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California Teachers Claim School Buildings Causing Health Problems

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

A group of Malibu, California teachers are alleging that a number of chronic health issues they’re suffering from, including asthma and migraine headaches, are the result of poor building conditions at their schools.  More from

A group of [high school junior Nicholas] Wiseman’s teachers at Malibu High School sent a letter to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s risk manager on October 4, complaining about a variety of illnesses. They suspect their working environment is at fault, but administrators say they are still investigating, and some experts are skeptical.

“At this point, there is nothing to let people know, other than employees had health concerns,” Sandra Lyon, the district superintendent, told CNN Newsource affiliate KCAL/KCBS. “We don’t have any evidence whatsoever that there is any contaminant, any issue in or around that building.”

The letter says the teachers “are extremely concerned about their health and safety.” Three teachers at the school have been diagnosed with stage 1 thyroid cancer in the past six months. Some seven teachers complained about migraines. The letter says the teachers who are sick work primarily in the main middle school building (the school services grades 6 through 12), the music and drama building, the visual arts building and in the school’s theater.

When one teacher moved to another building, her migraines got better, the letter states.

Another teacher who moved from one of the suspected buildings stopped getting a rash she’d been suffering from for four years.

The letter publicly requests environmental tests be done at the school and asks the district to make those test results public.

Image: Teacher with a headache, via Shutterstock

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Quadruplets Born to Cancer Patient

Friday, October 12th, 2012

A Colorado couple has welcomed quadruplets–one boy and three girls, two of whom are identical twins, which is an unusual piece of news in and of itself.  But adding to the story of Ashley and Andy Adams is the fact that four months into her pregnancy, which was the result of infertility treatments, Ashley was diagnosed with Stage 1 thyroid cancer.  CNN has more:

Multiple-birth pregnancies are often complicated, said Ashley’s doctor, Julie Scott, a high-risk obstetrician at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. As a result, Ashley wanted to wait until after the babies were born at 30 weeks to undergo cancer surgery. She delivered one boy and three girls, two of them identical twins, on August 26.

Her surgery, a seven-hour procedure that included a thyroidectomy and lymph node removal, took place a few weeks later and was successful.

Scott has seen thousands of patients, many with higher-order (three or more fetuses) pregnancies. She said it is not uncommon to diagnose cancer in pregnant women because that’s often when they have their first extensive health examinations. What’s scary is that the cancer may have been lying untreated — and spreading — for years.

“Ashley has probably had that cancer for several years, and it went undiagnosed, probably because with her young age,” Scott said. “The doctors missed the warning signs.”

Image: Pregnant belly, via Shutterstock

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