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Asbestos in the news

November 28, 2011 - 12:16 pm

CBC News recently reported that production has halted at both of Canada’s two remaining asbestos mines. The future of the mines is currently unknown. Click here to read the full article on the future of the Canadian asbestos industry. The Parliamentary Precinct in Ottawa is currently being renovated, which includes asbestos removal from some of …

IARC classifies radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans

July 26, 2011 - 12:03 pm

In May 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) hosted a Working Group meeting of 31 scientists to discuss the health risks associated with exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs). As a result, IARC and the World Health Organization have classified EMFs as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). Link to the IARC …

A new call to action on environmental and occupational cancer prevention

March 23, 2011 - 10:01 am

The World Health Organization (WHO) hosted the “International Conference on Environmental and Occupational Determinants of Cancer: Interventions for Primary Prevention”, held in March 2011 in Asturias, Spain. Scientists at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) worked closely together with colleagues at WHO to develop the scientific programme for this conference and draft the …

Graveyard shifts may raise disease risk, studies say

April 12, 2010 - 6:50 pm

Martin Mittelstaedt Globe and Mail Shift work has long been a necessary and unpleasant part of modern life, with more than a quarter of the Canadian work force estimated to be on the job during non-traditional hours in the evenings and overnight. Those working these shifts often experience disrupted sleep patterns, fatigue and other minor …

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