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New Tool Determines If Vermiculite Insulation Contains Asbestos
Scientists with the United States Geology Survey (USGS) have created a hand-held spectrometer to determine if vermiculite insulation contains deadly amphibole asbestos. The recent innovation should provide a time-saving technique for commercial and home inspectors. Currently, inspectors must send samples to off-site laboratories before making that determination. “The emphasis was coming up with a method that was both reliable and easier to use,” Gregg Swayze, USGS scientist and lead researcher, told Asbestos.com. “We achieved that goal.” The findings were published in the April 2 edition of America...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 24, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Yale Alumni Push Back Against Asbestos Tycoon Stephan Schmidheiny
Yale University alumni are pushing again to revoke the honorary degree given to Swiss billionaire Stephan Ernst Schmidheiny, whose asbestos-filled factories in Italy were responsible for the deaths of more than 2,000 people. Schmidheiny, 70, was sentenced to 16 years in prison and fined $15 billion in 2012 by an Italian court that found him negligent in protecting employees and nearby residents from deadly asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma. Schmidheiny received his honorary degree from Yale in 1996. In 2014, the university dismissed efforts by the Italy-based Asbestos Victims and Relatives Association and seve...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 19, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

Latest Mesothelioma Immunotherapy Combination Looks Promising
Scientists at the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center (VIC) at Massachusetts General Hospital have uncovered a novel, two-agent immunotherapy combination that worked surprisingly well in animal models with malignant mesothelioma. The discovery has sparked new optimism for immunotherapy, which has struggled to provide consistently positive results with aggressive cancers such as mesothelioma. “This is the beginning of a new story of hope, a new combination of immunotherapy,” Dr. Mark Poznansky, director of the VIC and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, told Asbestos.com. “It worked quite well in a...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 17, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

Pleurectomy and Decortication the ‘ Way to Go ’ for Mesothelioma
Dr. Pietro Bertoglio and his colleagues at the University Hospital of Pisa stopped performing the aggressive extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) surgery for mesothelioma more than a decade ago. They believe it’s long overdue for everyone else to do the same and instead use the less-debilitating pleurectomy/decortication (P/D) procedure. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery recently published the University Hospital of Pisa’s 10-year experience using P/D and hyperthermic intrathoracic chemotherapy (HITHOC). Two editorial commentaries from thoracic surgeons in the U.S. accompanied the study from Italy,...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 16, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

Talcum Powder Lawsuit: J & J, Imerys to Pay $80M in Punitive Damages
Johnson & Johnson and talc supplier Imerys SA must pay an additional $80 million in punitive damages to a man who said he developed mesothelioma after using asbestos-contaminated talcum powder, a New Jersey state court jury ruled Wednesday. The court has awarded $117 million in total damages in the case. Last week, a New Brunswick, New Jersey, jury ordered J&J and Imerys to pay $37 million in compensatory damages to plaintiff Stephen Lanzo III and his wife. It was the first trial loss for J&J over allegations that its talc-based products contain deadly asbestos. Last year, a Los Angeles Superior Court ruled in...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 11, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Research Results Offer Potential Route to Earlier Detection
Cancer experts have known for decades that asbestos causes mesothelioma. Yet, only 2 to 10 percent of people with prolonged asbestos exposure are diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, the most common type of the disease. Researchers want to know how the disease actually happens, and what this may tell us about why some people exposed to asbestos develop the disease while others do not. The latest results from the Shukla Research Lab at the pathology and laboratory medicine department at the University of Vermont have shed light on the precise steps for how asbestos fibers lead to mesothelioma. The newly described pathway fr...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 11, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

5 Key Takeaways from Mesothelioma Expert Teleconference
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you’re likely seeking information and resources to learn more about the disease. A free one-hour mesothelioma teleconference is a great place to start. CancerCare recently hosted the “Advancements in the Treatment of Mesothelioma” workshop. The session featured five mesothelioma experts, including Dr. Hedy Kindler, director of the mesothelioma program at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation co-sponsored the teleconference, which is available online for free. All mesothelioma patients can benefit f...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 9, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

J & J Loses Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Johnson & Johnson suffered its first loss in an asbestos-related talcum powder lawsuit Thursday after a New Jersey jury ordered the company and its talc supplier to pay $37 million in damages. The jury awarded $30 million in compensatory damages to Stephen Lanzo III, who claims he developed mesothelioma after using Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower and Baby Powder products from 1972 to 2003. His wife, Kendra, was awarded $7 million in damages. Johnson & Johnson was held 70 percent liable in the case, meaning they must pay $25.9 million. France-based talc supplier Imerys SA is liable for the remaining 3...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

J & J Loses Case Linking Mesothelioma to Asbestos in Talc
Johnson & Johnson suffered its first loss in an asbestos-related talcum powder lawsuit Thursday after a New Jersey jury ordered the company and its talc supplier to pay $37 million in damages. The jury awarded $30 million in compensatory damages to Stephen Lanzo III, who claims he developed mesothelioma after using Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower and Baby Powder products from 1972 to 2003. His wife, Kendra, was awarded $7 million in damages. Johnson & Johnson was held 70 percent liable in the case, meaning they must pay $25.9 million. France-based talc supplier Imerys SA is liable for the remaining 3...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Opens with Optimism in South Florida
Dr. Chukwuemeka Ikpeazu at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has brought hope — where once there was none — to patients in South Florida with unresectable pleural mesothelioma. Ikpeazu is the principal investigator in the multicenter phase II clinical trial involving the much-anticipated immunotherapy drug durvalumab. Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca manufactures the drug under the brand name Imfinzi. “I am optimistic, very, very optimistic that this drug will be effective for these patients,” Ikpeazu told Asbestos.com. “All the data, all the earlier studies, are encouraging.” He...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 4, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

Banning Asbestos Only One Step on a Long Road
Banning all forms of asbestos won’t end the problem of asbestos-related diseases. It is merely a good starting point. As more countries around the world move closer to an outright ban, Australia has become a reminder to guard against false hope. The Australian experience proves how unrelenting this problem is and how much more work must be done. Fifteen years after its much-celebrated ban of the toxic mineral, Australia has just reached its peak of asbestos-related diseases such as malignant mesothelioma cancer. “It took many years, and efforts from many organizations, for a complete ban to be put in place,&rdq...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 2, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Evaluating Selecta ’ s SEL-403 Begins
A clinical trial testing a new therapeutic modality on patients with pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma is officially underway. Selecta Biosciences, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) teamed up for the phase 1 clinical trial under the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement. The trial will evaluate safety and tolerability of SEL-403, Selecta’s investigational new drug combination consisting of a potent anti-tumor agent (LMB-100) and a drug that prevents an immune response (SVP-Rapamycin). LMB-100 and SVP-Rapamycin have been studied separately in clinical trials...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 29, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

Immunotherapy Drugs Causing Vision Issues
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the potential for three immunotherapy drugs to cause retinal detachment and vision loss. The FDA will consider adding eye toxicities to the warning labels for pembrolizumab (Keytruda), nivolumab (Opdivo) and ipilimumab (Yervoy), which have shown promise in clinical trials involving malignant mesothelioma. All three have already been approved by the FDA for use with metastatic melanoma. Keytruda and Opdivo also have approval for head and neck cancers, colorectal cancers and certain non-small cell lung cancers. The FDA used its Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 27, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

New Targeted Therapy May Benefit Mesothelioma Patients
For newly diagnosed mesothelioma patients, standard treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and multimodal therapy, which combines these options in various ways. However, more physicians are adding precision medicine to the mix, including targeted therapies such as immunotherapy or drugs aimed at a specific genetic mutation in a tumor. Clinical trials have shown a new drug called AZD5363 attacks a gene that is mutated in some mesothelioma tumors. The drug was not designed for mesothelioma patients, but it may offer another mesothelioma treatment avenue in the future. Limited Options Inspire New T...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 23, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

Parasite Drug Shows Effectiveness Against Mesothelioma
Dr. Antonio Giordano believes his team has cleared the path to the next breakthrough in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The advancement involves a new use for an old drug, pyrvinium pamoate, which doctors have successfully used for more than 50 years to treat infections of pinworm parasite. “This drug that no one expected to be involved with mesothelioma is potentially a new weapon against this aggressive type of tumor,” Giordano told Asbestos.com. “Our findings are exciting, very exciting. This one can move forward.” Giordano is the founder and director of the Sbarro Health Researc...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 21, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Source Type: news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

California Wildfires Spur Asbestos Concerns
Six major wildfires are torching Southern California, covering an area larger than New York City and Boston combined. The Thomas Fire — the largest of the six and the fifth-largest blaze in modern California history — covers 238,500 acres. The other fires have destroyed nearly 260,000 acres, officials said. At least 18,000 homes and other structures are threatened by the fires and more than 1,000 structures have been wiped out, according to the fire protection agency Cal Fire. Cal Fire officials said the Thomas Fire was 30 percent contained as of late Wednesday. Some residents have been allowed back in their ho...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 15, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: Air Pollution Control District asbestos exposure Cal Fire California Department of Toxic Substances Control Charles Conway Karen Relucio Napa County Richard Belkin Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Santa Barbara County Sonoma County Thomas F Source Type: news

Study: Preoperative Chemotherapy Useful for Mesothelioma
Oncologists in France are exploring the use of bidirectional chemotherapy as a pre-operative tool for peritoneal mesothelioma, increasing the eligibility of patients for aggressive surgery. Their bidirectional chemotherapy — which typically includes a pemetrexed (Alimta) and cisplatin combination — is delivered directly into the abdominal cavity to reduce tumor burden and make cytoreductive surgery more manageable. Doctors at Gustave Roussy, one of Europe’s premier cancer centers, documented this novel use in a study published in the November issue of Annals of Surgical Oncology. “This is the first ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 13, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: bidirectional chemotherapy cytoreductive surgery Gustave Roussy hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy Paul Sugarbaker peritoneal mesothelioma Washington Cancer Institute Source Type: news

Asbestos Remains at Illinois Plant Despite $1.8 Million Cleanup
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spent nine months and $1.8 million in an asbestos cleanup project that failed to end the long-running contamination dispute between a business owner and local authorities in Springfield, Illinois. Despite the recent EPA cleanup of the former Pillsbury Mills plant, a circuit court judge in Sangamon County refused to lift an injunction earlier this month blocking owners from the site. The judge cited earlier asbestos violations and continued unsafe conditions. The EPA removed 2,200 tons of asbestos-contaminated debris, 1,160 cubic yards of bulk asbestos and considerable waste oil and...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 11, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: asbestos abatement asbestos cleanup environmental protection agency Joseph Chernis Kevin Turner P. Mills LLC Pillsbury Mills plant Sangamon County Source Type: news

Montana Creates Special Court to Handle Asbestos Cases
The Montana Supreme Court on Nov. 28 ordered the creation of an Asbestos Claims Court to oversee hundreds of pending asbestos-related personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. At least 540 asbestos cases are tied up in Montana courts, most filed on behalf of people who became sick or died following exposure to asbestos from the now-defunct W.R. Grace vermiculite mine in Libby. Justices ruled there was sufficient need to create a special court to resolve the claims, many of which date to the early 2000s. District Judge Amy Eddy will oversee pretrial proceedings. A schedule has not been set. “It’s an enormous ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 8, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: Amy Eddy Asbestos Claims Court Asbestos Claims Court Act BNSF Railway environmental protection agency International Paper Libby mine Libby Superfund site Lincoln County Port Authority Maryland Casualty Montana Department of Justice M Source Type: news