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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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Report Shows University of Montana Last Had Asbestos Testing in 2011

Report Shows University of Montana Last Had Asbestos Testing in 2011

Earlier this month, testing for asbestos at McGill Hall at the University of Montana raised concerns about the safety of students, particularly preschoolers who actively attended school in these classrooms. Abatement specialists found concerning levels of asbestos, well above the recommended limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to law, permissible amounts of asbestos should not exceed 5,000 fibers per square centimeter. After swiping a table in one of the classrooms, which had been used and cleaned regularly, specialists found over 15,000 fibers per square centimeter. Other areas of the classrooms contained even higher concentrations of asbestos.

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The 2019 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma Brings Experts and Patients Together

The 2019 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma Brings Experts and Patients Together

From March 25th – 27th, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation will host its annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma in Bethesda, Maryland. The Meso Foundation has organized the event since 2004 to help bring the mesothelioma community together, offering patients and loved ones insight to the latest treatments and research, facetime with renowned mesothelioma experts, and the opportunity to connect with others facing similar experiences.

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Two Clinical Trials Show Potential of Opdivo for Recurrent Mesothelioma

Two Clinical Trials Show Potential of Opdivo for Recurrent Mesothelioma

One of the prominent areas of mesothelioma research today is around the development of an effective, tolerable, second-line treatment for recurrent cases. Studies have shown mesothelioma recurrence is highly prevalent, even among patients who are able to undergo aggressive primary therapy, like surgery. Some studies have noted recurrence rates ranging from 10 – 72% of patients.

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Preschoolers Exposed to Dangerous Amounts of Asbestos at the University of Montana

Preschoolers Exposed to Dangerous Amounts of Asbestos at the University of Montana

Asbestos in schools has been a long-standing concern. In 2015, there were 131,000 public and private schools running in the United States, and one-third of them were thought to have contained asbestos. Everything from ceiling tiles to insulation and heating ducts has caused asbestos exposure in schools, putting both teachers and students at risk of developing asbestos diseases like mesothelioma.

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