Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

Researcher’s life work may improve understanding of asbestos-like mineral fibers

20 Oct 2015 by Wendi Lewis under Events, News, People, Research/Treatment

Phillip Cook image courtesy Minnesota Post 100x100 Researcher’s life work may improve understanding of asbestos like mineral fibersAlthough he died of cancer in 2013 before he could complete his life’s work, researcher Phillip Cook will have an impact on the evaluation of asbestos-like mineral fibers and how they affect the body. Shortly after the scientist, who worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for much of his career, passed away, his colleague decided the research must be completed. The results create a way to evaluate which fibrous minerals are more or less toxic. (more…)


Minnesota authorities keeping a close eye on asbestos cleanup at demolition site

24 Jul 2014 by Wendi Lewis under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 Minnesota authorities keeping a close eye on asbestos cleanup at demolition siteOfficials from the Department of Health and the Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) are keeping a close watch on and cleanup efforts at a school destroyed by fire in June. The nearly 95-year-old building, Roosevelt Education Center, is believed to contain a large amount of friable asbestos. (more…)


Get ready to bust a plate! It’s almost Lung Leavin’ Day!

16 Jan 2014 by Wendi Lewis under Events, News, People

LLD TalkingPlate Get ready to bust a plate! Its almost Lung Leavin Day!It might sound crazy to some people, but mesothelioma survivor Heather Von St. James, her family, friends and ever-growing network of meso warriors are getting ready to celebrate the 8th annual Lung Leavin’ Day on Februrary 2, 2014. The celebration was devised to mark the anniversary of Heather’s extrapleural pneumonectomy – a radical treatment for mesothelioma in which a lung, part of the diaphragm and surrounding tissue is removed in an effort to battle the rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. (more…)


Asbestos fibers discovered at proposed iron ore mine site in Wisconsin

8 Oct 2013 by Wendi Lewis under News

Gogebic Taconite GTAC Fox 11 news 100x100 Asbestos fibers discovered at proposed iron ore mine site in WisconsinThe Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Monday that asbestos is present in a rock sample taken from the proposed site of an iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties. The asbestoform fibers were found in the mineral grunerite. Asbestos and asbestoform fibers present a danger to public health if they are inhaled or ingested, which may result in the development of mesothelioma. (more…)


Minnesota researchers continue to look for links between taconite and mesothelioma

19 Sep 2013 by Wendi Lewis under News, Research/Treatment

minnesota iron range 100x100 Minnesota researchers continue to look for links between taconite and mesotheliomaAfter nearly five years of study, researchers heading up the Taconite Workers Health Study have determined that for every year worked in a taconite mine, a person’s risk of developing mesothelioma increased by approximately three percent. However, scientists are still searching for definitive proof that taconite exposure causes mesothelioma. (more…)


Researchers investigating mesothelioma risk in Wisconsin mining operation in Penokee Range

13 Aug 2013 by Wendi Lewis under News

Grunerite 100x100 Researchers investigating mesothelioma risk in Wisconsin mining operation in Penokee RangeAnother state is investigating the possible link between minerals mining and mesothelioma. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is trying to determine if asbestos-like fibers could be released from iron ore mining or sampling in the Penokee Range. It involves a naturally occurring mineral called grunerite. Grunerite can appear in a fibrous crystal form. (more…)


Meso survivor Heather shares her message of hope in video

14 May 2013 by Wendi Lewis under News, Organizations, People, Research/Treatment, Video

heather thumbs up 11 2009 100x100 Meso survivor Heather shares her message of hope in videoThose of you who have been following the myMeso blog for a while remember our friend Heather Von St. James, a meso survivor and warrior from . Heather was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma just a few months after giving birth to her daughter Lily, at the young age of 36. There is currently no known cure for mesothelioma, which is related ot asbestos exposure, and traditionally patients are given a matter of months to live following a diagnosis. This was unacceptable to Heather and her husband, Cameron, were determined to find an answer, and to fight. (more…)


Minnesota taconite mine study confirms link to mesothelioma

17 Apr 2013 by Wendi Lewis under News, Research/Treatment

minnesota iron range 100x100 Minnesota taconite mine study confirms link to mesotheliomaThe results of a five-year, $4.9-million study into the link between taconite mining in ’s and mesothelioma provided a mixed bag of results. Scientists confirmed a definite link between the taconite industry and an increased risk of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that has previously been associated exclusively with asbestos exposure. But the study does not adequately answer the question of “why” or “how.” (more…)


Missouri legislation would prevent employees from suing employers for mesothelioma

9 Apr 2013 by Wendi Lewis under Legal, News

Missouri Department of Labor logo 100x100 Missouri legislation would prevent employees from suing employers for mesotheliomaThere is legislation pending in Missouri that would require employees seeking compensation for “occupational diseases due to toxic exposure,” including mesothelioma, to rely on workman’s compensation benefits. The bill, Senate Bill 1, would prevent employees from seeking justice in a court of law for injuries and deaths related to on-the-job exposure to toxins. (more…)


Public meeting scheduled to discuss findings of Minnesota taconite mine mesothelioma study

26 Mar 2013 by Wendi Lewis under Events, News, Research/Treatment

minnesota iron range 100x100 Public meeting scheduled to discuss findings of Minnesota taconite mine mesothelioma studyA public meeting has been scheduled for April 12, 2013, to discuss findings of the Minnesota Taconite Workers Health Study. The study was established to determine the causes of an unusually high number of cases of mesothelioma among taconite mine workers. (more…)