Environmental exposure of asbestos in Quebec

Quebec’s environment ministry says people living in the asbestos mining regions are not in danger from airborne fibers. Tests were conducted three years ago, but the results were just announced. The ministry used Ontario’s standards for outside air asbestos concentrations. Earlier a study in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health had said the town of Thetford Mines was “severely contaminated”. That study had used the standards used to assess air in U.S. schools during asbestos removal operations.

Getting health info from the Internet

Interesting post over at Google’s Health Advertising Blog. They quote the consulting firm Prospectiv’s poll that shows the internet is the most trusted media for health information. 75% of those surveyed named the Internet as the place to get info, while 15% said broadcast media and 10% said magazines. The best places on the web were general health sites (54%), specific disease sites (37%), and drug company sites (4%).