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Former shipyard worker in Berkeley dies of mesothelioma

A long-time employee of a shipyard in Berkeley, who was exposed to asbestos minerals, died of mesothelioma cancer early this year, a report of Gazette stated on July 2. Reports said Wynston Armstrong died on January 26 after he retired from his job as a shipbuilder for John Harker Ltd. in 1986 and was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. […]

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How to prevent mesothelioma in the workplace

Mesothelioma is a kind of respiratory cancer that is often aggressive and fatal in nature. Though there are possible medications and surgical procedures to suppress the cancer cells that develop in the respiratory lining, mesothelioma has no definite cure. Families may consider employing the following tips to help prevent the disease. First, try to find out if asbestos […]

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Woman with mesothelioma undergoes cryotherapy treatment

A woman who had been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare kind of cancer linked to asbestos exposure, recently underwent a new treatment option involving cryotherapy. Reports said 68-year-old Mary Kuntz, a mesothelioma patient, was asked by doctors at the Mayo Clinic to let them try the new procedure. Doctors froze the tumor in the patient’s lung […]

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Three Texas companies cited for asbestos related violations

Three contractors in the San Antonio area were issued citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing workers to asbestos during renovation work, according to reports from November 23. News reports said that OSHA issued penalties to Roscoe Properties Inc. and FBZ Broadway LP for willful violations of standards that require companies […]

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Asbestos detected in Ohio school after demolition

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Ohio recently confirmed that asbestos were present after a demolition in August was conducted in a school in Conneaut, an article from Star Beacon reported on September 11. Reports said the EPA was not notified prior to the demolition conducted at Amboy Elementary School. After confirming asbestos was present […]

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Idaho to settle over $100K for violating asbestos laws

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered the state of Idaho to pay a fine worth $107,786 after its state’s transportation department (ITD) was accused of violating two asbestos laws last year, the Idaho Statesman reported on July 23. Reports said the ITD violated asbestos laws in demolition projects in Rigby and in Priest River. According to […]

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Majority of UK schools contain asbestos

Local reports recently revealed that almost 9 out of 10 schools in the United Kingdom contained asbestos, a March 12 article of industrytoday.co.uk reported. The data reportedly was requested by Michael Lees, an active member of  the“Asbestos in Schools” group. Asbestos related cancer had killed 158 teachers in the UK over the last decade. Lees’s […]

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MDH found 21 new mesothelioma cases in miners

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently found 21 more iron mining workers who had developed mesothelioma cancer, Fox 21 reported on February 17. In the MDH study conducted together with the University of Minnesota, researchers identified a total of 101 out of 69,000 iron miners that developed mesothelioma. State Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger said […]

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Widow of school bus driver to get $7.7M from asbestos lawsuit

A jury in Syracuse Court recently awarded $7.7 million to a woman whose husband was exposed to asbestos and later died of mesothelioma cancer, Syracuse.com reported on January 6. According to reports, former school bus driver Lewis Nash, 81, died of mesothelioma in September 2012. Nash, who worked for Fayetteville-Manlinus for more than three decades, […]

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Study: mesothelioma linked to mutations of several cells

A study recently found that mesothelioma, the cancer developed from asbestos exposure, is caused by mutations in several cells, an article on Fox News reported December 4. University of Hawaii Cancer Center researchers determined that malignant mesothelioma is polyclonal in nature. The study’s lead author Michele Carbone stated that this is likely why mesothelioma often […]

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