In a recently published paper, scientists analyse national asbestos data and conclude that the majority of the global asbestos-related disease burdens is carried by Europe as a result of heavy asbestos consumption during the 20th century. The authors raise concerns about future asbestos mortality in countries still using asbestos and warn that "attempts to reduce exposure without a concurrent reduction in overall use are insufficient to control risk; asbestos bans should be in place in all countries to eliminate asbestos-related disease." Summaries of this paper are available in five languages.
New Delhi — Outlawed in much of the developed world, asbestos is still going strong in the developing one. In India alone, the world's biggest asbestos importer, it's a $2 billion industry providing 300,000 jobs.
Talc, the fine, powdery mineral used in thousands of consumer products by everyone from newborns to the elderly, can be a killer when it's contaminated with asbestos _ which some public health experts say happens far more often than miners and manufacturers acknowledge. In an explosive new study, scientists from three different laboratories worked for more than a year to track asbestos-contaminated talc from the mines to a popular body-powder product and then into the lung tissue of a woman who died of asbestos-caused mesothelioma after years of using the product.