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House Passes 21st Century Cures Act to Fund Cancer Moonshot and More

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 12/5/2016

United States House of Representatives

On November 30, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a piece of legislation that would improve funding and requirements for medical research related to cancer and other medical diseases and conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, opioid addiction, and more.

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Recapping National Family Caregivers Month

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 12/2/2016

Heather & Cam

November was National Family Caregivers month, a period of time devoted to recognizing the efforts, sacrifices, and hardships of family caregivers across the country. It comes at the beginning of the holiday season and includes Thanksgiving, a time when many people visit with family and are thinking about the things they are grateful for. In a way, that is also the spirit of National Family Caregivers Month – to express thanks for those who spend time in caring for their loved ones who are ill or otherwise unable to take care of themselves.

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EPA to Assess the Dangers of Asbestos and Other Toxic Substances

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 11/30/2016

Asbestos Abatement

In a move that could lead to asbestos eventually being banned in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday named asbestos as one of 10 high-risk chemicals to be evaluated under a landmark federal chemical safety law enacted earlier this year.

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Dr. Mike, Mesothelioma, and Dreaming Big

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 11/28/2016

Possible Dream Logo

Since the early 1980s, Camille and Michael Geraldi have been caring for children with special needs. Together, the two have adopted or become guardians for more than 88 children with various physical and mental conditions, including Down’s Syndrome, spina bifida, mental retardation, cardiac problems, and many others.

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Why Cancer Patients Are Giving Thanks

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 11/23/2016

Esther Conrad

Having cancer can be terrible, there’s no doubt. But many cancer patients have nonetheless found opportunities to give thanks for their situation, whether they are a long-term survivor or someone who was recently diagnosed.

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Asbestos in Talcum Powder—Mesothelioma Verdicts Delivering Substantial Awards

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 11/21/2016

Talcum Powder

For generations, talcum powder (often called simply “talc”) has been known for its ability to absorb moisture and prevent rashes. It was a common sight in bathrooms across the United States—most often used by mothers to prevent diaper rash on newborn babies. However, in recent years, talc powders from well-known brands like Johnson’s Baby Powder, Old Spice, and Coco Chanel have come under scrutiny for containing asbestos, an extremely hazardous mineral known to cause mesothelioma, a terminal lung cancer.

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Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and their Families

Mesothelioma Has a Research Problem – Can the Cancer Moonshot Fix It?

  • Author: Gary Cohn
  • Date: 11/17/2016

Syringe and Microscope

As a cornerstone of the moonshot effort to eliminate cancer as we know it, the Obama administration has pledged to make the sharing of research data – among scientists and with cancer patients – a priority. Paul Zygielbaum knows firsthand how important this is for patients with asbestos-related cancers.

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Dealing with “Scanxiety” at My Annual Mesothelioma Checkup

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 11/15/2016

Heather at Baylor 2016

No matter how good I feel on a day-to-day basis, every six months, the reality of being a long-term cancer survivor comes crashing back. Even though I’m going to be celebrating 11 years since my diagnosis on November 21, I still get uneasy when the time comes around for me to get on a plane, head to Houston for my scans and to see Dr. Sugarbaker.

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3 Facts about Veterans and Mesothelioma

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 11/11/2016

Celebrating Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, we look to those who have served our country to be reminded of the sacrifice they gave for us. Their dedication to preserving our democratic way of life and the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis are worth remember throughout the year, but this one day gives us time to step back and consider what that really means. For many people, the recent election solidifies that reality even more, regardless of who they voted for and the outcome that came out of it.

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Advice from Family Caregivers Over the Years

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 11/9/2016

Heather and Cam

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and when it comes to mesothelioma, many survivors are vocal in attributing their survival to the care they receive at the hands of family and friends.

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