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Asbestos Use Dates Back to 2400 B.C.

While asbestos use is heavily regulated in the United States and illegal in most other countries, there was a time when the asbestos industry prospered and many homes, buildings, and products contained some type of asbestos material. Many homes and buildings built before 1980 contain the fire-retardant material that was used for insulation, roofing, flooring, and drywall joint compound. Other asbestos containing products included gaskets, brake pads, vinyl table covers, and even some children’s toys. Even though the rise and fall of asbestos can be attributed to the last 150 years or so, many do not know that asbestos use...

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Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. Participates in Mesothelioma Awareness Day

The attorneys and staff at Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. (GPW) proudly took part in raising awareness for Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26, 2016. Employees at GPW wore blue in support of the cause and through a series of fundraising events and activities that happened throughout the week, GPW was able to raise over $2,000 to donate to the Mesothelioma Awareness Research Foundation (MARF). Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. Airborne asbestos fibers can be small, sharp, nearly invisible to the naked eye, and can have devastating effects if inhaled.  Asbestos fibers can become embedded in...

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Properties in Red Wine Could Help Fight Mesothelioma

Combining different types of treatment when it comes to treating mesothelioma is common because of how aggressive the cancer can be. While some treatments do prove to be effective, the overall prognosis of an individual with this asbestos-related cancer remains dim. A recent study done in Korea carefully evaluated the combination of  cisplatin, a common chemotherapy drug for treating mesothelioma, and resveratrol, a polyphenol that comes from the skin of grapes and can be found in red wine. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The thin, almost invisible asbestos fibers are easily inhaled and can become embedded in...

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The Introduction of the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016, S.3427

The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016 S.3427 was introduced to the Senate on September 28, 2016. Supported by Senator Barbara Boxer, this bill was read and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Its purpose is to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to potentially have asbestos banned in the United States. If passed, it would prohibit manufacturing, processing, use, distribution and disposal of asbestos. Asbestos is a known carcinogen that had widespread use throughout the 20th century in the United States and around the world. Asbestos fibers are strong, fire resistant, abundant, and cheap,...

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Asbestos Exposure – Can We Really Control It?

Asbestos is typically thought of as a substance that is no longer in use anymore because it is a well-known carcinogen. Asbestos is fire resistant, strong, cheap, abundant, and absorbs sound. It is no wonder it rose to popularity throughout the 20th century since it was so versatile.  While asbestos is solid rock, it is unique in that it is made up of tiny fibers that are able to be extracted – making its use even more widespread. Not many people know that asbestos was actually used for centuries, dating back to 2400 B.C. Historians found evidence of people using it...

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