Before committing to a home renovation project, either from need as a home ages or just a desire to change or improve surroundings, home owners should take a minute to think about asbestos. Most home owners know that asbestos was commonly used in building products for years, usually for fire protection, insulation or acoustics. However, they also believe asbestos was finally banned in the 1970s due to health concerns. But it’s important to remember that asbestos-containing products may remain in older homes, and was still included in some products as late as the 1980s. Read the rest of this entry »
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) has launched a unique fund-raising campaign using social media. The “Peace. Joy. CURE.” campaign began Nov. 25 and will run through Dec. 31. A long-time Meso Foundation donor will match every dollar donated through the online drive, up to $10,000.
Donors can visit the donation page of the 2013 Meso Foundation Challenge directly through a link on the Meso Foundation website at www.curemeso.org or by visiting the Meso Foundation Facebook page, www.facebook.com/curemeso; or Twitter, @curemeso.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos that affects approximately 3,500 people each year. It most commonly affects the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) or abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma). It can also sometimes affect the lining of the heart (pericardial mesothelioma). There is no known cure for mesothelioma.
The Meso Foundation is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to ending meso, primarily by providing funding for research. To date, the Foundation has funded $8.2 million in mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation also provides a strong support network for “meso warriors” – those battling mesothelioma – and their families and caregivers, as well as spearheading education and advocacy efforts.
More than 600 people are helped each month by the Meso Foundation, and 81 cents of every dollar given to the Foundation goes directly to programs.
A plan to demolish several derelict buildings along a block in Sanford, Maine, was delayed when asbestos was discovered in some of the old structures. Asbestos exposure is linked to the development of mesothelioma, a rare but serious form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen. There is no known cure for mesothelioma. Read the rest of this entry »
Particularly around Halloween, park rangers, Sheriff’s deputies and maintenance workers in Canton, Ohio, have to ramp up efforts to keep trespassers and vandals out of an abandoned former hospital building. The deserted structure, which was built in the 1930s as a tuberculosis sanitarium and later operated as a hospital for the mentally ill, is rumored to be haunted. But city officials say the real danger in the structure is asbestos. Read the rest of this entry »
A middle school in Uxbridge, Mass., was closed for two days last week after flooring materials that had been removed from the school during the summer tested positive for asbestos. Although tests showed safe air quality levels, Uxbridge School Superintendent Kevin Carney decided to keep children away from the building until it could be confirmed it was safe for them to return. Read the rest of this entry »
There are allegations of “bad faith” swirling around multinational conglomerate holding company Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Lawyers representing both asbestos victims and manufacturers say two of the company’s subsidiaries – National Indemnity Co. and Resolute Management Inc. – which are supposed to handle asbestos and pollution insurance policies, are purposely delaying paying claims in order to benefit Berkshire’s bottom line. Read the rest of this entry »
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Monday that asbestos is present in a rock sample taken from the proposed site of an iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties. The asbestoform fibers were found in the mineral grunerite. Asbestos and asbestoform fibers present a danger to public health if they are inhaled or ingested, which may result in the development of mesothelioma. Read the rest of this entry »
Drug manufacturer Verastem, Inc., has initiated a registration-directed, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. The trial is a registration-directed trial for VS-6063, Verastem’s lead cancer stem cell inhibitor defactinib , and will target killing cancer stem cells. The clinical trial is called Control of Mesothelioma with MAiNtenance Defactinib, or COMMAND. Read the rest of this entry »
The recent devastating floods in Colorado have left in their wake another danger, from asbestos in the debris of damaged homes and other buildings. A state-certified asbestos inspector estimates one in three homes in Colorado contains asbestos. Read the rest of this entry »
An Australian company called Octfolio has launched what it is touting as a “pioneering technology platform” that it says will help achieve the government’s goal of ridding the country of asbestos by 2030. Read the rest of this entry »