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Asbestos, one of the most recognized toxic chemicals used in the U.S. and abroad, kills an estimated 13,500-16,000 Americans each year*. Although Asbestos is known to cause an array of health issues, including lung cancer, asbestosis, asbestos pleural disease, and mesothelioma, but surprisingly the number of imported goods containing asbestos has actually increased in recent years. 

This spring a husband and wife couple, along with their two teenage sons ventured to a popular vacation destination, St. John. Four days into their vacation emergency officials were called to the family’s rental. Inside, the mother and two sons we’re suffering from seizures and the father had fallen unconscious.

Tonawanda Coke Corp. and Kirchner LLC face a total of $161,100 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an explosion on January 31, 2014 that caused the collapse of brick walls, damage to electrical equipment, and injuries to two permanent employees and one temporary employee.

Toxic Chemicals

Exposure to toxic chemicals can have both short- and long-term effects. Those most at risk from toxic chemical exposure are individuals who live or work near a facility that manufactures dangerous chemicals, or individuals who work hands-on with dangerous chemicals. Frequent long-term exposure to benzene, vinyl chloride, and other chemicals has been known to cause cancer and other health ailments.

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have released PE (for prolonged exposure) Coach, a smartphone mobile application for use with post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. Both departments use prolonged exposure therapy as an effective treatment for PTSD. PE Coach is a free app for Apple and Android mobile devices. Psychologists at the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology, known as T2, and the VA National Center for PTSD, developed the mobile app to specifically help patients with their therapy.