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NobelPrize medicine

Nobel Prize in Medicine

This year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology has been announced and the joint winners are literal life-savers.

Dr. Jim Allison is currently the Chair of Immunology and the Executive Director of the Immunotherapy Platform at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is being recognized for work he conducted while at the University of California at Berkeley and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Continue reading “Nobel Prize in Medicine”

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mesothelioma awareness day

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

September 26 marks an important day in the lives of mesothelioma survivors, their families and caregivers, and those still in treatment; Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It is aggressive and deadly and has different types based on which part of a patient’s mesothelium is affected. Presently, there is no safe amount of asbestos to be exposed to and there is no cure for this disease which can take up to 20 years to develop in a person’s lungs or pleura. Continue reading “Mesothelioma Awareness Day”

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Mesothelioma Treatment Pioneer, Dr. David Sugarbaker Passes Away at Age 65

Incredibly rare, malignant mesothelioma (pronounced: me-zoe-thee-lee-O-muh), is an uncommon type of cancer impeding the thin outer layer of tissue (mesothelium) covering most of your internal organs.

Cancer of the mesothelium is caused by exposure to an industrial agent called asbestos and is both aggressive and deadly, and while treatments are available, cure is not typically possible. Continue reading “Mesothelioma Treatment Pioneer, Dr. David Sugarbaker Passes Away at Age 65”

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How Will the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2018 Impact Workers Facing Toxic Exposure?

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring mineral substance that is highly toxic. Asbestos was once mixed with other materials such as cement, cloth, and plastic during construction to make materials stronger. Officially, The U.S. government recognizes six types of Asbestos including Chrysotile (white asbestos), which is the most common and can be found in roofs, ceilings, walls, and floors; Amosite (brown asbestos), which was used for cement and pipe insulation and can be found in ceiling tiles and other thermal insulation products; and Crocidolite, which was also used as an insulator in steam engines and other plastic, cement, and spray on products. Continue reading “How Will the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2018 Impact Workers Facing Toxic Exposure?”

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Asbestos Lautenberg Act

Lautenberg Act and Asbestos – EPA Evaluation of Asbestos Risk

The passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act in June 2016 was widely lauded for providing the first real chance to advance a total ban on asbestos-containing products in the United States since 1989. While most people believe that the use of asbestos has been banned in the U.S. since the 1970s, in reality, U.S. manufacturers still import and use hundreds of tons of asbestos Continue reading “Lautenberg Act and Asbestos – EPA Evaluation of Asbestos Risk”

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