February 20, 2014 – Asbestos, a dangerous carcinogenic material, is found primarily in construction materials. Most studies focus on its deadly effects on adult construction workers. Now a study from the Libby Epidemiology Research Program provides vital information on the often forgotten victims of asbestos exposure, children.
For many decades, W.R. Grace and Co. operated mines in Libby, Montana. Unfortunately, years of mining resulted in the release of dangerous asbestos fibers into the community. With $5 million in funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers are studying the effects of exposure to these fibers from vermiculite mining on children in the Libby community. The study focuses on individuals who were exposed to the dangerous fibers as children and then moved away from Libby.
Researchers concluded that Libby community members exposed to mining fibers as children had more autoimmune antibodies than individuals who had not been exposed to asbestos. Scientists confirmed that even individuals not directly involved in mining activity can suffer adverse consequences from living in a heavily-mined area. The study is set to continue for another year.
If you were exposed to asbestos as a child, or your own child has been exposed to asbestos, you or your loved one may be at risk for the development of serious medical conditions including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
The experienced mesothelioma lawyers in Philadelphia at Shein Law have been advocating for victims of asbestos exposure for over twenty five years and are ready to assist you. With offices conveniently located in Philadelphia, PA and Pennsauken, NJ, we represent victims of asbestos exposure throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. We are local attorneys helping local victims. We will gladly meet with you and your family at a location most convenient to you, including your home.
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