Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

Asbestos found in Tuscan drinking water

15 Dec 2016 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

drinking water 100x100 Asbestos found in Tuscan drinking waterKnown as home to some the highest quality Italian wine, Tuscany, a region in central Italy, may now be known for another drink—its water. A recent study published by an Italian medical journal warned drinking water in the region contained asbestos fibers, associated with the development of mesothelioma.

According to Surviving Mesothelioma, the researchers warned the presence of asbestos in drinking water could contribute specifically to peritoneal mesothelioma. The cancer affects the lining of the stomach as opposed to the lining of the heart or lungs as is the case in its other forms. (more…)


New technique may improve extrapleural pneumonctomy outcomes

12 Dec 2016 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

upper body 944557 960 720 100x100 New technique may improve extrapleural pneumonctomy outcomesFor Mesothelioma survivors like Heather Von St. James who have undergone an extrapleural pneumonctomy as treatment for their pleural mesothelioma, one day a year has a unique designation. Feb. 2 is St. James’ Lung Leavin’ Day. The name graphically illustrates the basic tenant of the medical procedure, which involves removing a lung and some of the tissues and diaphragm surrounding it in order to remove the cancer that affects the lining of the lung and chest cavity.

Now, thanks to a new Italian medical discovery, an innovative new surgical technique could reduce surgery complications and increase the number of survivors with their own Lung Leavin’ Days in the future. (more…)


Study links Italian cement plants to higher cases of mesothelioma

27 Apr 2015 by Temp Temple under Research/Treatment

cement Stockage de ciments by Oussama zrafi Own work. Licensed under CC BY SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons 100x100 Study links Italian cement plants to higher cases of mesotheliomaA number of asbestos cement plants in Italy have been linked to clusters of mesothelioma victims across the country, according to the results of a new study. Those affected by the deadly disease range from former cement plant employees to even women living nearby the plants. Mesothelioma occurs when asbestos fibers, like those used in the Italian cement plants, have been inhaled or ingested. The fatal cancer can form along the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or, in rare cases, the heart. Unfortunately, there is still no known cure for mesothelioma. (more…)


Former asbestos executives found guilty; landmark verdict in Italy

15 Feb 2012 by Wendi Lewis under Events, Legal, News, Organizations

eternit giustizia 300x194 Former asbestos executives found guilty; landmark verdict in ItalyA landmark handed down by a three-judge panel in Turin, Italy, could set a precedent for manufacturers dealing with toxic environmental substances, like asbestos. Following a two-year trial, two former executives of a Swiss building-products company were found guilty on criminal charges, held responsible for the deaths of more than 3,000 people who lived and worked around four Italian asbestos cement factories. Asbestos has been proven to cause deadly diseases, including mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen and, in rare cases, the heart. The was handed down Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. (more…)