Help Mesothelioma UK set priorities for its research

The Mesothelioma UK Research Centre team at the University of Sheffield is seeking the views of people living with mesothelioma and their family members or close friends, (including bereaved carers). They are also keen to hear from people who are treating, caring and supporting people with mesothelioma. This includes clinicians, academics, lawyers, asbestos support group…

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The Silent Killer: Asbestos in People’s Homes

This week’s ‘Engineering & Technology’ magazine draws attention to a hidden killer, asbestos in the home. The article, by Ben Heubl, warns that DIY isn’t a harmless activity. When was asbestos used in British homes? Asbestos was first used in British homes in about 1870. It was particularly popular from the 1950s to the 1980s,…

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How mesothelioma can affect your emotions

A new study by researchers at the University of Sheffield looks at the way mesothelioma can affect your emotional well-being. By ’emotions’ the researchers mean feelings like ‘loss, grief, anxiety and isolation’. They studied patient records over a 40 year period. Why is mesothelioma different from other cancers? Any cancer diagnosis can affect people in…

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How much did the boss know?

People are sometimes appalled to discover that they were exposed to asbestos during their working life. But equally often, they will say, ‘We worked with asbestos all the time. No one knew any better in those days. We thought it was a safe material to use.’ Their manager, or the owner of the firm, may…

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Be careful where you go for on-line information

People who have asbestos related diseases need to be careful when they search on-line for information, guidance and support. This is often the natural thing to do when you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with one of these diseases. Look carefully at who is providing the information you find on-line Our advice…

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Are there hidden dangers lurking in your make-up?

Talcum is a mineral which is often found alongside deposits of asbestos. When the talcum, or talc, is mined asbestos can be collected inadvertently at the same time. Any asbestos is supposed to be removed when the talc is refined into a powder. Where is talc used in cosmetics? Talc is commonly used as a…

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The Founder of Worcester Bosch Boilers Died From Mesothelioma

The closing days of last year saw the death of Cecil Duckworth. Mr Duckworth founded Worcester Bosch, one of the leading manufacturers of central heating boilers. His wife Beatrice reflected that he must have been exposed to asbestos dust, almost the sole cause of mesothelioma, when he was making the first boilers. At the time…

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