Asbestos is a tricky subject to talk about. The dangers of asbestos exposure are often argued by asbestos manufacturers and companies in and out of the court room, and many employers claim that they were not aware that asbestos was hazardous to human health when their employees are exposed. Fortunately, doctors and scientists have come to prove that asbestos has negative effects on the human body.
Recently, researchers at the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania were awarded a $10 million grant to study asbestos exposure and the diseases that come along with it. Studies will take place over four years to further our knowledge on the connection to mesothelioma, the bioremediation of the substance, and the mechanisms that lead to asbestos-related diseases.
This is great news for the victims of exposure, especially those that live around closed mines and other areas with high concentrations of asbestos. People in these areas face increased long-term health risks. Along with those living near asbestos sites and mines, the general public will benefit from these upcoming studies and the questions they aim to answer.
Take a look at this article for more information on the recent asbestos grant given to the University of Pennsylvania.