Posts Tagged ‘mesothelioma’

Sept. 25 marks first World Lung Day

25 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

firs logo edited 100x100 Sept. 25 marks first World Lung DayPut simply: What’s in the air we breathe matters. That’s the rallying point for today’s first World Lung Day, coordinated by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS). Specifically, the day was orchestrated to assert “the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals will not succeed without more attention to the burden of lung disease,” according to an American Society of Chest Physicians (ASCP) press release. (more…)


Inflammation prognostic indicator looks promising for mesothelioma patients

22 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
Blausen 0676 Neutrophil crop 1 CREDIT BLAUSEN MEDICAL 100x100 Inflammation prognostic indicator looks promising for mesothelioma patients

Credit: Blausen Medical via Wikipedia

The neutrophil to lymphocyte ration (NLR) has been used as a prognostic indicator for patients with a number of cancers, but its benefits are still unclear for patients with malignant mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of internal organs caused by asbestos exposure. It is usually deadly within 12-18 months of diagnosis and has few effective treatment options, prompting researchers to continue to find ways to help treat the disease and measure the effectiveness of those treatments. (more…)


One year’s newly diagnosed asbestos-related diseases cost Canada $2.3 billion

21 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Canadian Money CREDIT KMR Photography 100x100 One years newly diagnosed asbestos related diseases cost Canada $2.3 billionThe first study to place a monetary cost to Canadian society for work-related asbestos exposures has suggested a high price tag. The Institute for Work & Health in Toronto has suggested the costs total $2.35 billion for Canadians, according to Canadian Occupational Safety. (more…)


Judge dismisses discovery motion in asbestos trusts suit

20 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

whistleblower reward justice 375x210 100x100 Judge dismisses discovery motion in asbestos trusts suitA Salt Lake City-based judge dismissed a motion last week that was filed on behalf of a number of states after asbestos trusts failed to answer discovery requests in a suit alleging they are mismanaging funds, according to Forbes. (more…)


New cause of peritoneal mesothelioma identified

18 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News, Research/Treatment
Peritoneales Mesotheliom CREDITHELLERHOFFWIKI 100x100 New cause of peritoneal mesothelioma identified

Credit: Hellerhoff via Wikipedia

Mesothelioma, a rare, deadly cancer that affects the lining of internal organs, is most commonly associated with exposure to asbestos,  a group of six naturally occurring silicate minerals that were once used in a variety of construction and manufacturing processes for heat resistance. However, other causes of the cancer have been discovered, including radiation therapy and most recently, a genetic mutation, according to Science Daily. (more…)


Queensland government plans to improve coal mining regulations

14 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

640px BLACK LUNG X RAYS FROM PATIENTS OF DR. A.H. RUSSAKOFF PULMONARY DISEASE SPECIALIST AND PIONEER AIR POLLUTION FIGHTER...   NARA   545474 100x100 Queensland government plans to improve coal mining regulationsDespite the belief black lung disease was under control in Australia, the state of New South Wales saw its first diagnosed case of black lung since the 1970s this year. With similar symptoms to mesothelioma, black lung is a “type of lung disease affecting the tissues and gas-exchange surface of the lung,” often associated with dust from long-term coal mining and resulting in shortness of breath, loss of pulmonary function and eventually death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The alarming uptick in cases prompted federal and state governments to dig into regulations aiming to protect coal miners and determine why they seem to be falling short. (more…)


Meso patients report improvement after fluid drainage

13 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

220px Effusionhalf 100x100 Meso patients report improvement after fluid drainagePleural effusion, the buildup of fluid in the space around the lung, is often one of the most uncomfortable and life-threatening symptoms of mesothelioma. United Kingdom researchers have developed an evaluation tool to measure the patient-reported benefits of having fluid drained. (more…)


Hillshire Farms found responsible for asbestos exposure

11 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Hillshire Farms found responsible for asbestos exposureLast week Hillshire Brands Co. was found responsible for the death of Mark Lopez, 60, from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure caused by the company. (more…)


Ambient asbestos poses no extra risk in urban areas

8 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

Chrysotile SEM photo 1 100x100 Ambient asbestos poses no extra risk in urban areasIt wouldn’t be farfetched to assume that cities have more ambient asbestos — asbestos floating in the air — than rural places. After all, cities are home to more buildings that have the potential to contain the human carcinogen. But does that necessarily lead to more city dwellers contracting an asbestos related disease? (more…)


Iconic Melbourne trams contain asbestos flooring

7 Sep 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
800px W6 Melbourne tram Nicholson Street 100x100 Iconic Melbourne trams contain asbestos flooring

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Three of Melbourne, Australia’s iconic W-Class trams, which regularly carry tourists along routes around the city, have failed routine inspections due to asbestos-containing flooring. (more…)