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Asbestos-contaminated soil adds up to half-million-dollar headache for Louisiana parish

16 Jun 2014 by under News

jefferson parish logo 100x100 Asbestos contaminated soil adds up to half million dollar headache for Louisiana parishA plan to fill land at a construction project with excess from an Army Corps of Engineers project turned into a half-million dollar headache for Jefferson Parish, La., officials when it turned out the was contaminated with asbestos. Exposure to asbestos is linked to serious illnesses, including mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer. When job site officials identified asbestos in the soil, the construction project had to be stopped until the hazardous material could be contained, properly disposed of, and the site cleaned and deemed safe for workers and the public. (more…)


U.S. House approves bill requiring report on asbestos content in imported brake products

11 Jun 2014 by under Legal, News

US House of Representatives 100x100 U.S. House approves bill requiring report on asbestos content in imported brake productsAt the end of May, the passed H.R. 4660, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015. This bill makes appropriations for science-related programs and will include funding to investigate imported brake products for the presence of . (more…)


FACT Act now before U.S. Senate – Please speak out to oppose this legislation!

23 May 2014 by under Legal, News, Organizations

senatelogo 100x100 FACT Act now before U.S. Senate   Please speak out to oppose this legislation!In November 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that victims and their supporters say will provide protection for manufacturers, while preventing victims from obtaining justice while in fact violating their rights to privacy. Now that legislation is before the U.S. Senate. Please act now to speak out in opposition of the so-called Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act. (more…)


Meso Foundation launches peer-to-peer support group for mesothelioma patients, caregivers

1 May 2014 by under News, Organizations

MARF logo square Meso Foundation launches peer to peer support group for mesothelioma patients, caregiversThe Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) has launched a new support group aimed at providing mesothelioma victims and their families and/or caregivers a way to easily connect with others who are also struggling with the -caused cancer. Called , the program is available to people at all stages of the disease, and provides opportunities both for those who need help and those who feel they would like to help others. (more…)


Asbestos danger must be considered in removal of destroyed historic structure

29 Apr 2014 by under News

Nebraska Waterman Building KETV photo 100x100 Asbestos danger must be considered in removal of destroyed historic structureTown leaders in , Neb., voted last week to allow the and removal of a building under the watch of the Historic Preservation Board. The century-old Waterman building, which was located in downtown Plattsmouth, was destroyed by fire in January. The structure has been in limbo ever since, as the Preservation Board tried to decide if it could be saved and restored. (more…)


Mesothelioma cell growth may be slowed by drug already approved by FDA to treat alcoholism

26 Apr 2014 by under Research/Treatment

cancer stem cell 100x100 Mesothelioma cell growth may be slowed by drug already approved by FDA to treat alcoholismResearchers from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich., have discovered a drug already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat alcoholism may play an important role in halting the growth of malignant pleural mesothelioma (). Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer linked to exposure, which most often affects the lining of the lungs (pleural) or the abdomen (peritoneal). (more…)


Jury finds asbestos products manufacturers liable for mesothelioma death, awards $7.2 million

3 Apr 2014 by under Legal, News

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Jury finds asbestos products manufacturers liable for mesothelioma death, awards $7.2 millionA Philadelphia County jury found in favor of the family of Edward Merwitz, a former who died of mesothelioma at age 62. The lawsuit alleged Merwitz was exposed to -containing products while working on U.S. Navy ships between the years of 1965 and 1970. (more…)


Global Asbestos Awareness Week – April 1-7, 2014

1 Apr 2014 by under Events, Research/Treatment

Asbestos Awareness Week 2014 100x100 Global Asbestos Awareness Week   April 1 7, 2014Today marks the start of Global Awareness Week (GAAW), which will be observed April 1-7, 2014. The event was started as National Awareness Day in 2005, expanded to National Awareness Week, and is now recognized globally as a time to educate the public about the dangers of . (more…)


Vaccine uses new approach to immunotherapy for vaccine to treat mesothelioma, ovarian cancer

28 Mar 2014 by under News, Research/Treatment

cancer stem cell 100x100 Vaccine uses new approach to immunotherapy for vaccine to treat mesothelioma, ovarian cancerResearchers have developed a vaccine that takes a novel approach to to treat cancer, in particular and ovarian cancer. The new vaccine should be easier for patients with advanced cancers to tolerate, and less expensive to administer than traditional immunotherapy vaccines. (more…)


Investigators look into possible improper disposal of asbestos-containing debris at Des Moines renovation project

28 Feb 2014 by under Legal, News

Younkers Building Des Moines WIKI 100x100 Investigators look into possible improper disposal of asbestos containing debris at Des Moines renovation projectDES MOINES, – A dispute about the possible improper removal and disposal of asbestos-containing debris at a project is heating up as contractors and inspectors debate the merits of an investigation. The disagreement stems from a renovation project at the former Younkers building – now known as the Flagship Building – in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The area in question is a section of drywall that was removed from the fifth floor of the building, encompassing roughly 300 square feet. (more…)