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Texas above average for asbestos deaths in U.S.

April 2nd, 2016

According to the Environmental Working Group, Texas is above the national average for asbestos deaths. The Texas average is 4.9 per 100,000 people compared to a national average of 3.3 per 100.000 people. Asbestos deaths are most commonly due to mesothelioma cancer, a deadly disease that is a direct result of asbestos exposure.… read more »

Salvage firm manager face prison, restitution for asbestos exposure risks

June 8th, 2015

Five members of a metal salvaging firm face prison terms and up to $10 million in restitution for knowingly endangering employees and improperly removing asbestos, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The company, A&E Salvage, bought an old plant in order to salvage metal, but improperly handled the asbestos contained in the plant. The five employees, who were either managers… read more »

State of Idaho pays more than $100K in asbestos fines

February 7th, 2015

The state of Idaho has paid $107,786 in asbestos fines over the past year after failing to safely dispose of asbestos in state-owned buildings. The fines covered two primary incidents in which buildings were destroyed without first checking for asbestos or providing any safety materials to workers responsible for the demolition.… read more »

Former English Premier League star fears mesothelioma from asbestos exposure

January 30th, 2015

Former English Premier League football star Stuart Pearce has spoken out about potentially contracting mesothelioma from asbestos exposure during his years as an electrician. Pearce spent four years wiring homes, schools and other buildings laden with asbestos prior to becoming one of England’s best defenders and managers. Pearce says his employers never warned them of the risks of asbestos though… read more »

Bags containing asbestos illegally dumped in Washington neighborhood

January 9th, 2015

Cleanup crews in hazmat suits are working to remove multiple bags filled with what appears to be debris containing asbestos from a Washington neighborhood after the bags were illegally dumped overnight. Much of the material is being removed without incident, though the public and wildlife could be at risk of suffering asbestos exposure if they were near the exposed bags.… read more »

Aspirin could help fight mesothelioma

January 5th, 2015

Researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center have found that common aspirin may help deter the development of deadly mesothelioma cancer. The common painkilling drug was found to block the inflammatory effects “HMBG1,” a molecule that plays a large role in the growth of malignant mesothelioma cancer cells.… read more »

Genetically modified cells could battle mesothelioma

December 12th, 2014

Genetically modified T cells delivered directly to mesothelioma cancer cells could be the key to fighting the disease, according to researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. According to the hospital, 27 of 30 children with recurring leukemia went into remission after modified T cells were reintroduced into their systems.   According to doctors, the T cells immediately identify other… read more »

20 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in residents who live near former asbestos plant

December 5th, 2014

20 people who lived less than one mile from two separate Australia asbestos factories have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer since 1982. Although the factories were closed in the 80s, those who were affected are just now beginning to show signs of symptoms.   Mesothelioma is a severe form of cancer that most commonly affects the abdominal cavity. It is… read more »

Mesothelioma awareness day set for September 26

October 10th, 2014

National Mesothelioma Awareness Day will be help on September 26th, 2014. Originally organized in 2004, National Mesothelioma Awareness Day has been the driving force for increased public awareness of mesothelioma cancer and the risks of asbestos exposure.   Mesothelioma Awareness Day will be celebrated in several towns throughout America, featuring community-organized events, runs, conferences and festivals. As many… read more »

New York man wins $7M in asbestos lawsuit

October 3rd, 2014

A Long Island man was awarded $7 million in his asbestos lawsuit against a former employer while he assisted in the construction of the Northport Power Station. Ralph North contracted mesothelioma cancer in 2012 after suffering asbestos exposure 46 years prior as a boiler installer. North was awarded $3.5 for past pain and suffering and $3.5 for future pain and… read more »

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