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Investigation finds asbestos in makeup sold at national retailer

Following a recent investigation that revealed asbestos in some of its makeup, the popular nationwide retailer Justice has pulled the offending products from their shelves, according an a recent report in USA Today.

The investigation, which was conducted by WTVD-TV, an ABC station in North Carolina, discovered the asbestos after reporters sent several samples of the makeup to the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro for testing.

Businessman gets prison for not removing asbestos from factory

An Ohio businessman has been sentenced to almost five years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $8 million in restitution for failing to properly remove asbestos from his Cleveland factory before demolishing it.

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According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the man -- who owned several garbage-hauling businesses in the Cleveland area -- had originally leased the factory in 2011 in order to recycle paper and cardboard there.

Are certain vets more at risk of developing mesothelioma?

It is no secret that, in decades past, countless service members were exposed to dangerous amounts of asbestos while serving their country. In fact, asbestos — a toxic material linked to various cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer — could once be found throughout the military, including in barracks and offices, as well as in tanks, planes or even ships.

However, while asbestos exposure likely occurred in virtually every branch of the military, veterans in one particular branch are being hit the hardest by mesothelioma: the Navy.

Would you like a hotel room with a view...of asbestos?

Following the recent steam pipe explosion in Baltimore, asbestos was found on the exterior wall of a nearby hotel -- raising concerns among government officials and hotel guests alike.

According to a report by CBS Baltimore, the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) has said that workers found the material on the exterior wall of a Holiday Inn located just a short distance from the blast.

Study: 40 years after asbestos exposure, mesothelioma risk rises

While most people are well aware of the deadly medical conditions often associated with asbestos exposure -- including mesothelioma -- many are surprised to learn that the risk of developing these conditions can last for years after exposure. In some cases, victims don't even show symptoms of mesothelioma until decades later.

One recent study even discovered that the risk of mesothelioma might actually increase as more time passes following exposure. In fact, the study, which was titled "Mesothelioma continues to increase even 40 years after exposure - Evidence from long-term epidemiological observation" and published in the international cancer journal known as Lung Cancer, found that the risk of developing mesothelioma continues to increase even four decades after an individual is last exposed to asbestos.

Surprise! Asbestos isn't banned in the U.S.

Think asbestos is banned in the United States? Well, you may be surprised to learn that it isn't. In fact, despite the known dangers and deadly medical conditions associated with this hazardous material -- including mesothelioma and lung cancer -- U.S. lawmakers still haven't enacted a comprehensive asbestos ban.

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did attempt to ban most asbestos-containing products in 1989, a federal Court of Appeals vacated this EPA rule in 1991 -- meaning most of the proposed ban on the importation, manufacture, processing or distribution of asbestos products was overturned and therefore not enforceable.

Is a breath test for mesothelioma on the horizon?

Belgian researchers from Ghent University and Antwerp University say that breath tests could be the next medical advancement in the quest for early mesothelioma detection.

Specifically, in a report titled, "Biomarkers for early diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma: Do we need another moonshot?", researchers stated that a potential mesothelioma breath test seemed "very promising" for the early detection of this deadly cancer.

Some dangerous jobs that may surprise you

When dangerous occupations are discussed, most people think of those involving construction, working in factories and various types of manual labor. In those industries, workers are often poorly paid and perhaps don't have the language skills or immigration status to feel comfortable reporting dangerous working conditions or even injuries.

However, there are a number of other professions -- including many of that are well-paying -- where people may be just as likely to suffer injuries or illness. Following are a few that may surprise you.

Researchers test potentially effective treatment for mesothelioma

Even though the use of asbestos peaked between the 1960s and 1980s, the truth is that you can still find this deadly material in many homes today -- especially in homes that haven't been renovated in the last 30+ years. Couple this with the fact that asbestos-related conditions such as mesothelioma can take decades to manifest themselves, it is no wonder why asbestos continues to claim thousands of lives every year.

Fortunately, however, early research suggests that a clinical trial in France may have found an effective immunotherapy treatment for fighting the progression of mesothelioma.

Not all sunscreens provide the protection they're supposed to

As many Illinoisans prepare to head to the beach, the lake or the pool after a long, cold winter, most of us are slathering on sunscreen to protect ourselves and our kids from sun damage and skin cancer. While sunscreens have various SPF levels, SPF 30 is the minimum recommended by dermatologists.

However, according to Consumer Reports, approximately three-quarters of the sunscreens they tested don't provide the level of protection that the SPF level listed on their products should. Almost 70 percent in a larger study by the Environmental Working Group were determined to be ineffective and/or unsafe.

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