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October 2016 Archives

How asbestos affects the lungs

Sometimes the most dangerous substances are the hardest to see with the naked eye. Asbestos is a perfect example of this frustrating reality. At its most basic, asbestos is a fibrous silicate mineral. Because it is heat-resistant, it is often used in insulation, fire-resistant fabrics and other ubiquitous materials. And although asbestos is practically invisible, it is incredibly dangerous.

Mesothelioma, asbestosis & lung cancer: what's the difference?

It's well-known that asbestos exposure can cause serious and often deadly health problems. Those who worked in industries and careers including mechanics, construction workers, electricians, railroad and shipyard workers, asbestos abatement teams, boiler operators and asbestos miners may have been exposed to asbestos and developed serious health issues. These workers and their loved ones can develop mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer, but what are the differences between the three diseases?

Strengthening chemical regulations through the Lautenberg Act

This past June, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The law was designed to reform the previous legislation regulating chemical safety, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which was passed in 1976. Critics of the TSCA found flaws in the law's inability to review chemicals developed and sold on the market because the law mandated that the government had to have evidence proving the risks associated with the chemical before testing could commence. Critics also stated that the TSCA incorporated a trade secrets loophole in legislation which allowed chemical companies to declare chemical information to be proprietary information, prohibiting the chemical information from being released in public.

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