Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia’

Jury finds asbestos products manufacturers liable for mesothelioma death, awards $7.2 million

3 Apr 2014 by under Legal, News

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Jury finds asbestos products manufacturers liable for mesothelioma death, awards $7.2 millionA Philadelphia County jury found in favor of the family of Edward Merwitz, a former who died of mesothelioma at age 62. The lawsuit alleged Merwitz was exposed to -containing products while working on U.S. Navy ships between the years of 1965 and 1970. (more…)

Lawsuit filed by machinist diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer

27 Feb 2014 by under Legal, News

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Lawsuit filed by machinist diagnosed with asbestos related lung cancerAn exposure complaint was filed Feb. 12, 2014, by a Pennsylvania man who was recently diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer. Working as a for numerous companies, Milton M. Schuster, Sr., was allegedly exposed to asbestos from 1954 through 1985 by his former employers’ products, leading to his diagnosis on Dec. 12, 2013, according to the complaint. (more…)

Study indicates firefighters diagnosed with mesothelioma at twice the rate of general population

23 Jan 2014 by under News, Research/Treatment

fire 100x100 Study indicates firefighters diagnosed with mesothelioma at twice the rate of general populationA recent study by the (NIOSH) revealed firefighters had a rate of mesothelioma two times greater than the rate in the U.S. as a whole. The research included a combined population of nearly 30,000 firefighters from Chicago, Philadelphia and fire departments who were employed since 1950. (more…)

Asbestos found throughout site of deadly Philadelphia building collapse

22 Jul 2013 by under Legal, News

Philly building collapse courtesy ABC 6 News 100x100 Asbestos found throughout site of deadly Philadelphia building collapseSix people were killed June 5 when a building under demolition in downtown Philadelphia, Penn., collapsed. A wall caved in on a Salvation Army store adjacent to the construction site, and staff and shoppers were buried under debris. Now, documents indicate there was present in the building. It appears the contractor did not notify city officials prior to beginning work and improperly disposed of asbestos-laden materials in an open trash bin on the construction site. (more…)

Warnex will distribute mesothelioma biomarker test in Canada

12 Aug 2009 by under News, Research/Treatment

canadian flag 100x100 Warnex will distribute mesothelioma biomarker test in CanadaIt was announced this week that Medical Laboratories, a division of Warnex Inc., will be the Canadian distributor for three recently launched genetic biomarker diagnositc tests produced by Rosetta Genomics, Ltd. The tests, branded as miRview™, include a test for the detection and diagnosis of mesothelioma.

Warnex is a life sciences company providing laboratory services to the pharmaceutical and health care industries. The company will market the miRview™ products and will send samples gathered from the tests from Canada to the Rosetta Genomics laboratory in Philadelphia for analysis. Warnex has three facilities, located in Laval and Blainville, Quebec, and Thunder Bay, Ontario.

We’ve written about the miRview™ products on this site in the past. They include miRview™ mets, which can identify the primary tumor site in patients presenting with metastatic cancer; miRview™ squamous, which differentiates squamous from non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); and miRview™ meso, which leverages microRNA’s high specificity as to differentiate mesothelioma from other carcinomas in the lungs.

All three of the miRview tests utilize MicroRNA technology. According to Rosetta Genomics, microRNAs (or miRNAs) are recently discovered, naturally occurring, small RNAs that act as master regulators and have the potential to form the basis for a new class of diagnostics and therapeutics. This is because microRNAs have been shown to have different expression in various pathological conditions, the observation of which can provide a novel diagnostic tool for many diseases.

According to Rosetta Genomics, the miRview™ meso product is a highly accurate test that can help physicians to more easily identify mesothelioma, which can be hard to differentiate from other cancers. The test also can help rule out a meso diagnosis in patients who have been diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the lung and who also have been exposed to asbestos, which is known to cause mesothelioma.

Bridgeport Speedway benefit for meso research

11 Feb 2009 by under Events, News, Organizations, Research/Treatment

race car 150x150 Bridgeport Speedway benefit for meso researchUpdates on Lung Leavin’ Day festivities to come… stay tuned!

But in the meantime, let me share some news about a fund raising event for research for those of you who live in northeast. The Bridgeport Speedway and Bill Thomas Racing will present the first ever “Meet & Greet the Drivers and See the Cars of Bridgeport Speedway” on Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8. The event will be held at the Granite Run Mall in Media, Penn.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation to help fund research to find a cure for mesothelioma. The show will see the mall filled with racing vehicles of all classes and there will be a number of current and retired racers on hand to visit with fans and sign autographs. The event also will feature Ms. Motorsports 2009.

The Bridgeport Speedway, which is located in Bridgeport, New Jersey, bills itself as “The Fastest Dirt Track in the East.” The South Jersey raceway features a fun family atmosphere at a banked 5/8th mile dirt oval, featuring a dirt 1/4 mile oval embedded in the center. The track is centrally located minutes from Pennsylvania and Delaware.

The is located in the heart of the tourist areas of central Philadelphia, Valley Forge and the Brandywine Valley.

More information about fund raising events to benefit mesothelioma research through the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is available on the organization’s web site, along with assistance if you’d like to plan an event. Go to their home page at and click on the “Volunteer” tab and then “Upcoming Events,” or email

Remembering the victims of mesothelioma

12 Dec 2008 by under News, People

In the news this week, two reports of deaths resulting from .

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the death of Thomas S. McGuire, 47, of Broomall, who died Monday. Mr. McGuire was an employee of United Parcel Service (UPS) in West Chester, for more than 26 years. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July 2007. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Duddy McGuire, sons Michael and Thomas Jr., daughter Kelly and two brothers and a sister. Donations in his memory may be made to the McGuire Children Education Fund, TD Bank, 120 W. Eagle Rd., Havertown, Pa., 19083.

The Hastings Star-Gazette, in Hastings, Minn., reports the death of , 88. He passed away Dec. 9 after battling mesothelioma. Mr. Kjos served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1942-1945. He worked at the Koch Refinery from 1955-1988. He is survived by his wife, Jean Highet Kjos, sons Bruce, Thomas and Robert, daughters Karen, Kristine and Betty, as well as 15 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, a sister and other relatives and friends.

Blessings to these families.