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Protecting firefighters from toxic exposure on fire scenes

Are firefighters at a greater risk of cancer? It makes sense that they would be. While buildings once consisted primarily of wood, metal, glass and textiles, today's structures are riddled with asbestos, plastics, polymers and chemical coatings. The housing of a television set, for example, contains benzene, ethylene oxide and formaldehyde, all of which are known to cause cancer. These materials make home fires burn hotter and faster and result in toxic smoke.

Justice Department scrutinizing asbestos trusts for mismanagement

When companies expose workers or customers to asbestos and people develop asbestos-related diseases, those companies can be held legally responsible. Asbestos has been used in various applications due to its heat- and fire-resistance. Unfortunately, it causes the deadly cancer mesothelioma and other serious illnesses.

U.S. Supreme Court to decide maritime law case involving manufacturer's "bare metal" defense and when companies must warn of asbestos risk

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court examines whether manufacturers of products that require asbestos as an add-on component should have to warn users of the risk, even when the product as it leaves the manufacturer contains no asbestos. The case was brought by two widows of Navy sailors who died of lung cancer after working with asbestos-laden equipment on board Navy vessels and in shipyards.

Creating a support system after a mesothelioma diagnosis

Whether there was a suspicion that mesothelioma might be in the cards or not, mesothelioma is a difficult diagnosis to hear from your doctor. Taking the steps to create a support system can make a significant difference when you are struggling with your treatment plan and the feelings that come with your diagnosis.

Suit: Apartment workers exposed to asbestos during renovations

A recently filed lawsuit claims that workers at an apartment complex -- and possibly residents -- were exposed to asbestos when a construction crew was remodeling five vacant units. According to the employees, the construction crew notified management of the possible presence of asbestos in May.

Presence of asbestos confirmed in Manhattan steam pipe explosion

On July 19 at about 6:40 a.m., a 20-inch steam pipe exploded under a street in New York City's Flatiron district. Five people suffered minor injuries from the explosion, which tore a hole in the street and caused a geyser of white smoke and debris. That debris contained asbestos, tests indicate.

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