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Nintedanib and Pembrolizumab – Hope for Mesothelioma Patients

The latest findings in cancer treatments for the often fatal mesothelioma have scientists and researchers hopeful that they are one step closer in finding a consistent, effective treatment for the asbestos-caused cancer.The LUME-Meso Phase II trial for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma focused on the administration of the triple angiokinase inhibitor called Nintedanib. This oral treatment is designed to block cancer growth by hindering protein kinases in cancer cells and stop cancer cell from growing their own blood vessels.The latest completed clinical trial (Phase II) showed progression-free survival goal was met. Progression-free survival is the amount of time after treatment that...

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National Asbestos Awareness Week: April 1 – April 7, 2017

On March 29, 2017 the U.S. Senate passed S. Res.98; a resolution designating the first week of April as “National Asbestos Awareness Week” in an attempt to warn and educate the public about asbestos exposure and its deadly health effects.Despite it being a known carcinogen and its ban in many countries, it is not banned in the United States and thousands of workers in the United States are exposed to and die from asbestos-related diseases each year.Asbestos Awareness Week was founded in 2005 by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) that since its founding in 2004 has dedicated time and...

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March 31, 2017 Redevelopment of Carrie Furnaces; Asbestos Still Hidden

Located between Rankin and Swissvale, the Carrie Furnace was a blast furnace built in 1881 that during its peak produced 1,000 to 1,250 tons of iron per day. Forty years after their two remaining blast furnaces operated, the site is getting ready to be redeveloped – a plan than has been in the works for nearly a decade.Today, all that is left of the site are blast furnaces No. 6 and No. 7 and subsequent engine house, storage building, bridge, and bins in the stock yard. The remnants of the Carrie Furnace site is considered to be a historical landmark...

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Asbestosis Can Lead to Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma

Asbestosis, while not a cancerous condition, is serious and potentially life-threatening chronic disease that is caused by breathing in asbestos fibers. A person who has been diagnosed with asbestosis has a much higher chance of developing lung cancer or pleural mesothelioma, a fatal cancer affecting the lining of the lungs. While not all asbestosis cases will progress to cancer, asbestosis can be a strong indicator that asbestos exposure was a factor in the development of a malignancy.Similar to mesothelioma, in asbestosis, asbestos fibers make their way to the lungs and become embedded in the inner tissue. The tissue then scars...

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Call Your State Senators to Oppose the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act

A new bill was approved by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee that could damage the asbestos claims process and prevent victims of asbestos-related diseases from ever seeing any sort of monetary compensation before they pass. The legislation is “H.R. 906” and is referred to as the “Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act”.This national legislation pending will negatively affect your asbestos claim. This legislation helps the asbestos industry in delaying and denying compensation to asbestos victims dying of asbestos disease and threatens the privacy of asbestos victims and their families.  It is incredibly important that you contact your Senators for your...

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The SAIAC Asbestos Cartel Controlled Much More Than Just Profits

The use of asbestos throughout the world came to prominence in the 20th century and since then has not only cost thousands of individuals their lives, but has had a significant impact on the environment. The known dangers of asbestos such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis date back to the 1920s and 1930s, but widespread knowledge about this carcinogen did not happen until decades later, particularly in the EU. Part of the blame in this delay in action in Europe can be traced back to four prominent and influential families of the industry: The Hatshceks, the Schmidheinys, the Emsens,...

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Despite Asbestos Regulations, CDC Reports Increase in Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is specifically caused by asbestos exposure. The cancer affects the lining surrounding various organs and cavities within the body called the mesothelium. Asbestos fibers, which are nearly invisible, sharp, and easily inhaled, become embedded in this soft tissue. The body is unable to break down or expel the fibers, resulting in damage and scarring to this protective lining that surrounds the organs.Approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year and even though it is a rare cancer, mesothelioma is aggressive, and with no known cure, the average life expectancy once one is...

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Asbestos in Our Schools: How the EPA Keeps Children and Adults Safe

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created to protect the environment and the health of humans by regulating substances that could potentially be harmful to both.  Asbestos is a carcinogen that was used in many places that we come in contact with daily:  our schools, our homes, the buildings we work in,  and the products we buy. While asbestos is illegal to mine in the United States, it is not illegal to import and asbestos is still used in products and manufacturing today. Many schools that were built before 1980 contain asbestos because of the many qualities to the substance;...

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Asbestos-contaminated Dental Tape Linked to Mesothelioma in Dentists

Occupational asbestos exposure is one of the biggest factors in those suffering from asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Steelworkers, chemical plant workers, tradesmen, and even those who worked in shipyards were most likely exposed to asbestos due to the nature of their work. Much of the equipment and products used were lined with asbestos since asbestos is heat-resistant, durable, and above all, cheap.  While the dangers of asbestos exposure have become common knowledge in the aforementioned professions, exposure can still arise from unexpected places.Recent discoveries of mesothelioma in those who worked in the dental field have raised...

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Early Asbestos Litigation

The use of asbestos dates back thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that asbestos use become widespread. With production in steel mills, chemical plants, paper mills, power plants, etc., on the rise, asbestos-containing products and equipment became standard in the industry. Its heat resistance made it useful in the lining of equipment such as blast furnaces, coke ovens, basic oxygen furnaces, continuous rolling mills, electric arc furnaces, and open hearth furnaces. The shipyard industry, which boomed around that time period, used asbestos and asbestos containing products throughout almost all aspects of the ships; insulation on pipes,...

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