Newsletter- June 2015

June 2015
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Kittens rescued from asbestos filled abandoned home

By Lauren Pullen,http://globalnews.ca/

It’s a dangerous place to call home, but a pregnant cat in Oliver chose the roof of a dilapidated, asbestos filled house as the birthing place for her litter of kittens.

Sparrow the one-eyed cat gave birth to her kittens in April. She refused to bring them down from the roof and spent the next ten weeks bringing them food and caring for the young critters. But when a neighbour found out the home was set to be demolished in the coming weeks, she jumped into action to save the animals, calling local non-profit rescue group AlleyCATS Alliance.

Workers showed up in full hazmat gear to search the dilapidated building, but came up empty handed. Rescuers then decided to set up traps to catch Sparrow and her kittens and after three days in hiding the cats took the bait.

The kittens are now in caring foster homes. Read more

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John Barnett, President

Hello everyone,

2015 is already half over and so far it’s been a good year here at QuanTEM.  One of the great things about the first half of the year is all the conferences and tradeshows.  We had a bunch sandwiched together, but that’s okay since it was great to meet with old friends and make a few new ones.  Our industry is filled with some really sharp people and it’s good to be with them.  If you didn’t make any of the shows this year, you should consider attending one or more next year, I think it’s worth it.

The second half of the year is still busy, but not quite as crazy.  Now it’s time to hit the road making calls and visiting with those customers we haven’t seen in a while.  As if that weren’t enough, someone just asked me when we were going to schedule the Christmas party.  You’ve got to be kidding!

I hope this year has been good for you so far, and may it only get better.

Have a great day,

John E. Barnett

Lead fishing tackle ingested by fish is killing loons and other birds
By Samantha Stark, http://www.dl-online.com/

Lead’s widespread use has resulted in worldwide environmental contamination, human exposure and significant public health problems.

Lead is an extremely toxic element that, over the years, has been removed from water pipes, gasoline, paint and other sources due to extensive health issues in humans, animals and the environment. Yet toxic lead is still entering the food chain through widespread use of lead fishing tackle.

Thousands of cranes, ducks, swans, loons, geese and other waterfowl ingest lead fishing tackle that was lost in lakes and rivers each year, often resulting in deadly consequences.

“All it takes is one small lead jig to kill a loon,” said Phil Votruba, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) watershed project manager. “It doesn’t take much.” Read more

‘Groundbreaking’ cure for deadly asbestos-related cancer could be near
By Eric Gaillard, Reuters.com

A Kiwi professor has developed a new treatment that has already saved one man’s life and could possibly help thousands more defeat mesothelioma – an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The disease results in death shortly after diagnosis.

Asbestos was once hailed as a miracle mineral, resistant to heat. Prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers, however, is notorious for causing lung cancer and mesothelioma.

ADRI researchers teamed up with a Sydney-based biotech company, EnGenelC, to use a “futuristic new drug delivery system that relies on nanotechnology and guiding antibodies.” Using animal models, human mesothelioma tumors have been treated with antibody-guided minicells containing microRNA mimics – a combination dubbed TargomiRs.

Although the groundbreaking testing treatment is still underway, a trial on one Sydney man has already proved a success. Bradley Selmon, 51, has been exposed to asbestos for years during his work as a plumber. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2013 and decided to enter Dr Reid’s trial after chemotherapy treatment proved to be ineffective. In two months, his tumor has practically disappeared. Read more

Brain Fog, Weight Gain, Fatigue – the Sneaky Symptoms of Household Mold 
By Yahoo Health Editors, https://www.yahoo.com

When you hear the word mold, chances are you think of the fuzzy stuff growing on the leftovers in your fridge, or the shower scum that develops on your bathroom tile when you’ve slacked on cleaning. But the truth is, some mold isn’t just an icky sign of neglect – it can be toxic, even deadly.

Dave Asprey – the former Silicon Valley entrepreneur behind “The Bulletproof Executive” blog and Bulletproof Radio podcast – has released a new documentary calledMoldy, which explores the hidden health dangers associated with mold toxicity.

One of the things that makes mold toxicity so insidious is the myriad symptoms it can produce, such as brain fog, sleep problems, weight fluctuations, headaches, asthma, and fatigue – to name a few. Some of these symptoms may be more pronounced than others, which makes getting an accurate diagnosis tricky.  Read more

Jury awards Oklahoma man $6 million in asbestos lawsuit
By Richard Mize, http://newsok.com/

A Moore man who sued more than a dozen companies for what he described as decades of negligent workplace exposure to asbestos prevailed against two of them for a judgment of $6 million in a jury trial in Oklahoma County District Court.
Michael D. Galier, 51, filed the product liability lawsuit in 2012 after he was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. A jury found for him in his claims against Murco Wall Products of Fort Worth, Texas, and Welco Manufacturing Co. of North Kansas City, Mo.

The jury found a third defendant, Red Devil Inc. in Tulsa, not liable. Judge Bryan C. Dixon dismissed Oklahoma City’s M-D Building Products Inc., formerly Macklanburg-Duncan, from the suit last year but did not bar Galier from filing another suit on the same claims. Read more

A Surprising Source of Lead Poisoning: India’s Idols
By Thuppil Venkatesh, http://blogs.wsj.com/

Lead is ubiquitous in modern day life in India.

A serious threat to health, the metal can be found in the paint on idols and some yellow school buses as well as in battery backups packs and cheap toys.
A large proportion of the paints manufactured in India are lead-based.

The annual immersion of painted idols in rivers and lakes across the country raises lead levels of the water and certain types of piping can add lead to the tap water. Even some traditional medicines contain the toxic heavy metal.

In Bangalore, paint-free idols have started to be used during the annual Ganesha festival and in Kolkata, Durga idol makers have been asked to use lead-free paints in their work. Read more

How did housing inspectors repeatedly miss mold that disabled tenants say existed for years?
By Barnett Wright, http://www.al.com/

For years, federal, state and local housing officials conducted inspections at a housing development for disabled and elderly residents in Tarrant. Repeatedly their reports made no mention of mold – even though one former resident says he had experienced problems with mold there since 2005.

But now – after media reports of dissension between two housing boards responsible for safety issues at the development — mold has been found in more than two dozen units in the Spring Gardens apartments.

A series of inspections – some annually — had turned up no traces of mold. However, two separate inspections over the past 60 days have found mold in different areas of the development causing dozens of residents to be relocated. Read more

The Scholastic Consequences of Chicago’s Lead Paint Problem
By Aarian Marshall, http://www.citylab.com/

It’s killed some children slowly. It’s sent others into convulsions. But in Chicago, in the first decade of this century, a new study finds, the effects of childhood lead poisoning were more subtle-though perhaps equally as devastating. Research published in April by Environmental Health finds that even limited lead exposure in childhood is linked with dramatically lower third-grade test scores, in math as well as reading.

The researchers, mostly Chicago-based public health scientists, looked at a particularly large sample size of Chicago children. The presence of just 5 to 9 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood (μg/dL, the standard measure for blood-lead levels) elevated the risk of failing math and reading standard tests by 32 percent. The researchers estimated that a full 13 percent of failing test numbers in reading and 14.8 percent of failing test numbers in math were due to the effects of lead. This is particularly notable because the Centers for Disease Control only recently halved the bolo levels required for medical intervention in children-from 10 μg/dL prior to 2012, to 5 μg/dL today. Read more

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These excerpts were taken from various sources. Any publication included in this Newsletter and/or opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the views of QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC but remain solely those of the author(s). QuanTEM Laboratories is not responsible for the content or use of the information contained in this education/information service.

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