Asbestos: Risk Assessment, Health Implications and Impacts on the Environment


Dean L. Simmons (Editor)

Series: Geology and Mineralogy Research Developments
BISAC: SCI031000

Asbestos is the commercial name for various mineral silicates associated with numerous respiratory diseases, notably mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. This book examines risk assessments, health implications and impacts on the environment of asbestos. Chapter One provides a summary of exposure during abatement/removal of asbestos-containing floor tile and mastic. Chapter Two discusses the epidemiological patterns of environmental asbestos-related disease. Chapter Three reviews the reduction of anti-tumor immunity caused by asbestos exposure. Chapter Four summarizes current knowledge about the putative role of asbestos exposure in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma carcinogenesis. Chapter Five determines the impact of malignant mesothelioma (MM) using average life years lost and lifetime healthcare expenditures in Taiwan. Chapter Six reviews recent perspectives on both asbestos-related pleuritis and anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-related vasculitides. Chapter Seven clarifies subjects for protective policies against asbestos disaster and the meanings of local government asbestos measures in the case of Japan. Chapter Eight includes an overview of the mineralogical and morphological characterization of asbestos in Argentina. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Asbestos-Containing Floor Tile and Mastic: A Discussion of Exposure and Regulatory Issues
JH Lange and Luca Cegolon (Envirosafe Training and Consultants, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, and others)

Chapter 2. Epidemiological Patterns of Environmental Asbestos-Related Disease
Francine Baumann (ERIM, University of New Caledonia, Noumea, New Caledonia)

Chapter 3. Reduction of Anti-Tumor Immunity Caused by Asbestos Exposure
Naoko Kumagai-Takei, Yasumitsu Nishimura, Hidenori Matsuzaki, Suni Lee, Kei Yoshitome, Shoko Yamamoto, Tamayo Hatayama, Megumi Maeda, and Takemi Otsuki (Department of Hygiene, Kawasaki Medical School, Kurashiki, Japan, and others)

Chapter 4. Putative Role of Asbestos Exposure in the Development of Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma
Giovanni Brandi, Simona Tavolari, Guido Biasco, Stefano Mattioli, Francesco Saverio Violante, Andrea Farioli (Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine, S. Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital, Bologna, Italy, and others)

Chapter 5. Estimating Impacts of Asbestos-Related Malignant Mesothelioma: Quantification of Life Expectancy Lost and Lifetime Healthcare Expenditures in Taiwan
Lukas Jyuhn-Hsiarn Lee, Ken Takahashi, Yu-Yin Chang, and Jung-Der Wang (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes, Zhunan, Miaoli, Taiwan, and others)

Chapter 6. Asbestos-Related Pleuritis and Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody (ANCA)-Associated Vasculitis
Yoshinori Kinoshita, Ayako Hara, Takao Ogawa, Misa Song, Keita Hosoi, and Kyongyob Min (Respiratory Division of Internal Medicine, Itami-City Hospital, Japan, and others)

Chapter 7. Protective Policies against Asbestos Disaster in Japan
Hiroyuki Mori and Shinjiro Minami (Ritsumeikan University, Iwakura-cho Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan)

Chapter 8. Asbestos in Argentina: Mineralogical and Morphological Characterization. Environmental Impact
Lescano Leticia, Marfil Silvina, Sfragulla Jorge, Bonalumi Aldo, Locati Francisco, and Maiza Pedro (Universidad Nacional del Sur, San Juan, Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and others)



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