Posts Tagged ‘Maine’

Maine has highest mesothelioma death rate in country

21 Apr 2017 by under News

Map of Maine highlighting Augusta 100x100 Maine has highest mesothelioma death rate in countryWhile the negative health effects of are well documented, workers continue to pay the price for exposure to the known carcinogen. Between 1999 and 2015, 45,221 death certificates list malignant mesothelioma “as the underlying or contributing cause of death” in the United States, according to the ’s Malignant Mesothelioma Mortality report. Maine is reported to be the state with the most asbestos-related cancer deaths in the country. (more…)


Study: Enzyme proves useful in mesothelioma treatment

3 Jan 2017 by under Research/Treatment

Lactate dehydrogenase M4 muscle 1I10 edited 100x100 Study: Enzyme proves useful in mesothelioma treatment The jury is no longer out on whether a particular enzyme can be used a prognostic indicator for malignant pleural .

Chinese researchers believe they have definitively determined that enzyme lactate dehydrogenase () is a “’significant prognostic factor’ in mesothelioma and could help clinicians predict mesothelioma outcomes and plan for the most effective mesothelioma treatments,” according to Surviving Mesothelioma. (more…)


TSCA reforms signed into law under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

23 Jun 2016 by under Legal

Obama signs bill TSCA reforms signed into law under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century ActSince 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act () has been the root of countless health hazards, including more than 84,000 dangerous chemicals that have been allowed into commerce. However, after decades of hard work, President Barack Obama has signed into law extensive reforms to the TCSA that will allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to better protect Americans’ lives. (more…)


Asbsetos could be prioritized in TSCA reform legislation, Sen. Boxer says

20 May 2016 by under Legal, News

Sen Barbara Boxer courtesy ADAO 100x100 Asbsetos could be prioritized in TSCA reform legislation, Sen. Boxer saysWith nearly 15,000 Americans dying from -related diseases annually, the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 has been responsible for damaging the lives of U.S. families for decades. However, thanks to the unyielding efforts of , the reformation of the TSCA is finally in sight. (more…)


ADAO 12th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference set for April 8-10

15 Mar 2016 by under Events

adao logo ADAO 12th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference set for April 8 10With more than 107,000 deaths occurring annually around the world due to exposure, awareness is key in protecting and educating the masses on the importance of asbestos education and preparedness. That’s why the U.S. nonprofit Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization () has been holding an annual conference on the subject since 2005, over the years bringing together more than 300 speakers to discuss the joint efforts behind education, advocacy and awareness. (more…)


Senate passes TSCA reform bill designating asbestos as carcinogen

22 Dec 2015 by under Legal

Senate TSCA Reform Bill Passes Recognizing Asbestos as a Carcinogen CANVA 450x225 300x150 Senate passes TSCA reform bill designating asbestos as carcinogenThe Disease Awareness Organization (), reports the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) has passed in the U.S. Senate and is now headed for the reconciliation process between the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. This legislation is the first significant overhaul of the primary law overseeing the safety of chemical products, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which was passed in 1976. The TSCA provides the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to review and regulate chemicals in commerce. (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…)


Maine demolition project delayed by asbestos concerns

15 Nov 2013 by under News

Maine demolition photo by Faith Gillman Weekly Observer Staff 100x100 Maine demolition project delayed by asbestos concernsA plan to demolish several derelict buildings along a block in Sanford, Maine, was delayed when asbestos was discovered in some of the old structures. Asbestos exposure is linked to the development of , a rare but serious form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen. There is no known cure for mesothelioma. (more…)


Maine leads nation in mesothelioma deaths

30 Apr 2009 by under News, Research/Treatment

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network yesterday reported that the state has the highest rate of death resulting from per capita in the United States. MPBN quoted Ki Moon Bang, the senior epidemiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, as saying Maine’s death rate is 27.5 per million population as a result of , for a total 0f 173 deaths in the state. The NIOSH study examined mesothelioma mortality rates nationwide from 1999-2005.

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers, which when they are inhaled remain in the body. Asbestos exposure can also cause asbestosis, a severe scarring of the lungs, and lung cancer. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and, less commonly, the stomach and/or the heart.

Bang said the high rate of mesothelioma death in Maine could come from any of three sources: asbestos used in homes or other buildings as insulation prior to the substance being largely (although not completely) banned in the late 1970s; naturally occurring asbestos deposits where Maine borders New Brunswick and Quebec; or exposure in the workplace.

According to the NIOSH study, some of Maine’s largest employers used asbestos, including paper companies, chemical companies, and the shipyard inudstry. Bang says a study recently released by the National Cancer Institute places people formerly employed by the shipyard at the most elevated risk from asbestos disease including mesothelioma.

There also is danger to those working in the construction industry, as many products still contain small amounts of asbestos, as it is not yet entirely banned in the United States.

According to the MPBN report, Bang says mesotheioma deaths in the United States is expected to peak in 2010, about 40 years after companies began limiting or avoiding the use of asbestos.

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