Australian mines fail to meet air quality control regulations

21 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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Four Queensland, Australia, coal mines have failed to meet dust monitoring regulations created to protect workers from developing , according to The Sydney Morning Herald. Read the rest of this entry »


Thoracoscopy found a ‘valuable and safe’ diagnostic tool

18 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

220px Effusionhalf 100x100 Thoracoscopy found a valuable and safe diagnostic tool A less invasive option than thorascopic surgery, which requires multiple incisions, thoracoscopy uses a single thin, flexible  fiber optic tube to allow surgeons to visually inspect the lungs for the cause of pleural effusion, excess lung fluid commonly associated with mesothelioma and other cancers. Chinese researchers have recently confirmed thoracoscopy is a “valuable and safe” diagnostic tool for pleural mesothelioma patients. Read the rest of this entry »


Isolated chemotherapy may prove promising treatment technique

17 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment
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German scientists are narrowing in on a possible new chemotherapy technique for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs as the result of asbestos exposure. Read the rest of this entry »


Audit finds Michigan asbestos inspection efforts lacking

16 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Paducah Asbestos Removal 7450132130 100x100 Audit finds Michigan asbestos inspection efforts lackingIn addition to an investigation into the city of Detroit allegedly  falsifying asbestos inspection reports, Michigan’s auditor general announced last week the entire state’s asbestos remediation efforts need improvement, according to Michigan Radio. Read the rest of this entry »


Miles for Meso races scheduled for September

15 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Events
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There are several road races scheduled throughout the country in the coming weeks aiming to raise awareness about mesothelioma, and funds for education, outreach, advocacy and treatment.

Registration for the Alton, Illinois, race on Sept. 30 opened this last week. In 2016, Alton’s Miles for Meso race generated $40,000 for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, a non-profit dedicated to securing a global ban on asbestos and providing support to victims of asbestos-related diseases. This year, the 9th annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Run & 3K Fun Run/Walk hopes to expand its reach. Read the rest of this entry »


BoRit Superfund cleanup comes to an end

14 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

borit superfund site signage1 100x100 BoRit Superfund cleanup comes to an endA 30-year Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) project to remediate an asbestos-tainted former manufacturing site in Ambler, Pennsylvania, came to an end at the beginning of this month.

An asbestos disposal site for nearly a century, the 38-acre BoRit Asbestos Site in Ambler has been undergoing cleanup since the 1980s. It was included as an EPA Superfund site in 2008 after tests showed high levels of asbestos were still present despite abatement efforts, according to NewsWorks. In January, MyMeso reported the EPA released long-term remediation plans, and those plans are now complete. Read the rest of this entry »


Ohio school extends summer break to abate asbestos threat

11 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Ohio school extends summer break to abate asbestos threatChildren across the United States are in the process of preparing for a new school year, if they are not already back in the classroom. But a private school in central Ohio will not be opening its doors on time after an asbestos tile floor was damaged, releasing asbestos dust into the air. Read the rest of this entry »


Study: Pleural mesothelioma risk plateaus

8 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

Chrysotile SEM photo 1 100x100 Study: Pleural mesothelioma risk plateaus Researchers in Italy have begun to hone in on exactly how long asbestos exposure victims are at risk of contracting certain types of mesothelioma and cancers associated with the known carcinogen. While the risk of contracting malignant pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs, seems to plateau over time, the risk of lung cancer, ovarian cancer and peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the abdomen, does not. Read the rest of this entry »


Detroit Demolition Program faces criminal investigation over inspection reports

7 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Seal of Detroit.svg 1 100x100 Detroit Demolition Program faces criminal investigation over inspection reportsThe Detroit Demolition Program, aimed at removing blighted properties in the city, is facing even more criticism after an investigation by the Detroit Free Press. The program reportedly mishandled asbestos at dozens of sites and falsified inspection reports, according to documents obtained by the paper via the Freedom of Information Act. Read the rest of this entry »


Study: Elevated platelet counts linked to poor patient outcome

4 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

Mesothelioma 100x100 Study: Elevated platelet counts linked to poor patient outcomeThrombocytosis, where too many blood platelets are present in the body, has been known to predict negative patient outcomes in several types of cancers. However, until recently, its effects on malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) had not been thoroughly investigated. Read the rest of this entry »