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Canadian Parliament Issues Asbestos Warning

Two New Democrat Party (NDP) Members of Parliament (MPs) are issuing a warning stating that a popular toy being sold this holiday season contains unsafe levels of asbestos. Pat Martin and Libby Davies produced test results today showing that the CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit, a very popular toy this season, contains 5% tricolite asbestos. That […]

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Asbestos Rulled Out as Cause of Death

Mrs. Kristina Woodhouse, age 67, died in May from mesothelioma. Oddly enough, she had never been exposed to asbestos. This makes her one of a very small percentage of people that somehow develop mesothelioma without asbestos exposure. The disease in so rare in people that have not been exposed to asbestos that it is almost […]

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Asbestos Found In Numerous Consumer Products

According to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, asbestos has been found in numerous consumer products, including one of this season’s top toys for Christmas. The CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit, two brands of children’s clay, powdered cleanser, roof sealers, duct tapes, window glazings, spackling paste, and small home appliances were all found to include asbestos according […]

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Legislation Helps Win Asbestos Battle

On Oct. 4 the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation to ban most asbestos-containing materials (materials with asbestos concentrations of 1 percent or less by weight are not covered) and begin federal investment in the research critically needed to develop effective treatments and, perhaps even one day, a cure. Since 1999, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation […]

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States Join to Block Lower Air Standards Near Taconite Mine

The state attorneys general in Minnesota and Wisconsin are joining environmental groups to stop Northshore Mining Co. efforts in federal court to lower the standard for fibers in the air near the company’s Silver Bay taconite plant. The states and environmental groups vehemently oppose the company’s motion to drop the standard, set in 1974, for […]

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Arizona Man Sues 67 Companies Over Asbestos Exposure

An Arizona man suffering from mesothelioma filed suit against 67 defendant corporations alleging their negligence led to his contraction of the fatal disease. Ervin Rymaszewski claims that during the course of his employment and during home and automotive repairs he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers emanating from certain products […]

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Ferry Workers Offered Testing for Asbestos Exposure

Marine Atlantic, the company that runs the ferries that links Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, is offering its employees testing for asbestos exposure. A union that represents 600 exployees of Marine Atlantic raised the alarm last month after fire-retardant materials containing asbestos were found on the MV Atlantic freighter during renovations. Employees were apparently unaware of […]

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Vinflunine Improves Response and Survival in Mesothelioma

As reported by the Journal of Clinical Oncology in the October 20th issue, a recent study accessing the effect of high-dose vinflunine, a novel microtubuile inhibitor, on malignant pleural mesothelioma, gives patients hope for survival. As previous studies involving numerous other systematic treatments have resulted in low response rates and no survival advantage, these results […]

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States Band Together to Combat Lower Air Quality Standards

The Attorneys General of Wisconsin and Minnesota are joining forces to combat the efforts of Northshore Mining Co. in federal court to lower the air quality standards for fibers in the airĀ around the company’s taconite factory in Silver Bay, Minnesota. They are joined in their quest by numerous environmental groups from both states. The states […]

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Arizona Man Claims Mesothelioma in Lawsuit

An Arizona man has filed suit against 67 defendant corporations alleging that his employment with many of them and working with products for many others has caused his mesothelioma. He was diagnosed August 3rd. The suit, which was filed in Madison County, Illinois, also states that Ervin Rymaszewski was exposed to asbestos when his wife, […]

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