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BDNF Protein Identified as a Potential Target for Mesothelioma Treatment

BDNF Protein Identified as a Potential Target for Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose and treat, with many patients not receiving a diagnosis until the later stages of the disease. Emerging research continues to explore new ways to accurately diagnose and treat the asbestos-related disease as early as possible.

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FDA Finds Asbestos in More Claire’s Makeup Products

FDA Finds Asbestos in More Claire’s Makeup Products

Popular tween store Claire’s has once again been found creating products for children that contain asbestos. The store first came under fire in 2017, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the presence of the toxin in three Claire’s products, as well as several products from Justice, another tween and children’s store. At the time, Claire’s pulled the products from the shelves, but denied all reports that asbestos had been found in their makeup. In a company statement, they reasoned, "All our powder-based cosmetics use the same base formulation, utilizing Merck certified asbestos-free talc, which is the same talc used in other well-known cosmetic brands."

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FDA Approves New Mesothelioma Treatment for the First Time in 15 Years

FDA Approves New Mesothelioma Treatment for the First Time in 15 Years

Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive disease that is most often diagnosed in the later stages, at stage 3 or stage 4. Late-stage diagnoses limit treatment options for the patient, typically eliminating the possibility of radical surgeries. Multimodal therapy is the most common treatment for mesothelioma cancer, consisting of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation. The possibility of multimodal therapy or what combination is used depends on a case-by-case basis.

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Fall 2019 Scholarship Winner Karina Stiles-Cox

Fall 2019 Scholarship Winner Karina Stiles-Cox

Mesothelioma.com is pleased to announce the winner of the Fall 2019 Scholarship, Karina Stiles-Cox.

This fall, Karina will begin pursuing her doctorate in humanities at Salve Regina University. As Karina explained in her essay, the dream of earning her PhD has been many years in the making and has been derailed numerous times from hardships she has faced, including her breast cancer diagnosis.

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EPA’s New Rule Shows Resistance to the Need for an Asbestos Ban

EPA’s New Rule Shows Resistance to the Need for an Asbestos Ban

Asbestos is still not banned in the United States, despite the warnings and concerns of scientists and advisors. Asbestos is known to cause a series of diseases, including malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put various rules and regulations into place to help protect the public and the environment from the dangers of asbestos, however, their recent rule calls their protections into question.

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Mesothelioma Survivor Heather Von St. James Reflects on Mother’s Day

Mesothelioma Survivor Heather Von St. James Reflects on Mother’s Day

In true mom fashion, my mother announces, “I’m going to be your mother now…” and dispenses her advice, which is usually right on the money. This was never more true in my life than when I got pregnant with my only child. My pregnancy was easy, but things in my life at the time warranted my mom using that phrase “I’m going to be your mother now” more than once.

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New Study Identifies Six Factors Associated with Improved Mesothelioma Survival

New Study Identifies Six Factors Associated with Improved Mesothelioma Survival

Improving mesothelioma survival rates has been at the forefront of research for years, as the cancer has long been recognized for its poor prognosis due to a number of factors like difficulties in early detection and aggressive cell types. A recent study from the University of Pittsburgh has discovered six factors that they believe are associated with improved survival among mesothelioma patients and can help drive future research efforts to improve patient life expectancy. Currently, most mesothelioma patients live an average of 12 – 21 months following diagnosis. The team from the University of Pittsburgh set out to understand why patient survival varies so widely to help pinpoint research areas and drive future clinical trials.

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New Clinical Trial Will Test WT1 Immunotherapy Drug with Nivolumab for Recurrent Mesothelioma

Researchers have found that recurrent rates for mesothelioma can vary widely, with some studies finding recurrence rates after treatment ranging from 10 – 72%. Even patients diagnosed in the earlier stages and who are able to undergo aggressive multimodal treatment have been found to experience recurrence. Because of the rather high likelihood of the cancer recurring, a heavy focus of mesothelioma research is finding optimal second- and third-line treatments for patients who have previously been treated and either experience recurrence or their cancer is unresponsive.

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Mesothelioma Diagnosis Leads to $29 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson

Mesothelioma Diagnosis Leads to $29 Million Verdict | Mesothelioma.com

A California jury reached a $29 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Cyprus Mines Corporation, a talc supplier. The jury concluded that the responsible companies must pay Teresa Leavitt over $29 million after she was exposed to asbestos through the long-term use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder. Leavitt claims that the talcum powder is the reason that she has developed mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos.

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FDA Announces Claire’s Makeup Proved to Contain Asbestos

FDA Announces Claire’s Makeup Proved to Contain Asbestos

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that the 2017 reports of Claire’s and Justice makeup containing asbestos particles have been confirmed. The presence of these particles in products, targeted to young children and teens, is concerning as asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases, including asbestosis and asbestos lung cancer.

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