Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

Chicago Public Schools behind in handling asbestos, study finds

5 Jun 2017 by under News

cpslogo v1 min 100x100 Chicago Public Schools behind in handling asbestos, study findsAsbestos management is mandated by federal law for all schools in the United States. The regulations require schools to identify asbestos and re-inspect asbestos containing material every three years to monitor that it is not at risk of becoming airborne. Federal law also requires schools to “develop, maintain and update” an asbestos management plan, which documents recommended asbestos response actions for the school, the location of asbestos in the school and any action to repair or remove it.

A new report from Unvision Chicago and the Social Justice News Nexus at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism found Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have fallen behind in removing or encapsulating asbestos in school buildings. (more…)


New York Supreme Court upholds mesothelioma award

15 May 2017 by under Legal

Lady justice Dublin L 100x100 New York Supreme Court upholds mesothelioma awardThe Supreme Court of the State of New York has rejected the two-year appeal of a mesothelioma victim’s jury award. Nicholas Dominick will finally receive $3 million the jury awarded him for future pain and suffering from Pacemaker Steel & Piping Co. for their contribution to Dominick’s mesothelioma, according to LawyersandSettlements.com. (more…)


CDC: Mesothelioma still a concern for younger generations

6 Mar 2017 by under News

carpenter 100x100 CDC: Mesothelioma still a concern for younger generationsMore than 45,000 people have died from malignant mesothelioma from 1999 through 2015, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released last week, and the annual number of deaths increased from 2,479 deaths in 1999 to 2,597 deaths in 2015. (more…)


International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma will travel to three U.S. cities

26 Apr 2016 by under Events

marf logo 300x70 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma will travel to three U.S. citiesIt should come as no surprise that the diagnosis of a disease like mesothelioma can feel isolating. Whether you’re a sufferer, a family member, or a caregiver, mesothelioma takes its toll on your life and livelihood. That’s why the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) will be hosting its International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma in three major cities – Houston (May 20), San Francisco (Sept. 16) and Chicago (Oct. 7) – in hopes of making an event more easily accessible and affordable to those who most need help, support and educational resources. (more…)


School Districts consider asbestos abatement to protect students

17 Mar 2015 by under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 School Districts consider asbestos abatement to protect studentsAs schools prepare to close for the summer, several school boards are scheduling renovations over the break, including asbestos abatement. Though getting rid of asbestos can be costly and time-consuming, many schools are finding it necessary in order to ensure the health and safety of their students and employees. (more…)


Illinois middle school finishing asbestos removal project; students slated to return next week

31 Jan 2014 by under News

IL middle school ABC7 WLS image 100x100 Illinois middle school finishing asbestos removal project; students slated to return next weekAn Illinois middle school announced it has finished clearing asbestos that was discovered earlier this month. Workers repairing a leaking pipe and cleaning up resulting mold discovered the toxic substance in broken tiles around the work site. As a result, the school was closed for cleanup. (more…)


Study indicates firefighters diagnosed with mesothelioma at twice the rate of general population

23 Jan 2014 by under News, Research/Treatment

fire 100x100 Study indicates firefighters diagnosed with mesothelioma at twice the rate of general populationA recent study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) revealed firefighters had a rate of mesothelioma two times greater than the rate in the U.S. as a whole. The research included a combined population of nearly 30,000 firefighters from Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco fire departments who were employed since 1950. (more…)


‘Third wave’ of asbestos victims being diagnosed with mesothelioma

19 Jun 2013 by under News, Research/Treatment

carpenter 100x100 Third wave of asbestos victims being diagnosed with mesotheliomaIn Australia, which has the highest per capital rate of mesothelioma in the world, doctors and researchers are seeing a new wave of younger people diagnosed. They call these patients the “third wave” or the “bystander wave.” (more…)


AACR selects physician from innovative meso treatment hospital as president-elect

22 Mar 2012 by under Events, Organizations, People, Research/Treatment

aacr logo AACR selects physician from innovative meso treatment hospital as president electThe (AACR) has selected Charles L. Sawyers, M.D., as its 2012-2013 President-Elect. Sawyers is chair of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), one of the leading medical facilities in the United States treating mesothelioma, a deadly cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Founded in 1907, the (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. (more…)


Variety columnist Archerd to be honored at ADAO conference

5 Mar 2010 by under News

army archerd2 Variety columnist Archerd to be honored at ADAO conferenceVariety magazine, famous for entertainment reporting, announced this week that famed columnist Army Archerd will be honored posthumously by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADOA) at its Sixth Annual International Asbestos Conference on April 10 in Chicago. Archerd will receive the organization’s inaugural Warren Zevon Keep Me in Your Heart memorial tribute.

The award was established in memory of singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, author of such hits as “Werewolves of London,” who died of mesothelioma in 2003. Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that is linked to asbestos exposure. It most often affects the lining of the chest and lungs, but may also affect the lining of the abdomen or, more rarely, the heart.

Warren Zevon’s son, Jordan Zevon, is involved with ADAO as its spokesman. Variety quotes him as saying, “My father would be enormously honored to have had the opportunity to pay tribute to Army Archerd.”

Archerd was a columnist for Variety for more than 50 years, penning his “Just for Variety” column until September 2005. Even after he retired the famous column, Archerd worked as a blogger for Variety. He was one of the most popular and well-respected writers in the entertainment industry, and broke many exclusive stories. He died of mesothelioma on Sept. 8, 2009. It is believed he was exposed to asbestos during his service in the Navy during World War II.

Variety quotes his widow, Selma, as saying, “The tragedy of asbestos disease is a story that unfortunately continues to be written for many families. I hope that Army’s legend of making a difference through his work can help give an even louder voice to the efforts to write its end.”

ADAO was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. It seeks to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. ADAO’s mission includes supporting global advocacy and advancing asbestos awareness, prevention, early detection, treatment, and resources for asbestos-related disease.

For more information about ADAO or the annual Asbestos Conference, visit ADAO online at www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.