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Mesothelioma Researchers Identify Estrogen As Possible Protective Factor

In the search of a cure for malignant pleural mesothelioma, researchers try to assess both the effect of specific treatment protocols and whether there are certain characteristics that give certain patients an intrinsic advantage and longer survival times. A recent study conducted by researchers at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York directed its inquiry in the latter direction, assessing the medical records of over 16,000 mesothelioma patients over the last several years to see whether the ones who lived the longest after diagnosis had any one thing in common. They found that the single characteristics most identified with longer survival was being female. Now they are wondering whether estrogen provides women with added protection against the disease’s effects.

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Mesothelioma Patients May Benefit From MIT Inhalable Treatment Innovation

Researchers from MIT have been working towards a better way to deliver critical medications to patients diagnosed with lung cancers like malignant mesothelioma, and according to a newly published study, they believe that they may have found it. According to a recently released statement from the institution’s Koch Center for Integrative Cancer Research, scientists there have engineered an innovative way of delivering medication that can be inhaled, and a specially formulated medication that takes advantage of that new delivery system.

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MTA Fails To Warn Bus Depot Workers About Asbestos, Mesothelioma Risk

A report published this week in the New York Daily News is raising questions about New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) failure to warn thousands of transit employees of their risk of asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma and other serious illnesses. It’s been months since MTA officials learned the vents that pump air into the East New York bus depot in Brooklyn are nearly all covered asbestos-contaminated cloth, but no notification has been provided to the dozens of high school students who intern at the three-story buildings, nor to their supervisors or any of the other bus operators, maintenance workers, dispatchers or administrative employees who’ve worked in the building for the past several decades.

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Neighbors, Employees Fear Mesothelioma As Man Is Sentenced to 12 Years In Jail for Asbestos Violations

Asbestos is a carcinogenic material, and people who are exposed to significant amounts of the mineral are at risk for malignant mesothelioma and other serious illnesses. Most people who are exposed to asbestos can point to their work environment, and an asbestos-contaminated product or products that they used. But for a group of neighbors and employees in New Richmond, Minnesota who are now living under a cloud of worry about asbestos-related disease, the source of their exposure is a single man. This week a federal judge sentenced that man to twelve years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

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Union Calls for Asbestos Remediation After Teacher’s Mesothelioma Diagnosis

People who are familiar with malignant mesothelioma as an occupational illness tend to think of factory and construction workers as those most likely to be diagnosed with the rare and fatal disease. But despite the image of structural integrity and safety evoked by the view of a school building, teachers rank high on the list of those most at risk for asbestos-related diseases. The reason is simple: most of the nation’s schools were constructed prior to the 1980s, when asbestos was a common structural component. Now teachers all around the nation are being diagnosed with mesothelioma, and there is a growing public outcry for something to be done.

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Mesothelioma Researchers Encouraged By National Cancer Institute’s Proposed Budget

In response to declining budgets for cancer research, including integral studies benefitting our understanding of malignant mesothelioma, the National Cancer Institute has released its Annual Plan & Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2021. The budget has requested $6.9 billion in funding, representing a significant boost in the amount of monies dedicated to finding cancer cures.

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Mesothelioma Symposium Welcomes Physicians and Patients Alike

An international gathering of mesothelioma experts will take place in California in a few weeks, bringing together physicians and other healthcare professionals, as well as advocates, patients, their families and caregivers. The event is the 9thAnnual International Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, and it will take place on September 21stat the Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center at the UCLA campus. The symposium is being hosted by both The Pacific Mesothelioma Center and UCLA.

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Study Reveals Six Factors That Extend Mesothelioma Survival

Malignant mesothelioma is an extremely rare disease, but enough information is available on the condition to let those who’ve been diagnosed with it know that they face an extremely abbreviated future. The disease is always classified as terminal, with the median survival time for those diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma being 14 months and for those diagnosed with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma being 31 months. Still, there are some who live with the disease for several years, and a recent study took a deep dive into the characteristics of those who live the longest after the time of diagnosis.

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United Kingdom Hospital Buildings Called Mesothelioma Breeding Grounds

We think of hospitals as places where we go to be cured of illness, but it seems that in the United Kingdom they have become “ticking time bombs” for malignant mesothelioma diagnoses. That’s because roughly 94 percent of hospitals in London were built with asbestos which remains in place. Exposure to asbestos is the cause of the rare and deadly form of cancer, which recently claimed the life of a noted British HIV researcher.

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