Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

Measles virus may be used to fight mesothelioma

12 Jul 2017 by under Research/Treatment

595px Measles virus 100x100 Measles virus may be used to fight mesothelioma Vaccination programs to protect Americans from the measles virus began in 1963, and since then, the number of measles cases has dropped 99 percent. Now researchers have turned their attention to finding uses for the disease and are actually trying to harness it in the fight against . (more…)


Altered viruses may hold key to boosting mesothelioma patient outcomes

15 Jun 2017 by under Research/Treatment

587px Researcher looks through microscope 1 100x100 Altered viruses may hold key to boosting mesothelioma patient outcomesViruses are most commonly associated with illness — the 24-hour stomach bug or a cold. However, a pair of biologists from say evidence exists that altered viruses can not only kill cells directly, but can be used to make immunotherapy treatments for the deadly disease more effective. (more…)


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

20 Oct 2015 by 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 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 under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 Minnesota authorities keeping a close eye on asbestos cleanup at demolition siteOfficials from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota 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, , 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 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 , her family, friends and ever-growing network of 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 under News

Gogebic Taconite GTAC Fox 11 news 100x100 Asbestos fibers discovered at proposed iron ore mine site in WisconsinThe Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Monday that 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 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 Minnesota Taconite Workers Health Study have determined that for every year worked in a , a person’s risk of developing 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 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 . The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is trying to determine if asbestos-like fibers could be released from iron ore mining or sampling in the . 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 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 , a meso survivor and warrior from Minnesota. 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 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 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 Minnesota’s and 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…)