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Archive for August 2015

Thirty Years Later, Swedish Asbestos Ban Proven Helpful

When the dangers of asbestos became apparent, many countries discussed the option of banning the use of the substance, but not all of them did completely. Iceland, Norway and Sweden opted out of its use entirely in the early 1980s, while in the United States its use was severely curtailed, but never entirely stopped. Now,…

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Taking the Time

My father lives in a wonderful assisted living facility about 30 minutes from my house. Dad chose to live there following my mother’s death almost four years ago. We are very blessed that the quality of care they provide for Dad is very high. There are not words to express how much we appreciate that…

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Safety Group Warns of Asbestos in California Schools

The nonprofit advocacy group Environmental Working Group is warning that students and employees in several California’s schools have been exposed to asbestos over the last few years, and more may be at risk in the coming year. Environmental Working Group made headlines just a month ago when it revealed that off brand children’s crayons and…

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Trials with a Purpose

As I peruse the Mesothelioma Caregiver Message Board, I am touched by the complex trials of the many Meso warriors, their caregivers and their families. I know that adversity can make one stronger and the truth of the matter is that the personal strength conveyed on this message board is inspiring and amazing. Everyone has…

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This Cycle of Life

Even before Lannie was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, I was well acquainted with the cycle of life. In both my private practice as nurse, as well as in my role as an Associate Professor of Nursing, I have been intimately involved with the cycle of life. I have had the privilege of assisting as families welcome…

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Buffalo Jury Awards $1.42 Million to Mesothelioma Victim

The family of a 65-year old man who died on Christmas Day in 2013 – just four months after being diagnosed with mesothelioma – was awarded damages of $1.42 million by a state supreme court jury in Buffalo, New York. William R. Voelker had enlisted in the Navy in the 1960s, shortly after his graduation…

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Expecting a Positive Attitude

From the moment Lannie was diagnosed with cancer, I was besieged by well-meaning people who told me, in various ways, that attitude was everything and that a positive attitude would be his best friend in the fight against cancer. At that point in The Battle, I politely listened. To be honest, I felt a little…

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New Drug for Mesothelioma Receives Orphan Drug Status

The makers of a biologic therapy that has already been used in the treatment of a variety of other cancers have just announced that it has been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This means that the company will be able to have certain benefits, including seven years of U.S.…

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Uplifting

Today, I attended the funeral of my former coworker and friend, Ruth, who died from cancer just a week ago. At my age of 63, I have attended many funerals. Some have been services following tragedy, some from illnesses who took people way too soon and some who were at the end of their life…

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Major Retailers Pull Asbestos-Contaminated Crayons from Shelves

In response to reports that several brands of children’s crayons and crime lab toys contain asbestos, Toys ‘R’ Us, Party City, Amazon and Dollar Tree have all pulled the products out of their inventory and will not be carrying them in the future until they are reformulated and are proven to be free of the…

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