EPA accepting public comments on asbestos use information

24 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Environmental Protection Agency logo 100x100 EPA accepting public comments on asbestos use information In June 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law as an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S.’s primary chemical management law. It marked the first time American chemical regulatory law had been updated in nearly 40 years.

As part of the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated under the reform act, asbestos, known to cause mesothelioma, a rare, fatal cancer that normally affects the lining of the lungs and abdomen, is set to finally be evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) to determine its risk to humans and potentially be further regulated or banned. Despite well studied health risks, the use of the carcinogenic group of minerals has continued due to legal red tape, MyMeso previously reported.

While the change of presidential administrations and political parties caused — and perhaps continues to cause — some to question the Act’s future, the EPA seems to be moving forward with its initial plan. Last week the agency held a public meeting on use information for the first 10 chemicals to be evaluated under the Act — a step toward the creation of scoping documents for each of the chemicals. Read the rest of this entry »


Compound in Asian spice linked to mesothelioma cell death

23 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Kurkumina 100x100 Compound in Asian spice linked to mesothelioma cell deathA yellow spice that gives several Asian cuisines color and flavor has also been used for traditional medicinal purposes in the region for decades. Recently, the compound that gives turmeric its yellow color and powerful flavor, curcumin, is the subject of numerous malignant mesothelioma (MM) studies. Read the rest of this entry »


New book highlights drastic effects of Mr. Fluffy insulation on homeowners

22 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

534px Australian Capital Territory in Australia zoom 100x100 New book highlights drastic effects of Mr. Fluffy insulation on homeownersA new book highlights the effects Mr. Fluffy, a form of loose asbestos insulation, has on the Australian capital of Canberra. The insulation was used extensively in the area by a sole contractor in the 1960s and 1970s and was later found to contain asbestos, a group of silicate minerals linked to the development of mesothelioma and other health concerns. Read the rest of this entry »


Overall survival time is best clinical trial outcome measurement, study says

21 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

598px Chemotherapy vials 3 100x100 Overall survival time is best clinical trial outcome measurement, study says Clinical trials are a vital part of medical testing, and their results determine treatment options for those diagnosed with an array of diseases. For those with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos that affects the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen, the results of clinical trials can determine how much longer a patient has to live.

A new study published in the journal The Oncologist stresses the important differences between two ways clinical trials determine outcomes for mesothelioma patients, according to Mesothelioma Research News. Read the rest of this entry »


House Judiciary Committee approves controversial FACT Act to regulate asbestos trusts

20 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal, News

United States House of Representatives 2017 100x100 House Judiciary Committee approves controversial FACT Act to regulate asbestos trusts

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill last week targeting asbestos injury compensation. The bill, the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 () or H.R. 906, claims to “weed out unmeritorious class action claims,” according to Forbes. The act, which met tough opposition during its last run, was reintroduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) this year in hopes a Republican majority in Congress would see the bill signed into law by the Republican president.

H.R. 906 passed the committee by a 19-11 vote. And though it has managed to slip back onto the docket, all of the previous opposition still applies, as Legal Newsline confirmed it was the same version as last year’s bill. Read the rest of this entry »


Researchers look to repurpose drugs to treat cancer

17 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

587px Researcher looks through microscope 11 100x100 Researchers look to repurpose drugs to treat cancerWhat if the key to improving treatment for mesothelioma, a deadly cancer associated with exposure to asbestos, lies within medicines or a combination of medicines that already exist? Cancer researchers are working on just that.

Studies are testing to see if a generic drug used for more than 40 years to treat parasitic infections may hold the potential to treat an array of cancers, according to National Public Radio. The drug, mebendazole, is one of a host of drugs, including a diabetes drug and a blood pressure drug, that researchers are studying to determine their ability to be repurposed for cancer treatment. Read the rest of this entry »


Shipyards contained pervasive asbestos amounts, new study confirms

16 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

640px shipyard 100x100 Shipyards contained pervasive asbestos amounts, new study confirmsIt is no secret that shipyard workers were often exposed to asbestos, and therefore, now have an increased risk of developing an asbestos-related disease, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma, a deadly cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen with often decades-long latency periods.

A new study of 4,702 shipyard workers employed at the Coast Guard Shipyard in Baltimore in the 1950s and 1960s found, using standard mortality ratios, that exposure to five different types of chemicals—solvents, lead, oils/greases, wood dust and asbestos—all raised the risk of pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. Read the rest of this entry »


Homeowners often renovated homes containing Mr. Fluffy asbestos-tainted insulation, study says

15 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Canberra parliamentary axis 1 100x100 Homeowners often renovated homes containing Mr. Fluffy asbestos tainted insulation, study saysA form of loose asbestos insulation used in the Australian capital of Canberra, Mr. Fluffy has caused problems for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and homeowners alike since a sole contractor used the insulation in territory homes beginning in 1968, myMeso previously reported.

A new study by the Australian National University showed more than 80 percent of homeowners in Fluffy-contaminated houses had renovated their homes, greatly increasing the risk of asbestos exposure to occupants and renovation crews, according to The Canberra Times. Read the rest of this entry »


English borough with country’s highest mesothelioma mortality rate could lose benefits office

14 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

407px Barrow in Furness UK locator map 100x100 English borough with countrys highest mesothelioma mortality rate could lose benefits officeThe English borough with the highest mesothelioma mortality rate in the country may lose its local office for filing disability benefits and industrial illness claims, according to the North-West Evening Mail. Read the rest of this entry »


Sea squirt compound causes mesothelioma cancer cell death

13 Feb 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

640px Tunicate komodo 100x100 Sea squirt compound causes mesothelioma cancer cell deathA sea squirt found off the coasts of Indonesia may hold the key to inducing cell death in mesothelioma tumors.

Properties in polysulfur aromatic alkaloids found in Pacific sea squirts, sac-like marine invertebrate filter feeders, have the potential to kill cancer cells, including pleural mesothelioma, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. Read the rest of this entry »