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April 2013 Archives

County Workers may have been exposed to asbestos

It is easy to think that most people have very little chance of being exposed to asbestos or suffering an asbestos-related lung cancer, such as mesothelioma. After all, we do not work in WWII era shipyards, make asbestos laden insulation for electrical systems, handle plaster or wall board made with...

Beating the odds with mesothelioma

Asbestos and mesothelioma are probably two things that most people, if they are aware of it at all, think of it as a problem for 70-year-old naval yard workers from Mare Island or Long Beach. As with many calamities, one woman in Minnesota found out that unfortunately, the reach of...

Recall on GranuFlo and Naturalyte

On March 29, 2012, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recalled Granuflo, a powder acid concentrate, and Naturalyte, a liquid acid concentrate. Both products had been linked to cardiopulmonary arrests in dialysis patients. GranuFlo and Naturalyte were manufactured and distributed between January 2008 through June 2012 to Fresenius Medical Care North...

Did taconite mining cause high rates of mesothelioma in miners?

Mining has always been a dangerous activity, whether underground or open-pit, workers are exposed to a large number of dangers, from cave-ins and collapses, to being crushed by heavy machinery or contracting black lung or other mining related respiratory disease. Asbestos, being a naturally occurring mineral, is sometimes associated with...