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One of the earliest known references to asbestos may come from Theophrastus, a student of Aristotle and his successor at the Lyceum in Athens.
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Exposure to asbestos can cause the same cancer in dogs as it does in humans. Recent cases of asbestos-contaminated mulch highlight the need to better protect our pets.
The most important factor for disease risk is exposure – you actually have to inhale asbestos fibres to be at risk of disease. But asbestos needs to be treated with caution.
This primary school in Leicester is among the dozens that have affected by unsafe concrete.
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Raac and asbestos in schools show that ‘official’ declarations of safety are not acceptable to families.
A Department for Education survey suggests more than 80% of state schools in England still have asbestos on their premises.
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While evidence grows about the impact of asbestos exposure on teachers and other school workers, the risk to schoolchildren remains worryingly under-reported and under-researched.
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Susie Dee directs this dark and spare new play by Mary Anne Butler for Red Stitch.
Consuming an ample supply of fresh fruits and vegetables is still a tried and true way of getting vitamins and minerals and achieving lasting health benefits.
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Despite the popular belief that vitamin E and beta carotene supplements help prevent heart disease and cancer, the latest research suggests they do not – but the supplements do have potential risks.
Dogs are pets in nearly 50 million U.S. homes.
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New research on cat and dog health may provide clues on how to prevent and treat cancer in humans.
Toxic dust hung in the air around ground zero for more than three months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Those directly exposed to toxic dust and trauma on and after 9/11 carry with them a generation of chronic health conditions, which are placing them at higher risk during the pandemic and as they age.
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More 9/11 responders died from physical and mental health issues after the terrorist attacks than on the day itself. And survivors are still suffering 20 years later.
Workers leave Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant on May 20, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.
American ambivalence about government has left the courts to play an outsized role responding to public health crises like lead poisoning, asbestos-related illnesses and now, the coronavirus pandemic.
If we can’t afford natural stone, like marble, it’s tempting to choose engineered or artificial stone instead. But at what cost to those who breathe in the silica dust when cutting it?
What lessons can Australia learn from tackling asbestos to manage this latest preventable occupational hazard?
All asbestos should be removed from all schools.
Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay US$.4.69 billion in July, 2018 because it failed to warn customers that its baby powder contains asbestos.
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Asbestos litigation is the number one source of tort claims in the US, with many people decrying the filing of so many claims. But there’s a reason the claims persist. Asbestos isn’t going anywhere.
Is meat the new tobacco? Some are suggesting it is, and urging a “sin tax” on beef, pork and other meats.
Taxing a food product like meat, which has been entrenched in our culture for so long, is silly. We should let the market evolve and allow consumers to make their own choices.
Why asbestos removal is still on the news.
Asbestos is not a thing of the past, far from it – it’s use is exploding in the developing world and many others are still at risk.
Several inquiries across the country are looking into the exploitation of foreign workers.
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We already know the solutions to stem the exploitation of migrant workers, and they involve changes at both the employer and government level.
Welding: source of one of the HSE’s top ten priority occupational cancers.
The Tories stand to save £1bn from shifting responsibility for occupational illness benefits on to employers. But even now, the system is failing.
Social justice campaigner, Bernie Banton, was widely recognised as the face of the legal campaign against James Hardie.
After a week of media speculation on the issue, building materials company James Hardie yesterday confirmed the fund for compensating asbestos victims could run short of money as soon as 2017. Generally…
A cancer cluster generally features an unusually high number of the same type of cancer occurring in a group of people with a common exposure.
Most of us are living longer and we are all expected to be working longer. Because the likelihood of cancer increases as we age, we’re more likely to be diagnosed with cancer while still a member of the…