 1989 policy created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ihe International Asbestos Ban Secretariat, an organization that strives to ban asbestos globally, disclosed the contents from these once-secret documents. It is is unclear who filed the FOIA application this spring. However, with this newly-released information, the public may now have a better perspective on how Canada and the United States negotiated about asbestos regulations two d...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 31, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Legislation, Laws & Litigation Source Type: news

Family of Navy Veteran Gets 'Substantial Settlement' in Asbestos Exposure Case
Military veterans and their families are barred from collecting damages from the U.S. government by the Feres Doctrine, even in the case of blatant neglect regarding asbestos exposure. But they have another option: collecting from companies that supplied the toxic asbestos products to the military. The family of one Navy veteran recently received a "substantial settlement" from 26 defendants that were listed in his complaint filed with the Supreme Court of the state of New York by the Weitz & Luxenberg law firm. Although terms of the settlement are confidential, the original complaint filed in court asked for...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 28, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Veterans & Military Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Death Toll Rising from Minnesota's Taconite Mining Area
An already abnormal mesothelioma death toll in northeast Minnesota continues to climb, according to an updated study at the University of Minnesota examining the nearby taconite mining industry. The study, which began in 2008 with funding from state lawmakers, confirmed what many suspected for years about the mines in the "Iron Range" area of Minnesota. Taconite is a lower-grade iron ore that is prevalent in the area. The industry employees approximately 3,000 workers. The study has focused on the estimated 46,000 people born after 1920 who worked in the industry.  Early results show that 1,681 taconite work...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 19, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Garlock Appeals Judge's Decision to Hide Claimants Identity in Asbestos Cases
A producer of asbestos-containing products is fighting a judge's decision to hide the names of claimants in a dozen bankruptcy cases. Garlock Sealing Technologies, a subsidiary of EnPro Industries Inc., is appealing a bankruptcy judge's decision to keep anonymous the identities of thousands of asbestos claimants in 12 bankruptcy cases. The Charlotte-based company wants to make public the records of the tens of thousands of claimants and believes the plaintiffs are using their anonymity to receive more settlement incomes from other separate claims. Garlock makes compression packing, gaskets, hydraulic components, rubber exp...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 17, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Legislation, Laws & Litigation Source Type: news

Asbestos Industry Being Criticized for Using Big Tobacco's Marketing Strategy
Some stakeholders in the asbestos industry are being accused of using the same marketing approach that was used by lobbying groups for large tobacco companies decades earlier. The International Chrysotile Association, a global asbestos lobbying group, was recently criticized for supposedly hiring APCO Worldwide, a Washington D.C.-based public relations firm, to lobby the government of Malaysia to exclude chrysotile asbestos from its proposed ban list of asbestos types. According to critics, this move by the association to hire a lobbying group is very reminiscent of efforts made by another controversial industry some years...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 14, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Mice Lending Help At Brigham and Women's With Mesothelioma Fight
At the acclaimed Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, it's usually the thoracic surgeons, oncologists or pathologists getting the credit for advancing the fight against malignant mesothelioma. This time, it's the mice. With a rare cancer like mesothelioma, research scientists often don't have enough real test cases to use in their search for better adjuvant therapies, needing subjects who first have had surgery. That's where the lab mice are contributing now. Scientists at Brigham & Women's Hospital have been grafting human mesothelioma cells into the mice, letting them grow, then surgical...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 11, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Researcher: Patients with Mesothelioma, Other Rare Cancers Would Benefit from Faster and Smaller Clinical Trials
A radical shift in the way clinical trials are conducted may be the key to getting new drugs to market, according to one researcher. This concept may especially provide a positive outlook for patients of rare diseases and cancers. Marie-Cecile Le Deley, M.D., Associate Professor at the Institut Gustave-Roussy, Villejuif, France, told an organization of professional oncologists during a conference that performing smaller, more frequent clinical trials will help get drugs in the hands of patients sooner, especially those drugs for rare cancers like mesothelioma. Le Deley explained to her colleagues at the 2011 European Multi...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 29, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Research & Clinical Trials Source Type: news

'Today' show Provides Exposure for Mesothelioma Awareness Day
It was Mission Accomplished for a band of 50 volunteers who traveled to New York City this weekend to stand outside NBC Studios Monday morning for the popular "Today" show, making sure a national television audience knew something about Mesothelioma Awareness Day today. Even amid the usual crowd of screamers, hand wavers and gawkers who gather for the show each morning, it was impossible to ignore so many volunteers in bright orange t-shirts waving the hand held signs with the message "Cure Meso." Eight different times during the morning show, scattered between various segments on Herman Cain, Molly Sha...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 26, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Pro Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen's Family Settles Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Merlin Olsen's lifetime exposure to asbestos, which caused the mesothelioma cancer that eventually killed him, began as early as age 11 with a summer job on a construction site, leading to the recent settlement between his family and 10 companies that used or manufactured the product. Olsen, a Hall of Fame football star who also became a successful actor and broadcaster, died March 11, 2010, at age 69, three months after the lawsuit was filed. Attorneys for his wife filed a notice in Los Angeles, California, earlier this month that the lawsuit had been settled, according to the Associated Press. No details were provided. O...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 21, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Celebrities Source Type: news

Kathleen Mullen's Documentary to Stream Globally on National Mesothelioma Awareness Day
"Breathtaking," a documentary that explores the serious repercussions of the asbestos industry, will be released for global broadcast at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2011. The date also marks National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The film, which weaves together the personal account of Richard Mullen's battle with mesothelioma and the stark facts of the asbestos mining business, will be streamed through the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization's website at asbestosdiseaseawareness.org. Anyone with internet access can view the touching and informative 43-minute film for free. Immediately after the film, the website wil...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 20, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Faith Franz Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

New Study: Human Cells Like Asbestos Cells but Can't Handle Their Size
New research may begin answering questions about why asbestos poses such a health threat to humans. The answers require a microscopic look. A new study published in the September issue of the online publication Nature Nanotechnology finds that the nature of human cells and how they interact with asbestos cells may explain why asbestos exposure is harmful to humans. The study states that nanotubes and asbestos cells approach human cells at a certain angles, with the rounded tip of the cell towards the human cell. Because of the human cell's receptors, they are able to recognize the rounded tip of the asbestos cells. Because...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 19, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Mark Hall Tags: Research & Clinical Trials Source Type: news

Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 Brings Threat Of Mesothelioma, Awareness of Asbestos Exposure
The official opening Sunday of the National 9/11 Memorial on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center in New York City is designed to help America remember, but it will also provide some closure for families of those who died. There will be no closure for the illnesses left behind. Although tens of thousands more – first responders, volunteer workers, residents nearby – have been suffering for years from a wide range of physical and psychological ailments related to 9/11, the real death toll from the attack will not be known fully for decades to come. The threat of mesothelioma, th...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 7, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Kathleen Mullen Turns Personal Film about Asbestos, Mesothelioma into 'Breathtaking' Experience
Kathleen Mullen started making a documentary as a personal tribute to her father, as a way to honor and remember his life. She finished the film as an indictment of the industry that killed him -- and a government that allowed it to happen. The transformation -- the bridge between the two -- is what makes "Breathtaking," so powerful. Richard Mullen, her father, died in 2003 of mesothelioma, the cancer caused by an exposure to asbestos. He spent 40 years as a project engineer, often inspecting oil pipes where he unknowingly was inhaling asbestos fibers. "I wanted to do something from a personal standpoin...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 29, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Research Gets $3.58 Million Boost At Hawaii Cancer Center
Dr. Michele Carbone at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center has been renowned the past several years as one of the world's leaders in the fight against mesothelioma, the cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. This will only make him better. The Cancer Center announced Wednesday a $3.58 million donation designated specifically for mesothelioma research, Carbone's specialty. It is the second-largest donation in the UH Cancer Center's history. "This gift is critical to support our efforts to generate discoveries that will aid in the prevention of mesothelioma and the development of new therapies," Carbone said. &q...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 23, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Research & Clinical Trials Source Type: news

Father's Day Run at Mesothelioma: Floridian Larry Davis Competes in Triathlons
Larry Davis is scheduled for surgery June 27 at the University of Maryland's Greenbaum Cancer Center -- his fifth surgery since an original diagnosis of mesothelioma. The prospect of another dreaded hospital stay left him searching for a distraction. His daughter found just the right thing: Competing in a Father's Day Weekend Triathlon, which includes a 14-mile bike leg, a 5-kilometer run and a 600-yard swim. It isn't exactly the typical activity for a mesothelioma patient, but Davis is far from typical. He has lived much longer than expected. He has shunned many of the traditional treatments to fight his cancer, alienatin...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 17, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Treatment Including Photodynamic Therapy After a Lung-Sparing Operation Improves Survival
While surgery is one of the most common treatments for pleural mesothelioma, the cancer may not always be completely surgically removed. As a result, some surgical treatment plans for mesothelioma are followed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Photodynamic therapy, which uses light energy to destroy cancerous cells, may also be considered as a post-surgical option to promote the death of any remaining mesothelioma cells. In a 2011 study published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, researchers at Pennsylvania University's Penn Medicine found that the combination of a radical pleurectomy (RP) and intraoperative photodyna...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 1, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Faith Franz Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Canadian Asbestos Mine Comes Under 'Daily Show' Scrutiny
The Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos, Quebec has come under recent scrutiny after the Canadian government proposed a $58 million grant to reopen the mine. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart sent an investigative reporter to speak with town officials about the state of the mine and their current feelings towards chrysotile asbestos. The officials believe that chrysotile asbestos is not harmful when limited to small amounts of exposure. The Canadian mines freely export asbestos to developing countries such as India that have devastating effects on the workers and population. A report published by The Center for Public Integrity detaile...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 17, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Michael Sedacca Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Renal Cancer Drug Can Be Used as Treatment for Mesothelioma
In a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, temsirolimus, a drug that is used to treat kidney cancer, has shown positive results when treating pleural mesothelioma cells. Temsirolimus is a kinase inhibitor, which blocks the growth of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) proteins. These proteins are found in mesothelioma cells. Malignant mesothelioma, an uncommon form of cancer that develops in the lining of the vital organs in the body, is directly linked to asbestos exposure. Because of the long latency period associated with the cancer, it is frequently not diagnosed until the late stages o...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 12, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Michael Sedacca Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Alabama Officials Warn of Asbestos in Tornado-Damaged Areas
In the wake of deadly tornadoes that ravaged communities in Alabama, government agencies caution emergency workers and residents who are combing through debris containing an invisible threat: asbestos fibers. Because of the massive amount of destruction, asbestos fibers are believed to have been disturbed in the older homes and buildings during the tornadoes. Inhalation and ingestion of asbestos fibers has been linked to the development of a number of different diseases, including asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma. Once asbestos fibers become lodged in human tissue, they create cellular changes that can lead to the dev...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 10, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Faith Franz Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Alabama Officials Warn of Asbestos in Tornado Damaged Areas
In the wake of deadly tornadoes that ravaged communities in Alabama, government agencies caution emergency workers and residents who are combing through debris containing an invisible threat: asbestos fibers. Because of the massive amount of destruction, asbestos fibers are believed to have been disturbed in the older homes and buildings during the tornadoes. Inhalation and ingestion of asbestos fibers has been linked to the development of a number of different diseases, including asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma. Once asbestos fibers become lodged in human tissue, they create cellular changes that can lead to the dev...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 10, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Michael Sedacca Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

Young Man Rides Across Europe to Raise Money for Father's Pleural Mesothelioma
Young student Jamie Menzies from Potton, England is launching a bike tour that travels across Europe to raise money for a local hospital's charity in honor of his father, who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in November 2010. Menzies seeks to raise money for Papworth Hospital, the United Kingdom's largest cardiothoracic hospital, where his father is currently being treated. Menzies' father's doctors have determined that his mesothelioma has developed as the result of asbestos exposure. Various medical studies have linked asbestos exposure as the cause of mesothelioma in upwards of 90 percent of cases. Malignant meso...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 6, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Michael Sedacca Tags: Research & Clinical Trials Source Type: news

Young Man Rides Across Europe to Raise Money for Father's Pleural Mesothelioma Fight
Young student Jamie Menzies from Potton, England is launching a bike tour that travels across Europe to raise money for a local hospital's charity in honor of his father, who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in November 2010. Menzies seeks to raise money for Papworth Hospital, the United Kingdom's largest cardiothoracic hospital, where his father is currently being treated. Menzies' father's doctors have determined that his mesothelioma has developed as the result of asbestos exposure. Various medical studies have linked asbestos exposure as the cause of mesothelioma in upwards of 90 percent of cases. Malignant meso...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 6, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Faith Franz Tags: Research & Clinical Trials Source Type: news

ADAO Lights a Candle for Workers' Memorial Day
On April 28, the Asbestos Disease and Awareness Organization (ADAO) will recognize Workers' Memorial Day through their Light a Candle program. The program encourages people to light a candle or do so through their website to honor loved ones who are fighting or have lost their fight against asbestos-related diseases. As of April 26 2011, over 11 million candles have been lit in a total of 243 countries. Each year, approximately 125 million workers are regularly exposed to asbestos. Asbestos has been directly linked to the development of malignant mesothelioma, an uncommon and aggressive cancer that attacks the lining of th...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 26, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Michael Sedacca Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

AIG Offloads Asbestos Liability to Berkshire Hathaway
On April 20, AIG, one of the largest insurers in the United States, approved a transfer of asbestos liability to Berkshire Hathaway. The liability, derived from asbestos claims against the insurer's Chartis business, was expected to total nearly $3.5 billion. In the deal, AIG will pay $1.65 billion to Berkshire in exchange for the liability coverage. Previously, Berkshire has undertaken this type of agreement with other companies such as Lloyd's of London and CNA Financial Corp. According to the Insurance Information Institute, between 1991 and 2008, insurers have paid over $30 billion in asbestos liability claims. The maj...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 21, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Michael Sedacca Tags: Legislation, Laws & Litigation Source Type: news

Judge Threatens Plaintiff Attorneys with Trustee in Specialty Products and Bondex Case
In May 2010, Specialty Products and Bondex Inc., a subsidiary of RPM International, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from asbestos claims. Under bankruptcy law in the United States, companies seeking bankruptcy can set up a trust fund to compensate any current and future claimants in asbestos cases. Bondex and Specialty Products previously manufactured and distributed chemical product lines, insulation, finishing systems and powder coating. Exposure to asbestos-containing insulation has been linked to the development of diseases such as malignant mesothelioma. Specialty Products, and its subsidiary Bondex, have c...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 19, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Michael Sedacca Tags: Legislation, Laws & Litigation Source Type: news

Study: Asbestos Is Primary Contributing Cause of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma incidence has steadily increased in the United States since the first case was reported in 1947. Every year approximately 2,000 to 3,000 cases are reported in the United States. Primarily linked to asbestos exposure, mesothelioma cases typically take 20 to 50 years to develop. "Mesothelioma Epidemiology, Carcinogenesis and Pathogenesis" is a 2008 study where researchers tracked the causes and history of mesothelioma. The study found that asbestos was the main contributing cause in the development of mesothelioma. Three mineral fibers in general were found to be primary causes of mesothelioma, chrysot...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 10, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Michelle Whitmer Tags: Research & Clinical Trials Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Nutrition: Diet Can Help You Manage Radiation Side Effects
Although used to fight mesothelioma for its harsh effects on cancerous cells, radiation therapy can also be draining on the recipient's entire body. Many studies have shown that dietary choices can help relieve some of the effects of radiation and work to improve the patient's quality of life. Patients who elect to undergo radiation as a form of mesothelioma treatment may alleviate some of the side effects through specific dietary adjustments as approved by their physician. A diet comprised of high-protein and nutrient-rich foods can improve whole-body health and offset some of the toll that radiation takes on a patient's...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 21, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Michelle Whitmer Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Study: Mesothelioma Rates Affected by Asbestos Exposure at Montana Mine
Some forms of asbestos can be found among vermiculite ore, a naturally occurring mineral commonly found in mountainous regions around the world. Vermiculite contaminated with asbestos was used in numerous different products, including insulation, soil additives and fertilizers. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has concluded that asbestos in all forms is "carcinogenic to humans." In a recently published 2010 study conducted from 2000 to 2001, titled "Exposure to Asbestos-Containing Vermiculite Ore and Respiratory Symptoms among Individuals Who Were Children While the Mine Was Active in Libby, M...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 17, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Michelle Whitmer Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news

UK Fails To Fund Asbestos Group for Mesothelioma Research
The search for a mesothelioma cure is still underway, and a number of medical researchers are dedicating their time to extensive clinical and laboratory tests in hopes of eradicating this rare cancer. While many promising developments have been made to fight the disease, adequate funding for future projects must be secured to ensure further progress. Caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure, malignant mesothelioma claims 2,000 to 3,000 lives a year in the United States alone. Since no known cure currently exists, further research is undoubtedly necessary. Unfortunately, one major source of funding for research in the...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 11, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Michelle Whitmer Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Latency Period Affects Early Diagnosis, Treatment Options and Prognosis
A number of studies have been conducted on the specific latency period in people exposed to asbestos in order to better understand the length of time it takes to develop mesothelioma. Due to the disease's long latency period, many people exposed to asbestos do not begin to show symptoms of mesothelioma until 20 and 50 years after initial exposure. Evidence from some studies has shown that high exposure for short periods of time might be more damaging than low exposure for a longer duration. For example, some first responders during the World Trade Center attacks in 2001 who were exposed to an extreme amount of asbestos beg...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 21, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Michelle Whitmer Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Risk Reduced Through Turkey's Ban of Asbestos
According to a statement released by Turkey's Environment Management Directorate-General, all uses of asbestos were officially banned on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. Although asbestos was already partially banned, the move to completely ban asbestos has enabled Turkey to fully abide by European Union (EU) regulations. Turkey's new regulation will ban the use of asbestos in production of any goods and supply of products containing asbestos. While many countries have issued regulations concerning the use of asbestos, fewer countries have banned the toxic mineral altogether. Asbestos exposure has been linked to a number of serious ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 3, 2011 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Jensen Whitmer Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news