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A Nontoxic Pill to Replace Chemotherapy? It’s Possible


A cure for cancer: It’s the holy grail of medical challenges, and researchers want nothing more than to finally crack the code.It’s widely known that chemotherapy (the use of toxic drugs to treat cancer) has debilitating side effects. Chemotherapy drugs cannot differentiate between cancer cells and normal cells – so they destroy both. Patients undergoing chemotherapy can become weak and ill. Even when cancer is cured, the treatment itself may have lasting side effects.But what if a pill could replace chemotherapy? What if that pill were nontoxic, had minimal to no side effects and carried a success rate near 100 percent?It...

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Railroad Workers: Do You Know Your Rights?

The development of railroads during the Industrial Revolution played an important part in the growth and expansion of the United States, which at that time, was a relatively young country.  Arguably, one of the most important inventions was the steam engine, which powered locomotives that revolutionized transportation and commerce during that time period.Steam engines use large amounts of heat; using fire and water to create steam that allows for the wheels of the locomotive to turn. Asbestos was beginning to become a popular building material at the time; its heat -resistant qualities paired with its abundance and affordability, allowed the...

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Regulatory Accountability Act: Extinguishing Hopes of Banning Asbestos

Last year, President Barack Obama signed into law a long awaited bill that places stronger regulations on toxic chemicals but unfortunately, a recent piece of legislation that has already swept through the House could tear it all down and undermine the work of The Clean Air Act, The Toxic Substance Control Act, and The Occupational Safety and Health Act.The Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), which now sits in the Senate, will impose greater restrictions and requirements on the aforementioned agencies by requiring them to conduct more research, analyze more data, and conduct public hearings for major regulations. The concern from those...

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Improper Asbestos Removal Reported at Westinghouse

Westinghouse Electric Company, later renamed Westinghouse Electric Corporation was founded in 1886 by George Westinghouse. It soon became one of the largest and most successful electric companies in the United States, rivaling Thomas Edison’s electric company (later known as General Electric). Two of the largest factories under the Westinghouse name were in East Pittsburgh and Lester, PA, where they made turbines, light bulbs, welding rods, generators, and motors; all for the transmission for use of electricity. Asbestos in WestinghouseAsbestos was a popular building material and used extensively throughout most of the 20th century.  Dubbed the “miracle mineral,” asbestos is heat resistant,...

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From Shipyards to Floor Tiles, Asbestos in the Home

Asbestos was a popular building material that dates back thousands of years, but it was not extensively mined until the 19th and 20th centuries, when its versatility became useful throughout the Industrial Revolution and World War II.  Its heat resistant qualities and tensile strength meant that asbestos-containing products were standard in the industry. Steel mills, chemical plants, power plants, etc., all contained asbestos equipment such as blast furnaces, coke ovens, basic oxygen furnaces, continuous rolling mills, electric arc furnaces, and open hearth furnaces. World War II ships contained asbestos in pipes, gaskets, valves, insulation, and throughout construction in the shipyard.However,...

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