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Archive for January 2015

3M Respirators Subject of Numerous Asbestos Claims

Disposable respirators have been used for decades as a precaution against dangerous dusts and other risky inhalants. They are currently being used to protect healthcare workers against the Ebola virus, and have been used by workers to protect them from Black Lung disease, asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases. One of the most widely used of…

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Researchers Strive for Chemotherapy Pain Relief

The history of man’s battle against cancer is centuries long, and has involved everything from prayers to radical surgeries. Though chemotherapy has offered some of the greatest chances for remission and even cure, it has also been accompanied by devastating side effects, including extreme nausea and searing pain that can go on for years. This…

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Study Offers Alternative Understanding of Mesothelioma’s Spread

A study out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering an alternative understanding of the process by which mesothelioma and other forms of cancer metastasize throughout the body. Though it has been well established that most cancer cells travel and spread throughout the body via the blood stream, the MIT researchers theorize that lung…

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Researchers Discover New Target for Mesothelioma Therapies

One of the most challenging aspects of treating particularly aggressive cancers such as mesothelioma lies in finding a way is to stop its rapid-fire growth. Now a group of researchers investigating gene splicing may have identified a “new route toward therapies” that can stop this process. Scientists from the University of North Carolina School of…

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Carbon Nanotubes Are an Increasing Mesothelioma Concern

It has long been known that exposure to asbestos is the cause of malignant mesothelioma, a rare and always fatal for of cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs and the abdominal cavity. As a result of this knowledge, the use of asbestos has been largely banned in the United States for decades,…

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Gauging the Impact of Radiotherapy

Maximizing the impact of a mesothelioma treatment protocol is the goal of researchers and physicians alike, and a new study being done in the United Kingdom aims to determine the effectiveness of prophylactic radiotherapy provided immediately after surgery for minimizing the occurrence of tumors along the surgeon’s incision path. Radiation has been used on a…

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Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Announces Symposium Speakers

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation(MARF), the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization completely dedicated to the mission of eliminating mesothelioma and helping ease the pain and suffering endured by those affected by the disease, holds a number of conferences throughout each year. The largest of these is their International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. This is the twelfth…

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Asbestos May Play a Role in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

The role of asbestos exposure in highly dangerous conditions such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma has been well documented, but a new study presented at the European Respiratory Society’s International Congress has indicated that it may also be responsible for some cases of a condition known as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, or IPF. IPF is…

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Baylor Announces New Lung Institute

The highly esteemed Baylor College of Medicine and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center recently announced that they will be establishing a new multidisciplinary center dedicated to the treatment of a variety of chronic lung diseases. From patients diagnosed with mesothelioma to those suffering from late stage lung cancer, patients will be able to come to…

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Research Team Shows Enzyme Aids Mesothelioma Assessment

One of the most commonly asked questions posed by patients with mesothelioma is about their prognosis and outlook for survival. People want to know how long they have and how good their chances are for fighting this deadly disease. That question has traditionally been answered by assessing a number of different factors, including the stage…

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