Posts Tagged ‘Kansas’

Asbestos removal class action in Kansas City settles for $80M

28 Oct 2016 by under Legal

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Asbestos removal class action in Kansas City settles for $80MA class action lawsuit involving a nearly 30-year-old project in Kansas City, Kan., and about 7,500 exposed claimants has been settled for $80 million. Despite being scheduled to go to trial this week, the county ended up reaching an agreement with the group responsible for the asbestos removal, .

The $80 million settlement agreed upon will be divided up with $25 million for attorney’s fees and litigation costs and the remainder for a medical monitoring fund for the claimants. As many asbestos experts know, there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. The medical fund would allow those who were exposed to asbestos from 1983 to 1985 in the Jackson County Courthouse to be eligible for diagnostic tests monitoring their status in case an asbestos-related disease was to occur. (more…)

Public community center plagued with asbestos floor tiles

20 Dec 2013 by under News

basketball WIKI 100x100 Public community center plagued with asbestos floor tilesIn order to remove dangerous from the building, the in Jonesboro, Ark., will be closing its doors at the beginning of next year. tiles are buckling underneath the flooring of the basketball court, creating a hazard to play on, and an annoyance as well. (more…)

Mesothelioma Awareness Day in the news

25 Sep 2009 by under Events, News, People

According to the Jackson NJ Online, New Jersey Senator Tom Kean (R-21) has introduced legislation to declare Sept. 26 as Mesothelioma Awareness Day in New Jersey annually. The legislation, SJR-77, has been approved by the New Jersey Senate and is waiting for consideration in the General Assembly.

The report quotes Sen. Kean as saying, “We don’t have a cure or standard treatment yet for mesothelioma, so we need to learn more about this disease and spur the development of effective treatments.” He says that designating a statewide annual recognition of Mesothelioma Awareness Day will help ensure that the public and policymakers do not forget the importance of mesothelioma awareness, and help promote funding for research.

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The Tribune features a touching story about Wendell and Elizabeth Mason. Wendell passed away as a result of complications from mesothelioma in December 2006 at age 65. He was employed for 25 years as a truck driver and insulation fabricator, where it is believed he was exposed to on the job.

The story, written by Tom Bogdon, says Wendell’s widow, Elizabeth (Beth), and his three grown children will wear t-shirts featuring a photo of Wendell on Saturday to draw attention to Mesothelioma Awareness Day. They also have obtained a proclamation from Olathe, Kansas, Mayor Michael Copeland declaring Mesothelioma Awareness Day in the city.

The report quotes Beth Mason as saying, “We want people to stop and think. Asbestos is still out there. We don’t want other families to go through what we’ve been through. Wendell and I were robbed of our retirement together.”

Read the full story at the KC Tribune’s web site.

Nanotechnology offers hope for cancer cure

1 Jun 2009 by under News, Research/Treatment

nanotubes 100x100 Nanotechnology offers hope for cancer cureThere is much debate over the issue of nanotechnology, with recent reports swinging to the positive side of the spectrum. Scientists at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Nanotechnology Center say nanotechnology may provide an avenue for physicians to track cancer cells in the body, and enable targeted treatment.

A recent report in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says the scientists, led by , assistant professor and the chief scientist at the university’s Nanotechnology Center, have developed a technique for attacking cancer cells by injecting them with nanoparticles a few thousand times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, then heating the particles with low-frequency radiation. The heat kills the cancer cell completely. The nanotechnology scientists are working in cooperation with physicians from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences department.

The Gazette article quotes Dr. Piotr Grodzinski, director of the ’s Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer as saying the concept of using nanoparticles to treat cancer isn’t new, but that the type of nanoparticle developed by the Little Rock team is groundbreaking. The Little Rock team usues a highly magnetic cobalt particle surrounded by layers of graphitic carbon.

Scientists at the UALR Nanotechnology Center have had promising results from initial research, killing about 98 percent of cervical cancer cells used in the study. Before they can move into clinical trials with human beings – at least two years away – they must investigate a number of issues, including how the technique will affect surrounding tissues and how to reduce the toxicity of the metals used in the nanoparticles, among others.

It is the mission of the Nanotechnology Center at UALR to “advance the science of Nanotechnology through research and outreach and accelerate technological innovations into practical applications for society.” The Center received $5.9 million in funding from the Arkansas State Goverment in 2006, which helped the program garner an additional $1.9 million in federal grant funding.

Read the full article online at the UALR Nanotechnology Center web site.

Nanotechnology has raised safety concerns in the past as a concern for mesothelioma. Last May, this site featured information from an article published in the scientific journal Nature Nanotechnology, which likened the effect of carbon nanotubes to asbestos fibers when introduced into the body.

The UALR Nanotechnology Center acknowledges that as with exposure to asbestos, nanotubes can be potentially dangerous if the tiny fibers are inhaled, noting that manufacturers, lab researchers, suppliers and other professionals who handle nanotubes are at risk and should use protective clothing. The Center also recommends appropriate ventilation in areas where carbon nanotube fibers may become airborne. Scientists are still examining the possible connection between carbon nanotubes and mesothelioma.

Ohio Supreme Court changes the rules for asbestos victims

16 Oct 2008 by under Legal, News

A friend of mine just sent me this update:

The has ruled that a 2004 law imposing stricter rules on those suing for -related injuries can be applied to cases pending before the legislation was passed, a move that could frustrate thousands of people seeking claims.

The 6-1 decision Wednesday means that many of the 40,000 Ohio cases filed before the law was enacted are likely to be dismissed. It also has potential ramifications in Florida, Georgia, Kansas and other states that have sought to use such laws to reduce litigation related to the cancer-causing substance.

Am I the only one that finds it incredible that all this legislation is being passed to protect businesses, while legislation intended to protect consumers has been stalled for over 10 years?

I am very interested to hear your opinions on this developing story. Please use the comment feature, below.

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