ADFA Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia Business cards have arrived!

My ADFA Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia Inc business cards have arrived in the mail. I am now officially ADFA’s Social Media Voice and I’m very proud and honoured to be asked to take on this very important role and one that I am very passionate in getting the word out that there is no safe asbestos, asbestos kills. Helping via Social Media to create awareness, support and advocacy is a very powerful tool in today’s modern technology.Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA) is a not-for profit organisation working to provide support to people living with asbestos related diseases, family members, carers and friends. ADFA is a community based group founded by Trade Unions, victims, families of victims, and concerned citizens to meet the needs …

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Alarming Mesothelioma Statistics For You to Know

Mesothelioma is not a very common disease with about 2000-3000 new cases seen in the US every year.-There was a gradual increase in the number of cases of newly diagnosed mesothelioma victims in the United States from the 1970’s to the 1990’s after which the number became fairly constant. After the year 2000 and beyond the number has likely been on the decrease.-Mesothelioma is more common in men. It is four times commoner in men than in women.-The number of new Mesothelioma cases is still increasing in European countries.-Mesothelioma commonly affects people over the age of 55 years, it is very rare to find Mesothelioma in people under the age of 55 years and its incidence increases with age, about 90% of people diagnosed with Mesothelioma are …

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Susan Vento, Wife of Deceased Congressman and Mesothelioma Victim Bruce Vento, Expresses Her Strong Opposition to the So-Called “FACT Act”

Susan Vento lost her husband in October of 2000, just eight months after he had been diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Susan’s husband was Democratic Congressman Bruce Vento of Minnesota who served as a United States Representative for 24 years and devoted his work in the government to environmental and homeless causes. When he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, he began championing asbestos victims’ rights and was committed to raising awareness for mesothelioma and the urgent need for research funding.Recently, Susan and many others whose lives have been turned upside down by asbestos disease were eager to offer testimony to lawmakers in opposition to House Resolution 982, the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act”. They were told they would get the opportunity to do so, but instead Susan and the …

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Mesothelioma and Asbestos

Asbestos is a fibrous material which has been in use for a long time mainly for its fire resistant qualities. Asbestos is a preferred building material due to its fire resistant and heat resistant capability coupled with the fact that it is not expensive.Asbestos was very popular amongst California business owners in the early and mid 20’s and they used it in nearly every way they could. They tried to use asbestos to create safer, and cheaper buildings, but time has proven that these building are not any safer, nor are they more cheaper,as the high cost of treating the mesothelioma disease that they caused, they also lead to loss of lives.Asbestos was once used in everything from automotive parts, clothing, and blankets. It …

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An Intricate Form of Cancer

An Intricate Form of CancerMesothelioma is an intricate form of cancer that grows in the covering around the lungs, heart, and abdomen. The disease is caused due to harmful mineral asbestos. Exposure to asbestos in the workplace, in schools where asbestos is used in the walls, at home while washing clothes with asbestos can lead to this dreadful disease. The most bizarre thing is that it is diagnosed after many years of exposure to asbestos.Asbestos is a cluster of minerals that is present in nature. It is remarkably resistant to heat. It was used on a large scale in various industries due its resourcefulness and power. Asbestos contact, in 80% cases is responsible for the dangerous disease. Asbestos when heated releases fibres in the atmosphere. These …

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Breakthrough Mesothelioma Case

On February 13, 2012, the Italian court announced a verdict that may have an impact on people and families around the world who are dealing with mesothelioma. Billionaires Stephan Schidheiny and Jean-Louis de Cartier, key shareholders in the company Eternit, a producer of fiber-reinforced cement, were each sentenced to sixteen years in prison for the failure to comply with safety regulations in their factories’ uses of asbestos. This class action law suit is being touted as the most significant suit yet, because criminal charges were actually placed on the owners who benefited from the profits of the negligent factories.Invented in the late 19th century, fiber-reinforced cement products, generally containing a mixture of cement and asbestos, has been favored in construction for it’s relatively light weight …

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Cruise Ship Injuries – Sources and Concerns

Taking a vacation on a cruise ship is a popular choice for many Americans and their families. Cruise ships offer exotic destinations, the promise of wonderful food, and a family-friendly environment that many find irresistible. How irresistible? Just look at some of the numbers. The worldwide cruising industry is incredibly large, with an estimated income of $40 billion in 2010 alone. Almost 15,000,000 Americans take a cruise every year, and each person spends an average of seven days aboard ship, spending an average of $1,800 per passenger. That means a family of four can expect to spend over $7,000 on an average cruise.Yet as popular as cruising is, there are potential downsides. Though major accidents and disasters are rare, they do happen. One of the most recent occurred in January of 2012 when the Costa Concordia sank off of Italy, resulting in the death of 32 people. But the big disasters are very rare. …

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Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Mesothelioma Lawsuits4 Tips to Help You Win Your CaseThe main reason why victims of asbestos related diseases file lawsuits is to help victims of asbestos related illnesses as well as family members of asbestos victims, get their deserved compensation for their losses. This money can help victims pay for such things as medical bills, lost wages, and the emotional agony caused by these diseases.Exposure to asbestos can cause a variety of different illnesses, namely asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma cancer. If you’ve been diagnosed with the mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related illness you should file a claim to receive an asbestos settlement.There been many asbestos settlements in the United States over the years resulting in billions of dollars awarded to the victims of asbestos …

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Ancient mammal relatives cast light on recovery after mass extinction

Aug. 13, 2013 — As growing numbers of species in the modern world face extinction because of global climate change, habitat destruction, and over-exploitation, scientists have turned to the fossil record to understand how mass extinctions in the past proceeded, and how species and ecosystems recovered in the aftermath of such events.Much work so far suggests that the survivors of mass extinctions often are presented with new ecological opportunities because the loss of many species in their communities allows them to evolve new lifestyles and new anatomical features as they fill the roles vacated by the victims.However, it turns out that not all survivors respond in the same way, and some may not be able to exploit fully the new opportunities arising after a mass extinction. A team of researchers from the University of Lincoln, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, and the University of Bristol examined how a group of ancient relatives of mammals called anomodonts responded in the aftermath of the largest mass extinction in Earth history. Their work, published this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B and titled “Decoupling of morphological disparity and taxic diversity during the adaptive radiation of anomodont therapsids,” shows that anomodonts remained anatomically conservative even as the number of species rebounded during the recovery.The mass extinction at the end of the Permian Period, about 252 million years ago, had profound effects on organisms on land and in the sea, with as many as 90% of marine organisms and 70% of terrestrial species becoming extinct. “Groups of organisms that survive such a mass extinction are said to have passed through an evolutionary bottleneck analogous to the genetic bottleneck that may occur in a population if many of its members die off,” said Dr. Marcello Ruta of the University of Lincoln, the lead author of the study. “At the population level, a genetic bottleneck sometimes allows the population to move to a new evolutionary trajectory, but other times it constrains the future evolution of the population.””Near the end of the Permian, a large number of anomodont species existed that displayed a wide range of body sizes and ecological adaptations, including terrestrial plant eaters, amphibious hippo-like species, specialized burrowers, and even tree-dwelling forms,” said Dr. Kenneth Angielczyk. “The most successful group of anomodonts had canine-like tusks in their upper jaws and turtle-like beaks, and they were the most important terrestrial herbivores of their time.””The number of anomodont species increased during the Permian, sharply dropped during the end-Permian extinction event, and then rebounded in the Middle Triassic Period (about 240 million years ago) before the final extinction of the group at the end of the Triassic,” said Professor Jörg Fröbisch. “However, the variety of different anatomical features found in anomodonts, i.e. …

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