SMRP biomarker can indicate pleural mesothelioma patient outcomes

22 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

587px Researcher looks through microscope 11 100x100 SMRP biomarker can indicate pleural mesothelioma patient outcomesWhen biomarkers occur at elevated levels in the blood, they typically indicate disease, and testing for specific biomarkers helps doctors determine from which disease a patient is suffering. New research has shown a biomarker long used to diagnose malignant pleural mesothelioma may be a beneficial way to predict as well. Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos dumping plagues Essex, England

19 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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The county of Essex in England continues to try to identify those who are illegally dumping asbestos-containing materials. Last weekend a 100-ton pile of asbestos, human waste and rubble was dumped in a local park in Essex, marking the third large-scale illegal dumping, or fly tipping as it’s also called, to stump authorities in the past month. Read the rest of this entry »


IMRT may be more effective mesothelioma radiation treatment

18 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment
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Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Liliana Moreno

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, is often included in the multi-modal treatment of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos. Because mesothelioma affects the lining of organs and those linings are in close contact with other vital tissues, radiation runs the risk of damaging surrounding healthy organs. New research has shown a different type of radiation therapy may be more effective on pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs, compared to standard conformal radiation by reducing the risk of damaging healthy tissue. Read the rest of this entry »


Australian government clarifies asbestos pledge

17 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette.svg  100x100 Australian government clarifies asbestos pledgeAustralia’s Victorian government is under fire for what some are calling broken campaign promises. During a state government audit in 2014, some schools in the region were found to be so plagued with carcinogenic asbestos, they needed to be shut down. Labor party officials then campaigned under the suggestion of removing all asbestos from schools by 2020, according to sources quoted in The Brisbane Times, but government officials are now clarifying the promise. Read the rest of this entry »


Secondary asbestos exposure increases risk of mesothelioma, study says

16 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

workers at WTC 100x100 Secondary asbestos exposure increases risk of mesothelioma, study says Household or secondary asbestos exposure occurs when the family members of a worker who is exposed to asbestos are also exposed to the known human carcinogen through clothing or other materials used on the job. While the law’s application to secondary asbestos exposure is still under debate, new research is suggesting household exposure does indeed have an effect on family members’ health, particularly female members. Read the rest of this entry »


New York Supreme Court upholds mesothelioma award

15 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal

Lady justice Dublin L 100x100 New York Supreme Court upholds mesothelioma awardThe Supreme Court of the State of New York has rejected the two-year appeal of a mesothelioma victim’s jury award. Nicholas Dominick will finally receive $3 million the jury awarded him for future pain and suffering from Pacemaker Steel & Piping Co. for their contribution to Dominick’s mesothelioma, according to LawyersandSettlements.com. Read the rest of this entry »


Australian city increases asbestos mishandling fines

12 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Paducah Asbestos Removal 74501321301 100x100 Australian city increases asbestos mishandling fines Using asbestos in building products was banned in most Australian states and territories in the late 1980s, and in 2003, the nation banned all uses of chrysotile asbestos and extended the ban to the import and export of all products containing asbestos, according to the country’s Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency. However, exposure to the known human carcinogen is still an issue in the country due to demolition and remodeling not being handled properly. Read the rest of this entry »


New inhibitor could slow mesothelioma development

11 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

587px Researcher looks through microscope 1 100x100 New inhibitor could slow mesothelioma developmentBecause cancer cells have high energy demands in order to replicate, new research has begun to target reducing cell energy levels as a way to fight cancer. In that vein of research, a new Japanese study has determined an orally available small molecule inhibitor can block tumor growth in colon and mesothelioma cancer cells. Read the rest of this entry »


Denver school closed for asbestos threat after hail storm

10 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

640px Hail RichmondHill2 100x100 Denver school closed for asbestos threat after hail stormInsulation or flooring tiles are often the construction materials that pose an asbestos risk during renovations or repairs. However, it is window putty that is causing Denver Public Schools to close Beach Court Elementary School for fear of asbestos exposure. Read the rest of this entry »


Milwaukee Superfund cleanup includes asbestos remediation

9 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Paducah Asbestos Removal 7450132130 100x100 Milwaukee Superfund cleanup includes asbestos remediationClean up of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s fourth Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund site in the last five years is underway.

Late last month the EPA began a hazardous materials cleanup in the former VE Carter School of Excellence in Milwaukee after airborne asbestos was found to be so thick in some rooms “it looked like snow,” according to the EPA. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the project is expected to cost the EPA up to $423, 356, and asbestos remediation is only a portion of it. Other risks in the building include “flammable and corrosive chemicals, poisons, PCBs, lead, hazardous ash and mercury from switches and thermometers,” according to the news source. Read the rest of this entry »