Asbestos fibers’ biopersistence causes risk late in life

27 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 21 100x100 Asbestos fibers biopersistence causes risk late in lifeMesothelioma is unique in the fact that it has such a long latency period. People who have been exposed to asbestos might not exhibit any symptoms for 20 or even 50 years before the deadly disease makes its presence known.

In fact, though it may seem counterintuitive, the chances of asbestos-exposed workers being diagnosed with mesothelioma continue to climb the further from their last exposure to asbestos. Yet another study—this time by researchers in Poland—confirmed the sobering reality, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. Read the rest of this entry »


Mr. Fluffy is more likely to cause mesothelioma in men

23 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

534px Australian Capital Territory in Australia zoom 100x100 Mr. Fluffy is more likely to cause mesothelioma in menMr. Fluffy has caused problems for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and homeowners alike since a sole contractor used the loose asbestos insulation in territory homes beginning in 1968.

MyMeso has previously reported the physical and mental health strains Mr. Fluffy has caused for area home owners, and yet another study has shown how people who have lived in the houses are at risk. Research from the Australian National University found that men who lived in houses that contained Mr. Fluffy asbestos insulation were 2.5 times more likely to contract mesothelioma than those who had not from 1983 to 2013. Read the rest of this entry »


Construction on former Pennsylvania asbestos products factory causes concern

22 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

AmblerSeal 100x100 Construction on former Pennsylvania asbestos products factory causes concernAmbler, Pennsylvania, has a history riddled with asbestos, as it was once home to Keasbey & Mattison Co., a building products manufacturing company in the early- to mid-1900s that extensively used asbestos. Part of the town is currently designated as a Superfund Site by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other parts used to have that designation but remediation has since been completed.

Tensions are currently high in the area over the creation of a 115-unit apartment complex building on the Bast tract, an area of land that once held Keasbey & Mattison Co.’s manufacturing facilities for the creation of asbestos products. Members of the community are concerned that asbestos fibers would become airborne or be washed into a nearby creek during construction, according to The Ambler Gazette. Read the rest of this entry »


Military veterans at high risk for mesothelioma

21 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

KoreanWar recover Seoul 100x100 Military veterans at high risk for mesothelioma While U.S. military veterans from all wars and service branches account for just 8 percent of the U.S. population, they comprise 30 percent of all known mesothelioma deaths that have occurred in the United States, according to Military.com. Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos a threat in cleaning up natural disasters

20 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

173424 5day cone no line and wind 100x100 Asbestos a threat in cleaning up natural disastersFor the U.S. Gulf Coast, hurricane season began June 1, and not yet a month in, Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to make landfall at the end of the week. Though Cindy will likely not cause the devastating effects of a high-category hurricane, it’s important to note that cleaning up after a tropical storm or hurricane can potentially cause exposure to toxic chemicals and building materials, including asbestos. Read the rest of this entry »


Contractor blows whistle on asbestos-containing renovations

19 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Contractor blows whistle on asbestos containing renovations A Canadian contractor  has unwittingly cast himself as whistleblower on the government’s handling of renovations containing asbestos, in an ordeal he told the Vancouver Sun amounts to a “nightmare.” Read the rest of this entry »


Study: Meso treatment success determined by surgery intervals

16 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

598px Chemotherapy vials 3 100x100 Study: Meso treatment success determined by surgery intervalsResearchers from the City of Hope Cancer Center and the Wake Forest School of Medicine believe they have uncovered information about how surgery success factors into peritoneal mesothelioma patients’ overall survival time. Read the rest of this entry »


Altered viruses may hold key to boosting mesothelioma patient outcomes

15 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

587px Researcher looks through microscope 1 100x100 Altered viruses may hold key to boosting mesothelioma patient outcomesViruses are most commonly associated with illness — the 24-hour stomach bug or a cold. However, a pair of biologists from Minnesota say evidence exists that altered viruses can not only kill mesothelioma cells directly, but can be used to make immunotherapy treatments for the deadly disease more effective. Read the rest of this entry »


Study: asbestos sprayers most at risk occupation for mesothelioma

14 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Study: asbestos sprayers most at risk occupation for mesotheliomaBack when asbestos was popular in construction and manufacturing, most asbestos-related disease cases were linked to occupation. A recent Finnish study has concluded that those whose job it was to apply spray-on asbestos insulation may be at a highest risk of asbestos-related disease, even compared to those who were employed in other types of asbestos work. Read the rest of this entry »


Breath test for mesothelioma may be a future diagnostic tool

13 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

upper body 944557 960 720 100x100 Breath test for mesothelioma may be a future diagnostic toolBreathalyzers are a staple for testing the sobriety of swerving drivers on the road, and now researchers in Belgium are trying to make a similar breath test a staple in mesothelioma treatment. Read the rest of this entry »