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Kaiser Gypsum Files for Bankruptcy Due to Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits

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

Bankruptcy

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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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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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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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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5 Shocking Places to Find Asbestos

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 12/11/2012

5 Shocking Places

With the rise of people being diagnosed with mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, it has sounded an alarm with the general public. People everywhere are beginning to wonder if they, or their families, have been exposed to asbestos in their homes or somewhere else in their day-to-day life. A lot of people are under the impression that asbestos only lies in certain building materials, like siding. However, these deadly fibers can be present in a lot of other places as well.

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Dangers of Garage Sale and Antique Shopping

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 10/30/2012

Dangers of Garage and Antique Sales

Garage sales, antique shopping and pawnshops are all great places to find some really interesting items. In fact, they are great places to possibly find rare and valuable antiques. However, not many people consider the hidden dangers behind a simple event as a garage sale.

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Comprehensive Asbestos Exposure Infographic Now Available

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 8/31/2011

We’re excited to share this tremendously comprehensive infographic we’ve put together detailing the dangers of asbestos. Below you’ll learn where asbestos comes from and how it now affects nearly every corner of the United States. While asbestos has been banned for use in most capacities since 1980, you’ll see below that the mineral is still found in a multitude of commercial products, buildings, naval ship components, as well as automobile brake and friction components.

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