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Staying Safe from Asbestos After Natural Disasters

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 11/9/2017

Staying Safe from Asbestos After Natural Disasters

Hurricane season, which extends through the end of November, has already brought great devastation to Gulf and East Coast states, while wildfires are sending ash and toxins into the air as they blaze throughout the Western U.S. As these areas continue their road to recovery with large cleanup efforts, they may be facing other unseen dangers brought to the surface from these storms: toxins like asbestos.

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Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder When You Have Cancer

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 10/11/2017

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder When You Have Cancer

While many rejoice in the change of season, watching the leaves fall and feeling the air grow colder, some Americans instead begin to feel moody and fatigued. As summer changes to fall and continues to progress to winter, some individuals may get the sense that they are in a seasonal funk or have “the winter blues,” when they may actually suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

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Fall 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Natalia Jaramillo

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 9/1/2017

Fall 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Natalia Jaramillo

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Fall 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship is Natalia Jaramillo, a doctoral student specializing in clinical psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

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How to Stay Safe During Asbestos Cleanups

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 7/14/2017

How to Stay Safe During Asbestos Cleanups

Stories about asbestos seem to be a permanent fixture in the news. Communities across the nation discover asbestos in various buildings and schools or hear about asbestos being improperly disposed of. It’s a serious threat that won’t disappear easily.

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Avoid Asbestos and Other Hazards During Home Improvement

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 5/24/2017

Avoid Asbestos and Other Hazards During Home Improvement

Spring is the prime time for home improvement projects. Many take the opportunity to clean out their closets, upgrade decor, and tackle a deep cleaning. Others also take advantage of the better weather to take on bigger projects, like renovations.

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Cuban Lung Cancer Vaccine Brought to U.S. for New Clinical Trial

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 4/7/2017

Cuban Lung Cancer Vaccine

In the past, a collaboration between the United States and Cuba seemed unlikely. But with former President Barack Obama restoring diplomatic relations with the island nation last year, an important new clinical trial will soon be under way.

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National Poison Prevention Week: Household Toxins to Avoid

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 3/22/2017

National Poison Prevention Week 2

When we think of the word home, it’s generally associated with warmth, family, a safe place. But we have to consider the dangerous toxins that might be lurking in our beloved homes. Whether it’s the potential for asbestos in its construction or BPA in the water bottles in your fridge, there are unfortunately numerous risks we face daily without even realizing.

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The Benefits of Palliative Care: Managing Pain, Discomfort and Quality of Life

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 3/1/2017

Palliative Care

If you’re reading this, there’s a chance you or someone you know is facing a chronic condition. Whether it’s dementia, heart disease, or some type of cancer – such as mesothelioma – taking the next step to determine what treatment is available or appropriate is an important and often difficult decision. For many people battling a chronic disease, palliative care may be the most appropriate option for them to consider.

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Spring 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Somer Greene

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 1/18/2017

Somer Greene

We are happy to announce the winner of the Spring 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship: Somer Greene.

Somer is a survivor of Hereditary Gastric Carcinoma, which is a form of stomach cancer that is passed along genetically through a mutation of the CDH1 gene. While not everyone with the mutation develops cancer, those who have it also might have a higher chance of developing the disease.

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Keytruda, Lung Cancer, and Mesothelioma

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 12/22/2016

Keytruda - Clinical Trials

Keytruda (also known as pembrolizumab) is a new cancer-fighting drug that is making a big splash. Introduced by the pharmaceutical company Merck, Keytruda belongs to a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. Unlike traditional chemotherapy drugs Monoclonal antibodies are specialized proteins that are part of the body’s own immune system.

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About David

  • Joined MCA in 2011
  • Cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
  • Focuses on creative fitness ideas for those dealing with cancer
  • Researches valuable programs for our site visitors

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