EPA announces proposed remedial action plan for BoRit site

20 Jan 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

slide6 100x100 EPA announces proposed remedial action plan for BoRit siteAn asbestos disposal site for nearly a century, BoRit Asbestos Site in Ambler, Pennsylvania, now has a long-term remediation plan through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The 38-acre BoRit site was included as part of the EPA’s Superfund Program, which provides federal funding for remediation, eight years ago, and last month the agency released its proposed long-term remedy for the site—open to public comment through March 3. Read the rest of this entry »


Sonoma State environmental whistleblower seeks $50 million in damages

19 Jan 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

SSU Schultz Library 4630COPY 100x100 Sonoma State environmental whistleblower seeks $50 million in damagesA former employee claims he lost his position at ’s Sonoma State University after raising concerns about how the college handled environmental hazards, including lead and asbestos.

Thomas R. Sargent, 48, filed a whistleblower claim seeking $15 million in damages “alleging that retaliation from top-ranking officials ended his 24-year career at the Rohnert Park institution,” according to the Argus Courier. Read the rest of this entry »


Canadian city fined for improper handling of asbestos-containing materials

18 Jan 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Downtown Waterloo closeup 1 100x100 Canadian city fined for improper handling of asbestos containing materialsAsbestos abatement procedures are required by law in many countries around the world in order to ensure the safety of workers and citizens. They can be tricky to obey and tempting to ignore, but even local governments are responsible for ensuring their work follows the law of the land, as the city of Waterloo found out last week.

For violating an Ontario regulation concerning asbestos abatement during construction, the province of Ontario, Canada, fined Waterloo $50,000 Jan. 13 after workers employed by the municipality were exposed to asbestos, according to a release by the providence of Ontario. Read the rest of this entry »


Inhibiting WT1 protein could reduce pleural mesothelioma’s aggressiveness

17 Jan 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

Protein WT1 PDB 1xf7SMEdit 100x100 Inhibiting WT1 protein could reduce pleural mesotheliomas aggressiveness A team of German and Japanese researchers believe they have discovered a protein linked to the chemoresistance of malignant mesothelioma tumors.

Mesothelioma Research News reports the study, published in Pathology & Oncology Research at the beginning of the year, has linked the WT1 protein to the survival of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos particles can travel to the gallbladder, studies say

16 Jan 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Ultrasound image of gallbladder stone Gallstone 091937515 100x100 Asbestos particles can travel to the gallbladder, studies say The gallbladder appears to be another organ potentially affected by asbestos exposure, according to a new study by Italian doctors.

The findings help explain why some of the doctors’ patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), which affects the lining of the lungs and is associated with the inhalation of asbestos, also developed gallbladder disorders, including gallstones or cholecystitis, an inflammation of its tissue that can result in fever, nausea, vomiting and jaundice.

Surviving Mesothelioma explains that the study’s results show asbestos fibers, which remain in the body because the particles cannot be removed due to their odd size and shape, do not necessarily stop traveling once they first reach epithelial tissue; the study cites connective tissue as the travel mechanism for asbestos that reaches the gallbladder. Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos-related deaths increase in Ireland

13 Jan 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Ireland.A2003004 edited 100x100 Asbestos related deaths increase in IrelandDecades of using asbestos, a carcinogen linked to the development of mesothelioma, are catching up to Ireland. Its number of asbestos-related deaths is expected to hit record highs in the country’s near future.

A piece for the Irish Examiner states Irish safety experts expect the rates to remain high for a decade or more “with asbestos finds rising 80 percent in recent years as the recovering economy sees an increase in building renovations and refurbishments.” Read the rest of this entry »


Rare diseases affect 30 million in U.S.

12 Jan 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

1280px Chemotherapy vials 2 edited 100x100 Rare diseases affect 30 million in U.S. The Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center defines a rare disease is a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people. Individually, rare diseases may affect few people. For instance, according to the American Cancer Society, only 3,000 people per year are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer developed from asbestos exposure that affects the lining of the stomach, heart or abdomen, versus the National Cancer Institute’s estimate of 246,660 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in 2016. But together, rare diseases pose a serious health issue. Read the rest of this entry »


Photodynamic therapy using infrared could improve mesothelioma patient outcomes

11 Jan 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

research test tubes 100x100 Photodynamic therapy using infrared could improve mesothelioma patient outcomes Research supports multimodal therapy, using various treatment tactics, when treating mesothelioma. The deadly cancer, associated with exposure to asbestos fibers, can affect the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen, and due to a long latency period, mesothelioma is often hard to detect until it has progressed to its later stages, making treatment difficult. Multimodal therapy often includes combinations of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, but it can also include a possibly unexpected tool: light. Read the rest of this entry »


Ohio Gov. Kasich signs firefighter cancer presumption bill into law

10 Jan 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Airport firefighters drill 100x100 Ohio Gov. Kasich signs firefighter cancer presumption bill into lawLast week joined the ranks of three dozen states that presume with cancer should receive workers’ compensation, according to Business Insurance and The News-Herald.

Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 27, named the Michael Louis Palumbo Jr. Act after a fire captain diagnosed with brain cancer, on Jan. 4, 2016. The act allows to be eligible for workers’ comp benefits if they were involved in at least six years of hazardous duty, according to the news sources. The presumption that the cancer was caused in the workplace can be rebutted only if evidence proves the firefighter smoked or was exposed to tobacco products outside of the office; developed cancer before joining a fire department; is 70 or older; or hasn’t been assigned to hazardous duty in 20 years. Read the rest of this entry »


Determining perpetrators of illegal asbestos dumping remains an issue in U.S. and abroad

9 Jan 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

UK Asbestos Removal Enclosure 100x100 Determining perpetrators of illegal asbestos dumping remains an issue in U.S. and abroadIn many countries around the world, abatement procedures for asbestos include disposing of the material, a known human carcinogen linked to the development of deadly malignant mesothelioma, in approved ways. However, despite the known risk to public health, those rules are not always followed. Read the rest of this entry »