Pushing for Asbestos Bans in Southeast Asia
Dr. Ken Takahashi is doing more than just talking about a global ban on asbestos products and the eventual end of asbestos-related diseases. He is traveling the world to help make it happen — one small step at a time. Takahashi, who is the director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) and consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO), met recently with government officials in Laos, currently one of the highest per capita consumers of asbestos. And he liked what he heard. “I am optimistic there, but with caution,” Takahashi told Asbestos.com. “Ultimately, it is a battle for the cau...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 19, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Source Type: news
Missouri Bill May Limit Legal Rights of Mesothelioma Patients
A new bill could make it harder for people with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases to file lawsuits against companies in Missouri that exposed them to the carcinogen. If the bill becomes law, its requirements will restrict the number of asbestos lawsuits and limit the financial compensation a plaintiff can win from defendants. Supporters of big businesses praise the legislation as a measure to increase transparency in the legal process. But advocates of people diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases criticize the legislation because it complicates the process of seeking compensation from companies responsibl...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 15, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Source Type: news
Dirty Laundry: New Documentary Unravels Asbestos, Mesothelioma
In the new 75-minute documentary “Dirty Laundry,” filmmakers and cousins Conor B. Lewis and Zack Johnson embark on a 4,200-mile cycling journey from Astoria, Oregon, to New York City. The reason: To better understand mesothelioma, the asbestos-related cancer that took the life of their grandmother, Iva Lewis. “Dirty Laundry” tells Iva’s story through a series of interviews with family members, doctors and researchers. On the 78-day bike ride, the cousins make stops in Libby, Montana, and Ambler, Pennsylvania — two of the most notorious EPA Superfund sites for asbestos cleanup. Conor a...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 15, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Source Type: news
Claire ’s Filing for Bankruptcy After Asbestos Found in Makeup
Claire’s, a fashion accessory retail chain marketed to young girls and preteens, is reportedly filing for bankruptcy as a second round of lab tests found deadly asbestos fibers in the store’s cosmetics products. Bloomberg News reported last week that Claire’s Stores Inc. plans to file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks to ease the $2 million debt load. The deal would transfer control from Apollo Global Management LLC to lenders, including Elliott Capital Management and Monarch Alternative Capital. U.S. PIRG, a consumer and public interest research group, released a report Tuesday revealing three Claire&r...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 13, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news
Study finds asbestos in Claire's makeup products marketed to teens
In a statement, the company "categorically denies" the test results, calling the lab's methods "obsolete and unreliable" (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
First mesothelioma nurse to focus on armed forces patients
Helen Wilkes has been appointed as the first mesothelioma nurse specialist in the UK to focus on helping armed forces personnel and veterans affected by the cancer related to asbestos exposure. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news
Blood Test Could Make Monitoring Mesothelioma Easier
A simple blood test may have the potential to replace the more costly and burdensome CT scan for monitoring post-treatment recurrence and progression of pleural mesothelioma. Researchers at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom recently found that the changing levels of the protein mesothelin in blood often mirrored CT scan results in patients who already had completed treatment. BMC Cancer published results of their study — a first of its kind — which included the long-term monitoring of 41 patients with mesothelioma who had either completed chemotherapy or other supportive care. “With this stu...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 8, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news
Stem Cell Vaccine Carries Potential as Mesothelioma Treatment
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine believe a patient-specific stem cell vaccine could become part of mesothelioma treatment — and possibly prevention — in the future. The belief stems from their recent study that demonstrated a consistent immunologic response with genetically-altered stem cells in laboratory mice carrying particular cancer cells. “This could potentially play a role for a large group of — if not all — cancers,” Dr. Joseph Wu, director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, told Asbestos.com. “We envision it potentially being used as a vacci...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news
Court Reopens Case Linking Lawn Fertilizer to Mesothelioma
A New Jersey appeals court has reopened a 2012 lawsuit alleging a man developed mesothelioma from using asbestos-contaminated Scotts lawn fertilizer. The decision comes after the discovery of new evidence the appeals court believes “would probably have changed the result” of the 2014 summary judgment in favor of Scotts. The original plaintiff, Lorenz Brandecker, filed the lawsuit in July 2012. The Wayne, New Jersey, resident claimed his twice-yearly use of Scotts Turf Builder fertilizer from 1967 to 1980 caused him to develop mesothelioma, a terminal cancer. According to a report from the National Asbestos Expo...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 1, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news
Using Artificial Intelligence to Detect Asbestos
Humans cannot see, smell or taste airborne asbestos fibers. Identifying them through a microscope requires the eye of a trained analyst — but perhaps not for long. Australian engineer Jordan Gruber is working on technology that can automatically detect asbestos from the air around a worksite. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers is the primary cause of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer. The past use of asbestos in building materials has led to great suffering among Americans and Australians alike. Gruber got into robotics so he could work on self-driving cars. But when his brother became an occupational hygi...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 28, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news
Johnson Johnson facing class action suit over the asbestos in its talc products
(Natural News) New Brunswick, New Jersey-based pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturer Johnson & Johnson is facing its first investor class action lawsuit. According to a legal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey on Thursday, February 8, investors suffered from losses when the price of Johnson &... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Snickers Ad Spoofs Asbestos in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
The back cover of the recently published 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue features a model dressed in a white asbestos abatement worker’s suit layered with a hot pink tiger-striped two-piece swimsuit. She’s wearing full makeup and a respirator mask. The back cover ad includes the title: “Goddesses of Asbestos Removal.” The unusual advertisement is the latest contribution in Snickers’ long-running “You’re not you when you’re hungry” campaign. It is also the most recent example of how deadly asbestos is used as a punch line in popular culture. New York advertisin...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 26, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news
New Clinical Trial Focuses on Immunotoxins and Mesothelioma
An exciting new mesothelioma clinical trial will study one approach for improving how well immunotoxin drugs work. The phase I trial is enrolling peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma patients. Immunotoxins, which are targeted therapies, attach to and destroy cancer cells. This approach already has shown promise in a small clinical trial. This new clinical trial will give mesothelioma patients an immunotoxin in combination with another substance to suppress the immune system. The goal of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) clinical trial is to learn how safe and tolerable the combination of the immunotoxin and immune suppre...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 26, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news
Greg Laurie Talks Steve McQueen, Faith and Mesothelioma
“Steve McQueen: American Icon” — a feature documentary about the life, faith and cancer battle of the legendary actor — arrives on DVD and digital HD release Tuesday. Nicknamed “The King of Cool,” McQueen is known for his tough guy roles and action-packed sequences in films such as “Bullitt,” “The Great Escape” and “The Towering Inferno.” He received an Academy Award nomination in 1967 for his leading role in “The Sand Pebbles” and became the highest-paid movie star in the world in 1974. Shortly after, McQueen disconnected from Hollywood in...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 20, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: “Steve McQueen American Icon Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Barbara Minty McQueen Greg Laurie Harvest Christian Fellowship Jon Erwin Leonard DeWitt pleural mesothelioma Sammy Mason The King of Cool Source Type: news
Mesothelioma Immunotherapy Trial Involves Targeted Radiation
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City has opened a clinical trial for mesothelioma involving a combination of targeted radiation and the novel immunotherapy drug avelumab. Hopes are high for the first-of-its kind study. The trial will be conducted at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s main campus and regional sites. It is open to pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma patients. Radiation oncologist Dr. Andreas Rimner and medical oncologist Dr. Marjorie Zauderer are the lead investigators of the trial, which is expected to run through 2020. Avelumab is designed to block a specific protein (PD-L1) found on the...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 19, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: avelumab Chris Boshoff Dr. Andreas Rimner Dr. Kenneth Rosenzweig Dr. Marjorie Zauderer Dr. Raffit Hassan immunotherapy for mesothelioma immunotherapy radiation combination mesothelioma Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center mesothelioma Source Type: news
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Vaccine Promising for Cancer
iPSC vaccine prevented tumor growth in syngeneic murine breast CA, mesothelioma, melanoma models (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - February 16, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacy, Journal, Source Type: news
New specialist nurse in London for mesothelioma patients
A new thoracic nurse specialist has been appointed in London specifically to support mesothelioma patients, a charity has announced. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news
Only U.S. Cryotherapy Trial for Mesothelioma Finds Success
Thoracic surgeon Dr. Shanda Blackmon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, believes there is a place for cryotherapy in the future multidisciplinary treatment of pleural mesothelioma. She wants to show it with this groundbreaking clinical trial. “We think [cryotherapy] could play an important role in treatment,” Blackmon told Asbestos.com. “So far, things look promising, but you can’t say anything specific without more numbers. Right now, it’s a little like telling a story.” Cryotherapy involves destroying cancer cells, or any abnormal tissues, by freezing them with controlled nitr...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 14, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: ADI-PEG 20 cryoablation cryotherapy intrapleural measles virus Mayo Clinic mesothelioma clinical trial Opdivo pacific mesothelioma center pleural mesothelioma pleuroscopy Shanda Blackmon Surgery for Mesothelioma After Radiation Thera Source Type: news
Asbestos (Exposure Dangers, Testing, Symptoms)
Title: Asbestos (Exposure Dangers, Testing, Symptoms)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 2/21/2000 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/12/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - February 12, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news
New Bill Aims to Keep Children ’ s Makeup Asbestos-Free
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell introduced legislation this week that would mandate a warning label on cosmetics marketed to children unless stricter testing can show they are free of asbestos fibers. The legislation was sparked by reports in 2017 that trace amounts of tremolite asbestos were found in cosmetics marketed to girls by national retail chains Claire’s and Justice. Although both companies quickly pulled products off store shelves, they also disputed the findings and later produced lab results showing their merchandise was safe and free of asbestos. “Parents across the country should have the peace of mind i...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 9, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: asbestos in cosmetics asbestos makeup asbestos-contaminated talc Children’s Product Warning Label Act of 2018 Claire’s asbestos Colgate-Palmolive Department of Health and Human Services Johnson & Johnson justice asbestos polarized li Source Type: news
Pillsbury Plant Owner Sentenced for Asbestos Violations
Federal judge Sue Myerscough sentenced a part owner of the shuttered Pillsbury Mills complex in Springfield, Illinois, Monday to three years in prison for violating clear air standards with the illegal removal of asbestos products. Joseph Chernis IV pleaded guilty to illegal removal, demolition and disposal of asbestos after using untrained workers to remove dry pipe insulation and store it in open containers, trash bags and cardboard boxes. He is still facing an ongoing civil case brought by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “I have grave concerns about the damage to the community in this case,&rd...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 8, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: asbestos exposure asbestos regulations asbestos violations asbestosis clear air standards flour-milling plant Springfield Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Joseph Chernis IV judge Sue Myerscough lung cancer mesothelioma Pillsb Source Type: news
Study: Early Identification Needed for Mesothelioma Advances
Professor John Cherrie at Heriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom believes future treatment advances and improved patient outcomes for mesothelioma rests with a formula to better identify and screen high-risk patients. It could make an early diagnosis of the asbestos-related cancer much more common. Cherrie said the current standard — which typically results in a late-stage diagnosis and a poor prognosis — prevents novel treatment studies and the development of any pre-emergent strategy to combat the aggressive cancer. “We don’t pretend to have a medical cure that will help immediately, but un...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: Activity emission potential biomarkers for mesothelioma chemoprophylaxis strategies early diagnosis mesothelioma Early identification of mesothelioma early screening asbestos Heriot-Watt University high-risk mesothelioma indwelling pleural Source Type: news
Johnson & Johnson Back on Trial in Mesothelioma Case
The second trial involving Johnson & Johnson’s iconic baby powder and its possible link to mesothelioma began this week in a Middlesex County, New Jersey, superior court. A jury in California two months ago — in a highly anticipated first trial — found the pharmaceutical giant was not responsible for a plaintiff’s mesothelioma, the rare asbestos-related cancer. Superior Court Judge Ana Viscomi opened the latest trial Monday in New Brunswick, New Jersey, just a few blocks from the world headquarters of Johnson & Johnson. The trial is estimated to last two months. Plaintiff Stephen Lanzo III, ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 30, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news
Study: Talc Pleurodesis a Viable Option for Mesothelioma
Some patients with mesothelioma should consider the less-invasive talc pleurodesis procedure instead of aggressive, tumor-removing surgery, based on recent research from doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital. Although talc pleurodesis is considered only palliative, survival time often is not significantly different between the two procedures, according to the study published by Journal of Thoracic Disease. “There should be comprehensive conversation with your physician about treatment options, not only about survival, but about quality of life,” Dr. Emanuela Taioli, department of thoracic surgery, Icahn School of Me...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 29, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: Emanuela Taioli extrapleural pneumonectomy Institute for Translational Epidemiology Journal of Thoracic Disease Maaike van Gerwen mesothelioma surgery Mount Sinai Hospital pleural effusions pleural mesothelioma pleurectomy and decorticat Source Type: news
ASCO Releases First Mesothelioma Guideline
(MedPage Today) -- All aspects of clinical management addressed (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)
Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology - January 27, 2018 Category: Hematology Source Type: news
ASCO Guideline Offers Recommendations for Management of Mesothelioma
ASCO recently released a clinical practice guideline on the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma, including recommendations on diagnosis, staging, and treatment with chemotherapy, surgical cytoreduction, and radiation therapy. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - January 24, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Tags: Lung Cancer Mesothelioma News Source Type: news
Nintedanib Moves Closer to Mesothelioma Standard of Care
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the United Kingdom granted early access designation to nintedanib for the treatment of pleural mesothelioma, a major step forward for patients diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer. Nintedanib, marketed under the brand names Ofev and Vargatef, is a small-molecule enzyme inhibitor. In clinical trials, the drug has shown the ability to prevent mesothelioma cell growth and slow tumor spread (metastasis). “This is potentially quite significant,” Dr. Dean Fennell, chair of thoracic medical oncology at the University of Leicester and University Ho...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 24, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: Dean Fennell FDA LUME-Meso clinical trial md anderson cancer center MHRA nintedanib Ofev pleural mesothelioma Promising Innovative Medicine rama balaraman UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center University of Pittsburgh Source Type: news
Toxic Black-Market Cigarettes Fuel Mesothelioma Concerns
The Australian government’s plan to see around 300,000 people quit smoking by 2020 has backfired. A tobacco tax hike of a 12.5 percent over a four-year span has driven the price of cigarettes to $40 a pack and rising. As a result, avid smokers are turning to illegally imported cigarettes to fuel their habit. The trend has resulted in the emergence of a flourishing black-market industry linked to organized crime. Up to 14.3 percent of tobacco consumed in Australia comes through the black market, with a wide range of brands and counterfeit imitations sold “under the counter” by shop owners and other individ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 22, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: asbestos in cigarettes Australian Border Force Tobacco Strike Team Australian Customs and Border Protection Service black market cigarettes Chinese cigarettes counterfeit cigarettes from China fake cigarettes fake Marlboros illegal cigaret Source Type: news
Defunct Wisconsin Foundry Fined in Asbestos Exposure Case
A Wisconsin court ordered the corporate owner of a shuttered foundry to pay more than $500,000 in fines and medical expenses for exposing workers to toxic asbestos. Grede Holdings LLC, which was indicted last March, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 in the U.S. District Court in Eastern Wisconsin to violating a provision of the Clean Air Act. As part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Grede acknowledged supervisors at its plant in Berlin, Wisconsin, negligently ordered numerous employees in January 2012 to remove asbestos-containing insulation material from the roof of an inactive industrial oven. “The company fai...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 19, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: American Axle & Manufacturing asbestos abatement procedures Berlin Wisconsin Bowntown Wisconsin Brad Ostendorf Christy McNamee Clean Air Act environmental protection agency foundry asbestos exposure Grede LLC medical monitoring for mes Source Type: news
Canada Introduces New Asbestos Regulations
Two Canadian government agencies are sponsoring legislation that will prohibit the import, use and sale of asbestos and products containing the cancer-causing mineral. The proposed Prohibition of Asbestos and Asbestos Products Regulations, sponsored by Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada, comes more than a year after the Canadian government promised a comprehensive ban on asbestos by 2018. Additional amendments to the existing Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations (ESECLR) would restrict the export of all forms of asbestos, going beyond Canada’s commitment under the Rotterdam...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 16, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: asbestos ban in canada Catherine McKenna Environment and Climate Change Canada Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations Health Canada Jesse Todd Kathleen Ruff Prohibition of Asbestos and Asbestos Products Regulations Rig Source Type: news
Asbestos found in 17 makeup products thanks to one woman’s persistent concerns about child safety
(Natural News) Parents have a seemingly never-ending list of things to worry about, particularly when it comes to their children’s health. Even if you’ve done your best to ensure your kids eat healthy foods and you go out of your way to avoid toxic vaccines and medications, there are still ways that your children could... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Audit Reveals Most Australian Schools Contain Asbestos
For millions of Australian parents, the biggest concern when sending their children off to school is what to pack in their lunchbox. This is hardly surprising, given their perception that schools are a safe place for children. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Many children are at risk of exposure to asbestos in aging school buildings. A recent audit of Australian schools revealed most contain some form of asbestos. In the southeastern state of Victoria alone, only 39 of the 1,440 state schools audited — or 3 percent — passed the test. Hundreds of schools in North South Wales contain asbe...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 8, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: asbestos abatement Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act asbestos in schools Australia Committee on Carcinogenicity Environmental Working Group Action Fund Health and Safety Act 2011 North South Wales Occupational Health and Safety Vict Source Type: news
Claire's: Lab tests show makeup is asbestos-free
The international retailer Claire's Stores Inc. says it has completed additional asbestos testing on samples of its children's makeup and found no traces of the dangerous substance. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Claire ’s Refutes Reports of Asbestos-Containing Makeup
Claire’s on Thursday said lab results have certified its products are asbestos-free, just a week after the children’s accessories retailer recalled nine makeup kits over concerns of contamination. “We are pleased to report that test results received to date from two certified independent labs confirm that the products in question are asbestos free, completely safe and meet all government requirements,” a company statement said. The talc used in the makeup products was sourced from Merck KGaA. The pharmaceutical giant provided certificates of analysis to Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Admi...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: asbestos cosmetics asbestos makeup asbestos testing Claire's recall Claire’s asbestos Health Canada ISO-certified testing lab Just Shine Shimmer Powder Justice Kristi Warner Merck polarized light microscopy Scientific Analytical Source Type: news
Record-Breaking Winter Weather Exposes Asbestos Threats
The brutal winter storms affecting most of the U.S. bring more dangers than just freezing temperatures and icy roads. Snow, freezing rain and weather forecasts in the single digits can also affect building materials containing deadly asbestos. For example, a Massachusetts elementary school remains closed after a pipe burst over the holiday break and damaged asbestos ceiling tiles. Fitchburg Public Schools Superintendent Andre Ravenelle said Crocker Elementary School will be closed until at least Friday as the building undergoes remedial work. “We are working with the appropriate agencies and licensed experts to remed...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: Andre Ravenelle asbestos in schools Crocker Elementary School environmental protection agency Fitchburg High School Longsjo Middle School Massachusetts School Building Authority Reingold Elementary School Sally Cragin winter storms Source Type: news
Research Pinpoints Libby Amphibole Disease
A research team led by thoracic surgeon Dr. Raja Flores has identified Libby amphibole asbestos disease for the first time as the puzzling killer that continues to threaten innocent victims exposed to one variety of asbestos. This progressive pulmonary disease involves lamellar pleural thickening (LPT) that has a suffocating effect on the lungs. Diagnostic signals are unusual when compared to more common asbestos-related diseases, making it difficult to identify early by traditional means. The CT and pulmonary function abnormalities look different. “It’s a process that kills people before cancer does, before lu...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 4, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: asbestos exposure asbestos in libby montana Center for Asbestos Related Disease Centers for Disease Control environmental protection agency lamellar pleural thickening Libby amphibole disease Montana State University Mount Sinai Health Sys Source Type: news
Woman with cancer caused by asbestos gets all clear
Danielle Smalley, from Hampshire, was diagnosed with mesothelioma caused by asbestos which doctors believe had been present in her body for about 20 years – meaning she swallowed it when three. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Immunotherapy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Immunotherapy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
Review checkpoint blockade, immunotoxin, oncolytic viral, and adoptive cell therapies for malignant mesothelioma.Translational Lung Cancer Research (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news
Jury Awards $22M in Asbestos-Contaminated Paint Case
A California jury recently awarded $22 million to the estate of a man exposed to asbestos-containing talc that was used in paint manufacturing, expanding the liability of those supplying the toxic ingredient. Plaintiff Richard Booker, who worked as a paint maker throughout his career, died of mesothelioma in 2016. The lawsuit claimed Booker was exposed to asbestos while working for Dexter Midland Chemical Co. and Walter N. Boysen Paint Co. The lucrative award includes $4.6 million in punitive damages, along with the initial judgement of $17.57 million for malice on the part of Vanderbilt Minerals and Imerys Talc America In...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 2, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: Alameda County asbestos exposure asbestos-contaminated talc Cashmere Bouquet Colgate-Palmolive Dexter Midland Chemical Imerys Talc America mesothelioma lawsuit Richard Booker Vanderbilt Minerals Walter N. Boysen Paint Source Type: news
What Was Asbestos Doing In Children's Makeup?
Testing allegedly has found asbestos in makeup products sold by Claire's in nine different states. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 31, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news
Claire's pulls children's makeup kits over asbestos concerns
The international retail giant Claire's says it has pulled nine children's makeup products off shelves after asbestos was found in many samples. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Claire's says initial testing shows cosmetics tested to date "asbestos free"
Claire's said it would doing additional testing on its makeup after allegations that the carcinogen was found in some of its products (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Claire's pulls makeup for kids amid asbestos concerns
A Rhode Island mother says she sent her daughter's makeup to a lab for testing, and the results came back positive for asbestos (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Health Canada wants Claire's kids' makeup tested for asbestos
Health Canada says it has requested testing data from Claire's Stores Inc. following reports that asbestos has been found in certain cosmetic products sold by the international retailer of youth-oriented jewelry and accessories. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news
Claire ’s Recalls Makeup Kits For Asbestos Concerns
Jewelry and accessory retailer Claire’s has recalled a series of makeup kits after news reports said they tested positive for asbestos. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Claire ’s Recalls Asbestos-Containing Makeup
National children’s retailer Claire’s has issued a recall of nine makeup products after reports surfaced they may contain cancer-causing asbestos fibers. An inquiry from a Rhode Island-based mother sparked the recall. Curious about what was in her 6-year-old daughter’s glitter makeup, Kristi Warner sent samples to an independent lab in North Carolina for testing. The makeup contained traces of tremolite asbestos, according to Warner. Tremolite is not used commercially, but can be found as a contaminant in talc, a common ingredient in cosmetics. Inhaling or ingesting any form of asbestos can lead to seri...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 28, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: asbestos in children's makeup asbestos lung cancer asbestos makeup Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set Claire's Claire's recall Justice Kristi Warner mesothelioma Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48 Piece Makeup Set Mint Glitter Make Up Set Source Type: news
Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarkers for Mesothelioma Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarkers for Mesothelioma
Although validation is needed, these biomarkers show the most promise in malignant mesothelioma.Translational Lung Cancer Research (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news
Top 10 Mesothelioma News Stories of 2017
Every year, mesothelioma specialists and researchers make strides to advance the standard of care, improve treatment strategies and develop new diagnostic practices. Mesothelioma remains a rare cancer, with an estimated 3,000 people diagnosed each year in the U.S., but the fight to find a cure only grows stronger. And while researchers are busy finding breakthroughs in care, advocates are hard at work campaigning for a ban on asbestos, the main cause of mesothelioma. This was a memorable year on both fronts. Immunotherapy continues to be the hot topic among emerging treatments. Drugs such as pembrolizumab (Keytruda) and ni...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 22, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: canada asbestos ban Food and Drug Administration Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act keytruda Medical marijuana mesothelioma mesothelioma vaccine Opdivo Scott Pruitt talcum powder lawsuit yervoy Source Type: news
Mesothelioma Immunotherapy Clinical Trial Ends Abruptly
A leading biopharmaceutical company has halted a once-promising mesothelioma clinical trial involving CRS-207 — a listeria-based cancer vaccine — citing efficacy and financial concerns. The phase II trial was designed to test the effectiveness and safety of CRS-207 when used in combination with pembrolizumab (Keytruda), a drug already proven effective with non-small cell lung cancer. The trial, which began earlier this year, was being conducted at eight prominent cancer centers across the United States. It was funded by Aduro Biotech Inc., based in Berkley, California. “This was not the news everyone had ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 19, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: Abramson Cancer Center Aduro Biotech Cleveland Clinic CRS-207 H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center keytruda Listeria virus Mayo Clinic mesothelioma immunotherapy Natalie Sacks NIH National Cancer Institute pembrolizumab Perlmutter Cancer C Source Type: news
Decorating for Christmas Could Bring Asbestos Exposure in UK
The organization representing education worker unions in the United Kingdom has cautioned its members to avoid disturbing asbestos and endangering children when displaying Christmas decorations in school classrooms. The Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) — through the Department of Education — issued a directive to staffs throughout the U.K., reminding them nearly 90 percent of schools still contain some toxic asbestos products. JUAC said putting staples and pins into walls or ceilings to help display holiday decorations often releases microscopic asbestos fibers that can cause serious health issues for thos...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 18, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: asbestos exposure Christmas decorations Department of Education environmental protection agency Health and Safety Executive Joint Union Asbestos Committee public schools school classrooms United Kingdom Source Type: news