New VA Health Care Bill Can Help Mesothelioma Patients

A recent extension and reform of the Veterans Choice Program could allow for better access to care for veterans diagnosed with rare cancers such as mesothelioma. President Donald Trump signed the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act (S.544) into law on April 18. The bill amends the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, eliminating the Aug. 7, 2017, expiration date and allowing the program to operate until the remaining $950 million in the Veterans Choice Fund is expended. Under the new law, military veterans can continue receiving health care in the private sector when care isn’t easily available from a Veterans Affairs Department (VA) provider. The VA will cover copays and deductibles directly for veterans seeking private care, rather than reimbursing them for paying up front. Veterans account for 30 percent of mesothelioma cases in the U.S. each year. There are roughly 22 million veterans in the U.S. today and only 1,700 VA medical facilities — a vast majority of which don’t offer the services or specialists needed to properly treat mesothelioma. “This bill will extend and improve the Veterans Choice Program so that more veterans can see the doctor of their choice…and don’t have to wait and travel long distances for VA care,” Trump said after signing the bill. “This new law is a good start, but there is still much work to do.” Need for Choice Program Reform The Veterans Choice P...
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AbstractActivated cap-dependent translation promotes cancer by stimulating translation of mRNAs encoding malignancy-promoting proteins. The nucleoside monophosphate Protide, 4Ei-10, undergoes intracellular uptake and conversion by Hint1 to form 7-Cl-Ph-Ethyl-GMP. 7-Cl-Ph-Ethyl-GMP is an analog of cap and inhibits protein translation by binding and sequestering eIF4E thus blocking eIF4E from binding to the mRNA cap. The effects of inhibiting translation initiation by disruption of the eIF4F complex with 4Ei-10 were examined in malignant mesothelioma (MM). In a cell-free assay system, formation of the eIF4F complex was disab...
Source: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Conclusions We show a clear association between ICI use and increased diagnosis of Ma2-PNS. Physicians need to be aware that ICIs can trigger Ma2-PNS because clinical presentation can be challenging.
Source: Neurology Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: All Immunology, Autoimmune diseases, All Oncology, Paraneoplastic syndrome Article Source Type: research
ConclusionsReported MS relapses after ICI are rare, but the adverse events described include rapid neurologic progression and death. Larger and prospective studies are warranted to assess disability and long-term outcomes and outweigh the risks of starting immunotherapy in patients with MS.
Source: Clinical and Translational Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Reported MS relapses after ICI are rare, but the adverse events described include rapid neurologic progression and death. Larger and prospective studies are warranted to assess disability and long-term outcomes and outweigh the risks of starting immunotherapy in patients with MS. PMID: 30788836 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Clinical Colorectal Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Clin Transl Oncol Source Type: research
A Florida real estate developer has been sentenced on a single misdemeanor count of negligent removal of asbestos and putting workers in imminent danger from the cancer-causing mineral. In addition to 48 months of probation, Philip J. Farley III was ordered to pay $250,000 to fund a treatment and medical monitoring program for 90 workers who may have been exposed to asbestos during a renovation project in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2010. The sentencing comes three years after Farley was indicted on several federal charges. Farley reportedly hired cheap labor to start a massive renovation of a 480-unit complex now...
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Conclusions Research funding for cancer is not allocated according to relative disease burden. These findings are in line with earlier published studies. Funding agencies and industry should openly document their research investments to improve better targeting of research investment.
Source: BMJ Open - Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Open access, Global health, Health economics, Health policy, Oncology, Public health Research Source Type: research
WASHINGTON — Jim Devlin has fond memories of growing up in the picturesque Rocky Mountain town of Libby, Montana, playing baseball and scampering across piles of shimmering ore mined from a nearby mountaintop. But that harmless childhood fun ― the simple act of breathing Libby’s air ― has left him with an incurable, potentially fatal lung disease. It wasn’t until decades later that Libby, a town of fewer than 3,000 people near the Canadian border, learned the truth: that the shiny vermiculite ore that helped drive their economy was laden with toxic asbestos; that the community ball fields where D...
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A new piece of legislation extends workers’ compensation rights for Ohio firefighters to include occupational cancers such as mesothelioma. Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the Michael Louis Palumbo Jr. Act into law Jan. 4. The bill essentially classifies cancer as an occupational disease for firefighters, allowing firefighters who have cancer to file claims with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. More than 30 states already have similar laws. Doug Stern of the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters (OAPFF) said the legislation is based on scientific research that links asbestos-related cancers, suc...
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Seventy-five years later, Dec. 7, 1941, still lives in infamy. Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The surprise Japanese military strike killed 2,403 Americans and wounded another 1,178, devastating the U.S. naval base and dragging the nation into World War II. But the death toll continued to rise decades after the attack because more than 10,000 veterans who served in Pearl Harbor were exposed to deadly asbestos released at the shipyards on the day of the attack. As we remember the lives lost in the attack and honor the survivors still with us today on Pearl Harbor Day, it is important to ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: 75 years after pearl harbor pearl harbor 75th anniversary pearl harbor attack pearl harbor attack anniversary veterans exposed to asbestos Source Type: news
Despite the well-known dangers of deadly asbestos, its removal from most job sites and legal actions against companies using the substance, many U.S. workers still face the perils of exposure when they enter their workplace each day. Scott Allen, regional director for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor, told Asbestos.com the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues hundreds of citations annually to companies that violate asbestos regulations. Citations range from improper handling and disposal of asbestos-containing products to employees not trained to handle the substance. The most recent of...
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