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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

Colgate-Palmolive Settles Claim Over Asbestos in Talc
Consumer products giant Colgate-Palmolive once again is paying for the alleged link between the company’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder and deadly asbestos exposure. The New York-based company agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming a Pennsylvania woman developed mesothelioma after using the talcum powder product for more than 20 years. Colgate-Palmolive avoided a trial in a New Jersey state court with the undisclosed settlement Oct. 30, according to court filings. Plaintiff Carol Schoeniger alleged the company failed to warn her of risks associated with using Cashmere Bouquet, claiming inhaling the asbestos-contaminate...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 6, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: asbestos exposure asbestos-contaminated talc California Court of Appeal Carol Schoeniger Cashmere Bouquet Colgate-Palmolive Gwen Myers Idee Fox Imerys Talc North America Johnson & Johnson Judith Winkel Los Angeles Superior Court Ma Source Type: news

Brazil ’s Asbestos Ban Will Impact US Imports
In a landmark decision, Brazil severed ties with asbestos. The world’s third-largest producer of chrysotile asbestos, also known as white asbestos, ruled last week to ban the production, distribution and use of the toxic mineral. Brazil’s Supreme Court on Nov. 29 voted 7 to 2 on the measure to ban the substance responsible for deadly mesothelioma and other diseases. According to the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS), the vote makes Brazil the most populous country to ban asbestos. China, India and the United States — countries with populations that surpass the South American nation — ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 4, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: asbestos bans Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization asbestos exporters Association of the Asbestos-Exposed brazil asbestos Brazilian Supreme Federal Court China chloralkali industry Chrysotile asbestos Department of Commerce Dr. Arth Source Type: news

Australian Group Leads Push for Global Ban of Asbestos
The Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) in Australia has intensified its campaign for a worldwide ban on the use of asbestos. ADRI is producing a special issue for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that includes the first scientific collaboration of so many global leaders aimed at banning asbestos. “This is a big step, something that’s never been done before, the research examining the societal transition required for countries to phase out asbestos,” Dr. Ken Takahashi, ADRI director, told Asbestos.com. “It’s not going to be an easy task, but we&rsqu...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 30, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: asbestos ban Asbestos Diseases Research Institute Global Panorama of National Experiences in Public Health Actions to Ban Asbestos International Ban Asbestos Secretariat International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Ken Takah Source Type: news

EPA Grants New England Schools $631K for Asbestos Control
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it awarded a total of $631,000 this year to five New England state agencies to ensure schools properly manage asbestos-containing materials. Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island each received between $100,000 and $166,000 from the government agency, depending on the amount of initiatives they are committed to in accordance with the EPA’s Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). AHERA requires public school districts and nonprofit private schools to inspect their schools for asbestos-containing materials and prepare management...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 28, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: AHERA asbestos abatement Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act asbestos in schools Bridgette Hoskie Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Connecticut Department of Public Health Dunn Environmental Group EFI Global Emily Figdor en Source Type: news

S.C. Officials Indicted for Exposing Firemen to Asbestos
The Marion, South Carolina, city administrator and its fire chief have been indicted on charges of knowingly exposing staff, volunteer workers and community members to toxic asbestos. Both were granted a personal recognizance bond at their arraignment Nov. 17 in the Marion County Courthouse. City Administrator Alan Thomas Ammons and Fire Chief Ralph Walton Cooper III were charged with misconduct in office, conspiracy to violate the Pollution Control Act, and violation of the Pollution Control Act. All three indictments — signed by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson — were filed Nov. 2, 2017. The alleg...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 22, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: Alan Thomas Ammons Alan Wilson asbestos exposure Ashley Brady Marion Fire Station Pollution Control Act Ralph Walton Cooper South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Source Type: news

French Oncologists Upgrade Mesothelioma Standard of Care
Oncologists throughout France have joined the U.S.-based National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) in upgrading their recommended standard-of-care treatment regimen for unresectable pleural mesothelioma. Both groups have added bevacizumab (Avastin) to the traditional cisplatin and pemetrexed chemotherapy combination, expecting to see longer patient survival. “This is a major advancement for the care of mesothelioma patients,” Dr. Gerard Zalcman, head of thoracic oncology at Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital, told Asbestos.com. “Clearly, this drug can change the natural history of this tumor.” Bevaci...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 20, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: American Society of Clinical Oncology Avastin bevacizumab Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital French Cooperative Thoracic Intergroup Gerard Zalcman National Comprehensive Cancer Network nintedanib Ofev pleural mesothelioma chemotherapy Source Type: news

NYPD Honors Flores for Work with Asbestos-Related Diseases
New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill recently appointed mesothelioma specialist Dr. Raja Flores to the Society of Honorary Police Surgeons. The prestigious appointment stems from Flores’ continued, long-running service to so many first responders — particularly policemen and firemen from the 9/11 World Trade Center (WTC) terrorist attack in 2001. Although Flores has received many honors throughout his medical career, this one might be his most appreciated. “This is a huge honor for me,” Flores told Asbsetos.com. “I come from a family of cops. Police work is in my blood. My gra...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 13, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: 9/11 9/11-related cancer James O’Neill Mount Sinai Hospital New York City Police Commissioner NYPD Raja Flores Society of Honorary Police Surgeons twin towers World Trade Center World Trade Center Health Program Source Type: news

Senate Introduces Latest Attempt to Ban Asbestos
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced legislation in Congress this week that would effectively ban all use of asbestos. The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2017 is the sixth legislative attempt to ban the toxic substance in the last 20 years. All previous bills failed to gain enough support. While the 2016 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) already includes asbestos on its top ten chemicals for risk review by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Merkley’s legislation could speed the process considerably. What Would the Bill to Ban Asbestos Do? According to Merkley’s congressional office, the ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 8, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act asbestos ban Cory Booker environmental protection agency EPA Jeff Merkley Jon Tester Raja Flores Steve Daines Toxic Substances Control Act TSCA u.s. congress Source Type: news

New Limits Threaten EPA ’s Asbestos Review
After pushback from the chemical industry, President Donald Trump’s administration is scaling back a congressionally mandated review of asbestos and other deadly chemicals. Toxic minerals in widespread use will be excluded from the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which last December included asbestos among the top 10 dangerous chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must review. Reducing the scope of the review will potentially leave millions of tons of asbestos and other toxic substances in homes and businesses. The Trump administration reportedly wants to limit risk evaluations of the top ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 6, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: American Chemistry Council American Cleaning Institute American Petroleum Institute Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization asbestos exposure firefighters asbestos imports U.S. asbestos laws us Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Di Source Type: news

FDA Cautions Cancer Patients About Medical Marijuana
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a stern warning Wednesday to companies marketing medical marijuana to cure or inhibit cancer — including mesothelioma — and cautioned patients about unsubstantiated claims. The FDA sent warning letters to four particular companies, citing deceptive marketing in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. “We don’t let companies market products that deliberately prey on sick people with baseless claims that their substance can shrink or cure cancer,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a press release Wednesday. “And we&rsqu...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 2, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: FDA marijuana warning marijuana for cancer medical marijuana for cancer Source Type: news

New Study Shows Improved Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survival
Patients with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma who completed a novel, two-stage cytoreduction and intraperitoneal chemotherapy regimen had a median overall survival of 6.65 years. Almost 30 percent of those patients had a survival estimate of more than 10 years after the second stage of treatment, according to a study published recently in the Annals of Surgical Oncology. The study involved 113 patients from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Researchers demonstrated the therapeutic advances concerning this once unbeatable cancer. While progress has been slow in improving current pleural me...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 31, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: Columbia University Medical Center Dr. Michael Kluger Dr. Paul Sugarbaker HIPEC for peritoneal mesothelioma New York-Presbyterian Hospital peritoneal mesothelioma treatment Source Type: news

Lawsuit Claims Montana Is Not Enforcing Strict Asbestos Laws
A prominent, family-run asbestos-disposal company is suing the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for failing to enforce the state’s strict asbestos-waste laws. Doug Ingraham, corporate secretary at Ingraham Environmental Inc., believes the DEQ has been delinquent in its duty to protect citizens from unnecessary asbestos exposure. “It’s a simple case of the government maintaining the status quo and the public feeling protected, when actually, the government is failing them,” Ingraham told Asbestos.com. Ingraham said the DEQ has failed to apply the laws regarding asbestos abatement an...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 26, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: asbestos abatement asbestos cleanup in libby montana asbestos landfill workers Asbestos laws in Montana asbestos lawsuit montana asbestos mines montana asbestos-disposal companies Butte-Silver Bow County DEQ Montana Doug Ingraham Ingra Source Type: news

Study Finds No Need to Expand Mesothelioma Palliative Care
Earlier palliative care for patients with pleural mesothelioma failed to improve quality of life or extend survival time in a recent study presented at the World Conference on Lung Cancer in Yokohama, Japan. The randomized control study took place in Australia and the United Kingdom, disputing an earlier recommendation by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) that called for expanding palliative care for mesothelioma patients. “Blindly offering palliative care to all, that doesn’t appear to be a benefit,” Dr. Fraser Brims, study presenter from Curtin University in Perth, Australia, told Asbest...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 23, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: American Society of Clinical Oncology Curtin University Dr. Fraser Brims epithelioid GHQ-12 Institute for Respiratory Health mesothelioma palliative care Perth Australia pleural mesothelioma quality-of-life variables Sir Charles Gardne Source Type: news

Use of Off-Road Vehicles Tied to Asbestos Exposure
This study did not detail the number of ORV users who have experienced negative health outcomes. It did call for further study to determine prevalence of asbestos-related disease among ORV users. “Off-roading in areas with NOA (naturally occurring asbestos) or NOE (naturally occurring erionite) presents a nontraditional route of exposure that has not been sufficiently explored,” Wolfe wrote. “Public health initiatives should concentrate on increasing awareness of these risks.” Many Miles of Dangerous Trails Most asbestos exposure in the U.S. is work related. Occupational exposure is the primary caus...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 18, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: asbestos exposure environmental asbestos exposure mesothelioma off road vehicles secondhand asbestos exposure Source Type: news

Aggressive Mesothelioma Surgery Benefits More Patients
Patients diagnosed with the worst cases of pleural mesothelioma could benefit the most from the aggressive surgery they often are denied, according to one recent study. The findings have raised questions about the restrictive surgery selection process at many specialty centers handling mesothelioma, the rare and aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure. “In some cases, patients are not being offered the aggressive surgery that could help their quality of life,” lead author Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran, mesothelioma specialist and chief of thoracic surgery at the Loyola University Medical Center, told Asbestos.co...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 11, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: Aggressive Mesothelioma Surgery asbestos exposure Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran epithelial mesothelioma epithelioid histology extrapleural pneumonectomy Loyola mesothelioma program Loyola University Medical Center mesothelioma Chicago mesotheli Source Type: news

Steve McQueen Film, PSA Brings Awareness to Mesothelioma
During the 90-minute feature documentary “Steve McQueen: American Icon,” audiences will reflect on the career of the “King of Cool” and discover the untold true story of the star’s late-in-life spiritual quest. They will also learn about mesothelioma — the rare cancer that killed McQueen at age 50 — and the dangers of asbestos. A public service announcement featuring Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) president and co-founder Linda Reinstein and Barbara McQueen, Steve’s widow, will air before encore screenings of the documentary on Oct. 10 and Oct. 19. Tickets a...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 9, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: “Steve McQueen American Icon alternative cancer treatments Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization asbestos marines asbestos public service announcement Barbara McQueen Billy Grah born-again Christian dangers of asbestos Don Schoonover Source Type: news

Report: U.S. Imported 705 Metric Tons of Raw Asbestos in 2016
New data from the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission show the amount of raw asbestos imported to the U.S. nearly doubled from 2015 to 2016. The federal organizations estimate 705 metric tons of raw asbestos was imported last year — a significant and alarming increase from the reported 343 metric tons imported in 2015. Asbestos, a known carcinogen, is highly regulated but still used in the U.S., mainly by the chloralkali industry, which uses asbestos diaphragms in its chlorine manufacturing process. It is also found in imported clutches and brake linings, gaskets, cement corrugated sh...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 6, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: American Chemistry Council American Cleaning Institute American Petroleum Institute asbestos ban United States asbestos bans worldwide asbestos brake linings asbestos cement asbestos corrugated sheets asbestos diaphragms Asbestos Disease Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Facing Asbestos Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Recently unsealed documents from a lawsuit against consumer goods and pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson revealed the company knew for decades its talc products may have contained deadly asbestos fibers. The files show Johnson & Johnson was alerted of asbestos contamination risks in the early 1970s and trained employees to reassure the public its iconic baby powder products were never contaminated with the carcinogenic mineral. It is the latest chapter in the ongoing controversy over the alleged link between talcum powder and cancer. The lawsuit — filed on behalf of more than 50 women in St. Louis &mdash...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 3, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: asbestos contamination asbestos in talcum powder asbestos lawsuits asbestos ovarian cancer Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder Colgate-Palmolive Dr. Barry Castleman Ernie Knewitz Johnson & Johnson Johnson & Johnson baby powder asbestos meso Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Doctor Creates Preoperative Drink for Patients
Peritoneal mesothelioma specialist Dr. Charles Conway wants to make major surgery an easier, more manageable experience for his patients. His latest innovation — a preoperative, complex-carbohydrate beverage — should help considerably. Conway, director of surgical oncology at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center in Santa Barbara, California, will begin offering patients the novel drink customized to speed recovery and lessen the risk of dangerous side effects. Conway designed SurgiStrong RecoverAid, a uniquely blended product to fill a void in the growing Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programs that have sprun...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 29, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: citrulline Dr. Charles Conway mesothelioma surgery recovery mesothelioma surgery side effects Ochsner Cancer Center peritoneal mesothelioma preoperative complex-carbohydrate beverage Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Santa Barbara surgery-induce Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Survivor Leading Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts
Isabel De La Camara has forgotten about the mesothelioma cancer brewing inside her belly. Her concern for others — and her desire to help them — has overshadowed everything else in her life today. De La Camara, who lives in Central Florida, has hardly slept since Hurricane Maria ripped through her beloved Puerto Rico last week, carving a horrific path of destruction that left more than 3 million people without adequate food, water and other basic necessities. Some of her closest friends and family members are among those hit the hardest in San Juan, where she was born and raised, and one day — hopefully ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 28, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: Change Your Community Christian Sharing Center cytoreduction surgery Hurricane Maria Hurricane Maria asbestos Isabel De La Camara mesothelioma treatment peritoneal mesothelioma Puerto Rico Puerto Rico asbestos exposure Puerto Rico care Source Type: news

Faith Guides Steve McQueen Through Mesothelioma Battle
Nicknamed “The King of Cool,” actor Steve McQueen seemed to have it all. Known for tough guy roles in “Bullitt,” “The Cincinnati Kid” and “The Towering Inferno,” McQueen became the highest-paid movie star in the world in 1974. He received an Academy Award nomination for his role in “The Sand Pebbles” and starred alongside all-star casts in “The Great Escape” and “The Magnificent Seven.” But off screen, McQueen’s life was just as fast as the renegade characters he played in films. Heavy drinking, prolific substance abuse and a public...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 27, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: “Steve McQueen American Icon 1968 Ford Mustang Academy Award Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization asbestos military Barbara Leigh Barbara Minty McQueen Bible Billy Graham Bullitt Christianity Erwin Brothers Entertainment Fatho Source Type: news

Converting 30 Million Tons of Asbestos into Usable Chemicals
New details have emerged of a plan to remove 30 million tons of asbestos waste from the inactive 1,550-acre Eden-Lowell mine in Vermont. Solution: Move it to a proposed processing plant in Groveton, New Hampshire. The proposal is part of long-term cleanup plan that began in 2013, when officials with the Vermont Asbestos Group reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Vermont state officials. Under the agreement, Vermont Asbestos Group (VAG) will pay past and future cleanup costs and maintain the site, including protecting the public from potential environmental asbestos exposure. The ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 21, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: alternative uses of asbestos waste asbestos mine vermont asbestos runoff watersheds asbestos waste removal plan Belvidere Mountain Caledonian-Record Chrysotile asbestos converting asbestos into chemicals Eden-Lowell asbestos mine environ Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Clinical Trials Involve Gene Therapy
Treatment options for malignant mesothelioma may soon include customized gene therapy, according to thoracic surgeon and scientist Dr. Prasad Adusumilli at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Gene therapy involves a laboratory reprogramming of a patient’s own T cells, which are a type of white blood cell, to recognize and destroy the cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first gene therapy specifically for pediatric leukemia, signaling the start of a new approach to cancer treatment in this country. The newly approved treatment is also known as chimeric antigen rece...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 19, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: CAR T cell therapy checkpoint blockade chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy Dr. Andy Haas Dr. Prasad Adusumilli Dr. Scott Gottlieb FDA Commissioner gene therapy cancer gene therapy for mesothelioma immunotherapy clinical trial mali Source Type: news

Global Mesothelioma Deaths Remain High Despite Poor Data
An estimated 38,400 people around the world will die this year from mesothelioma cancer, according to a report recently published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. The estimation by the international peer-reviewed journal included 230 countries. Data used for the study came from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Mortality Database and extrapolated information based on gender- and age-specific death rates. “The global burden of mesothelioma is real,” Dr. Ken Takahashi, director of Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, University of Sydney Gate 3, Australia, told Asbestos.com. “It is v...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 13, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: Asbestos Diseases Research Institute asbestos-related lung cancer Australia mesothelioma Bangladesh Dr. Christina Fitzmaurice Dr. Ken Takahashi Global Burden of Disease Mesothelioma death rate mesothelioma latency period mesothelioma uni Source Type: news

MD Anderson Retains Top Spot for Cancer Care
U.S. News & World Report ranked the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston the No. 1 cancer care hospital in America for the third consecutive year. MD Anderson has been a leader in the treatment of pleural mesothelioma, a contributing factor in maintaining its top billing on the rankings. Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, were No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the 2017-18 Best Hospitals for Cancer  listing. U.S. News & World Report — a global authority in hospital care — has published the rankings annually for 28 years, helping patients make tough health c...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 6, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: Barnes-Jewis Hospital best mesothelioma cancer centers Cardiology Cleveland Clinic Gastroenterology H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute heart surgery Johns Hopkins Massachusetts General Hospital Mayo Clinic Mayo Clinic- Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Patients Survive Longer with Trimodal Treatment
Pleural mesothelioma patients who undergo aggressive multimodal treatment live almost twice as long after diagnosis than those who do not, according to a recent extensive study. Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas found a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation extended survival time significantly, regardless of disease histology or cancer stage. “We recommend that all patients with [malignant pleural mesothelioma] be evaluated by multidisciplinary teams that are experienced in the management of mesothelioma for consideration of surgery-based, multimodality treatment,” the authors wrote...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 5, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: biphasic histology Dr. Anne Tsao Dr. Boris Sepesi Dr. Daniel Gomez Dr. David Rice Dr. Mark Berry epithelial mesothelioma Journal of Clinical Oncology md anderson cancer center mesothelioma chemotherapy mesothelioma mortality surgery Source Type: news

Upcoming Mesothelioma Symposium Filled with Hope
Discussions About Immunotherapy for Mesothelioma Cameron also will speak about engineering mesenchymal stem cells for immunotherapy. Clare Cameron, who is the executive director of the Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) and not related to Dr. Robert Cameron, will talk about resources for research. Lein Hua-Feng, a nurse practitioner at PMC, will discuss the benefits of caregiver support groups. “The symposium will provide an unrivaled opportunity for both the medically savvy and general public, including mesothelioma patients,” Clare Cameron said. “You’ll hear about the most promising medical advance...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 29, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: 7th annual International Symposium on Mesothelioma Angiogenesis Inhibition and Chemotherapy Arti Shukia Banaras Hindu University bap1 Center at the University Hospital of Siena clare cameron Dr. Anna Nowak Dr. Brian Cunniff Dr. David Sch Source Type: news

Trump ’ s Halt on Coal Mining Study Has Asbestos Implications
The U.S. Department of the Interior has ordered a halt to a study on the public health risks of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia — an area ripe with natural asbestos deposits. A letter from the Interior Department on Monday directed the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to “cease all work” on the study, citing responsible spending of taxpayer dollars as the reason for the decision. The $1 million National Academies study began in 2016 and was expected to take two years to complete. It aimed to evaluate health risks of a common mining technique for people living near surfac...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 24, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: Appalachian Mountains arsenic asbestos exposure Appalachia asbestos exposure coal mining asbestosis coal mining Bill Price Central Appalachia coal mining Appalachia Donald Trump Environmental Health Perspectives Glenda Owens House Co Source Type: news

Alternative Medicine Alone Leads to Lower Cancer Survival
Cancer patients who opt for alternative therapy instead of conventional medicine significantly decrease their chances of survival, according to researchers at Yale School of Medicine. Although the popularity of alternative medicine continues to grow, a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found survival rates significantly reduced for those who use it as first-line therapy. Conventional cancer treatments — chemotherapy, surgery and radiation — still produce a much better chance of survival. Mesothelioma was not included in the study, but the findings are relevant to this rare ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 23, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: acupuncture cancer Alternative medicine alternative mesothelioma treatment alternative therapy survival alternative vs conventional medicine breast cancer colon cancer Conventional cancer treatments Dr. David Gorski Dr. Skyler Johnson Source Type: news

Nearly One-Third of Mesothelioma Patients Remain Untreated
A new report from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) shows between 20 and 30 percent of malignant mesothelioma patients do not receive any cancer treatment. The study, “Patterns of care and survival among patients with malignant mesothelioma in the United States,” published August 10 in the journal Lung Cancer, aimed to describe the patterns of care and subsequent survival among mesothelioma patients in the U.S. while adjusting for patient demographics and pre-existing health conditions. Using the NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data, researchers discovered significant differenc...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 21, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: amount of mesothelioma patients eligible for surgery checkpoint inhibitors clinical trial enrollment cytoreduction surgery heated chemotherapy pleural mesothelioma heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy immunotherapy mesothelioma keytruda Lin Source Type: news

Mesothelioma, Asbestos Diseases Costly for Canadians
The annual cost of asbestos-related occupational disease in Canada is estimated at $2.35 billion, according to new findings by a panel of epidemiologists, public health experts and medical professionals. Their estimate is based on direct, indirect and quality-of-life costs related to the 2,331 patients in Canada diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer in 2011. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal, released the updated report in July. It followed a similar study conducted by the same group of experts in 2016. “When you look at the big picture [and] consid...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 16, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: asbestos ban in canada asbestos mines canada asbestosis canada canada mesothelioma Dr. Emile Tompa economic burden asbestos canada financial burden mesothelioma canada health care costs mesothelioma canada House of Commons Occupational a Source Type: news

Lung-Sparing P/D Surgery Best for Mesothelioma Patients
The latest studies have shown, and most thoracic oncologists agree, that lung-sparing pleurectomy/decortication is a better surgical option for mesothelioma patients today than the more aggressive extrapleural pneumonectomy. Less is better. Quality of life becomes better, too. “In most instances, the pleurectomy/decortication is the operation of choice now,” thoracic surgeon Dr. Andrea Wolf at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told Asbestos.com. “We’re finding that patients just do better in terms of survival and in terms of quality of life.” Wolf recently co-authored “The impact of...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 9, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: Annals of Translational Medicine best surgery for mesothelioma Dr. Andrea Wolf Dr. Hasan Batirel eligible for mesothelioma surgery extrapleural pneumonectomy lung-sparing surgery Marmara University Hospital mesothelioma histology mesothe Source Type: news

Promising Drug Reduces Growth of Aggressive Mesothelioma
Scientists in Italy have found a platinum-based drug that successfully lessens growth of the most aggressive type of mesothelioma cancer cells. Researchers at the University of Salento discovered the experimental drug Ptac2S was more effective in reducing the spread of sarcomatoid malignant pleural mesothelioma cells in mice compared to cisplatin — the most widely used chemotherapy drug for treating mesothelioma. Sarcomatoid is the least common of the three mesothelioma cell types but is considered more aggressive and harder to treat. A diagnosis with the sarcomatoid cell type is typically associated with a poor pro...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 7, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: Alimta alternatives to cisplatin Antonella Muscella Biphasic mesothelioma chemotherapy for mesothelioma chemotherapy resistance DNA adducts epithelioid mesothelioma genomic activities mesothelioma clinical trials mesothelioma survival Source Type: news

Bayer ’ s Drug Failed to Improve Mesothelioma Survival
Drug manufacturers announced disappointing ends recently to two different clinical trials involving pleural mesothelioma, dampening earlier enthusiasm over the promise of immunotherapy. Anetumab ravtansine, manufactured by Bayer, and tremelimumab, from drugmaker AstraZeneca, failed an effectiveness test as a stand-alone, second-line treatment for mesothelioma, according to both manufacturers. “Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a very difficult-to-treat tumor, and we had hoped for a better outcome for patients,” said Robert LaCaze, an executive vice president at Bayer. Although trial officials have not released ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 27, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: anetumab ravtansine astrazeneca cancer drug bayer cancer drug bayer mesothelioma drug mesothelioma clinical trials tremelimumab Source Type: news

Pigment Found in Chamomile, Parsley Kills Mesothelioma Cells
A yellowish pigment common to parsley, celery, chamomile tea, oranges and grapefruit may be the latest treatment for mesothelioma cancer, a new study shows. While numerous studies have demonstrated the anti-cancer and antioxidant properties of apigenin (API), the natural pigment found in these plants and vegetables, researchers recently tested it against malignant mesothelioma cells. Doctors at the University of Rome evaluated the anti-tumor activities of API in mice injected with mesothelioma cells. API inhibited malignant mesothelioma (MM) cell survival and activated cell death, known as apoptosis. Mice treated with AP...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 26, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: apigenin benefits apigenin for cancer apigenin for mesothelioma new mesothelioma treatment Source Type: news

Bone Health Drug Inhibits Mesothelioma Tumor Growth
A drug used to treat bone disease and high blood calcium levels may carry benefits as part of a combination treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma, a recent study concluded. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center conducted a pilot study testing the effects of zoledronic acid — a bisphosphonate, or bone health drug, marketed as Reclast and Zometa — against a small group of patients with unresectable pleural mesothelioma. The study, published in the June edition of Lung Cancer: Targets and Therapy journal, was a follow-up to preclinical research showing zoledron...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 20, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Walter Pacheco Tags: bone disease treatment keytruda mesothelioma treatments Muhammad Omer Jamil reclast treating malignant pleural mesothelioma University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center Zoledronic acid zometa Source Type: news