Minnesota proposes $4.6 million Meso study

6 Mar 2008 by under News, Organizations, Research/Treatment

I mentioned in my last post that a research partnership in is using part of a $6 million grant for mesothelioma research. That was announced yesterday.

This morning, WorkDay Minnesota published a series of stories about another quest for mesothelioma research in the state. Unrelated to the first grant, a Minnesota House of Representatives committee has approved legislation to allocate $4.9 million – to come from the state’s worker’s compensation special fund in fiscal year 2008 – for a special study of Iron Range mine workers’ deaths due to mesothelioma.

Inforum News writer Scott Wente reported today that the Minnesota Health Department in 2007 linked the deaths of 58 mining industry workers to mesothelioma. The University of Minnesota plans four studies related to the mesothelioma cases and other health issues for taconite industry employees and communities, according to the Inforum News story. Data points to an abnormally high rate of the cancer among the mine workers.

WorkDay Minnesota reports that in 2007, the state Department of Health announced that 35 miners, in addition to 17 previously identified, had died from mesothelioma. The number currently stands at 58 mesothelioma deaths.

The legislation for the funding must go through another House committee before getting to the floor, and the Senate has not yet held a hearing on the bill. If approved, the funding would direct the University of Minnesota to initiate a study this year and complete work by 2013.

The university’s School of Public Health will spearhead the project and already has set up a toll-free nurse helpline for questions on taconite worker lung health (1-888-840-7590) and launched a special website.

In the meantime, WorkDay Minnesota says that Friday the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration issued new rules that increase protections for miners who may be exposed to asbestos.

2 Responses to “Minnesota proposes $4.6 million Meso study”

  1. Mike Crill

    May I make a umpsomtion. First, by the time one is told they have Meso, life exists hopefully longer than 6 months.Second, by the time you get Meso, your whole body is pretty well satuated with asbestos(lungs/heart/kidneys/liver/colon/etc etc).Third,by cutting someone open and removing the lining of the heart/stoamch and lungs,etc…the person dies anyway.Why not dope the dieing to end the pain and allow them to die with some kind of dignity.My Dad died from Meso,he took Radiation/Kemo after he was told.DID NOTHING for him except burn the hell out of him and he died two weeks later.Nice Dr.Bill Dad had to pay after he was dead.I guess the point I would like to make,maybe from the day one is told you have Meso, instead of diesecting those dying that they be given the best care in the world,love,hugs,laughs and even buckets of tears because when they pass all we have to do is heal and wait for the next.I have three generations of my ENTIRE FAMILY being wiped out from asbestos and living in Libby Mt. Until their is a pill or drink that cures Meso, wait till they die to do any cutting….I hope some day there is a cure but thats a long ways off.Thats why we have to educate each other for those we leave behind.Staying away from Libby Mt will save you from what is killing me and my family.I feel better now thank you…

  2. Mike Crill

    May I make a umpsomtion. First, by the time one is told they have Meso, life exists hopefully longer than 6 months.Second, by the time you get Meso, your whole body is pretty well satuated with asbestos(lungs/heart/kidneys/liver/colon/etc etc).Third,by cutting someone open and removing the lining of the heart/stoamch and lungs,etc…the person dies anyway.Why not dope the dieing to end the pain and allow them to die with some kind of dignity.My Dad died from Meso,he took Radiation/Kemo after he was told.DID NOTHING for him except burn the hell out of him and he died two weeks later.Nice Dr.Bill Dad had to pay after he was dead.I guess the point I would like to make,maybe from the day one is told you have Meso, instead of diesecting those dying that they be given the best care in the world,love,hugs,laughs and even buckets of tears because when they pass all we have to do is heal and wait for the next.I have three generations of my ENTIRE FAMILY being wiped out from asbestos and living in Libby Mt. Until their is a pill or drink that cures Meso, wait till they die to do any cutting….I hope some day there is a cure but thats a long ways off.Thats why we have to educate each other for those we leave behind.Staying away from Libby Mt will save you from what is killing me and my family.I feel better now thank you…