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HIPPA and cancer

HIPPA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and became law in 1996. This law protects your health information that is directly linked to you by your name, address, social security number, insurance identification number, etc. It gave physicians, hospitals, nurses and healthcare practitioners time to comply with the law.

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New, promising immunotherapy

Mesothelioma is diagnosed in about 3000 patients in the USA each year. For decades, only academic scientists and clinicians focused on finding effective treatments for mesothelioma. For rare diseases like mesothelioma, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to provide incentives to companies that develop products for treatment of rare diseases through a program known as the Orphan Drug Designation program.

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Olivia Current at a Relay for Life event

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance recently caught up with Olivia Current, a four-year Acute Myeloid Leukemia survivor and the first recipient of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship. Since her diagnosis at age 16, Olivia has been beating the odds and looking forward to her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse. In the future, Olivia hopes to inspire, encourage, and heal other sick children. Here’s what Olivia had to say:

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2 0 1 5Apr14

ADAO Turns Awareness into Action

The Reinstein family Emily, Linda and Alan Reinstein

When her husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003, Linda Reinstein was devastated. She had never heard of the disease, couldn’t pronounce it and soon learned that doctors couldn’t cure it.

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2 0 1 5Apr06

Metex Asbestos PI Trust Now Accepting Claims

As of March 9, 2015, Metex Manufacturing Corp., formerly known as Kentile Floors Inc., is accepting asbestos-related personal injury and death claims through a trust established under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Per the trust’s website, the Initial Claim Filing Date is September 9, 2015. All claims filed with the Trust between March 9, 2015 and September 9, 2015 will be deemed filed with the Trust on the Initial Claim Filing Date and will be processed in the order stipulated by the Trust’s Distribution Procedures.

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2 0 1 5Apr01

5 Ways to Show Support During Asbestos Awareness Week

Asbestos Awareness Week 2015

Late last week, the Senate passed Resolution 125 to designate the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week. Sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, and Sen. Steve Daines, R-MT, the resolution asks that people take time to learn about the dangers of asbestos and even calls on the Surgeon General to “warn and educate people about the public health issue of asbestos exposure, which may be hazardous to their health.”

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U.S. Rep. Bruce Vento Bruce Vento

Susan Vento’s husband, longtime U.S. congressman Bruce Vento, died of mesothelioma nearly 15 years ago, but Susan’s fight against asbestos has never been more urgent than it is today.

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National Poison Prevention Week

When we think of asbestos, we don’t typically think of it as being a poison, and the phrase “asbestos poisoning” isn’t one that’s commonly used. However, according to the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, the definition of a poison is any material that causes harm, no matter if it’s inhaled, ingested, absorbed, or injected into the body. Known to cause asbestosis and mesothelioma, science and history have proven asbestos to be extremely poisonous when inhaled into the lungs.

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