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Scientists Focus on Enzymes and Proteins to Develop New Treatments

Scientists are continually exploring new opportunities for drugs to combat mesothelioma and recently, scientists have zeroed in on a particular enzyme that is said to be “overexpressed” in pleural mesothelioma. This enzyme, known as orotate phosphoribosyl transferase (OPRT) is believed to curb the development and spread of mesothelioma which would have a huge impact on treatment development. Scientists tested 15 people with malignant pleural mesothelioma and found that the enzyme OPRT was present; 85% of mesothelioma patients had high levels. Scientists then took a group of patients who were unsuccessful in their treatment Pemetrexed, which is the common chemotherapy drug...

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Medical Marijuana: A New Treatment for Mesothelioma?

Earlier this month, Ohio legislators approved a bill that would allow patients with malignant mesothelioma to buy and use marijuana for medical purposes – legally. The bill will now move on to the governor, and if that is signed, Ohio will become the 25th state to legalize some form of medical marijuana. This news is especially exciting for those who are living with mesothelioma – an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos that is almost always fatal. The bill, if passed, would focus on the use of cannabis oil as a therapeutic alternative to conventional cancer treatments. Patients could eventually purchase medical...

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Been Exposed to Asbestos? Now What?

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral that was once used daily in a number of industries throughout the world. Thanks to its resistance to heat, corrosion, and electricity, it was seen as something of a wonder material that could be found in everything from floor tiles to brake pads. Unfortunately, our reliance on asbestos came at a huge price. As useful as asbestos could be, it has also been linked with a number of serious health problems such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Sadly, a great number of those who have now been diagnosed with asbestos exposure related illness were...

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Asbestos Exposure – The Hard Facts

Asbestos, once a popular insulation and construction material, has long been recognized as a severe health risk for those exposed. Those who have worked in certain industries are particularly vulnerable to asbestos exposure. Those industries include construction, steelmaking, power generation, and fields that deal with industrial chemicals. No matter the industry, asbestos exposure poses a danger. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, asbestos exposure can be responsible for several adverse health conditions. Even short exposures can be harmful to a person’s health. Asbestos fibers, which are too small to see with the naked eye, may enter a worker’s lungs if...

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New Treatments Target the Immune System of Victims of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer, is a cancer that affects the mesothelium, which is the lining that surrounds internal organs. Pleural mesothelioma is cancer that appears in the lining of the lungs, and accounts for about 75% of all mesothelioma cases. Aggressive cancers such as mesothelioma take a toll on the victim’s immune system, causing possible further complications when treating this disease. Recent studies have placed more focus on the immune system in hope of fighting mesothelioma using the body’s natural defenses. One study that is currently in Phase II of the clinical trial has scientists and researchers in high...

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