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Canadian Politicians Voice Frustration At Mesothelioma Safety Efforts

Asbestos, the mineral that is the single cause of malignant mesothelioma, has been an important economic driver in Canada for decades. After the material was banned throughout the country, the province of Quebec was particularly hard hit, and many politicians view the action as wrongheaded, perhaps none as much as Marc-Alexandre Brousseau, the mayor of Thetford Mines. The town is the largest in the former asbestos mining region, and it has seen a tremendous financial loss as a result of the ban. Brousseau views concerns over asbestos as exaggerated. He is further enraged that safety experts are putting the brakes on a potential new source of income for the area: companies that want to extract other minerals from the residue left behind by the asbestos mining industry.

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Superior Court Overrules Lower Court Decision, Allows Asbestos Victim A Fast-Tracked Trial

When David Ellis was diagnosed with asbestos-related metastatic kidney cancer and pleural disease, he did not ask his attorney to fast-track his trial. He waited his turn. But by July of 2018, just before his fifth scheduled trial date, he filed a “motion for trial preference,” requesting that his case be expedited to within 120 days as is permitted in cases where the plaintiff is over the age of 70 and there is a substantial interest in moving forward more quickly as a result of their failing health. Despite is poor condition and in spite of supporting testimony from his cardiologist, two of the defendants in his case objected, arguing that the cardiologist was not an oncologist and therefore not qualified to testify, and that was also unqualified. The court agreed. Last week the Superior Court for the City and County of San Francisco heard an appeal of that decision and agreed with Ellis that the trial court had abused its discretion. They issued the order Ellis had requested and ordered the defendants to provide his costs as well.

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San Diego Firefighters Put at Risk for Malignant Mesothelioma

A local news station’s investigation has revealed that the San Diego fire department put thousands of firefighters at risk for malignant mesothelioma: the department was aware of hazardous levels of asbestos at the city’s Fire Academy, but failed to take action to protect the men and women.

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New Zealand Researchers Fighting Mesothelioma Through Innovative Elimination of Asbestos

One of the most challenging aspects of fighting mesothelioma in the future is the existence of asbestos that remains in our environment. Though the carcinogenic material is no longer being used in the same way that it once was, there are still buildings and pieces of infrastructure all over the world that were made with asbestos – and that material needs to be removed and disposed of in a way that does not put people at risk. While abatement and remediation professionals have created procedures that seal the friable material into bags and dispose of it in dedicated landfills, a team of researchers in New Zealand is working on an entirely different process that would eliminate underground asbestos entirely: they group is working towards a biological method of breaking asbestos down permanently, using microbes and plants.

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Asbestos in Preschool Gives Rise to Mesothelioma Concerns

Following discovery of asbestos in a preschool located on the grounds of the University of Montana, a physician who specializes in childhood lung disorders is warning of the potential for mesothelioma and other diseases at some point in the future.

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Cancer Discovery May Reveal Mesothelioma’s Origin

A new discovery by cancer researchers may hold the answer to the long-standing mystery of mesothelioma’s origins. Scientists from the University of Salford believe they that all forms of cancer may start from a single cell that has escaped its own death and come back stronger, and for those who have tried to determine how asbestos fibers trigger the growth of mesothelioma cells, this answer may ring true. According to Professor Michael Lisanti, chair of translational medicine, the discovery may represent a significant breakthrough in the way that cancer is treated.

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Questions and Concerns Continue About Mesothelioma and Ovarian Risk from Talcum Powder

Although cosmetic companies like Johnson & Johnson are denying their responsibility in thousands of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer lawsuits being filed against them, the questions and concerns over whether talcum powder products have been contaminated with asbestos continue to be asked. The media has done an excellent job of shining light on the issue, and as a result more and more consumers have become aware of the risk, and are wondering what steps they need to take to protect themselves. An example of how mainstream the subject has become can be found in Self magazine, which recently published an article titled “How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?” As part of their article, the authors questioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as noted medical professionals.  READ MORE

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Concerns Over Mesothelioma Lead Attorneys General from 15 States to Petition EPA

In the face of resistance to asbestos regulation from the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency, Attorneys General from 15 states across the country are petitioning for more information on how the carcinogenic material that causes mesothelioma is being used. The group is being led by Attorneys General from Massachusetts and California, who are requesting the creation of a new rule requiring those importing asbestos into the United States to give a full accounting of how the hazardous material will be used. READ MORE

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Philadelphia Parents Concerned About Mesothelioma After Asbestos Found in School

Imagine being the parent of a school-aged child and receiving a letter from your school district, alerting you to the presence of “asbestos issues in your child’s school. That is exactly what happened to families living in the Philadelphia School District, and now parents are rightfully concerned. READ MORE

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Widow’s Mesothelioma Lawsuit Against Asbestos Company Allowed to Proceed

A New York judge has denied an asbestos company’s efforts to evade legal responsibility for causing a Navy veteran’s malignant mesothelioma and permitted the man’s widow to continue pursuing her case. Judge Manuel J. Mendez of the Supreme Court of New York County listened to both sides in a legal argument between Armstrong Pumps Company and Lorraine Allen, widow of Peter Allen, and decided that the asbestos company was attempting to use hearsay to deny the woman her day in court. READ MORE