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New Asbestos-Detecting Microscope Could Improve Abatement Process

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 1/19/2018

New Asbestos-Detecting Microscope Could Improve Abatement Process

Asbestos abatement procedures have been the same for many years in most of the world. Even countries like Australia that have bans in place still face the threat of the toxin because of the costs of abatement, the magnitude of older buildings and homes built with the toxin, and the testing and removal process not getting necessary updates to improve.

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The Rise of Mesothelioma in Young Adults

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 12/21/2017

The Rise of Mesothelioma in Young Adults

Mesothelioma has long been viewed as an old man’s disease. For many years, the typical patient would be a senior male, with the majority of new cases occurring in those 55 and older. But in more recent years, the health impacts of asbestos have started to become increasingly apparent in younger generations. Secondhand exposure to asbestos, as well as exposure through DIY home projects, have become bigger concerns in the community.

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Asbestos in Drinking Water: The Danger of Old Asbestos Pipes and Natural Disasters

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 12/13/2017

The Danger of Old Asbestos Pipes and Natural Disasters | Mesothelioma.com

Asbestos is largely viewed as a concern when airborne fibers are inhaled. Studies have shown most mesothelioma cases and other asbestos-related diseases are largely caused from inhalation of the toxic fibers. However, ingestion is another prominent concern, especially in cases of peritoneal mesothelioma.

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How Brazil’s Asbestos Ban Impacts the Rest of the World

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 12/7/2017

How Brazil’s Asbestos Ban Impacts the Rest of the World

In the battle to ban asbestos across the globe, advocates have faced many challenges and setbacks. Still today, the majority of the world allows the mineral to be used, with only about 62 nations having banned the toxin so far. The asbestos industry is still booming in certain countries, most notably in Russia, the top producer of asbestos in the world. In other nations, like China and India, production of the toxin continues to grow massively each year.

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Jenni DeHart Remembers Her Father’s Battle with Stage 4 Pleural Mesothelioma

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 11/29/2017

Jenni DeHart Remembers Her Father’s Battle With Stage 4 Pleural Mesothelioma

Jim Leonard was a devoted dad and grandfather, enjoying retired life on the golf course and going to as many sporting events as he could. Leonard would cheer on his grandchildren and his hometown team, the Franklin Wildcats, and was a devoted fan of the University of Tennessee, a team he got to know as a young boy before his family moved to Ohio.

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The Benefits of Comprehensive Support Services for Mesothelioma Families

  • Author: Dr. Raphael Bueno
  • Date: 11/20/2017

Comprehensive Support Services for Mesothelioma Families | Mesothelioma.com

Following the diagnosis of mesothelioma, patients often feel overwhelmed. They have many questions and concerns—for themselves and for their families. Patients worry how their loved ones will cope. The International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has a dedicated support team to provide comfort, compassion, and companionship during this difficult time for the patient as well as for the caregiver, most often the spouse. The IMP support staff includes a patient liaison coordinator, a chaplain, a dedicated social worker and two trained nurses who provide post-surgery care. Social worker Beth Flanzbaum, MSW, LICSW and chaplain John Kearns work alongside patient navigator Sheryl Ann Chicoine, Thornton House Coordinator Martha Williams, and nursing liaisons Lisa Hyde-Barrett, RN and Ellie Ericson, RN. One of the physician assistants is also assigned as the mesothelioma PA every week. Together, they create a support network for mesothelioma patients and their families before, during, and after their stay at the hospital.

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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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Has the Asbestos Industry Met Its Match? The Latest Update on an Asbestos Ban

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 11/1/2017

Has the Asbestos Industry Met Its Match? The Latest Update on an Asbestos Ban

Decades of scientific evidence proving the harmful and often fatal effects of asbestos have been overshadowed by a judicial system wrought with legal obstacles that have allowed asbestos to continue to be imported, sold and utilized in the United States.

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Reflecting on September’s Mesothelioma Awareness Events and My Biannual Checkup

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 10/24/2017

Reflecting on September’s Mesothelioma Awareness Events and My Biannual Checkup

September always proves to be a busy month for me, and this year was certainly no different! As much as I try to pace myself, it always seems as though all the things happen at once. September is usually busy for one important reason: Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

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Fighting for Change: Honoring Mesothelioma Victim Bruce Vento’s Legacy

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 10/16/2017

Fighting for Change: Honoring Mesothelioma Victim Bruce Vento’s Legacy

Many politicians face various highs and lows in their careers. If they’re lucky to be voted into office, it may be very short lived and possibly filled with strong opposition. But Representative Bruce Vento served in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of Minnesota from 1977 until his untimely passing in 2000. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Vento began his long political career as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1970.

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