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Why You Should Avoid Asbestos While in College

February 25, 2014 By: Chad Category: Campus Life, Campus safety No Comments →

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Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that are most commonly found in old building materials. While asbestos can also be found in some mechanical parts, asbestos’s primary purposes are increasing a material’s resistance to fire and heat, as well as insulation. As such, asbestos is found in sheetrock and other building materials, particularly in antique buildings like those found on college campuses. If a person is exposed to asbestos, it can have serious health repercussions. Read on to learn more about why you should avoid asbestos in general, and especially if you’re at a college with old buildings.

What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is considered a carcinogen which is made of up six naturally occurring minerals, including chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. Because of the durability of asbestos, as well as its super insulation properties, it was primarily used in construction prior to 1978, when the dangers of asbestos were revealed.

What Campus Materials Contain Asbestos?
If you attend a university where the buildings were erected prior to 1978, there’s a good chance that they contain asbestos. On college campuses, asbestos is primarily found in the tiles, shingles, paint, joint compounds, laboratory bench tops, and electrical systems of buildings.

How Can a Person Be Exposed to Asbestos?
If the condition of buildings is good, then your risk of exposure to asbestos is slim. This is because asbestos is only released into the air if the building materials are deteriorating and are disturbed. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that you keep your distance from dilapidated building materials, and try not to disturb or damage any materials you suspect might contain asbestos. Very rarely does asbestos contamination occur through touch or ingestion.

If you suspect that a building on your campus may have asbestos, or if you have questions about asbestos on your campus, talk to a campus representative immediately. Additionally, keep your distance from any questionable materials, and encourage others to do the same.

What are the Risks of Asbestos?
Exposure to asbestos can have serious health consequences. As stated before, asbestos is considered a carcinogen and can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Mesothelioma cases are becoming more and more common, and include symptoms of pain under the rib cage, trouble breathing, weight loss, and pain or lumps in the stomach. In some cases, mesothelioma can result in death.

Asbestos fibers are inhaled through the lungs of a person when asbestos fibers are disturbed and released into the air. In most cases, the health consequences of asbestos are not experienced until many years after the exposure.

Treatment Options
Treatment options for asbestos-related diseases differ depending upon the type and severity of the asbestos-related disease. In most cases, treatment will include one or more of the following: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and think that you may have an asbestos-related disease, don’t hesitate to explore mesothelioma treatment and medical care options immediately.

Happily, as the dangers of asbestos become more widely known, most universities are taking steps to remove or control asbestos on their campuses. In fact, your campus may already have an asbestos control policy in place.

 

This article was contributed on behalf of Shrader & Associates, National Trial Attorneys. Click here and see how they can help you if you’ve contracted any asbestos-related illness! 

Advice for Moving Off-Campus

March 20, 2012 By: Category: Campus Life, Housing No Comments →

Today we have a guest post from an aspiring Higher Education author…..

The time has come when you want to move off campus. It’s exciting but a little nerve-wracking. Moving off campus is taking one more step to independence. There will be no dorm rules to follow – but also no dorm advisers to help as issues arise. It’s important to plan your move wisely, so you have a safe, enjoyable place to live.

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5 Weeks to Fight the Freshman 15

February 02, 2012 By: Category: Freshman 15 No Comments →

Since Spring break is almost upon us, you might be freaking about your freshman 15. Is five weeks enough time to shed your extra college pounds?

 Photo by meshmar

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College Must Haves: 10 Great Gifts for High School Grads

May 10, 2011 By: Julie Manhan Category: Gifts for college students, What to bring 1 Comment →

Even though they’ve sent enrollment deposits to their college choice, the idea of heading off to college in a few months doesn’t quite seem real.  Oh sure, putting on that cap and gown  will help, but it’s those carefully chosen graduation gifts of college essentials that can actually make it real.  So, the pressure’s on.  What gift can you give that will practically scream, “You’re really going to college!”?

Photo by Calvert Cafe & Catering

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Students: What Can You Do to Help Japan?

April 15, 2011 By: Julie Manhan Category: Campus Life, College Tips, Events, Top Stories 2 Comments →

Today, bloggers across the country will unite for Japan disaster relief. Below is the article we’ve prepared, but be sure to check out the Bloggers Unite event website as well. All donations made through this event will be matched by the Ogawa family.

When I first sat down to write this post, I was all prepared to write about how to plan a fundraiser to generate funds for the relief agencies that are providing direct aid to the people of Japan.  I had even come up with a few, what I considered to be, rather clever ideas for these fundraisers.  But as I started to write those ideas down, I began to think of all the students who don’t have the time or resources that would be required.   I found my thoughts turning to the images of the people of Japan that I have seen over this past month – not the pictures of incredible devastation, but the images of resilience and kindness that these people have managed to hold on to, in spite of their world being washed out from beneath them.  I began to wonder if there wasn’t something much simpler and more long-lasting that students – and everyone else – can do to help in this situation and many others.

Support Japan

Photo by Peter Mottola

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