Ambient asbestos poses no extra risk in urban areas

8 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

Chrysotile SEM photo 1 100x100 Ambient asbestos poses no extra risk in urban areasIt wouldn’t be farfetched to assume that cities have more ambient asbestos — asbestos floating in the air — than rural places. After all, cities are home to more buildings that have the potential to contain the human carcinogen. But does that necessarily lead to more city dwellers contracting an asbestos related disease? Read the rest of this entry »


Iconic Melbourne trams contain asbestos flooring

7 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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Three of Melbourne, Australia’s iconic W-Class trams, which regularly carry tourists along routes around the city, have failed routine inspections due to asbestos-containing flooring. Read the rest of this entry »


EPA Superfund site secures funding for asbestos removal

6 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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A Springfield, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund site will not shut down due to lack of funds for asbestos removal.

The Pillsbury Mills site is a former food processing plant that fell under EPA supervision in March 2016; remediation efforts began in February. According to WAND 17, it was possible the site would run out of funding by this Labor Day. The cleanup was originally estimated to cost $1.6 million, but the site’s 47,000-square-foot basement flooded and contained asbestos that had to be removed, putting the project in jeopardy. Read the rest of this entry »


Global mesothelioma deaths on the rise

5 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

GHS pictogram silhouette 100x100 Global mesothelioma deaths on the riseDespite increased awareness of the health threats of asbestos and more stringent regulations restricting its use, yet another report confirms mesothelioma deaths are not falling as expected.

In March, as MyMeso previously reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report showing younger generations are continuing to be plagued by health issues linked to the known human carcinogen. A recent international study also supports that deaths from asbestos cancers are on the rise. Read the rest of this entry »


Aging public buildings face asbestos issues

1 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Mobile Police 100x100 Aging public buildings face asbestos issuesLike many government buildings in small towns and large cities across the United States, the building housing Mobile, Alabama’s police force is getting up there in age. The Mobile Police Department (MPD) has been headquartered in the same building for more than 20 years, and their evidence lockers hold items dating back decades. However, recently MPD decided items were being stacked too high in the cramped space and it needed to be expanded for safety reasons. During the expansion, asbestos was found. Read the rest of this entry »


Australia faces asbestos disease from DIY home renovation

31 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

carpenter 100x100 Australia faces asbestos disease from DIY home renovationAsbestos has plagued Australia for decades, a result of it once being the nation with the highest per capita usage rates of the known human carcinogen. Read the rest of this entry »


Study: Older pleural mesothelioma patients less likely to receive treatment

30 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

220px Effusionhalf1 100x100 Study: Older pleural mesothelioma patients less likely to receive treatmentMesothelioma has established a reputation for its long latency period. It can take 30-plus years to develop the cancer after initial exposure to asbestos, meaning a young person exposed to asbestos likely wouldn’t receive a mesothelioma diagnosis until he is a senior citizen. A recent study determined that the older a person with mesothelioma is, the less likely they are to receive treatment for the deadly cancer. Read the rest of this entry »


Immune cells can help predict patient outcomes

29 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

Red White Blood cells 100x100 Immune cells can help predict patient outcomesIt’s no secret that our immune systems are our defenders — but they also make good predictors, too. According to new research, the levels of different types of immune cells in the body can help predict mesothelioma patient outcomes. Read the rest of this entry »


Hurricane Harvey could create asbestos risk during clean up

28 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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As Houston, Texas, area residents seek shelter from flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 storm at landfall Friday night, they face weeks, months and even years of rebuilding — of trying to restore the havoc nature caused. In the process of rebuilding or demolishing or sanitizing, residents will likely face clean-up threats  through exposure to toxic chemicals and building materials, including asbestos, as MyMeso has previously reported. Read the rest of this entry »


Australian asbestos ban difficult due to Chinese imports

25 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAL AAAAJGE2Mzk2MjQwLWMyNDMtNGMxYi1iN2FhLTFhNmYwOTAxNGE3NQ 100x100 Australian asbestos ban difficult due to Chinese importsAsbestos is widely considered to be a group of six carcinogenic silicate minerals: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite. But what happens when countries do not agree on the list? Enforcement is more difficult. Read the rest of this entry »