EPA ’s Latest Asbestos Regulation Falls Short of Full Ban
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a new regulation on Wednesday that will make it tougher to domestically manufacture, import or sell products made with asbestos, the toxic mineral that causes mesothelioma and other diseases. The regulation closes a loophole in the partial ban of asbestos that was legislated almost 30 years ago. It will strengthen the EPA’s ability to review and prohibit the use of a long list of asbestos products that are not banned but have been long abandoned by the industry. The ruling is part of a legislative process that requires the EPA to review its regulation of asbestos under the...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 18, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

EPA Removes Part of Libby Asbestos Cleanup from Superfund List
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deleted a 45-acre portion of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site from the National Priorities List. The EPA and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality have agreed that institutional controls to prevent any future exposure to asbestos in the area were satisfied. It’s a step closer to finishing the decontamination of the longest-running, man-made environmental disaster in American history. The sprawling Superfund site, which was placed on the National Priorities List in 2002, was originally divided into eight operable units. The units were based upon the extent of co...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 16, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Cancer-Related Insomnia: New Research Finds Effective Treatments
This study was a first of its kind. It involved a head-to-head comparison of acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy, enrolled patients with many different types of cancer and included nearly 30% minority participants. Previous studies focused solely on breast cancer and included 90% white participants. Limitations of the previous research make it difficult to determine if the results are applicable to patients with other cancers and people of diverse backgrounds. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acupuncture Are Effective Acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy treatments produced clinically meaningful reduction...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 15, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

CAR T-Cell Therapy for Mesothelioma Proving Effective in Clinical Trial
Dr. Prasad Adusumilli at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center believes novel CAR T-cell therapy will be part of future, standard-of-care treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma. The therapy involves the laboratory reprograming of a patient’s T cells — a type of white blood cell — to attack the cancer by targeting mesothelin, a surface protein. CAR T-cell therapy is a form of immunotherapy that could extend mesothelioma survival significantly. “That’s my goal. That’s what we’ve been working toward for many years,” Adusumilli told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com....
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 11, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Gene Therapy Trial for Mesothelioma Opens Internationally
A long-awaited phase III clinical trial of a novel gene therapy could change malignant pleural mesothelioma treatment in the future. The trial, which will include almost 50 locations around the world, opens this month for mesothelioma patients whose standard treatment has stopped working. The gene therapy drug, called TR002, is also a form of immunotherapy. It will be used in combination with gemcitabine chemotherapy in a second-line setting. “We can’t predict what the outcome will be, but we’re very excited about the potential of this treatment, and the fact there may be another drug in the armamentarium...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 8, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Tissue Bank Identifies Survival Factors
This study was on the exploration of risk factors affecting mortality.” The Lancet Respiratory Medicine published the findings early in 2019. Factors Associated with Longer Survival Age under 45 years when diagnosed Female gender Peritoneal mesothelioma subtype Epithelioid histology subtype Treatment including surgery and chemotherapy Stage 1 at time of diagnosis “The identification of these factors could help patients at risk for therapy failure who may benefit from novel interventions, or avoiding treatments that are not effective, or with high mortality risk,” the re...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 2, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

Survival Improves for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients in Finland
Survival time improved significantly for peritoneal mesothelioma patients in Finland who underwent a combination of surgery and chemotherapy, according to a recently released study. The five-year survival rate was 66 percent. The median survival was 62 months. According to a smaller, previous study in Finland, the median survival without treatment was just four months after diagnosis. “Despite these advances in treatment…the majority of patients with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma receive only palliative care of systemic chemotherapy, leaving many eligible patients without the benefit of this more invasive...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 1, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

New immnotherapy can shrink otherwise untreatable breast, lung and mesothelioma tumors
Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering have deveoped the world's first immunotherapy that can shrink treatment-resistant lung, breast and mesothelioma tumors in some two million patients. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Testing the water: asbestos in old pipes raises a call for action
Residents of one English village are pushing for an overhaul of the mains network and more research into the health implications (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - March 31, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Mesothelin-targeted CAR T-cell therapy shows early promise in patients with solid tumors
(American Association for Cancer Research) A chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy that targets the protein mesothelin showed no evidence of major toxicity and had antitumor activity in patients with malignant pleural disease from mesothelioma, according to results from a phase I clinical trial presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019, March 29-April 3. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 31, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

New Jersey Jury Finds J & J Not Liable in Latest Talc Cancer Trial New Jersey Jury Finds J & J Not Liable in Latest Talc Cancer Trial
A New Jersey jury on Wednesday cleared Johnson& Johnson of liability in a lawsuit brought by a man who said that asbestos in the company's talcum powder products caused his mesothelioma.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Better Muscle Mass Linked to Improved Immunotherapy Response
Researchers at Osaka University in Japan have identified a key component of physical health associated with response to immunotherapy drugs. Among people with non-small cell lung cancer, higher levels of muscle mass predicted a better response to PD-1 inhibitor immunotherapy. Sarcopenia — the term used to describe low muscle mass levels — appears to reduce the benefits a person receives from immunotherapy cancer treatment. “Sarcopenia at baseline is a significant predictor of worse outcome in patients with advanced NSCLC [non-small cell lung cancer] receiving PD-1 blockade,” the study investigators ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 28, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

New Jersey jury finds J & J not liable in talc cancer trial; company settles three other cases
A New Jersey jury on Wednesday cleared Johnson& Johnson of liability in a lawsuit brought by a man who said that asbestos in the company's talcum powder products caused his mesothelioma. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Specialist cancer nurse for armed forces to full-time post
The first mesothelioma clinical nurse specialist in the UK to focus on patients with an armed forces or military background has had her funding extended so she can become whole-time equivalent. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 28, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Specialist cancer nurse for armed forces to be full-time post
The first mesothelioma clinical nurse specialist in the UK to focus on patients with an armed forces or military background has had her funding extended so she can become whole-time equivalent. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 28, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

J & J settles three mesothelioma talc cases-plaintiffs' lawyer
Johnson& Johnson has settled three cases brought by plaintiffs who claimed asbestos in the company's talcum-based products caused mesothelioma, an attorney for the plaintiffs' said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

US Geological Survey: 750 Metric Tons of Asbestos Imported in 2018
The United States imported an estimated 750 metric tons of raw asbestos in 2018, more than double the total in 2017 and the most entering the country since 2013, according to the recently released U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Commodity Summaries report. For the first time, all of the imported asbestos went to the chloralkali industry, which uses it to manufacture semipermeable diaphragms to make chlorine. The report was prepared by Daniel Flanagan, a mineral commodity specialist for the National Minerals Information Center at the U.S. Geological Survey. It is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Asbestos consume...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 26, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Pacific Mesothelioma Center Moves Closer to Treatment Breakthrough
Thoracic surgeon Dr. Robert Cameron and the Pacific Mesothelioma Center moved closer to a major treatment advance by obtaining U.S. patent approval for their novel mesenchymal stem cell research program. The patent approval in February makes the research program more attractive to potential investors who could accelerate development and change the way malignant mesothelioma is treated. “This is a big deal in the developmental path for MSC [mesenchymal stem cell] therapy,” Patent Adviser Dr. Walid Sabbagh told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “The patent is a pathway to really help these cancer pat...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 25, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Nigeria: Talcum Powder May Cause Cancer, Experts Warn
[Guardian] Researchers are unanimous that talc or talcum powder can cause lung, ovarian, stomach and endometrial (uterine) cancers. They said talc consisting of asbestos is generally accepted as being able to cause cancer if it is inhaled or/and used regularly in the genital area. Evidence on asbestos-free talc is however less clear. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 22, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Supreme Court Rules to Protect Navy Veterans in Asbestos Case
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that manufacturers are liable for asbestos-containing materials they did not make, distribute or install, but were needed for their equipment to function properly. The maritime-law ruling involved Navy veterans who were not warned about the danger of asbestos insulation added by a third party to pumps, turbines and blowers aboard three different ships. The ruling will allow cases filed originally by Navy veterans Kenneth McAfee and John DeVries to move forward against five manufacturers. Both veterans died from cancer during the course of litigation. The deaths have been attributed to a...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 20, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

US Launches First National Firefighter Cancer Registry
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has launched the first nationwide Firefighter Cancer Registry, linking workplace exposures to deadly malignancies such as mesothelioma. Officials administering the study believe the registry will help reduce the incidence of various cancers for firefighters. “A national registry will go a long way toward answering the many questions still out there,” Dr. Kenny Fent, an industrial hygienist at NIOSH who is leading the effort, told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “We’re just laying the groundwork now, but in the long run, we want to h...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 18, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Lung-Cancer Screens Effective in Asbestos-Exposed Smokers Lung-Cancer Screens Effective in Asbestos-Exposed Smokers
Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening can detect early lung cancers in smokers with a history of occupational asbestos exposure, new research shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: Pathology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Woman awarded $29 million in Johnson Johnson baby powder cancer case
(Natural News) Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $29 million after a California jury determined that its baby powder contributed substantially to a woman’s mesothelioma. The immensely popular product, which has been widely used on babies and adults alike for decades, is the target of more than 13,000 similar lawsuits that have been... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Highlights: March 15, 2019
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Jury Awards $29.4 Million in Talcum Powder/Cancer Case A woman who said her mesothelioma was caused by her regular use of Johnson&... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 15, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Jury Awards $29.4 Million in Talcum-Cancer Trial
Johnson & Johnson says its products do not contain asbestos, and said it will appeal Wednesday's jury decision. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jury awards woman $29 million in Johnson & Johnson baby powder lawsuit
The company has 11,000 lawsuits pending related to asbestos-tinged baby powder. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $29 Million Verdict in Case Over Talc and Asbestos
The company ’ s stock dipped on Thursday after a California jury found in favor of a woman who claimed that asbestos in the company ’ s talc-based powders caused her cancer. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TIFFANY HSU Tags: Asbestos Cosmetics and Toiletries Suits and Litigation (Civil) Johnson & Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson hit with $29.4 million verdict in talcum powder case
A California jury returned a $29.4 million verdict in a trial involving a woman who believes that her mesothelioma is tied to her regular use of Johnson& Johnson's talcum powder. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

California Jury Awards $29 Million to Woman Who Says She Got Cancer from Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder
A woman who claims asbestos in Johnson & Johnson products caused her deadly cancer was awarded $29.4 million by a California jury on Wednesday, Reuters reports. A jury in a California Superior Court in Oakland determined that defective Baby Powder was a “substantial contributing factor” to Terry Leavitt’s mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that affects the tissue that coats internal organs, the Associated Press reports. Leavitt said she often used two talcum-powder-based Johnson & Johnson products — Baby Powder and Shower to Shower powder — in the 1960s and 1970s, and claims they contr...
Source: TIME: Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Cancer onetime Source Type: news

Study: Less-Invasive Mesothelioma Surgery Yields Better Results
A team of researchers at the Hyogo College of Medicine in Nishinomiya, Japan, studied the outcomes for pleural mesothelioma patients who received surgery at their facility between 2004 and 2016. The results: More aggressive surgery did not help mesothelioma patients live longer. “We showed that introducing less-invasive surgical techniques could decrease surgical risks without compromising survival,” the researchers wrote in their study, published in January in Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. “Surgery that is less invasive than conventional extrapleural pneumonectomy could achieve lower ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 14, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

California jury awards $29 million to woman with cancer who used J & J talc
A California jury on Wednesday awarded $29 million to a woman who said that asbestos in Johnson& Johnson's talcum-powder-based products caused her cancer. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Claire's recalls makeup that tested positive for asbestos
A week after disputing the FDA's findings, the company has issued a voluntary recall of the items (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Claire's Recalls 3 Cosmetic Products Due to Possible Asbestos Contamination
The move follows a warning issued last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that said certain Claire's products may contain potentially cancer-causing asbestos. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Claire's recalls makeup after regulators warn of asbestos
Claire's is recalling three makeup products after regulators warned people not to use them (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Claire's Recalls 3 Cosmetic Products Due to Possible Asbestos Contamination
WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 -- Claire's Stores, Inc., announced a voluntary recall of three of its cosmetic products on Tuesday. The move follows a warning issued last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that said certain Claire's products... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 13, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Treatment Combines Proton and Photodynamic Therapy
Intraoperative photodynamic therapy combined with novel proton radiation improved survival time significantly for recent patients with advanced-stage pleural mesothelioma. The study — the first to measure the impact of this combination — involved 10 consecutive patients treated at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center. The treatment regimen resulted in a 90 percent, two-year disease control rate and an impressive 30.3-month median overall survival from the time of diagnosis. All 10 patients were diagnosed before treatment began with stage 3 or stage 4 disease, which typically results in ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 12, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Claire ’ s Stores, Inc., Announces Voluntary Recall of Three Make-Up Products
Out of an abundance of caution, today Claire ’ s Stores, Inc., announced a voluntary recall of three cosmetic products: Claire ’ s Eye Shadows, Claire ’ s Compact Powder and Claire ’ s Contour Palette. We initiated this voluntary recall after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicated the possible presence of asbestos fibers in product samples from one lot of each product. Inhalation of asbestos over time has been linked to serious adverse health consequences. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 12, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Claire ’s Stores, Inc., Announces Voluntary Recall of Three Make-Up Products
Out of an abundance of caution, today Claire ’s Stores, Inc., announced a voluntary recall of three cosmetic products: Claire’s Eye Shadows, Claire’s Compact Powder and Claire’s Contour Palette. We initiated this voluntary recall after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicated the possible presence of asbestos fibers i n product samples from one lot of each product. Inhalation of asbestos over time has been linked to serious adverse health consequences. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 12, 2019 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

U.S. FDA Finds Asbestos in Three Claire's Cosmetics Products, Calls for Change U.S. FDA Finds Asbestos in Three Claire's Cosmetics Products, Calls for Change
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration called on Congress to modernize rules for cosmetics safety on Tuesday after it issued an alert warning consumers not to use three cosmetics products sold by Claire's Stores Inc because they tested positive for asbestos, a known carcinogen.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - March 8, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

U.S. Agencies Investigating Asbestos in Baby Powder
Johnson & Johnson is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over possible asbestos contamination of the company's baby powder and other talc-based products. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Issues Asbestos Warning About Some Claire's Cosmetic Products
Title: FDA Issues Asbestos Warning About Some Claire's Cosmetic ProductsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/6/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/7/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - March 7, 2019 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

FDA: Some Claire's Cosmetics May Contain Asbestos
In a statement, the agency said that further testing confirmed the presence of asbestos in samples of three cosmetic products from Claire's and one product sample from Justice. The Justice product has been recalled by the company, but Claire's has refused to recall the three products that tested positive for asbestos. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA finds asbestos in makeup at Claire's
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned consumers not to use certain cosmetic products sold by Claire's after they were found to contain asbestos. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

FDA Issues Asbestos Warning About Some Claire's Cosmetic Products
WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 -- Consumers should avoid certain Claire's cosmetic products that may contain potentially cancer-causing asbestos because the company has refused to recall the items, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 6, 2019 Category: General Medicine 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 - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA finds asbestos in three Claire's cosmetics products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration called on Congress to modernize rules for cosmetics safety on Tuesday after it issued an alert warning consumers not to use three cosmetics products sold by Claire's Stores Inc because they tested positive for asbestos, a known carcinogen. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

US regulators warn that some Claire's makeup has asbestos
The FDA is warning people not to use three make-up products from Claire's that tested positive for asbestos (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

FDA: Asbestos Confirmed in Children ’ s Makeup
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday confirmed the 2017 finding of asbestos contamination in children’s cosmetic products sold by retailers Claire’s and Justice. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Susan Mayne, director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, released a joint statement announcing the results of independent tests that confirmed asbestos contamination in three of the product samples from Claire’s and one of the samples from Justice. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral often found near talc, a key ingredient in many cosmetic products. Exposure to asbestos can...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 5, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

FDA finds asbestos in three products sold by Claire's
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration called on Congress on Tuesday to modernize rules for cosmetics safety after it issued an alert about asbestos contamination detected in three products sold by retailer Claire's. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and Susan Mayne, Ph.D., director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, on tests confirming a 2017 finding of asbestos contamination in certain cosmetic products and new steps that FDA is pursuing to improve cosmetics safety
(Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 5, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news