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Feds crack down on Wisconsin foundry for asbestos violations

Despite heavy regulations and stiff fines, it is remarkable that some employers still fail to protect employees from asbestos exposure.

That was the takeaway from a recent fine issued to the owners of the aptly named Grede foundry in Berlin, Wisconsin.

You have until February to make a Libby asbestos claim

Anyone exposed to asbestos from the Libby vermiculite mine should speak to a lawyer immediately

Libby, Montana, home to one of the nation’s largest vermiculite mines, has long had significant and widespread health consequences of asbestos exposure. While 90 percent of Libby miners have suffered negative health effects as a direct result of working in the mine, nearby residents have also suffered through environmental exposure to asbestos dust.

Methods for testing for asbestos

You may have heard about how Claire’s, the makeup and jewelry store, is contesting whether some of their products contain asbestos. They claim independent testing did not reveal asbestos, while a consumer claims a test sent to an independent lab did.

We thought it would be a good time to inform those who may have been exposed to asbestos about the different methods for testing for the dangerous substance.

Miraculous mesothelioma surgery saves woman's life

After a marathon 10-hour surgery, perhaps the youngest woman to ever contract and overcome asbestos-related cancer may still enjoy motherhood.

Following an open cavity procedure, Danielle Smalley beat back the cancer that caused by ingesting asbestos fibers as a small child. Mesothelioma can take years or decades to manifest in the heart, lungs and abdomen after contact with asbestos. Smalley, now 23-years-old, wasn’t diagnosed with the aggressive illness until two decades years after contact.

More reports of asbestos being dumped illegally in landfills

We've recently written on construction companies failing to follow regulations regarding the proper disposal of asbestos. Instead, in an effort to save time and money, a few companies are simply dumping the toxic material unmarked into landfills.

A new report out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, indicates city residents are among those being put at risk of asbestos exposure.

Get the facts on asbestos and mesothelioma

Think asbestos isn't a problem anymore? You had better think again. In fact, while asbestos use may have dropped since the 1970s, thousands of people still die from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related medical conditions every year. Even worse, some studies indicate that mesothelioma deaths may even be increasing.

Not surprisingly, one study conducted last year and published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that older individuals are most at risk when it comes to mesothelioma. According to this study, the more than 45,000 mesothelioma-related deaths reported in the United States from 1999 to 2015 could be broken down as follows:

Prominent retailer pulls makeup contaminated with asbestos

The prominent mall jewelry and makeup store Claire’s is pulling a number of products from stores after independent testing found that several of their products contained tremolite asbestos.

The retailer, which operates in 47 countries and has 3,400 worldwide stores, issued a statement on Twitter on December 23, saying it would pull all of the cosmetics in question off the shelves and conduct an investigation. Anyone with these products in their home can return it to Claire’s for a full refund.

The diseases caused by asbestos

Asbestos dust is most closely associated with mesothelioma, the rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos dust. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, mesothelioma is the most common form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma occurs when asbestos fibers become lodged in the pleural lining of the mesothelium, the thin tissue surrounding vital organs. However, mesothelioma is not the only danger from inhaling asbestos fibers. Asbestos may cause a variety of serious lung conditions, cancers and other illnesses.

Does your popcorn ceiling have asbestos?

Hosting holiday parties may have you thinking about home renovations. While the holidays are not a great time to start home repairs, many people begin planning for spring renovations early in winter. One popular idea is to remove outdated popcorn ceilings. Popcorn ceilings, also known as acoustic ceilings, were widely used from the 1950s through the 80s.

Popcorn ceilings are a sprayed textured coating that can hide imperfections. They have grown out of style, however, and can be difficult to clean. They may be a liability if you are putting your house on the market this spring.

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