Posts Tagged ‘mesothelioma’

Australia facing asbestos threat via home renovations

7 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette.svg  100x100 Australia facing asbestos threat via home renovationsMuch like in the United States, home renovation has become a booming business in Australia. But it can negatively impact public health. In fact, it’s estimated six out of every 10 asbestos sufferers in the nation today were involved in a major home renovation that contained asbestos. The trend is giving rise to another wave of mesothelioma victims, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. (more…)


Cholesterol medication may help reduce healthy cell death in mesothelioma patients

6 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

shutterstock 380260327 edited 100x100 Cholesterol medication may help reduce healthy cell death in mesothelioma patientsA cholesterol-lowering medication may be able to pull double duty to help mesothelioma patients, according to a group of Japanese researchers. The drug, pravastatin, has been shown to reduce damage to healthy cells when given to mice with mesothelioma before radiation treatments. (more…)


Chicago Public Schools behind in handling asbestos, study finds

5 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

cpslogo v1 min 100x100 Chicago Public Schools behind in handling asbestos, study findsAsbestos management is mandated by federal law for all schools in the United States. The regulations require schools to identify asbestos and re-inspect asbestos containing material every three years to monitor that it is not at risk of becoming airborne. Federal law also requires schools to “develop, maintain and update” an asbestos management plan, which documents recommended asbestos response actions for the school, the location of asbestos in the school and any action to repair or remove it.

A new report from Unvision Chicago and the Social Justice News Nexus at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism found Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have fallen behind in removing or encapsulating asbestos in school buildings. (more…)


African plants found to cause mesothelioma cell death

1 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Elephants Foot Elephantopus scaber 22 100x100 African plants found to cause mesothelioma cell deathIn the realm of incurable cancers, mesothelioma is particularly difficult to treat. One exposure to asbestos fibers decades ago can cause the deadly cancer, and when symptoms appear, it is often too late. Once diagnosed with mesothelioma, patients rarely live longer than one and a half years. Doctors and researchers are continuously searching for new treatment methods to improve patient outcomes. Most recently, researchers are exploring the potential anti-cancer properties of African plants. (more…)


Though budget cuts loom, EPA director pledges to prioritize Superfunds

31 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Environmental Protection Agency logo 100x100 Though budget cuts loom, EPA director pledges to prioritize SuperfundsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has undoubtedly faced changes since President Donald Trump took office in January. The shakeup includes naming Scott Pruitt as the agency’s administrator and rolling back many regulations put in place during the Obama era.

Although Pruitt is actively reducing regulations aimed at preventing future environmental issues, he has also recently pledged to prioritize cleaning up old contamination sites, directing regional chiefs to increase efforts to remediate Superfund sites, CBS 42 reports. (more…)


Notorious Sydney asbestos dumper evades court appearances

30 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Notorious Sydney asbestos dumper evades court appearancesIn the midst of Australian city governments deciding to crack down on illegal asbestos dumping, one of the most prolific asbestos dumpers in Sydney is moving his operations to another part of the country, despite not yet appearing in court for eight asbestos dumping offenses in the region. (more…)


North Carolina set to change asbestos lawsuit requirements

26 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal, News

NCLegislature 100x100 North Carolina set to change asbestos lawsuit requirements is poised to join the gaggle of states changing requirements for asbestos lawsuits.

Earlier this week The News & Observer reported the state’s House Judiciary II Committee approved the Personal Injury Bankruptcy Trust Claims bill, or Senate Bill 470, by 6-4 vote earlier this week. The bill is now headed to a vote by the full House. (more…)


FitBits may be used to track mesothelioma patient outcomes

24 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment
Fitbit Charge HR 100x100 FitBits may be used to track mesothelioma patient outcomes

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Asbestos exposure can cause a wide range of health issues, from lung-scarring asbestosis to mesothelioma. Many treatments for asbestos-related diseases can require extensive surgeries, and a large part of patient outcomes stems from how well patients recover from surgery, especially in the case of invasive procedures like removing a lung.

A new study by the Pacific Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s (PHLBI) Pacific Mesothelioma Center is using FitBit devices to monitor patients’ progress after surgery, according to a news release. (more…)


ADAO releases animated PSA highlighting costs of asbestos exposure

23 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette 100x100 ADAO releases animated PSA highlighting costs of asbestos exposureMesothelioma continues to take an average of 100,000 lives per year worldwide despite increased regulations and awareness. Why? Quite simply, more work still needs to be done. Nations, including the United States, have not entirely banned all forms of asbestos, and even in places that have, aging buildings that require demolition or renovation still put the public’s health at risk.

To continue its fight, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization released a 30-second animated video,  Asbestos: The Killer You Can’t See, to point to the continued need to raise awareness about the deadly carcinogen. (more…)


SMRP biomarker can indicate pleural mesothelioma patient outcomes

22 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

587px Researcher looks through microscope 11 100x100 SMRP biomarker can indicate pleural mesothelioma patient outcomesWhen biomarkers occur at elevated levels in the blood, they typically indicate disease, and testing for specific biomarkers helps doctors determine from which disease a patient is suffering. New research has shown a biomarker long used to diagnose malignant pleural mesothelioma may be a beneficial way to predict patient outcomes as well. (more…)