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Archive for February 2014

Winner of first annual Outstanding Nurse Award is Announced

In conjunction with the upcoming International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation has announced the winner of the first annual June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award. The winner is Anne Alessandrini, a nurse in the Thoracic ICU at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The award was first established…

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New Report Cites Multi Modal Approach to Mesothelioma

As the search for the most effective treatment for mesothelioma, as well as for an overall cure, continues, a Belgian research team has assembled a report indicating that the best opportunities for treatment in the future involve the use of a multi-modality approach. Though the team made no indication as to which approach would prove…

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Researchers Discover Additional Risks of Asbestos Exposure

A recent study conducted by researchers from Idaho State University has determined that in addition to the already well-established risks of mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer that asbestos poses, a link also exists to a variety of autoimmune responses. Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used worldwide for many centuries. It has tremendous heat…

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Enzyme found On Mesothelial Surface Potential Target for Treatment

In the quest for novel approaches to the delivery of therapeutic treatments for mesothelioma cancer, researchers are constantly searching for new targets.  European researchers are expressing enthusiasm for a cell surface enzyme that has been found to be present in nearly all of the mesothelioma cells that the researchers identified, increasing the potential for it…

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Scientists Hopeful about Combining Gene Therapy with Chemotherapy

The protein mesothelin was recently the target of an innovative study conducted by researchers from Italy, the United Kingdom and Japan.  Publishing in the online open-access medical journal PLoS One, the scientists determined that by inhibiting or halting the production of mesothelin in mesothelioma cancer cell lines, they not only were able to slow the…

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11th Mesothelioma Symposium Slated for March

Marking the 11th year of its International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is finalizing the last details of its event, scheduled to take place in Alexandria, Virginia from March 5th through March 7th. The event has been a highly successful event for the last several years. It welcomes members of the…

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Insurance Companies Ignoring Reality of Asbestos Claims

A report that was just issued by Assured Research, an insurance industry analyst, warns that insurers may be asleep at the wheel in terms of anticipating the payouts they will be required to make in the future for asbestos claims. The company’s study, titled, “A Third Wave in Asbestos Liabilities Lies Ahead,” indicates that though…

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Asbestos Victim’s Survivors Awarded $11 Million by California Jury

The family of a 68-year old mesothelioma victim who had already been awarded nearly $4 million dollars in a personal injury lawsuit resolved three years ago was recently awarded $11 million dollars in a wrongful death lawsuit that they filed subsequently. The victim, Gordon Bankhead, was an auto parts worker who had spent the years…

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W.R. Grace & Co. Agrees to Federal Payment

As part of the resolution of its bankruptcy plan, which has taken several years to put into place, W. R. Grace & Co. has made a payment of over $63 million dollars to the federal government. The money is slated to address claims filed against the company by both the United States Department of Justice…

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Additional Aid for Victims of W.R. Grace’s Libby Mines

Between the years of 1963 and 1990, the W. R. Grace Company operated a vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana. Though its provided over 200 jobs to local residents and was a boon to the economy, the mine also brought a dark legacy – the vermiculite that was being pulled from the ground was contaminated with…

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