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Thailand Study Reveals The Challenge of Expelling Asbestos From the Body

Though researchers from the Department of Pathology at Ramatahibodi Hospital in Thailand did not set out to conduct a study on malignant mesothelioma, their findings are still extremely important for those who seek a greater understanding of how the rare and fatal form of cancer forms in the body. The researchers, who worked collaboratively with scientists from the Academy of Science of The Royal Society of Thailand, conducted autopsies on 200 recently deceased Thai residents and concluded that almost 50% of all of the country’s residents have at least traces of asbestos in their lungs.

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Study Examines Safety of Intraoperative Chemotherapy

Intraoperative chemotherapy has been available as a treatment protocol for patients diagnosed with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma for many years. But the use of chemotherapy in the midst of surgery for pleural mesothelioma has lagged behind, largely out of concerns that patients might suffer significant complications. Now a study published in the Indian Journal of Surgical Oncologyseems to be clearing the way for mesothelioma surgeons to begin offering the procedure, as researchers found it to be both safe and effective.

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It’s Not Just Mesothelioma: Link Found Between Asbestos and Prostate Cancer

Men and women who have worked around asbestos have long feared their risk of malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and other serious illnesses, and with good cause. There has been irrefutable evidence that the material that was used so extensively in industrial and construction settings is a dangerous carcinogen. Now a group of researchers from two esteemed universities in Bengbu, China have conducted a meta-analysis of previously conducted studies and found that exposure to asbestos also creates a higher risk of diagnosis with prostate cancer.

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Taiwan Cracks Down on Asbestos Products Following U.S. FDA and Canadian Warning

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration in Taiwan took sweeping action against the manufacturer of several asbestos-contaminated cosmetic products that had made their way into the United States and Canada, as well as onto the shelves of stores within Taiwan. The move was a swift response to concerns about malignant mesothelioma and other serious diseases that have been linked directly to exposure to the carcinogenic material.

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PARP Inhibitors Are Potent Tool in Immunotherapy Treatment of Mesothelioma

When a person has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, they are universally informed of the disease’s grim prognosis: most patients succumb to the rare and fatal form of cancer within two years’ time, despite submitting to aggressive treatment protocols. Though short survivals are the norm, there have also been patients who have realized much longer periods of progression free survival, and many of those have benefitted from the use of an innovative new approach — immunotherapy. Now a new study has revealed a way to make the state-of-the-art treatment more effective for patients with mesothelioma.

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Contractor Ignores Stop Order and Clean-up Order, Putting Neighborhood at Risk for Mesothelioma

Imagine spending years of your life hoping that the abandoned building in your neighborhood would disappear, only to find out that when it is demolished, it was done with such negligence that it exposed you and your family to the risk of malignant mesothelioma. That is exactly what has happened in the West Baltimore neighborhood where St. Vincent’s Infant Asylum once stood. The building, originally built between 1860 and 1910, was purchased by a company called 1411 Division Street LLC in 2016, and in 2018 they illegally knocked it down without proper inspections or asbestos remediation. The state of Maryland has sued them for violation of asbestos laws.

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NIH-Funded Study Suggests Yoga Helps Mesothelioma Patients and Caregivers Alike

The emotional and physical challenges of malignant mesothelioma put significant strain on patients and caregivers alike. As is true in so many stressful situations, it is easy for people who truly care about each other to lose patience and snap. Now a National Institute of Health-funded study is suggesting that yoga can not only offer patients a boost in their overall physical function and stamina, but it can also boost mental health for caregivers and patients alike.

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States’ Attorneys General Move to Ban Asbestos

Decades ago, a complete ban of asbestos use in the United States was proposed in response to revelations that the material was the direct cause of malignant mesothelioma, as well as numerous other asbestos-related diseases. The ban was adopted by the EPA but later struck down by the Fifth Circuit, largely in response to objections from asbestos companies and the chemical industry. Today health and safety advocates have continued to wage war against asbestos, and now attorneys general representing 18 states and the District of Columbia are urging Congress to pass a law that would accomplish the same thing proposed years ago.

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New Zealand Family Wins Bittersweet Victory After Loved One’s Mesothelioma Death

A New Zealand family has won a three-year battle for compensation for their loved one’s death from mesothelioma, but the victory is bittersweet. Deanna Trevarthen was just 45 when she died of the rare and deadly form of cancer in 2016, and despite the fact that her illness was caused by contact with the asbestos that covered her father’s coveralls when she was a child, the nation’s no-fault insurance coverage deemed her ineligible for benefits. It took years of struggle to get her the justice that she deserved.

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