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Archive for April 2014

Mr. Fluffy Legacy A Continuing Problem

The name Mr. Fluffy may evoke images of a big fluffy rabbit, but in Canberra, Australia it is connected with a legacy of asbestos and illness that seems to be nearly impossible to remedy. Mr. Fluffy was the trade name of a contractor who utilized loose asbestos to insulate homes in the region. Asbestos is…

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Biomarker Role Expanding in Mesothelioma Treatment

Biomarkers are described as specific molecules that are found in a person’s blood, tissues or body fluids. A biomarker can be either normal or abnormal, and the presence or absence of specific biomarkers or biomarker abnormalities is becoming increasingly important in the treatment of mesothelioma.  Scientists and researchers seeking the best possible course of therapy…

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New Study On EPP Finds Higher Risks

With the debate regarding the use of extrapleural pneumonectomy as a viable surgical treatment for patients suffering from malignant pleural mesothelioma, a recently conducted study is sure to add fuel to the fire. The study was the result of a collaboration between thoracic surgeons from UCLA and Stanford University, biostatisticians from Duke University and cardiothoracic…

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Japanese Scientists Make Important Mesothelioma Discovery

Mesothelioma specialists at Nippon Medical School’s Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Oncology have made an important discovery that may have far-reaching importance in the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. The Tokyo scientists have determined that there is a specific glycoprotein that acts as an accurate predictor of whether a patient’s mesothelioma will be sensitive to Alimta,…

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Insurance Companies Concerned About Asbestos Shortfalls

A new report was released by Fitch Ratings this week. The global company is renowned for its valuations of industries and companies, which are based on objective research and data. Fitch has expressed concern that the United States insurance industry is closing its eyes to a future shortfall of as much as $9 billion dollars…

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Landmark Asbestos Case in Australia Settles

A case that has been widely seen as establishing a new precedent for mesothelioma victims has just been settled in Australia, and is being seen as a victory for those who may be diagnosed with the disease in the future. The case involved a so called “third wave” victim of mesothelioma – a person who…

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