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In the search for a cure and improved treatment options for mesothelioma, medical researchers continue to study what’s known as epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors, which kill cancers with mutated EGFR. Mutant EGFR helps cancer cells— which are found in malignant mesothelioma— grow.

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2 0 1 6 Jan 22

Treating Mesothelioma with Cryoablation

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In the ongoing search to find a cure for deadly cancers like mesothelioma, doctors and research scientists continue to explore new areas of treatment. One such treatment is cryoablation (also known as cryotherapy or cryosurgery).

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Commercial use of asbestos began in 1879, and in 1935, the first cases of asbestosis and asbestos-caused lung cancer were diagnosed in the United States. In the early 1970s, the government placed a moratorium on the production of most asbestos products, but the use of asbestos in manufacturing continued well into the 1980s, and in some cases, asbestos has been found in products today.

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Recently, a group of scientists took a look at the state of diversity in clinical trials, and according to the results they published in PLOS One, the news was not good. The study, headed by Sam Oh and discussed in a paper titled “Diversity in Clinical and Biomedical Research: A Promise Yet to Be Fulfilled,” found that the vast majority of medical research uses a homogenous population of white males to research various drugs, diseases, and other medical issues.

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Traditionally, innovations in technology have improved the lives of patients indirectly, aiding researchers, physicians and surgeons firsthand with more efficient means of discovery, equipment, and more. Now, with the rise of mobile apps, technology is putting the power in patients’ pockets, allowing them to take a much more active and informed role in their treatment plans.

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As of December 18th, Congress has finally passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act – a bill that would provide lifetime health care to first responders who became sick from rescue and recovery efforts after the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center more than fourteen years ago.

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2 0 1 5 Dec 18

Will Legislation Reform Finally Ban Asbestos?

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In 1976, what’s known as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted to govern the use and safety of everyday chemicals. However, the EPA claims that they were given “little authority to enforce TSCA. [...] This law is so broken and so weak that the EPA could not even ban asbestos, a cancer-causing substance that is still in use and killing thousands of Americans each year.”

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2 0 1 5 Dec 9

December: Safe Toys and Gifts Month

With all of the holidays happening during this time of year – not to mention birthdays, family gatherings, and various types of reunions, parties, and more – December has been designated National Safe Gifts and Toys Month.

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