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Link Between Lead Exposure and Heart Disease

Since the 1970s, lead has been banned for use in paints, gasoline, and many other products because of its effects on the brain. However, its connection to heart disease has only recently been revealed. A recent observational study from The Lancet Public Health Journal revealed that 256,000 cases of premature death caused by cardiovascular disease in the US may be linked to lead exposure. This new study defies the notion that low levels of lead exposure had little to no effect on premature ... Read more

The Importance of Lead Exposure & Removal

While lead exposure rates in the US have dropped considerably since the mid-1970s, recent events demonstrate that residents are not totally removed from the issue. Since the 2016 lead contamination and water crisis in Flint, Michigan, it has been discovered that thousands of other communities in the US suffer from lead exposure rates even greater than those documented in Flint. This new awareness of the presence of lead has caught some off-guard, considering that the substance was banned from products for decades. However, many ... Read more

New Bill Addresses Mold Removal in Public Buildings

In South Carolina, a bill was introduced into the State House, which if approved, will change the way mold removal is performed in the state. The bill seeks to employ greater oversight into how mold is removed in public buildings. A committee will be formed to examine the scope of the issue and how best to remove any mold that is in place. The co-sponsors of the bill are responding to recent issues in the Cherokee County schools, Spartanburg County courthouse, and public ... Read more

Detecting the Presence of Lead in Food

Lead is a toxic element that is naturally present in the water, air, and soil. Even small amounts of lead can be dangerous, especially to children. Lead inhibits the proper development of the brain, which in turn can affect speech, emotion, and cognitive ability. In addition, recent studies have demonstrated a link between lead and premature death due to heart disease. New concerns about lead in food have surfaced in India where instant noodles, a popular food consumed by tens of millions of ... Read more

E-Waste: Always A Problem

There are many different types of waste, but electronic waste, or e-waste, is generally harder to get rid of for a number of reasons. What is E-Waste? E-waste is a term applied to the waste created by discarded computers, mobile devices, servers, cameras, storage devices, and more. Once the electronic device is no longer needed, it tends to be difficult to get rid of because of the investment placed in such a device and the different disposal options that must be followed. In other words, just ... Read more

The Damages of Floodwaters and Mold

The damage from floodwater caused by massive rainstorms and hurricanes can be substantial. However, once the storms have abated and the damage has been assessed, mold can appear and cause even more destruction. How Mold Affects Homes Damaged by Floodwater Mold is present even in the driest of climates, but it does not cause any damage until it is exposed to moist or wet surfaces and allowed to grow. The aftermath of hurricanes and massive rainstorms, which generate floodwater, represents the greatest danger ... Read more

Black Mold vs. Asbestos

Black mold and asbestos are two of the biggest dangers that may be present in your residence, building, or facility. If left unchecked, they may cause considerable damage to the health of those who live or work inside. However, despite the fact that both substances may be deadly, there are considerable differences between black mold and asbestos. What is Black Mold? Mold is a common fungus that is found in practically every structure. However, it does not present a threat until it attaches ... Read more

Suit Alleges Manufacturers Failed to Warn about Asbestos Fibers in Their Products

On June 27th, Thomas D. Griffith filed a claim against Dow Chemical and related corporations in the St. Clair County Circuit Court alleging that they did not adequately warn about the dangers of asbestos present in their products. As a result, Griffith was unnecessarily exposed to asbestos and developed a specific type of lung cancer that is known to be associated with asbestos exposure. In the brief filed by Griffith, he had served in the US Navy from 1969 to 1973. He returned ... Read more

Playskool Crayons Found to Contain Asbestos

Although asbestos was banned from the construction of new homes and buildings in the 1970s, the substance still creeps up in various products and appliances in small amounts. Every year, it is estimated that about 2,500 Americans die from asbestos poisoning. One of the more unusual discoveries where asbestos was found was recently discovered in Playskool crayons. Playskool Crayons with Asbestos According to the US Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PRIG) Education Fund, toxic levels of asbestos was discovered in Playskool crayons. If ... Read more