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Archive for December 2016

New Breathalyzer Technology May Speed Mesothelioma Diagnosis

A study published in the scientific journal ACS Nano has revealed the development of a new breathalyzer that may help physicians quickly and easily diagnose seventeen different diseases, including lung cancers like mesothelioma. The technology behind the state-of-the-art tool relies upon the existence of microscopic compounds called volatile organic compounds – or VOCs – that…

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Veterans with Mesothelioma Benefit from Phone Consulting Service

According to a recent study, a national telephone consulting service specifically designed to assist U.S. military veterans in finding the most appropriate medical care has yielded big benefits, providing those who are suffering from mesothelioma, a rare and fatal form of cancer, with much improved treatment options and better outcomes. The study, which was published in The…

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Asbestos’ Deadly Legacy Captured by Italian Photographer

When we think of asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos-related lung cancer, we tend to focus on the harms that have been suffered in the United States. But the truth is that the deadly carcinogen has been used for centuries, and was considered invaluable to industries around the world. The legacy of asbestos…

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State-of-the-Art Mesothelioma Treatment Protocol Shows Promise

A new mesothelioma treatment protocol known as Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) has shown great promise when combined with standard chemotherapy treatments, providing patients involved in a recent study with extended survival times. The study, titled “Interim Results of a Phase 2 Trial of TTFields with Chemotherapy for First Line Treatment of Malignant Mesothelioma” was presented…

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EPA Includes Asbestos in First Ten Chemicals to Be Investigated

In June of 2016, health advocates and mesothelioma victims cheered as President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The passage of the law brought a long, drawn-out struggle to a close, giving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greater power to ban toxic chemicals. Now the agency has…

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