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Greg Laurie Talks Steve McQueen, Faith and Mesothelioma

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:42:24 +0100

“Steve McQueen: American Icon” — a feature documentary about the life, faith and cancer battle of the legendary actor — arrives on DVD and digital HD release Tuesday. Nicknamed “The King of Cool,” McQueen is known for his tough guy roles and action-packed sequences in films such as “Bullitt,” “The Great Escape” and “The Towering Inferno.” He received an Academy Award nomination in 1967 for his leading role in “The Sand Pebbles” and became the highest-paid movie star in the world in 1974. Shortly after, McQueen disconnected from Hollywood in search of a life away from the drugs, the drinking and the fame. He became a born-again Christian late in life after the influence of his flying instructor Sammy Mason, his pastor Leonard DeWitt and his third wife Barbara Min...

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Mesothelioma Immunotherapy Trial Involves Targeted Radiation

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:37:35 +0100

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City has opened a clinical trial for mesothelioma involving a combination of targeted radiation and the novel immunotherapy drug avelumab. Hopes are high for the first-of-its kind study. The trial will be conducted at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s main campus and regional sites. It is open to pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma patients. Radiation oncologist Dr. Andreas Rimner and medical oncologist Dr. Marjorie Zauderer are the lead investigators of the trial, which is expected to run through 2020. Avelumab is designed to block a specific protein (PD-L1) found on the surface of most mesothelioma tumor cells. The immunotherapy drug will be given through an IV every two weeks, along with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Individ...



Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Vaccine Promising for Cancer

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:00:00 +0100

iPSC vaccine prevented tumor growth in syngeneic murine breast CA, mesothelioma, melanoma models (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)



New specialist nurse in London for mesothelioma patients

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:18:00 +0100

A new thoracic nurse specialist has been appointed in London specifically to support mesothelioma patients, a charity has announced. (Source: Nursing Times)



Only U.S. Cryotherapy Trial for Mesothelioma Finds Success

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:48:52 +0100

Thoracic surgeon Dr. Shanda Blackmon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, believes there is a place for cryotherapy in the future multidisciplinary treatment of pleural mesothelioma. She wants to show it with this groundbreaking clinical trial. “We think [cryotherapy] could play an important role in treatment,” Blackmon told Asbestos.com. “So far, things look promising, but you can’t say anything specific without more numbers. Right now, it’s a little like telling a story.” Cryotherapy involves destroying cancer cells, or any abnormal tissues, by freezing them with controlled nitrogen vapors. It is often used for external tumors and applied directly with a spraying device. It also is used internally with a tube called a cryoprobe for several types of cancers and precance...



Asbestos (Exposure Dangers, Testing, Symptoms)

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Asbestos (Exposure Dangers, Testing, Symptoms)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 2/21/2000 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/12/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)

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New Bill Aims to Keep Children ’ s Makeup Asbestos-Free

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:57:06 +0100

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell introduced legislation this week that would mandate a warning label on cosmetics marketed to children unless stricter testing can show they are free of asbestos fibers. The legislation was sparked by reports in 2017 that trace amounts of tremolite asbestos were found in cosmetics marketed to girls by national retail chains Claire’s and Justice. Although both companies quickly pulled products off store shelves, they also disputed the findings and later produced lab results showing their merchandise was safe and free of asbestos. “Parents across the country should have the peace of mind in knowing that the cosmetics they buy for their children are safe,” Dingell said in a congressional press release. “No child should be exposed to asbestos through the use of ...



Pillsbury Plant Owner Sentenced for Asbestos Violations

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:54:25 +0100

Federal judge Sue Myerscough sentenced a part owner of the shuttered Pillsbury Mills complex in Springfield, Illinois, Monday to three years in prison for violating clear air standards with the illegal removal of asbestos products. Joseph Chernis IV pleaded guilty to illegal removal, demolition and disposal of asbestos after using untrained workers to remove dry pipe insulation and store it in open containers, trash bags and cardboard boxes. He is still facing an ongoing civil case brought by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “I have grave concerns about the damage to the community in this case,” Myerscough said during sentencing, according to The State Journal-Register. The Pillsbury Mills plant, which closed in 2001, is not far from a local high school, a park and ...



Study: Early Identification Needed for Mesothelioma Advances

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 21:14:18 +0100

Professor John Cherrie at Heriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom believes future treatment advances and improved patient outcomes for mesothelioma rests with a formula to better identify and screen high-risk patients. It could make an early diagnosis of the asbestos-related cancer much more common. Cherrie said the current standard — which typically results in a late-stage diagnosis and a poor prognosis — prevents novel treatment studies and the development of any pre-emergent strategy to combat the aggressive cancer. “We don’t pretend to have a medical cure that will help immediately, but until we can start identifying patients earlier, we can’t even try out what might work,” Cherrie, an occupational medicine specialist in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences...



Johnson & Johnson Back on Trial in Mesothelioma Case

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:06:49 +0100

The second trial involving Johnson & Johnson’s iconic baby powder and its possible link to mesothelioma began this week in a Middlesex County, New Jersey, superior court. A jury in California two months ago — in a highly anticipated first trial — found the pharmaceutical giant was not responsible for a plaintiff’s mesothelioma, the rare asbestos-related cancer. Superior Court Judge Ana Viscomi opened the latest trial Monday in New Brunswick, New Jersey, just a few blocks from the world headquarters of Johnson & Johnson. The trial is estimated to last two months. Plaintiff Stephen Lanzo III, 46, of Verona, New Jersey, claims Johnson & Johnson knew its product contained traces of asbestos and failed to warn consumers, leading to his diagnosis two years ago. The company ha...



Study: Talc Pleurodesis a Viable Option for Mesothelioma

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 18:40:01 +0100

Some patients with mesothelioma should consider the less-invasive talc pleurodesis procedure instead of aggressive, tumor-removing surgery, based on recent research from doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital. Although talc pleurodesis is considered only palliative, survival time often is not significantly different between the two procedures, according to the study published by Journal of Thoracic Disease. “There should be comprehensive conversation with your physician about treatment options, not only about survival, but about quality of life,” Dr. Emanuela Taioli, department of thoracic surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told Asbestos.com. “Going through this kind of thoracic surgery is an extensive process.” A Comprehensive Review of Talc Pleurodesis Taioli led a group...

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ASCO Releases First Mesothelioma Guideline

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 00:35:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- All aspects of clinical management addressed (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)



ASCO Guideline Offers Recommendations for Management of Mesothelioma

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 18:31:37 +0100

ASCO recently released a clinical practice guideline on the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma, including recommendations on diagnosis, staging, and treatment with chemotherapy, surgical cytoreduction, and radiation therapy. (Source: CancerNetwork)



Nintedanib Moves Closer to Mesothelioma Standard of Care

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:28:53 +0100

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the United Kingdom granted early access designation to nintedanib for the treatment of pleural mesothelioma, a major step forward for patients diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer. Nintedanib, marketed under the brand names Ofev and Vargatef, is a small-molecule enzyme inhibitor. In clinical trials, the drug has shown the ability to prevent mesothelioma cell growth and slow tumor spread (metastasis). “This is potentially quite significant,” Dr. Dean Fennell, chair of thoracic medical oncology at the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, told Asbestos.com. “Certainly, this drug is promising. Fantastic news.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2016 granted n...



Toxic Black-Market Cigarettes Fuel Mesothelioma Concerns

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:41:31 +0100

The Australian government’s plan to see around 300,000 people quit smoking by 2020 has backfired. A tobacco tax hike of a 12.5 percent over a four-year span has driven the price of cigarettes to $40 a pack and rising. As a result, avid smokers are turning to illegally imported cigarettes to fuel their habit. The trend has resulted in the emergence of a flourishing black-market industry linked to organized crime. Up to 14.3 percent of tobacco consumed in Australia comes through the black market, with a wide range of brands and counterfeit imitations sold “under the counter” by shop owners and other individuals across the country. The trend has financially impacted small business owners selling legitimate tobacco products. For consumers of the illegal cigarettes, it has caused a far mo...



Defunct Wisconsin Foundry Fined in Asbestos Exposure Case

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:13:56 +0100

A Wisconsin court ordered the corporate owner of a shuttered foundry to pay more than $500,000 in fines and medical expenses for exposing workers to toxic asbestos. Grede Holdings LLC, which was indicted last March, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 in the U.S. District Court in Eastern Wisconsin to violating a provision of the Clean Air Act. As part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Grede acknowledged supervisors at its plant in Berlin, Wisconsin, negligently ordered numerous employees in January 2012 to remove asbestos-containing insulation material from the roof of an inactive industrial oven. “The company failed to provide the workers with adequate personal protective equipment, or follow standard asbestos abatement procedures, placing the workers in imminent danger of serious bo...

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Canada Introduces New Asbestos Regulations

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:41:34 +0100

Two Canadian government agencies are sponsoring legislation that will prohibit the import, use and sale of asbestos and products containing the cancer-causing mineral. The proposed Prohibition of Asbestos and Asbestos Products Regulations, sponsored by Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada, comes more than a year after the Canadian government promised a comprehensive ban on asbestos by 2018. Additional amendments to the existing Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations (ESECLR) would restrict the export of all forms of asbestos, going beyond Canada’s commitment under the Rotterdam Convention. Together, the proposals aim to eliminate the market for asbestos products in Canada and protect Canadian workers from the dangers of asbestos exposure. Once a wo...



Asbestos found in 17 makeup products thanks to one woman’s persistent concerns about child safety

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:15:28 +0100

(Natural News) Parents have a seemingly never-ending list of things to worry about, particularly when it comes to their children’s health. Even if you’ve done your best to ensure your kids eat healthy foods and you go out of your way to avoid toxic vaccines and medications, there are still ways that your children could... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Audit Reveals Most Australian Schools Contain Asbestos

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:30:23 +0100

For millions of Australian parents, the biggest concern when sending their children off to school is what to pack in their lunchbox. This is hardly surprising, given their perception that schools are a safe place for children. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Many children are at risk of exposure to asbestos in aging school buildings. A recent audit of Australian schools revealed most contain some form of asbestos. In the southeastern state of Victoria alone, only 39 of the 1,440 state schools audited — or 3 percent — passed the test. Hundreds of schools in North South Wales contain asbestos, found mainly in fibrous asbestos roofing sheets, roof tiles, boiler flues and external window panels. All schools containing asbestos are ticking time bombs. Any damage cau...



Claire's: Lab tests show makeup is asbestos-free

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 22:45:55 +0100

The international retailer Claire's Stores Inc. says it has completed additional asbestos testing on samples of its children's makeup and found no traces of the dangerous substance. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Claire ’s Refutes Reports of Asbestos-Containing Makeup

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 22:08:11 +0100

Claire’s on Thursday said lab results have certified its products are asbestos-free, just a week after the children’s accessories retailer recalled nine makeup kits over concerns of contamination. “We are pleased to report that test results received to date from two certified independent labs confirm that the products in question are asbestos free, completely safe and meet all government requirements,” a company statement said. The talc used in the makeup products was sourced from Merck KGaA. The pharmaceutical giant provided certificates of analysis to Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration showing their talc is asbestos-free. Claire’s, an accessories store founded in the 1960s and with more than 3,000 stores in the world, said it plans to share the results of...

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Record-Breaking Winter Weather Exposes Asbestos Threats

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:22:24 +0100

The brutal winter storms affecting most of the U.S. bring more dangers than just freezing temperatures and icy roads. Snow, freezing rain and weather forecasts in the single digits can also affect building materials containing deadly asbestos. For example, a Massachusetts elementary school remains closed after a pipe burst over the holiday break and damaged asbestos ceiling tiles. Fitchburg Public Schools Superintendent Andre Ravenelle said Crocker Elementary School will be closed until at least Friday as the building undergoes remedial work. “We are working with the appropriate agencies and licensed experts to remediate the damage and ensure Crocker continues to be a safe, healthy environment for students, parents, educators and staff,” Ravenelle said in a statement. Winter weather an...



Research Pinpoints Libby Amphibole Disease

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:38:08 +0100

A research team led by thoracic surgeon Dr. Raja Flores has identified Libby amphibole asbestos disease for the first time as the puzzling killer that continues to threaten innocent victims exposed to one variety of asbestos. This progressive pulmonary disease involves lamellar pleural thickening (LPT) that has a suffocating effect on the lungs. Diagnostic signals are unusual when compared to more common asbestos-related diseases, making it difficult to identify early by traditional means. The CT and pulmonary function abnormalities look different. “It’s a process that kills people before cancer does, before lung cancer or mesothelioma,” Flores told Asbestos.com. “It’s a different disease. And it’s killing more of these people than anything else.” The Journal of Occupational ...



Woman with cancer caused by asbestos gets all clear

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 08:22:40 +0100

Danielle Smalley, from Hampshire, was diagnosed with mesothelioma caused by asbestos which doctors believe had been present in her body for about 20 years – meaning she swallowed it when three. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Immunotherapy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Immunotherapy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 05:14:36 +0100

Review checkpoint blockade, immunotoxin, oncolytic viral, and adoptive cell therapies for malignant mesothelioma.Translational Lung Cancer Research (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Jury Awards $22M in Asbestos-Contaminated Paint Case

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 14:30:17 +0100

A California jury recently awarded $22 million to the estate of a man exposed to asbestos-containing talc that was used in paint manufacturing, expanding the liability of those supplying the toxic ingredient. Plaintiff Richard Booker, who worked as a paint maker throughout his career, died of mesothelioma in 2016. The lawsuit claimed Booker was exposed to asbestos while working for Dexter Midland Chemical Co. and Walter N. Boysen Paint Co. The lucrative award includes $4.6 million in punitive damages, along with the initial judgement of $17.57 million for malice on the part of Vanderbilt Minerals and Imerys Talc America Inc. The jury ruled the two companies shared responsibility for marketing, selling and distributing the talc product. Talc is a clay mineral composed of hydrated magnesium ...

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What Was Asbestos Doing In Children's Makeup?

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 16:22:00 +0100

Testing allegedly has found asbestos in makeup products sold by Claire's in nine different states. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)



Claire's pulls children's makeup kits over asbestos concerns

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 00:16:14 +0100

The international retail giant Claire's says it has pulled nine children's makeup products off shelves after asbestos was found in many samples. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Claire's says initial testing shows cosmetics tested to date "asbestos free"

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:44:38 +0100

Claire's said it would doing additional testing on its makeup after allegations that the carcinogen was found in some of its products (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Claire's pulls makeup for kids amid asbestos concerns

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 20:53:12 +0100

A Rhode Island mother says she sent her daughter's makeup to a lab for testing, and the results came back positive for asbestos (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Health Canada wants Claire's kids' makeup tested for asbestos

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 18:15:07 +0100

Health Canada says it has requested testing data from Claire's Stores Inc. following reports that asbestos has been found in certain cosmetic products sold by the international retailer of youth-oriented jewelry and accessories. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Claire ’s Recalls Makeup Kits For Asbestos Concerns

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 17:09:00 +0100

Jewelry and accessory retailer Claire’s has recalled a series of makeup kits after news reports said they tested positive for asbestos. (Source: WebMD Health)



Claire ’s Recalls Asbestos-Containing Makeup

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:52:35 +0100

National children’s retailer Claire’s has issued a recall of nine makeup products after reports surfaced they may contain cancer-causing asbestos fibers. An inquiry from a Rhode Island-based mother sparked the recall. Curious about what was in her 6-year-old daughter’s glitter makeup, Kristi Warner sent samples to an independent lab in North Carolina for testing. The makeup contained traces of tremolite asbestos, according to Warner. Tremolite is not used commercially, but can be found as a contaminant in talc, a common ingredient in cosmetics. Inhaling or ingesting any form of asbestos can lead to serious health conditions, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. “I physically sank,” Warner told Rhode Island TV station WJAR. “I ended up sitting on the ground, just tryin...



Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarkers for Mesothelioma Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarkers for Mesothelioma

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 05:14:41 +0100

Although validation is needed, these biomarkers show the most promise in malignant mesothelioma.Translational Lung Cancer Research (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Top 10 Mesothelioma News Stories of 2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:30:55 +0100

Every year, mesothelioma specialists and researchers make strides to advance the standard of care, improve treatment strategies and develop new diagnostic practices. Mesothelioma remains a rare cancer, with an estimated 3,000 people diagnosed each year in the U.S., but the fight to find a cure only grows stronger. And while researchers are busy finding breakthroughs in care, advocates are hard at work campaigning for a ban on asbestos, the main cause of mesothelioma. This was a memorable year on both fronts. Immunotherapy continues to be the hot topic among emerging treatments. Drugs such as pembrolizumab (Keytruda) and nivolumab (Opdivo) gained a lot of ground in clinical trials. On the advocacy side, the U.S. remains one of the few industrialized countries to not have a full ban on asbes...



Mesothelioma Immunotherapy Clinical Trial Ends Abruptly

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:20:28 +0100

A leading biopharmaceutical company has halted a once-promising mesothelioma clinical trial involving CRS-207 — a listeria-based cancer vaccine — citing efficacy and financial concerns. The phase II trial was designed to test the effectiveness and safety of CRS-207 when used in combination with pembrolizumab (Keytruda), a drug already proven effective with non-small cell lung cancer. The trial, which began earlier this year, was being conducted at eight prominent cancer centers across the United States. It was funded by Aduro Biotech Inc., based in Berkley, California. “This was not the news everyone had hoped for,” Steve Isaacs, president and CEO of Aduro Biotech, said during a conference call with investors last week. “Sometimes the news isn’t what you want. We were hoping to...

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Decorating for Christmas Could Bring Asbestos Exposure in UK

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:44:08 +0100

The organization representing education worker unions in the United Kingdom has cautioned its members to avoid disturbing asbestos and endangering children when displaying Christmas decorations in school classrooms. The Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) — through the Department of Education — issued a directive to staffs throughout the U.K., reminding them nearly 90 percent of schools still contain some toxic asbestos products. JUAC said putting staples and pins into walls or ceilings to help display holiday decorations often releases microscopic asbestos fibers that can cause serious health issues for those nearby. “This activity should not be taking place in schools where asbestos is known to be present,” the Department of Education insisted. JUAC advised school staffs to: D...



California Wildfires Spur Asbestos Concerns

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:47:50 +0100

Six major wildfires are torching Southern California, covering an area larger than New York City and Boston combined. The Thomas Fire — the largest of the six and the fifth-largest blaze in modern California history — covers 238,500 acres. The other fires have destroyed nearly 260,000 acres, officials said. At least 18,000 homes and other structures are threatened by the fires and more than 1,000 structures have been wiped out, according to the fire protection agency Cal Fire. Cal Fire officials said the Thomas Fire was 30 percent contained as of late Wednesday. Some residents have been allowed back in their homes following mandatory evacuations, but thousands of other families remain displaced. Aside from the dangers of the blaze itself, Cal Fire and other government agencies are warn...



Study: Preoperative Chemotherapy Useful for Mesothelioma

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:32:18 +0100

Oncologists in France are exploring the use of bidirectional chemotherapy as a pre-operative tool for peritoneal mesothelioma, increasing the eligibility of patients for aggressive surgery. Their bidirectional chemotherapy — which typically includes a pemetrexed (Alimta) and cisplatin combination — is delivered directly into the abdominal cavity to reduce tumor burden and make cytoreductive surgery more manageable. Doctors at Gustave Roussy, one of Europe’s premier cancer centers, documented this novel use in a study published in the November issue of Annals of Surgical Oncology. “This is the first study to demonstrate the feasibility and efficacy of bidirectional chemotherapy for downstaging initially unresectable MPM [malignant peritoneal mesothelioma],” the authors wrote. “T...



New specialist nurse appointed for mesothelioma in Kent

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:14:00 +0100

Louise Gilham has been appointed to a newly created mesothelioma clinical nurse specialist post to support patients across Kent. (Source: Nursing Times)



Asbestos Remains at Illinois Plant Despite $1.8 Million Cleanup

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:56:53 +0100

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spent nine months and $1.8 million in an asbestos cleanup project that failed to end the long-running contamination dispute between a business owner and local authorities in Springfield, Illinois. Despite the recent EPA cleanup of the former Pillsbury Mills plant, a circuit court judge in Sangamon County refused to lift an injunction earlier this month blocking owners from the site. The judge cited earlier asbestos violations and continued unsafe conditions. The EPA removed 2,200 tons of asbestos-contaminated debris, 1,160 cubic yards of bulk asbestos and considerable waste oil and chemicals. Left behind was harder-to-reach asbestos within the buildings on the 18-acre site. This prompted local authorities to fence off the abandoned property to prev...

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Montana Creates Special Court to Handle Asbestos Cases

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:00:58 +0100

The Montana Supreme Court on Nov. 28 ordered the creation of an Asbestos Claims Court to oversee hundreds of pending asbestos-related personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. At least 540 asbestos cases are tied up in Montana courts, most filed on behalf of people who became sick or died following exposure to asbestos from the now-defunct W.R. Grace vermiculite mine in Libby. Justices ruled there was sufficient need to create a special court to resolve the claims, many of which date to the early 2000s. District Judge Amy Eddy will oversee pretrial proceedings. A schedule has not been set. “It’s an enormous responsibility, but resolution needs to be brought to these cases,” Eddy told the Daily Inter Lake. “It would be devastating to the judicial resources, which are severely und...



Colgate-Palmolive Settles Claim Over Asbestos in Talc

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:12:42 +0100

Consumer products giant Colgate-Palmolive once again is paying for the alleged link between the company’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder and deadly asbestos exposure. The New York-based company agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming a Pennsylvania woman developed mesothelioma after using the talcum powder product for more than 20 years. Colgate-Palmolive avoided a trial in a New Jersey state court with the undisclosed settlement Oct. 30, according to court filings. Plaintiff Carol Schoeniger alleged the company failed to warn her of risks associated with using Cashmere Bouquet, claiming inhaling the asbestos-contaminated talc product led to her cancer. The case is the latest in the ongoing saga of talc users accusing manufacturers that their products may pose health risks. Colgate-Palmolive...



Brazil ’s Asbestos Ban Will Impact US Imports

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:08:19 +0100

In a landmark decision, Brazil severed ties with asbestos. The world’s third-largest producer of chrysotile asbestos, also known as white asbestos, ruled last week to ban the production, distribution and use of the toxic mineral. Brazil’s Supreme Court on Nov. 29 voted 7 to 2 on the measure to ban the substance responsible for deadly mesothelioma and other diseases. According to the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS), the vote makes Brazil the most populous country to ban asbestos. China, India and the United States — countries with populations that surpass the South American nation — still use chrysotile in some capacity. Although the U.S. no longer mines the mineral, the nation imported an estimated 705 metric tons of raw asbestos last year, according to data from ...



Australian Group Leads Push for Global Ban of Asbestos

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:59:44 +0100

The Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) in Australia has intensified its campaign for a worldwide ban on the use of asbestos. ADRI is producing a special issue for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that includes the first scientific collaboration of so many global leaders aimed at banning asbestos. “This is a big step, something that’s never been done before, the research examining the societal transition required for countries to phase out asbestos,” Dr. Ken Takahashi, ADRI director, told Asbestos.com. “It’s not going to be an easy task, but we’re moving in that direction.” The special issue, “Global Panorama of National Experiences in Public Health Actions to Ban Asbestos,” is aimed particularly at developing countries that ne...



New mesothelioma specialist nurse based at London hospital

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:11:00 +0100

Rachel Thomas has been appointed as a mesothelioma clinical nurse specialist at Guy ’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, a charity has announced. (Source: Nursing Times)

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EPA Grants New England Schools $631K for Asbestos Control

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:35:44 +0100

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it awarded a total of $631,000 this year to five New England state agencies to ensure schools properly manage asbestos-containing materials. Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island each received between $100,000 and $166,000 from the government agency, depending on the amount of initiatives they are committed to in accordance with the EPA’s Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). AHERA requires public school districts and nonprofit private schools to inspect their schools for asbestos-containing materials and prepare management plans to reduce asbestos hazards. The EPA requires schools to have a designated person assigned to handle asbestos issues. Schools must update asbestos management plans ever...



S.C. Officials Indicted for Exposing Firemen to Asbestos

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:46:38 +0100

The Marion, South Carolina, city administrator and its fire chief have been indicted on charges of knowingly exposing staff, volunteer workers and community members to toxic asbestos. Both were granted a personal recognizance bond at their arraignment Nov. 17 in the Marion County Courthouse. City Administrator Alan Thomas Ammons and Fire Chief Ralph Walton Cooper III were charged with misconduct in office, conspiracy to violate the Pollution Control Act, and violation of the Pollution Control Act. All three indictments — signed by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson — were filed Nov. 2, 2017. The alleged violations were between Feb. 1 and May 1 of 2017 at the Marion Fire Station. The indictments contend Cooper and Ammons allowed continued use of the facility during that period...



French Oncologists Upgrade Mesothelioma Standard of Care

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:25:51 +0100

Oncologists throughout France have joined the U.S.-based National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) in upgrading their recommended standard-of-care treatment regimen for unresectable pleural mesothelioma. Both groups have added bevacizumab (Avastin) to the traditional cisplatin and pemetrexed chemotherapy combination, expecting to see longer patient survival. “This is a major advancement for the care of mesothelioma patients,” Dr. Gerard Zalcman, head of thoracic oncology at Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital, told Asbestos.com. “Clearly, this drug can change the natural history of this tumor.” Bevacizumab is known as an angiogenesis drug. It works by inhibiting a specific protein that stimulates the formation of new blood vessels in tumors, effectively slowing the growth of cancer c...



J & J Wins California Lawsuit Claiming Asbestos in Talc Caused Cancer J & J Wins California Lawsuit Claiming Asbestos in Talc Caused Cancer

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:43:30 +0100

A California jury on Thursday ruled in favor of Johnson& Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who said she developed the cancer mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in the company's talc-based products including J&J's Baby Powder.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Johnson & Johnson wins California lawsuit claiming asbestos in talc caused cancer

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:43:34 +0100

(Reuters) - A California jury on Thursday ruled in favor of Johnson& Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who said she developed the cancer mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in the company's talc-based products including J&J's Baby Powder. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Charity appoints expert lung cancer nurse for North West

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:37:00 +0100

A new mesothelioma clinical nurse specialist has been appointed to support the high number of patients with the condition across Merseyside and Cheshire. (Source: Nursing Times)



Peter Angelos, Facing The Loss Of Thousands Of Asbestos Lawsuits, Wants Lawmakers' Help

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:04:00 +0100

The Maryland Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear an appeal of a 2015 decision that applied Maryland ’s 20-year statute of repose to an asbestos lawsuit. If the decision is upheld, thousands of plaintiffs claiming they were injured by breathing asbestos dust will have their cases dismissed. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)



NYPD Honors Flores for Work with Asbestos-Related Diseases

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:01:28 +0100

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill recently appointed mesothelioma specialist Dr. Raja Flores to the Society of Honorary Police Surgeons. The prestigious appointment stems from Flores’ continued, long-running service to so many first responders — particularly policemen and firemen from the 9/11 World Trade Center (WTC) terrorist attack in 2001. Although Flores has received many honors throughout his medical career, this one might be his most appreciated. “This is a huge honor for me,” Flores told Asbsetos.com. “I come from a family of cops. Police work is in my blood. My grandfather and grandmother were cops. My uncles were cops, too. It truly is a privilege to serve these men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day.” Flores, a thoracic surgeon...



Senate Introduces Latest Attempt to Ban Asbestos

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:19:27 +0100

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced legislation in Congress this week that would effectively ban all use of asbestos. The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2017 is the sixth legislative attempt to ban the toxic substance in the last 20 years. All previous bills failed to gain enough support. While the 2016 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) already includes asbestos on its top ten chemicals for risk review by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Merkley’s legislation could speed the process considerably. What Would the Bill to Ban Asbestos Do? According to Merkley’s congressional office, the legislation would: Disallow, within a year, the manufacturing, processing, use or distribution of commercial asbestos other than described in the EPA’s standing rule. Impose r...



Mesothelioma Researcher May Help Identify Best Candidates for...

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Italian scientists say genetic testing for gene expression may be the key to more effective mesothelioma treatment.(PRWeb November 08, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/11/prweb14887255.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)

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New Limits Threaten EPA ’s Asbestos Review

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:43:40 +0100

After pushback from the chemical industry, President Donald Trump’s administration is scaling back a congressionally mandated review of asbestos and other deadly chemicals. Toxic minerals in widespread use will be excluded from the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which last December included asbestos among the top 10 dangerous chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must review. Reducing the scope of the review will potentially leave millions of tons of asbestos and other toxic substances in homes and businesses. The Trump administration reportedly wants to limit risk evaluations of the top 10 toxic threats to new products being imported, sold or manufactured in the U.S. For asbestos, this means only a few hundred tons of the toxic mineral imported each year wil...



Subset of carbon nanotubes poses cancer risk similar to asbestos in mice

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Cell Press) Researchers have shown for the first time in mice that long and thin nanomaterials called carbon nanotubes may have the same carcinogenic effect as asbestos: they can induce the formation of mesothelioma. The findings were observed in 10 percent -- 25 percent of the 32 animals included in the study, which has not yet been replicated in humans. The work appears Nov. 6 in Current Biology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Review Shows Bevacizumab Has Gained Momentum for Mesothelioma...

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The VEGF inhibitor is now part of the standard treatment for pleural mesothelioma in France and a recognized first-line option for American clinicians.(PRWeb November 06, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/11/prweb14884392.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)



Koch Industries Puts Bestwall Unit, A Small Player In Asbestos, In Bankruptcy

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:47:00 +0100

Bestwall said joint compound in total never amounted to more than 1.5 percent of asbestos-containing products sold in the U.S., yet the company is now named in 70-80 percent of all lawsuits over mesothelioma, a cancer that can be caused by asbestos exposure. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)



FDA Cautions Cancer Patients About Medical Marijuana

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 19:45:22 +0100

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a stern warning Wednesday to companies marketing medical marijuana to cure or inhibit cancer — including mesothelioma — and cautioned patients about unsubstantiated claims. The FDA sent warning letters to four particular companies, citing deceptive marketing in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. “We don’t let companies market products that deliberately prey on sick people with baseless claims that their substance can shrink or cure cancer,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a press release Wednesday. “And we’re not going to look the other way on enforcing these principles when it comes to marijuana containing products.” Although marijuana is still classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrati...

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New Evidence Points to Potential of FGFR Inhibitors in Malignant...

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Research suggests that some mesothelioma patients may be especially sensitive to drugs that inhibit this crucial signaling pathway.(PRWeb November 02, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/11/prweb14874826.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)



New Study Shows Improved Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survival

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:54:34 +0100

Patients with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma who completed a novel, two-stage cytoreduction and intraperitoneal chemotherapy regimen had a median overall survival of 6.65 years. Almost 30 percent of those patients had a survival estimate of more than 10 years after the second stage of treatment, according to a study published recently in the Annals of Surgical Oncology. The study involved 113 patients from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Researchers demonstrated the therapeutic advances concerning this once unbeatable cancer. While progress has been slow in improving current pleural mesothelioma treatments, research has shown more significant advances in novel therapies for the peritoneal type of the cancer. “There is hope out there for these [perito...



NovoCure rises on Q3 EPS, sales beat

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:50:16 +0100

Shares in Novocure (NSDQ:NVCR) are on the rise today after the medical device maker topped revenue and losses-per-share expectations on Wall Street with its 3rd quarter earnings results. The St. Helier, N.J.-based company posted losses of $11.5 million, or 13¢ per share, on sales of $50.1 million for the 3 months ended September 30, seeing losses on the bottom-line shrink 65.8% while sales grew 131.2% compared with the same period during the previous fiscal year. Losses per share for the quarter came in under the 17¢ consensus on Wall Street, while sales beat the $43.6 million expectations on The Street. “The third quarter of 2017 was another period marked by growth across all key commercial metrics in all key markets. Compared to the same quarter in 2016, we achieved 131% revenu...



Lawsuit Claims Montana Is Not Enforcing Strict Asbestos Laws

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:21:31 +0100

A prominent, family-run asbestos-disposal company is suing the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for failing to enforce the state’s strict asbestos-waste laws. Doug Ingraham, corporate secretary at Ingraham Environmental Inc., believes the DEQ has been delinquent in its duty to protect citizens from unnecessary asbestos exposure. “It’s a simple case of the government maintaining the status quo and the public feeling protected, when actually, the government is failing them,” Ingraham told Asbestos.com. Ingraham said the DEQ has failed to apply the laws regarding asbestos abatement and disposal, allowing too much unregulated dumping at landfills across the state. Exposure to asbestos can lead to a number of serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer and...



Mesothelioma in Children

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:00:00 +0100

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Study Finds No Need to Expand Mesothelioma Palliative Care

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:11:55 +0100

Earlier palliative care for patients with pleural mesothelioma failed to improve quality of life or extend survival time in a recent study presented at the World Conference on Lung Cancer in Yokohama, Japan. The randomized control study took place in Australia and the United Kingdom, disputing an earlier recommendation by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) that called for expanding palliative care for mesothelioma patients. “Blindly offering palliative care to all, that doesn’t appear to be a benefit,” Dr. Fraser Brims, study presenter from Curtin University in Perth, Australia, told Asbestos.com. “The results really went against what many thought would be the case. It was quite surprising.” Pleural mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to...



From explosions to asbestos – the history of health and safety

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:00:13 +0100

This week (23 – 29 October) is health and safety week and the theme is ‘healthy workplaces for all ages’. In the UK, we have laws around health and safety to be proud of – laws that save the lives of working people. But with an unacceptable number of people dying from work-related disease or accidents, we also have a long way to go. The history of health and safety in the UK is a mixed bag – it’s full of successful trade union wins for better regulation, marked by terrible disasters that caused the needless death of workers. See the timeline below to find out how we got to where we are with health and safety law. The article From explosions to asbestos – the history of health and safety first appeared on the UNISON National site. (Source: UNISON Health care news)



The E.P.A. ’ s Top 10 Toxic Threats, and Industry ’ s Pushback

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:16:13 +0100

The Environmental Protection Agency published a list of potential threats it would evaluate first under a new law. Interest groups are lining up in opposition. (Source: NYT Health)



Figures reveal toll of asbestos in schools

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:15:00 +0100

Cuts to school funding have already cost lives and are risking many more, says UNISON today, as we head into next week’s European Health and Safety Week. A recent Freedom of Information request by the Joint Union Asbestos Committee revealed that at least 335 primary and secondary school teachers died of mesothelioma in Britain between 1980 and 2015, along with eight school secretaries, eight nursery nurses, 18 school midday assistants and 24 teaching assistants between 2003 and 2015. The statistics are recorded under occupation, so it is impossible to know how many former pupils have died too, although the American Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that, for every teacher and support staff death from mesothelioma, nine former pupils will later die from this particularly dange...



Use of Off-Road Vehicles Tied to Asbestos Exposure

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:28:31 +0100

This study did not detail the number of ORV users who have experienced negative health outcomes. It did call for further study to determine prevalence of asbestos-related disease among ORV users. “Off-roading in areas with NOA (naturally occurring asbestos) or NOE (naturally occurring erionite) presents a nontraditional route of exposure that has not been sufficiently explored,” Wolfe wrote. “Public health initiatives should concentrate on increasing awareness of these risks.” Many Miles of Dangerous Trails Most asbestos exposure in the U.S. is work related. Occupational exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos diseases. There are documented cases, though, of secondary and environmental exposure. Libby, Montana, for example, is the best-known case of ...

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Baltimore Backlog: Angelos Firm Not Pursuing Trials For Asbestos Clients, Lawmakers Told

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:52:00 +0100

Testimony questioned the practices of the Law Offices of Peter Angelos, arguing it hasn ’t taken advantage of open trial slots in the past. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)



RCT in Mesothelioma Finds No Benefit From Early Palliative Care RCT in Mesothelioma Finds No Benefit From Early Palliative Care

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:58:12 +0100

Although early palliative care was found to improve survival and quality of life in patients with lung cancer, no such benefits were seen in patients with mesothelioma.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Early palliative care provides no quality of life benefits for recently diagnosed MPM patients

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer) Early specialist palliative care for patients that were recently diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) does not impact quality of life (QOL) measures, according to research presented by Prof. Fraser Brims of Curtin University in Australia, at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Yokohama, Japan. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Aggressive Mesothelioma Surgery Benefits More Patients

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:36:32 +0100

Patients diagnosed with the worst cases of pleural mesothelioma could benefit the most from the aggressive surgery they often are denied, according to one recent study. The findings have raised questions about the restrictive surgery selection process at many specialty centers handling mesothelioma, the rare and aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure. “In some cases, patients are not being offered the aggressive surgery that could help their quality of life,” lead author Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran, mesothelioma specialist and chief of thoracic surgery at the Loyola University Medical Center, told Asbestos.com. “Our findings showed that this subgroup of patients could be helped with surgery.” The World Journal of Surgery published the results of the 2017 study, which was conducte...



Steve McQueen Film, PSA Brings Awareness to Mesothelioma

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 20:25:42 +0100

During the 90-minute feature documentary “Steve McQueen: American Icon,” audiences will reflect on the career of the “King of Cool” and discover the untold true story of the star’s late-in-life spiritual quest. They will also learn about mesothelioma — the rare cancer that killed McQueen at age 50 — and the dangers of asbestos. A public service announcement featuring Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) president and co-founder Linda Reinstein and Barbara McQueen, Steve’s widow, will air before encore screenings of the documentary on Oct. 10 and Oct. 19. Tickets and participating theaters for the encore showings are available at SteveMcQueenMovie.com. The PSA and documentary premiered Sept. 28 in nearly 800 theaters nationwide to an estimated 100,000 viewers. I...

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Report: U.S. Imported 705 Metric Tons of Raw Asbestos in 2016

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:42:07 +0100

New data from the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission show the amount of raw asbestos imported to the U.S. nearly doubled from 2015 to 2016. The federal organizations estimate 705 metric tons of raw asbestos was imported last year — a significant and alarming increase from the reported 343 metric tons imported in 2015. Asbestos, a known carcinogen, is highly regulated but still used in the U.S., mainly by the chloralkali industry, which uses asbestos diaphragms in its chlorine manufacturing process. It is also found in imported clutches and brake linings, gaskets, cement corrugated sheets and other products. Mining asbestos in the U.S. is illegal, and the last domestic production of asbestos products ceased in 2002. But despite more than 60 countries aro...



Eli Lilly defeats challenge to Alimta cancer drug patent

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 21:04:45 +0100

(Reuters) - A federal patent review board on Thursday rejected a challenge to a patent covering Eli Lilly and Co's Alimta drug to treat some lung cancers and mesothelioma. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Johnson & Johnson Facing Asbestos Talcum Powder Lawsuits

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 18:41:19 +0100

Recently unsealed documents from a lawsuit against consumer goods and pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson revealed the company knew for decades its talc products may have contained deadly asbestos fibers. The files show Johnson & Johnson was alerted of asbestos contamination risks in the early 1970s and trained employees to reassure the public its iconic baby powder products were never contaminated with the carcinogenic mineral. It is the latest chapter in the ongoing controversy over the alleged link between talcum powder and cancer. The lawsuit — filed on behalf of more than 50 women in St. Louis — is among more than 5,000 talc-related claims against J&J. Most of the lawsuits blame the company’s talc products for causing women to develop ovarian cancer, but previou...



Report Points to Value of New Mesothelioma Biomarker, According to...

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Scientists say this molecule, linked to mesothelioma survival for the first time, could offer a new target for treatment.(PRWeb October 02, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/10/prweb14757636.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)



Mesothelioma Doctor Creates Preoperative Drink for Patients

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:06:32 +0100

Peritoneal mesothelioma specialist Dr. Charles Conway wants to make major surgery an easier, more manageable experience for his patients. His latest innovation — a preoperative, complex-carbohydrate beverage — should help considerably. Conway, director of surgical oncology at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center in Santa Barbara, California, will begin offering patients the novel drink customized to speed recovery and lessen the risk of dangerous side effects. Conway designed SurgiStrong RecoverAid, a uniquely blended product to fill a void in the growing Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programs that have sprung up throughout the U.S. “There just weren’t a lot of options out there for the patients. There was nothing that we liked,” Conway told Asbestos.com. “So we decided to ma...

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Mesothelioma Survivor Leading Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:47:48 +0100

Isabel De La Camara has forgotten about the mesothelioma cancer brewing inside her belly. Her concern for others — and her desire to help them — has overshadowed everything else in her life today. De La Camara, who lives in Central Florida, has hardly slept since Hurricane Maria ripped through her beloved Puerto Rico last week, carving a horrific path of destruction that left more than 3 million people without adequate food, water and other basic necessities. Some of her closest friends and family members are among those hit the hardest in San Juan, where she was born and raised, and one day — hopefully not too soon — will be buried, too. “It’s heartbreaking to see the photos and hear the horror stories I’m hearing right now…just agonizing,” De La Camara told Asbesto...



Faith Guides Steve McQueen Through Mesothelioma Battle

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 20:56:46 +0100

Nicknamed “The King of Cool,” actor Steve McQueen seemed to have it all. Known for tough guy roles in “Bullitt,” “The Cincinnati Kid” and “The Towering Inferno,” McQueen became the highest-paid movie star in the world in 1974. He received an Academy Award nomination for his role in “The Sand Pebbles” and starred alongside all-star casts in “The Great Escape” and “The Magnificent Seven.” But off screen, McQueen’s life was just as fast as the renegade characters he played in films. Heavy drinking, prolific substance abuse and a publicized affair sent his life in a downward spiral as he coped with a troubled childhood and the dark side of fame. However, all that changed later in life when he searched for meaning, truth and significance before his death from me...



Japanese Study Finds Post-Recurrence Treatment a Must for Long-Term...

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Researchers say chemotherapy is often the best choice for optimizing the odds of surviving mesothelioma after radical surgery.(PRWeb September 26, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/09/prweb14730516.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)



Scientists Say Spice Compound May Shrink Aggressive Type of...

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

French researchers used curcumin to reduce the mass of sarcomatoid mesothelioma tumors in rats in just two weeks.(PRWeb September 25, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/09/prweb14730275.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)



' Off-Roading' Threat May Lurk in The Air

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:00:00 +0100

Riders should think about toxic exposures, not just injuries: study Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Asbestos, Child Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

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Montana set to take over deadly asbestos cleanup site

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:24:17 +0100

State and local officials have begun preparations to take over management of the cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure (Source: ABC News: Health)



Converting 30 Million Tons of Asbestos into Usable Chemicals

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:02:56 +0100

New details have emerged of a plan to remove 30 million tons of asbestos waste from the inactive 1,550-acre Eden-Lowell mine in Vermont. Solution: Move it to a proposed processing plant in Groveton, New Hampshire. The proposal is part of long-term cleanup plan that began in 2013, when officials with the Vermont Asbestos Group reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Vermont state officials. Under the agreement, Vermont Asbestos Group (VAG) will pay past and future cleanup costs and maintain the site, including protecting the public from potential environmental asbestos exposure. The most recent chapter of the plan is to construct a processing plant in an area of a former Groveton paper mill, which city officials say has the natural gas pipeline neces...



Mesothelioma Clinical Trials Involve Gene Therapy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:03:44 +0100

Treatment options for malignant mesothelioma may soon include customized gene therapy, according to thoracic surgeon and scientist Dr. Prasad Adusumilli at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Gene therapy involves a laboratory reprogramming of a patient’s own T cells, which are a type of white blood cell, to recognize and destroy the cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first gene therapy specifically for pediatric leukemia, signaling the start of a new approach to cancer treatment in this country. The newly approved treatment is also known as chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, which includes removing T cells from a patient, arming them with a protein linked to a particular cancer and then returning those cells to the pati...



Judge Rules For Asbestos Lawyers And Trusts Facing Investigation From State AGs

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:54:00 +0100

A Utah judge has dismissed a complaint from a number of states that the four biggest asbestos trusts and the trial lawyers who run them failed to answer claims they were mismanaging the funds, Legal Newsline has found. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)



Chest X-Ray Reveals Large Pleural Mass

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 05:31:48 +0100

A 70-year-old woman with no history of smoking or asbestos exposure presented with dyspnea on exertion, nonproductive cough, left-sided pleuritic chest pain, and fatigue. Chest radiography revealed a large left pleural effusion and a mass in the left lower lobe. Chest CT confirmed a pleural-based mass of 7.8 × 5.5 cm invading the anterior chest wall. (Source: CancerNetwork)

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Trial Results Suggest Longer Mesothelioma Survival Possible with New...

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Nintedanib boosted mesothelioma survival by more than five months in newly-published study.(PRWeb September 15, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/09/prweb14699696.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)



Rare genetic cause of peritoneal mesothelioma points to targeted therapy

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Brigham and Women's Hospital) BWH investigators have uncovered a new genetic cause of mesothelioma: a genetic rearrangement in the ALK gene, observed in three patients with peritoneal mesothelioma. Unlike previously known causes, this new discovery points to a potential therapeutic approach for those few patients whose tumors harbor the mutation. The team's findings are published in JAMA Oncology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Rare Genetic Cause of Peritoneal Mesothelioma Points to Targeted Therapy

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Genetic rearrangement in the ALK gene found in young women with mesothelioma may be targetable with FDA-approved drugs. (Source: BWH for Journalists)



Global Mesothelioma Deaths Remain High Despite Poor Data

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:49:02 +0100

An estimated 38,400 people around the world will die this year from mesothelioma cancer, according to a report recently published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. The estimation by the international peer-reviewed journal included 230 countries. Data used for the study came from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Mortality Database and extrapolated information based on gender- and age-specific death rates. “The global burden of mesothelioma is real,” Dr. Ken Takahashi, director of Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, University of Sydney Gate 3, Australia, told Asbestos.com. “It is visible in the developed world but hidden and unrealized in the still-developing world.” Takahashi is the senior author of a team of scientists and doctors from Japan, Australia, United...

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Shocking investigation finds asbestos lurking in teen makeup

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:58:38 +0100

(Natural News) Girl’s clothing store, Justice, has stopped selling its “Just Shine Shimmer Powder” in response to a damaging report made by the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina, that found that the make-up product contained dangerous levels of asbestos. The blush, targeted at pre-teen girls, could negatively affect the ladies’ health as they... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Deadly Asbestos Still Widely Used Around the World

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:15:38 +0100

Asbestos is a toxic material that is known to cause mesothelioma, a form of cancer. The material is still used across the globe exposing people to the resulting mesothelioma.By Brook SpencerWALLINGFORD, CT, US, Sep 8 2017 (IPS)The worldwide impact cancer has is well known. It is the second leading cause of death globally, and according to the World Health Organization, was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths are due to cancer and of those deaths approximately 70 percent occur in low and middle-income countries.Asbestos is a global problem that leads to real health risks – namely a rare form of cancer, mesothelioma. September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day, the one day a year mesothelioma is in the spotlight.The only known cause of mesothelioma...



MD Anderson Retains Top Spot for Cancer Care

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:47:41 +0100

U.S. News & World Report ranked the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston the No. 1 cancer care hospital in America for the third consecutive year. MD Anderson has been a leader in the treatment of pleural mesothelioma, a contributing factor in maintaining its top billing on the rankings. Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, were No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the 2017-18 Best Hospitals for Cancer  listing. U.S. News & World Report — a global authority in hospital care — has published the rankings annually for 28 years, helping patients make tough health care decisions. “Hospitals vary widely in how much experience they have treating certain conditions,” Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News, told A...



Mesothelioma Patients Survive Longer with Trimodal Treatment

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:17:51 +0100

Pleural mesothelioma patients who undergo aggressive multimodal treatment live almost twice as long after diagnosis than those who do not, according to a recent extensive study. Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas found a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation extended survival time significantly, regardless of disease histology or cancer stage. “We recommend that all patients with [malignant pleural mesothelioma] be evaluated by multidisciplinary teams that are experienced in the management of mesothelioma for consideration of surgery-based, multimodality treatment,” the authors wrote. “Well selected patients seem to benefit from aggressive therapy.” The Journal of Clinical Oncology published the study Aug. 17. The research team utilized t...



Bueno Earns NCI and DoD Grants for Mesothelioma Research

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Raphael Bueno, MD, chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and the Fredric Levin Distinguished Chair in Thoracic Surgery and Lung Cancer Research, was recently awarded a five-year, $1.5 million renewal RO1 grant from the National Cancer Institute ( (Source: BWH News)

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