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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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New Law Could Ban Asbestos in United States

There have been some exciting new developments with regards to the country’s Chemical Safety Regulations. Asbestos, the known carcinogen once used as a flame retardant and in insulation could possibly be banned in the United States, under new laws and regulations from Congress.  While The Chemical Safety regulations that have been implemented in this country since the 1970s have helped regulate and control toxic substances, many substances such as asbestos that are deemed dangerous for society are not illegal and are even still being imported into our country. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) went into effect in 1976 after years of...

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