Australian eco-development faces asbestos abatement legal challenges

27 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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An asbestos abatement case is making its way to Australia’s Supreme Court, and while the dispute is being adjudicated, plans for a $2 billion eco-development are on hold. Read the rest of this entry »


Pleurectomy surgery better for quality of life, study finds

26 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

220px Effusionhalf 100x100 Pleurectomy surgery better for quality of life, study findsAn estimated 22 percent of malignant mesothelioma patients undergo surgery to treat the deadly disease, according to Mesothelioma Research News, but which surgical option is most beneficial? Yet another study has confirmed pleurectomy surgery rather than extrapleural pneumonectomy (EEP) is the best option. Read the rest of this entry »


IMRT proves effective mesothelioma treatment, study finds

25 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment
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Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is the most advanced type of radiation, allowing for even greater regulation of radiation beams than was possible in 3D planning. It’s a “sophisticated form of 3D planning,” according to OncoLink, and it is used regularly to treat a variety of cancers, including prostate cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, brain cancers and lung cancers.

IMRT has become increasingly important in the treatment of mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure that affects the lining of internal organs, but until recently, its benefits had never been proven, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. Dr. Kenneth Rosenzweig’s new study published in the Annals of Translational Medicine concludes IMRT at an experienced institution has led to improved mesothelioma outcomes and is “both feasible and effective” as a treatment option for malignant pleural mesotheliomaRead the rest of this entry »


Remediation talks begin for St. Louis neighborhood’s asbestos contamination

24 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

640px FEMA   39239   Worker in Hazmat suit in Texas 100x100 Remediation talks begin for St. Louis neighborhoods asbestos contamination Though some residents remain skeptical, a remediation plan for a St. Louis neighborhood plagued by asbestos contamination after a house fire is slowly taking shape. The house, believed to have ties to Mark Twain, caught fire July 12, and as MyMeso previously reported, local officials were slow to act, prompting residents who were concerned about the possibility of asbestos to contact the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA confirmed the residents’ suspicions: Asbestos was present in the charred debris. Read the rest of this entry »


St. Louis neighborhood faces asbestos scare

20 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 St. Louis neighborhood faces asbestos scare Homeowners in a St. Louis, Missouri, neighborhood took to their yards last week to clean up debris from four-alarm fire that engulfed a nearby historic mansion. The issue? The charred debris contained asbestos. Read the rest of this entry »


Majority of London hospitals contain asbestos

19 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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The buildings Londoners visit to improve their health might actually put them at risk of asbestos exposure. According to BBC London, 94 percent of hospitals in the city, where about 1,000 people have died from mesothelioma since 2011, contain asbestos.trans Majority of London hospitals contain asbestos Read the rest of this entry »


Mr. Fluffy home demolitions near completion

18 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

534px Australian Capital Territory in Australia zoom 100x100 Mr. Fluffy home demolitions near completionA form of loose asbestos insulation used in the Australian capital of Canberra, Mr. Fluffy has proved much more menacing than its name would suggest. Fear of Mr. Fluffy reemerged in 2013 after a house that had undergone asbestos removal procedures was found to still contain the deadly insulation, according to The Guardian. Millions were spent on the original abatement efforts, and now a second round of removal efforts is underway. Read the rest of this entry »


Tween makeup contains asbestos, study finds

17 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

640px Talc mutnikSVK01 100x100 Tween makeup contains asbestos, study findsMakeup sold in a popular tween clothing and accessories store could contain cancer-causing materials, according to North Carolina news outlet ABC11. Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos alternative also damages DNA, study finds

14 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

800px How joint 100x100 Asbestos alternative also damages DNA, study findsA new Chinese study suggests an asbestos alternative can cause the same type DNA damage as the carcinogen it was meant to replace, potentially increasing health concerns for those who used a product they believed was safe. Read the rest of this entry »


Canada lowers airborne chrysotile asbestos exposure limit

13 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Flag of Canada.svg 1 100x100 Canada lowers airborne chrysotile asbestos exposure limitIn a December 2016 press release, the Canadian government announced its plans to oust asbestos from the country by 2018 in a “whole-of-government approach.” As part of its efforts to meet the quickly approaching deadline, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patty Hajdu announced Tuesday the enhancement of the Canada Labour Code by lowering the exposure limit of airborne chrysotile asbestos to “as close to zero as possible,” according to a press release. Read the rest of this entry »