World Asbestos Report News

Archives: May 2012

May 31, 2012 -- World Health Organization: Claims of asbestos manufacturers not true

The World Health Organization is refuting claims made by asbestos manufacturing companies that say chrysotile asbestos can be used safely in their products, the Bangkok Post reports.

May 30, 2012 -- Asbestos claims likely to rise among Australian sugar workers

The number of asbestos compensation claims filed by sugar-industry workers in Australia is expected to rise, as more individuals are diagnosed with related illnesses such as lung cancer, asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer.

May 25, 2012 -- Asbestos uncovered at Canadian nursing home

Friable asbestos was discovered recently at the Last Mountain Pioneer Home in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan, the first of Saskatoon Health Region's aging facilities to test positive for the carcinogenic substance.

May 23, 2012 -- Doctor becomes mesothelioma patient himself

In 2007, at age 48, Dr. Andrew Lawson was in his prime. He was an anesthesiological consultant at the UK's Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and a senior lecturer in medical ethics at Imperial College, London. Then he began to feel tired, irritable and short of breath.

May 22, 2012 -- Vancouver housing complex under fire over asbestos removal

The tenants of an apartment complex in Vancouver, British Columbia, are expressing concerns about their health as renovations are completed on the asbestos-containing building, The Province reports.

May 17, 2012 -- In Southern England, mesothelioma cases are still rising

In the UK, as in the U.S., occupational asbestos exposure continues to have a profound impact on public health, with dozens of deaths each day associated with the dangerous mineral. Recently, a team of epidemiologists from King's College, London, estimated that the incidence of mesothelioma in Southeast England will continue to rise for at least 15 more years.

May 16, 2012 -- Australian factory fire prompts asbestos concerns

A fire at an abandoned factory in West Perth, Australia, has reportedly been controlled, but residents have been warned of a potential asbestos threat, the West Australian reports.

May 14, 2012 -- Asbestos concerns arise at eastern Australian transfer stations

Three transfer stations in Coffs Harbour on the eastern shores of Australia have breached regulations for asbestos disposal, according to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

May 11, 2012 -- UK woman receives asbestos compensation for husband's mesothelioma death

A Somerset, England woman recently won £290,000 in asbestos compensation from a water pumping company after her husband was reportedly exposed to the carcinogen on the job and died of malignant mesothelioma.

May 10, 2012 -- Traces of asbestos force closure of Canadian high school

A high school in Saint-Michel, Montreal, will reportedly be closed for the remainder of the week after trace amounts of asbestos were discovered in the facility, the Montreal Gazette reports.

May 8, 2012 -- Korean cases of mesothelioma decline, U.S. cases plateau

Ever since scientists firmly established the link between asbestos exposure and malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), many industrial nations have banned or tightly restricted the mineral's use. This is the case for both the U.S. and South Korea, each of which has seen their rates of mesothelioma gradually decelerate.

May 7, 2012 -- Walk for asbestos disease-stricken Australian children completed

Members of the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia (ADSA) recently completed their 600 kilometer walk for the children of Wittenoom, a town that has been devastated by asbestos-related diseases.

May 6, 2012 -- Asbestos concerns arise at Australian gym

Inspectors with WorkCover, an Australian government agency, recently visited a gym in Lake Macquarie after concerns were raised about potential asbestos sheeting laying against a wall.

May 4, 2012 -- Circulating tumor cells could point to hidden mesothelioma

How do doctors diagnose malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM)? Usually they observe symptoms like unexplained cough, fever, chest pain or shortness of breath, which can indicate an underlying cause. However, by the time a patient is symptomatic in this way, mesothelioma is often very advanced. For this reason, researchers are looking for ways to examine blood samples for earlier indicators of MPM.

May 3, 2012 -- Thai asbestos manufacturer makes false claims on t-shirts

Oranit, a manufacturer of asbestos-cement roof tiles in Thailand, recently released a t-shirt that speaks to the asbestos industry's desire to stretch - and even disregard - the truth to promote its interests.