Asbestos hazards

The legacy of decades of asbestos use is still with us.

Toxic Effects of Asbestos

The toxic effects of asbestos are not due to its chemical make-up, but its structural features: fibers. Chrysotile is 90% of the world’s asbestos production. Amosite appears to be the culprit. 5-10% amphiboles which are rod forms associated with malignant mesothelioma even when chrysotile is present. Chyrsotile breaks down in the body much faster than …

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New Polymer Test Improves Lung Cancer Diagnosis, Says Experts

A new technique used for testing for the presence of lung cancer could potentially reduce diagnosis time from six months to four weeks, according to researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This dramatic improvement in diagnosis time comes courtesy of a three-dimensional testing technique known as volumetrics. The procedure involves taking …

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British Contractor Fined for Illegal Asbestos Removal

A judge at the Caerphilly Magistrates’ Court fined a building contractor £2,500 (US$3,893) for disregarding regulations governing asbestos remediation. Ron Couch Building Contracts Ltd. of Pontypool paid the fine after pleading guilty to two counts of violating the country’s Control of Asbestos Regulations. The firm was accused of taking on asbestos removal projects without a …

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Canada Aims to Save Lives With Standardization of Mesothelioma Data

Canada, a leading exporter of asbestos,  has announced a nationwide initiative that is designed to give cancer researchers and health officials improved access to research data.  Known as the National Staging Initiative, the project will serve to enhance the sharing and cooperation of cancer research across all provinces and territories. Specifically, the initiative will focus …

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