A new book highlights the effects Mr. Fluffy, a form of loose asbestos insulation, has on the Australian capital of Canberra. The insulation was used extensively in the area by a sole contractor in the 1960s and 1970s and was later found to contain asbestos, a group of silicate minerals linked to the development of mesothelioma and other health concerns. (more…)
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A form of loose asbestos insulation used in the Australian capital of Canberra, Mr. Fluffy has caused problems for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and homeowners alike since a sole contractor used the insulation in territory homes beginning in 1968, myMeso previously reported.
A new study by the Australian National University showed more than 80 percent of homeowners in Fluffy-contaminated houses had renovated their homes, greatly increasing the risk of asbestos exposure to occupants and renovation crews, according to The Canberra Times. (more…)
New South Wales, a state in southeastern Australia, has confirmed its first case of black lung disease since the 1970s. The NSW Department of Industry Resources confirmed last week it had been alerted to a case of Mixed Dust Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis, known commonly as black lung disease. (more…)
Socioeconomic status has a bigger impact on mesothelioma patient prognosis than any other factor, according to a new study.
Despite each of the 910 Australian patients with pleural mesothelioma who participated receiving some level of compensation for their diseases, the study found those with lower statuses on the Index of Relative Socioeconomic Advantage and Disadvantage (IRSAD) were less likely to receive adequate treatment, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. (more…)
A form of loose asbestos insulation used in the Australian capital of Canberra, Mr. Fluffy has caused problems for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and homeowners alike since a sole contractor used the insulation in territory homes beginning in 1968. (more…)
As November comes to an end, so too does Australia’s Asbestos Awareness Month. Australians across the country have been participating in an Asbestos Awareness campaign, overseen by a combination of government agencies and research and preventative initiatives, throughout the month of November.
After road workers in Australia completed construction and renovation on the Sydney Harbour Bridge nearly 10 months ago, the public has just been made aware of the discovery of asbestos beneath concrete slabs on the structure.
According to Daily Mail Australia, Duncan Gay, the NSW Nationals Minister for Roads and also a qualified hygienist, was only told of the asbestos earlier this month. Fortunately for those living nearby the bridge, Gay did confirm that the asbestos had low potential for airborne exposure. Local authorities will also be investigating where the excess material taken from the site went and whether or not it was disposed of properly. (more…)
Mesothelioma may be growing differently than experts previously believed.
A recent discovery by researchers at Australia’s Flinders University suggests mesothelioma tumors promote growth through creating blood vessels, defying available medical treatments for the cancer.
Existing treatments target blood vessels that grow into a mesothelioma tumor, not those that develop from within a tumor. (more…)
Australian authorities are warning consumers to avoid a brand of Crayons made in China that have tested positive for asbestos, a silicate mineral that can cause devastating health problems for people exposed to it. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said that so far only trace amounts of asbestos have been found in children’s crayons marketed with images of Dora the Explorer, Mickey Mouse, and Peppa Pig. However, the agency added that the “presence of asbestos in crayons at any level is unacceptable because asbestos is a prohibited import.” (more…)
From Australia comes a story of the extreme harassment, abuse, and other malicious treatment that whistleblowers who try to expose wrongdoing often must face. (more…)