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A Brief History of Asbestos Use and Associated Health Risks

In Governance, Health, Paralympics on May 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm

If one is into history this seems to be interesting.
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More mostly Children’s Books about the Disability Experience

In Books, Children, Disabled People on May 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Hat tip to all the members of the SDS and DS-HUM listserves two listserves dealing with disability issues who sent stuff in, in response to a members request.
As I believe that perception is one area that drives new and emerging science and technology and as that field is often looking at disabled people to simplistically as defective and as education starts on the children level I have here in an earlier mail some readings

Voices from the Margins: An Annotated Bibliography of Fiction on Disabilities and Differences for Young People (Hardcover)
by Marilyn Ward (Author)

About the Schneider Family Book Awards

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three annual awards each consisting of $5000 and a framed plaque, will be given annually in each of the following categories: birth through grade school (age 0–8), middle school (age 9–13) and teens (age 14–18). (Age groupings are approximations).

Bertrand, D. G. (2004). My Pal Victor.

Clements, A. (2002). Things Not Seen.

Fusco, K. N. (2004). Tending to Grace.

Lang, G. (2003). Looking Out for Sarah.

Lord, C. (2006). Rules

Rorby, G. (2006). Hurt Go Happy.

Ryan, P. M. (2004). Becoming Naomi Leon.

Seeger, P. and poet DuBois Jacobs, P. (2006). The Deaf Musicians.

Stryer, A. (2006). Kami and the Yaks.

Uhlberg, M. (2004). Dad, Jackie and Me.

Zimmer, T. (2007). Reaching for Sun.
“The Hickory Chair” by Lisa Rowe Fraustino,
“How Smudge Came” by Nan Gregory,
and “Seal Surfer” by Michael Foreman.

Martin, B., “Knots on a Counting Rope”

Harriet Johnson’s Accidents of Nature

Jane Cowen-Fletcher ‘Mama Zooms”

Books Featuring Characters With Blindness and Visual Impairment

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Carbon nanotubes introduced into the abdominal cavity of mice show asbestos-like pathogenicity in a pilot study

In Health, nano, Nanoscale on May 22, 2008 at 4:01 am

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Nature Nanotechnology
Published online: 20 May 2008 | doi:10.1038/nnano.2008.111

Carbon nanotubes introduced into the abdominal cavity of mice show asbestos-like pathogenicity in a pilot study

Craig A. Poland1, Rodger Duffin1, Ian Kinloch2, Andrew Maynard3, William A. H. Wallace1, Anthony Seaton4, Vicki Stone5, Simon Brown1, William MacNee1 & Ken Donaldson1

Abstract

Carbon nanotubes1 have distinctive characteristics2, but their needle-like fibre shape has been compared to asbestos3, raising concerns that widespread use of carbon nanotubes may lead to mesothelioma, cancer of the lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos4. Here we show that exposing the mesothelial lining of the body cavity of mice, as a surrogate for the mesothelial lining of the chest cavity, to long multiwalled carbon nanotubes results in asbestos-like, length-dependent, pathogenic behaviour. This includes inflammation and the formation of lesions known as granulomas. This is of considerable importance, because research and business communities continue to invest heavily in carbon nanotubes for a wide range of products5 under the assumption that they are no more hazardous than graphite. Our results suggest the need for further research and great caution before introducing such products into the market if long-term harm is to be avoided.

1. MRC/University of Edinburgh, Centre for Inflammation Research, Queen’s Medical Research Institute, 47 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4TJ, UK
2. School of Materials, University of Manchester, Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HS, UK
3. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20004-3027, USA
4. Institute of Occupational Medicine, Research Avenue North, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP, UK
5. School of Life Sciences, Napier University, Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH10 5DT, UK

Correspondence to: Ken Donaldson1 e-mail: ken.donaldson@ed.ac.uk

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