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Kaiser Gypsum Files for Bankruptcy Due to Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 10/4/2016


Last Friday, Kaiser Gypsum, Inc. – a manufacturer of construction and remodeling materials such as wallboard, joint compound, textured paint, and various related products – filed for bankruptcy in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The primary reason, according to the documents submitted by Kaiser Gypsum, is the number of asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits that have been levied against the company over the last four decades.

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New HMGB1 Blood Test Could Detect Mesothelioma Early

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 8/31/2016

HMGB1 Blood Test Could Detect Mesothelioma Early

A promising recent study published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research has shown that a blood test that can speed the diagnosis of mesothelioma. Diagnosis is often delayed and usually requires surgery to obtain a tissue sample for examination, and early identification of mesothelioma has been shown to be one of the best ways to improve the effectiveness of treatment. As such, researchers have been working to develop new blood tests to diagnose mesothelioma, and this study shows that a blood protein commonly referred to as HMGB1 can be used with near 100% accuracy.

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EPA Begins Investigation on Lautenberg Act and Toxic Substances

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 8/9/2016

Starting today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a two-day set of public meetings that are designed to gather input about how to develop the risk evaluation process for toxic substances. The risk evaluation process is part of a new set of powers that were granted to the EPA with the signing of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act back in July.

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The Hidden Dangers in Holiday Decorations

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 12/2/2015

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Many people know that asbestos, the only known cause of terminal mesothelioma cancer, has been used throughout history in many different ways: construction materials, fire-resistant devices, ship-building, and more.

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Curing Cancer Collaboratively in the Cloud

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 9/22/2015

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With new technology comes new opportunities to find cures for cancer. One of the ways that’s happening: the Cloud.

Brief intro to the Cloud

“The Cloud” isn’t actually a thing in itself. Rather, it’s a name for computer servers that are accessed remotely via the Internet.

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The Incalculable Costs of Freedom: Veterans and Post-War Illnesses

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 7/3/2015

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Many Americans may not realize that veterans continue to fight after they return home. The enemy? A number of disabling physical and mental health issues, many of which are caused by adversaries camouflaged with invisibility. A way we can honor our veterans this Fourth of July is to bring awareness to these muted battles they continue to fight, long after the war is over.

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Evaluating Workplace Hazards During Occupational Safety and Health Week

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 5/15/2015

Occupational Safety and Health Week

According to Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970, every employee has the right to know what their potential workplace hazards are. But how do you know what types of hazards you should be really concerned about? This week we’re celebrating the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week by sharing some tips for considering the safety of your workplace.

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Libby, MT Introduces Asbestos Resource Program

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 12/29/2014


The city of Libby, Montana, has a long, sordid history with asbestos exposure. Now, however, administrators in Libby and surrounding Lincoln County are looking to give residents new ways to deal with asbestos safely.

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One Year Later: Superstorm Sandy Leaves Health Legacy

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 10/29/2013

One year since Superstorm Sandy

A year has passed since Superstorm Sandy, one of deadliest and costliest storms on record, tore through the eastern seaboard, and many are still recovering from the damage inflicted on their communities, neighborhoods and homes. Even more, some of Superstorm Sandy's victims still feel her savage power daily as they struggle to cope with the lasting health problems stirred up in the storm's aftermath.

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20 Deadly Products: Are They Hiding In Your Home?

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 8/1/2013

Asbestos-containing products

Once considered a “miracle mineral”, the properties of asbestos that made it so desirable for use in construction and products are the same properties that turned it into a curse for many families. Asbestos exposure is the known cause of mesothelioma and other rare and deadly asbestos-related diseases. Despite being considered a rare cancer, the places where asbestos exposure can happen are surprisingly common and still exist.

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  • Joined MCA in 2007
  • Safety advocate for environmental health risks and carcinogens
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