Japan: 45 more cases linked to asbestos exposure

March 31, 2008

TOKYO, JAPAN: A further 45 people have been confirmed with health problems after exposure to asbestos from a former factory site in Ota Ward in Tokyo, the ward office said Saturday (29 Mar).

One man in his 70s died in October of pericardial mesothelioma–a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos–and seven other people developed health problems after inhaling asbestos, according to the ward office.

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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization launches educational online asbestos video library

August 9, 2007

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an organization dedicated to serving as the voice of asbestos victims, today announced the launch of its free online Asbestos Video Library (AVL). The unique library features five channels that will enable victims, concerned Americans, the science community and Congress to access cutting edge asbestos information about prevention, detection and treatment of asbestos.

The AVL provides asbestos victims with the chance to interact with each other as well as professionals specializing in asbestos-related diseases. In addition, it will keep viewers up-to-date on the latest developments on asbestos-related diseases and provide a forum for interactions that do not exist elsewhere. Treatment options and new developments will continually be updated on the Asbestos Video Library.

“We are excited with this new ADAO educational program for outreach and are sure that this will advance the awareness of asbestos-related disease and allow a mechanism for support to those hard-to-answer questions,” said Dr. Richard Lemen, Science Advisory Co-Chairman, ADAO, and a former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service. “ADAO remains committed to preventing deadly asbestos exposures and to the elimination of these incurable asbestos caused diseases.”

“Asbestos education will save lives,” said Linda Reinstein, ADAO Executive Director, Cofounder, and mesothelioma widow. “We can’t bring back our loved ones, but with education, we can spare others from the pain, trauma and devastation that victims and families experience around the world. The AVL can also be used as a resource for stimulating interactions between families affected by asbestos-related diseases as well as finding professionals to talk to within their search for information.”

The library contains several helpful topics for asbestos victims, including:

* Asbestos diseases and policies affecting their prevention and treatment
* Physician information and contacts
* Patient information and contacts
* Sources of exposure and methods for avoiding such exposures
* Updated asbestos conference information

The free Asbestos Video Library can be accessed online at www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

About Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims a united voice to help ensure that their rights are fairly represented and protected, and raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and the often deadly asbestos related diseases. ADAO is funded through voluntary contributions and staffed by volunteers. For more information visit http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

Contacts:

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)
Doug Larkin, Director of Communications
Cell: 202-391-1546
doug@asbestosdiseaseawareness.org


Study attempts to find link between taconite and mesothelioma

August 9, 2007

From Minnesota NPR

The University of Minnesota is launching a study into taconite mining and lung disease, specifically mesothelioma. Taconite miners appear to suffer crippling lung diseases more than other people — including mesothelioma, which is associated with breathing asbestos fibers.

The Minnesota Department of Health confirms 58 former miners dead from mesothelioma. It’s a rare disease, but is almost always fatal. And it’s still not clear the miner’s exposure to asbestos or something very similar, came from work in the taconite mines.

Now, the University of Minnesota is launching a new study that will take about three years to complete. That sounds like a long time, but it’s also been a long time coming, according to Bob Bratulich, a district director with the United Steelworkers of America.

“There are people that are dying of mesothelioma. There are people that are going to continue to contract mesothelioma and other lung-related diseases,” he said. “But the fact of the matter is we’ve got to get the study right. It’s got to be done correctly, so that at the end of the study people are accepting of the fact that it is the right science and that it was done properly.”

Information about mesothelioma medical and legal options provided by the Law Office of Roger G. Worthington, P.C., www.mesothel.com.


Owners of asbestos removal school charged with scam

August 2, 2007

Associated Press, August 2, 2007

A Queens technical school that was supposed to have been training laborers to safely remove asbestos helped hundreds of students cheat on their state certification exams, prosecutors said. The Queens district attorney said the husband and wife owners of the Senagryph Training Facilities gave out answers to anyone who needed them during the tests, including undercover detectives posing as students. In addition, foreign laborers in the country illegally were encouraged to use fraudulent Social Security numbers to obtain their asbestos removal licenses, the prosecutor said.

Information about mesothelioma medical and legal options provided by the Law Office of Roger G. Worthington, P.C., www.mesothel.com.


Ban Asbestos Act moves to House: MARF plays leading role

August 2, 2007

Yesterday, all of us who care about ending asbestos’s toll of human suffering made a historic step forward. Senator Patty Murray’s bill to finally ban asbestos in the USA, and provide federal research funding to develop treatments for mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases passed from its committee by unanimous, bipartisan vote. The Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007 will now advance with very strong momentum to the Senate floor for final vote. Click here for full news release.

The Meso Foundation helped draft this legislation and has worked closely with Senator Murray the past six years, providing expert testimony and working v igorously on Capitol Hill to support it. Many of you responded to our Action Alerts with calls, letters, emails and personal visits to your Senators, asking them to cosponsor the bill. In fact, the bill gained 19 Senate cosponsors, including much of the majority leadership. This strong support was key to its overwhelming success yesterday, and we are deeply grateful to all of you for your advocacy.

Now, the action shifts over to the House side of Congress. The Meso Foundation has been working there all year to develop robust support for the legislation and find a key Representative who would lead it in the House. We have found a vigorous ally in Congresswoman Betty McCollum. Tomorrow, Congresswoman McCollum will introduce in the House the companion version of the bill. She has titled it the “Bruce Vento Ban Asbestos and Prevent Mesothelioma Act of 2007,” honoring Congressman Bruce Vento, who died from mesothelioma in 2000, and recognizing the immense contribution of his wido w, Meso Foundation Board member Sue Vento, in pushing this legislation toward reality.

Much remains for all of us to do to make this legislation a reality, ban asbestos, fund critically needed research and save countless lives. The legislation must pass its relevant committees in the House, be passed by both the full House and Senate, then signed into law by the President. Also, the appropriation of the actual research and education funding authorized by the bill must be included in the budget legislation. You can make a key difference! Continue to respond to our Action Alerts. And be part of the 2007 Symposium and the Call for a Cure advocacy day on October 4. We will prepare you and arrange for you to meet personally with your Senators and Congressional Representative and/or their legislative assistant directly responsible for health and medical issues. Your personal stories and advocacy will have a profound impact. Registration forms and more information are available on the website, the recent Breath of Hope newsletter, and the full Program Announcement which will be mailed soon.

We have made huge progress and with continued commitment, we will ban asbestos and cure meso!

Yours in the fight,

Chris

Christopher E. Hahn
Executive Director
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
PO Box 91840
Santa Barbara, CA 93190
(805) 563-8400
http://www.curemeso.org

Information about mesothelioma medical and legal options provided by the Law Office of Roger G. Worthington, P.C., www.mesothel.com.


Asbestos dangers trickle down to homeless

August 2, 2007

From WSLS Channel 10, August 1, 2007

A judge sentenced John Callahan to 21 months in prison today (Wednesday), after Callahan pleaded guilty in federal court back in February. He hired three homeless men to tear out asbestos from the state and city building in Roanoke back in February of 2005. Callahan did not have a license for asbestos work and the men did not have training or protective gear.

Similar to forced exposure to asbestos undergone by U.S. Capitol tunnel utility maintenance workers, this case demonstrates the importance of Sen. Murray’s Ban Asbestos Act, whose components include awareness and education about the dangers of asbestos.

Information about mesothelioma medical and legal options provided by the Law Office of Roger G. Worthington, P.C., www.mesothel.com.


ADAO applauds Senate for passage of ”National Asbestos Awareness Week”

April 4, 2007

Friday March 30, 11:00 am ET

Legislation Promotes Increased Awareness of the Dangers of Asbestos

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an organization dedicated to serving as the voice of asbestos victims, today applauds the United States Senate for designating the first week of April as “National Asbestos Awareness Week.” In particular, ADAO praises Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and additional cosponsors and key supporters of S.RES.108 including: Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) for their leadership in this important legislative victory.

“This designation continues to recognize the national tragedy created by the continued uncontrolled dissemination and use of products containing asbestos in the United States,” said Dr. Richard Lemen, former Assistant Surgeon General and Co-chairman of the ADAO Science Advisory Board.

“While the most devastating asbestos related disease may be mesothelioma, we should not forget the much larger number of lung cancers that arise from asbestos exposure, the interactions with smoking, and the many other cancers such as GI, larynx, and kidney that can also arise. Also, asbestosis continues to affect many who have been exposed to asbestos over the years,” stated Dr. Arthur L. Frank, Chairman of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University and Co-chairman of the ADAO Science Advisory Board.

“The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization commends the U.S. Senate and the bi-partisan cosponsors of this important resolution for their continued leadership in addressing this preventable public health crisis,” said Linda Reinstein, Executive Director of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. “In particular, ADAO commends the Senate for including an amendment that urges the U.S. Surgeon General to warn and educate people that asbestos exposure may be hazardous to their health.”

To recognize National Asbestos Awareness Week, ADAO will hold its third annual conference and Remembrance Service at Drexel University School of Public Heath on March 31st and April 1st respectively in Philadelphia.

About Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims a united voice to help ensure that their rights are fairly represented and protected, and raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and the incurable and often deadly asbestos related diseases. ADAO is funded through voluntary contributions and staffed by volunteers. For more information visit http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

Contact:
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)
Doug Larkin, 703-250-3590 x1245
Cell: 202-391-1546
doug@asbestosdiseaseawareness.org

Source: Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization