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Asbestos Particles Invisible to the Naked Eye Exposed Through Light

Even though there is no safe level of asbestos exposure, the more a person is exposed to asbestos, the more likely he or she will develop an asbestos-related condition. Part of this is because there is such a long latency period between asbestos exposure and illness and many have forgotten they even worked with the […]

The Asbestos Manufacturing Capital of the World – Ambler, Pennsylvania

Asbestos manufacturing in Ambler, Pennsylvania dates back to the 1880s, when entrepreneurs Richard Mattison and Henry Keasbey relocated their asbestos manufacturing company, K&M, to the area. Drawn by the steady supply of spring water, limestone, and the recent railroad development, the pair thought Ambler would be the perfect location to get their business off the […]

How To Handle Asbestos In Your Home

Asbestos was a popular building material used throughout much of the 20th century and as a result, many homes today built before 1980 may contain the carcinogen. Household building materials such as roofing, siding, insulation, and flooring commonly contained asbestos and continues to pose a threat to families even though it has ceased being used […]

Asbestos Fibers Just As Deadly Regardless of Size

Recognized as one of the six types of asbestos, tremolite is considered to be one of the more deadly forms of asbestos due to its long, sharp, needle-like fibers that are easily inhaled and embedded in the soft tissue of the lungs and surrounding organs.  Tremolite is generally found in other minerals such as vermiculite, […]

Smoking and Asbestos Lung Cancer

It’s hard to believe that lung cancer was once a rare disease that doctors were unfamiliar with and considered a once-in-a-lifetime find. It wasn’t medically recognized until the 18th century and as of 1900, only 140 lung cancer cases were ever documented. As smoking became an increasingly popular habit at the turn of the 20th […]

Post-Mortem CTE Found in 87 Percent of Former Football Players

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is known by many names, including punch-drunk syndrome and dementia pugilistica (DP), but the definition remains the same. It’s a type of neurodegenerative disease or dementia caused by repeated concussive or sub-concussive blows. For years, former players in the National Football League (NFL) have been coming forward claiming that their time […]

Medical Malpractice Accounts for Over 250,000 Deaths Annually

A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found that medical malpractice or error accounts for approximately 250,000 deaths annually in the United States – ranking as the third leading cause of death, right behind cancer and heart disease. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine calculated that medical errors cause nearly […]

Asbestos in Factories – The Armley Asbestos Disaster

The job of a factory worker encompasses many responsibilities – from machine operation to line production, workers take raw materials to create new products. Asbestos containing products manufactured in factories were also frequently used in: pipe covering for steam lines and hot water lines, block insulation, cement, gaskets, packing, valves, pumps, blankets, gloves, and clothing. […]

No Such Thing as “Safer” Types of Asbestos

There are six different types of asbestos that occur naturally throughout the world, each having characteristics that make it useful in certain compounds. Some argue that some of these types are “safer,” than others to work with and handle, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that there is no “safe” level of asbestos […]

Other Cancers Caused By Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a known carcinogen most identified with mesothelioma, a cancer in the lining of the lungs (pleural) and stomach (peritoneal). Friable asbestos fibers can be easily inhaled or swallowed and remain in certain parts of the body for years. These tiny fibers become embedded in soft tissue causing scarring and permanent damage. Since asbestos […]

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