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[5 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 5,227 views]
Nanotubes: the new asbestos?

More details emerge on the dangers of carbon nanotubes.

The authors have reviewed recent literature on the evidence that fibrous carbon nanotubes can elicit effects similar to asbestos at a molecular and pathological level.

This topic is of extreme importance to avoid another asbestos disaster while developing these new microscopic tools in the industrial / medical setting.

Asbestos, Basic Research, Clinical Research »

[29 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 7,409 views]
Early detection of malignant pleural mesothelioma in asbestos-exposed individuals with a noninvasive proteomics-based surveillance tool

Early detection of mesothelioma is key for chemo-efficiency. The authors conducted a multi-center case-control studies in serum from 117 mesothelioma cases and 142 asbestos-exposed control individuals. Biomarker discovery, verification, and validation were performed using the SOMAmer proteomic technology, which simultaneously measures over 1000 proteins in unfractionated biologic samples. Using univariate and multivariate approaches they discovered 64 candidate protein biomarkers, consisting of both inflammatory and proliferative proteins, processes strongly associated with asbestos-induced malignancy. The author further selected a pool of 13 candidate proteins (classifiers) for distinguishing mesotheliomas from controls. The ability of the classifiers …

Asbestos, iMig.org »

[24 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 1,251 views]
ANDEVA opposes Jeffrey Mine

The French National Association of Asbestos Victims (ANDEVA) recently organized and held an international conference for asbestos victims in Paris on 12 October 2012. Attendees included scientists, doctors, executives, and asbestos victims and their families. The watchword was “a world without asbestos!” The meeting aimed to provide information on the state of science and state of the planet regarding asbestos. All continents were represented as well as many country delegates came from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Corea, Europe (Belgium, UK, France, Italy, Spain,), India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, USA…

Asbestos, iMig.org »

[8 Dec 2011 | One Comment | 1,505 views]
North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-related Diseases

iMig has endorsed the North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-related Diseases, which was released today (Dec. 8, 2011).

We invite our members to read the Declaration and sign the petition.

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[11 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 1,151 views]
Asbestos use and asbestos-related diseases in Asia: Past, present and future

Here is an article recently published by the Asian/Pacific Society of Respirology analyzing the increase of asbestos use and occurence of asbestos-related disease in Asia.

The proportion of global asbestos use attributed to Asia has been steadily increasing over the years from 14% (1920–1970) to 33% (1971–2000) to 64% (2001–2007).

Asbestos use in Asia has now reached formidable levels in terms of per capita use and absolute volumes and a surge of asbestos-related diseases should be anticipated in the coming decades.

Asbestos, iMig.org »

[13 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 6,521 views]
iMig Board Reiterates its Position: “There is no safe use of asbestos”

The Board of iMig deeply regrets that the Quebec Government has provided the loan guarantee that enables resumption of asbestos mining in Canada. It is further regretted that the majority market for the such asbestos is likely to be the developing countries. Our previous statement on the matter stands as below:

We, the Board of iMig, wish to expand on our position, in response to the points summarized in the New York Times article of February 3, 2011 (see article link in menu at right).
We strongly disagree with Mr. Coulombe’s …

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[13 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 1,969 views]
NY Times on the Jeffrey Mine in Canada

Here is an article from the New York Times discussing the proposal to reopen the Jeffrey mine in Canada.
G. Bernard Coulombe, president of the Jeffrey mine in Asbestos (Quebec), argues that chrysotile asbestos mining should resume. The political strength of asbestos will be tested this month when the province is expected to announce a decision on the loan guarantee.
As you may know, iMig has taken a position against the re-opening of the mine and future sales in India, Pakistan and Vietnam.

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[22 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 1,089 views]
On Canada’s chrysotile export.

A powerful editorial by Prof. Gilles Paradis on chrysotile asbestos export.

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[26 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 872 views]
Dangers in the dust: inside the global asbestos trade

A useful resource recommended by our new iMig President Dr. Steve Mutsaers.
Dangers in the Dust: Inside the Global Asbestos Trade is based on extensive research in eight countries. The team relied on thousands of pages of documents, including court filings, scientific studies, and financial records, as well as on interviews with health officials, industry representatives, scientists, victims, lawyers, and activists.
The team’s reporting reveals close relationships among the industry, governments and scientists, and cites predictions from health experts that new epidemics of asbestos-related disease will emerge in the coming decades. Some …

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[17 May 2010 | No Comment | 2,066 views]
Asbestos is still with us

An article from the Collegium Ramazzini on the need for asbestos ban regulations worldwide.
The first call for a universal ban on asbestos by the Collegium Ramazzini was made in 1999. Still, asbestos is though still mined and used in several countries across the globe.
This newsletter provides an update on the topic.

Suggested by Dr Jim teWaterNaude MBChB, MPhil (MCH), FCPHM