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Parents’ Guide to Protecting Children from Asbestos in Schools

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 9/5/2016

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Millions of children who attend schools in the United States built before the 1980s are at risk of being exposed to harmful asbestos – yet there are important steps parents can take to protect their children.

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Back to School Could Mean Back to Asbestos for Many Students

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 8/26/2016

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More than three decades after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a warning about the dangers of asbestos in American schools, the potential harm to students, teachers, and other school employees continues to exist.

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Ambler Pa.: Asbestos Capital of the World

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 6/29/2016

AMBLER, PA. – The chunks of crumbled concrete looked suspiciously fuzzy.

That’s what Linda Reinstein thought on one June day last year as she toured the Superfund sites and abandoned asbestos factories in this small Pennsylvania borough with her friend and fellow mesothelioma widow Marilyn Amento. Based on her 12 years’ experience with asbestos, Reinstein thought the pieces of crumbled concrete looked “just off enough” to be sent to a lab for testing.

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Keytruda Offers New Hope for Mesothelioma Survivor Paul Zygielbaum

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 6/9/2016

For more than a decade, Paul Zygielbaum had beaten the odds, but now he was certain his time was up. He’d survived four surgeries and three chemotherapy regimens since being diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2004, but by last summer his tumors had spread to his chest and grown massively, he had difficulty breathing and he had lost a significant amount of weight.

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Will the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act Pass This Week?

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 6/6/2016

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Just days before Memorial Day, the U.S. Senate seemed poised to pass a long-overdue, sweeping overhaul of the decades-old, ineffective law governing toxic substances, including asbestos. After all, the legislation had unusual bipartisan support and had just passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 403-12. It also was being supported by such disparate groups as the Environmental Defense Fund, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the American Chemistry Council. In May, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) also offered their support after significant changes were made to the bill to make asbestos a priority.

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When was Asbestos Banned in the U.S.? It Still Isn't!

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 5/31/2016

If anyone is qualified to talk why asbestos should be banned in the United States, it’s retired aerospace engineer and businessman Paul Zygielbaum. His life, work, and medical history encompass America’s deadly legacy of asbestos – and with asbestos imports and use continuing in the United States to this day, his story is a cautionary tale for future generations.

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The Legacy of Libby: Asbestos in America

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 3/28/2016

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For more than three decades, Gayla Benefield has been at the center of tragic events unfolding in Libby, Montana. Three generations of her family have died or become sick from asbestos-related diseases traced to a mine operated by W. R. Grace.

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Asbestos Hurts Developing Nations The Most

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 2/18/2016

More than 50 nations have banned asbestos over the past three decades, but that fact provides little comfort to Sharad Vittnal Sawant of Mumbai, India. He works in a factory that uses chrysotile asbestos and lives in a nation that is one of the world’s largest importers and consumers of asbestos. Hundreds of his fellow workers at the factory have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases – and both Sawant and his wife have asbestosis.

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FACT Act Passes In House Vote

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 1/11/2016

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On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1927, which included the FACT Act, by a vote of 211-188. The vote came after a four-hour debate on the House floor and was mainly along party lines.

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FACT Act: Asbestos Victims Bill Denies Justice

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 1/5/2016

On April 18, 2012, then-Congressman Ben Quayle introduced legislation that he said was necessary to root out fraud by people seeking compensation for asbestos-related diseases leaving more money for victims with genuine claims.

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  • Pulitzer Prize Winner (1998)
  • Professor of Journalism (USC Annenberg School of Journalism)
  • Internationally Accredited Investigative Journalist
  • Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism (2009)
  • George Polk Award for environmental reporting (1997)

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International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma: Chicago

“In an effort to make it easier for our community to join us face-to-face, in 2016 the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma will consist of three individual conferences in three major cities: Houston, San Francisco, and Chicago.”


November 01, 2016

National Family Caregivers Month

“Established in 1994 and celebrated each November, National Family Caregivers Month is a month-long event to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country by raising awareness of caregiver issues, celebrating the efforts of family caregivers, educating caregivers about self-identification, and increasing support for family caregivers. The theme for November 2016 is “Take Care to Give Care.””