Mesothelioma Fears Reignited by New Asbestos Makeup Allegations

The American accessories chain Claire’s is in trouble again after Dutch health and safety authorities claim to have found mesothelioma-causing asbestos in makeup powder for teenage girls. The news was reported today by Dutch news outlet DutchNews.nl. According to the website, the ILT and NVWA (Dutch health and safety authorities) have ordered two types of makeup – a face power and a contouring powder – pulled from the shelves while an investigation is conducted. The inspectors reportedly found 2% to 5% of asbestos, a known carcinogen and the primary cause of mesothelioma, in the face powder and 0.1% to 2% in the contouring powder. The US Environmental Protection Agency has stated that no amount of asbestos exposure is without risk … Continue reading Mesothelioma Fears Reignited by New Asbestos Makeup Allegations »

How Asbestos Turns Healthy Cells into Mesothelioma Tumors

Scientists are a step closer to understanding how malignant mesothelioma may take hold in the body thanks to new research from the University of Vermont. A team of pathologists, biologists, and geneticists have released a report suggesting that exosomes, tiny vesicles secreted by cells, undergo dangerous changes when the cells encounter asbestos fibers. According to the researchers, exosomes from asbestos-exposed cells can carry gene-altering cargo that may then go on to “infect” cells on the mesothelial membranes where mesothelioma tumors start. Exosomes and Mesothelioma Risk To test the theory that these exosomes may prompt changes that results in pleural mesothelioma, researchers focused on lung epithelial cells and macrophages (white blood cells). These are typically the first cells to come in … Continue reading How Asbestos Turns Healthy Cells into Mesothelioma Tumors »

Malignant Mesothelioma Versus Asbestos Use: Which Costs More?

There is some compelling new evidence on the economic impact of banning the mineral asbestos, the primary cause of the malignant mesothelioma. According to a team of economic experts and researchers at both the World Health Organization and Australia’s Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, asbestos bans don’t have a negative impact on a country’s gross domestic product or employment rates. The news comes as rates of both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma continue to rise worldwide, largely because many third world countries have not only failed to ban asbestos, but are ramping up its use. Asbestos and Malignant Mesothelioma As early as the 1940s, when asbestos was a common component of thousands of building products and insulating materials, there were indications that … Continue reading Malignant Mesothelioma Versus Asbestos Use: Which Costs More? »

Mesothelioma Persists in Australia Despite Asbestos Ban

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Australia’s legacy of asbestos mining and use continues to haunt it almost fifteen years after the country banned all forms of asbestos almost fifteen years ago. A new report published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health suggests that, although asbestos consumption peaked in Australia in the 1970s, malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases continue to be a significant public health issue. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that was prized as a building product additive because of its high tensile strength and resistance to heat and corrosion. Australia is rich in the mineral and once operated several of the world’s largest mines. In the 1960s and 1970s, the country also had the highest per capita use of … Continue reading Mesothelioma Persists in Australia Despite Asbestos Ban »

Study Finds Wide Disparity in Global Mesothelioma Rates

New evidence shows there is wide disparity in global rates of malignant mesothelioma, the aggressive disease also known as “asbestos cancer”. The study compared cross sectional mortality rates over a four-year period, as well as trends over almost 20 years (1994 – 2013). The data was compiled by Egyptian oncologist Omar Abdel-Rahman of Ain Shams University in Cairo and reveals almost a 10-fold variation in mortality rates between the highest and lowest of the 30 countries studied. Highest and Lowest Mesothelioma Death Rates Among the 30 countries, the UK had the highest number of per capita mesothelioma deaths—6.25 per 100,000 people. The UK’s high mesothelioma rates have been blamed on the widespread use of asbestos-containing products in the rebuilding of … Continue reading Study Finds Wide Disparity in Global Mesothelioma Rates »

Glitter Makeup Pulled from Shelves Amid Mesothelioma Fears

Despite decades of evidence that asbestos exposure can cause malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other illnesses, the toxin is still being used in some unexpected and potentially dangerous ways. CNBC is reporting that the jewelry story Claire’s has pulled several different glitter-containing makeup products from its shelves amid fears that they may contain asbestos. WJAR-TV in Rhode Island broke the story last week after a local woman suspected there might be asbestos in her daughter’s glitter makeup kit and sent it away to an independent lab to be tested. The woman works for a law firm that specializes in asbestos class-action lawsuits. Mesothelioma-Causing Tremolite Found Scientific Analytical Institute reportedly confirmed that the kits – including the bedazzled rainbow heart makeup … Continue reading Glitter Makeup Pulled from Shelves Amid Mesothelioma Fears »

Asbestos-Contaminated Insulation May Raise Mesothelioma Risk for Homeowners

People who live in houses with loose-fill asbestos insulation may be up to five times more likely to eventually develop deadly malignant mesothelioma. That is the finding of a 30-year Australian study of more than a million people in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), where asbestos-containing insulation had been used in some houses. The study found that, not only do residents of asbestos-insulated homes have a higher mesothelioma risk, but their chances of getting several others types of cancer were also elevated. Mesothelioma Risk Among People Who Live with Asbestos Insulation Researchers with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at Australian National University and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare at the University of Canberra used the … Continue reading Asbestos-Contaminated Insulation May Raise Mesothelioma Risk for Homeowners »

Breath​ ​Test​ ​May​ ​Finally​ ​Offer​ ​a​ ​Way​ ​to​ ​Screen​ ​for​ ​Pleural​ ​Mesothelioma

Earlier diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma may be just a breath away. A new Belgian study shows that two kinds of breath-analyzing tests may finally offer an accurate way to screen for the deadly asbestos cancer. An accurate screening tool could lead to earlier mesothelioma diagnosis, earlier intervention, and, potentially, better treatment outcomes. Pleural mesothelioma is an extremely rare but aggressive cancer caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos fibers. Most people encounter these fibers in a work environment and most have no idea they are sick until mesothelioma is in an advanced stage and the odds of survival are slim. Although there are diagnostic tools that identify biomarkers in the blood or lung fluid of people with mesothelioma symptoms, … Continue reading Breath​ ​Test​ ​May​ ​Finally​ ​Offer​ ​a​ ​Way​ ​to​ ​Screen​ ​for​ ​Pleural​ ​Mesothelioma »

A New Approach to Reducing Mesothelioma Risk in Asbestos-Exposed People

The Japanese researchers who first suggested that removing iron from the body could help prevent malignant mesothelioma have come up with a way to make the process even easier and safer. In their original 2016 study, scientists at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine induced a pre-mesothelioma state in lab rats by injecting their abdomens with deadly crocidolite asbestos. As predicted, the rats exhibited all the precursors to the development of peritoneal mesothelioma – inflammation, higher iron levels, and oxidative stress. The team then attempted to lower the risk and stave off mesothelioma by giving the rats an iron-removing agent called desferal. Excess Iron Can Lead to a Mesothelioma Diagnosis The good news from the original study is that removing … Continue reading A New Approach to Reducing Mesothelioma Risk in Asbestos-Exposed People »

Immune System Changes Could Signal Mesothelioma Risk

The state of an asbestos-exposed person’s immune system might give doctors clues about how likely they are to develop malignant mesothelioma. It’s a fear for any person who has worked around asbestos – that one day they may develop the asbestos-linked cancer, mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma can take decades to develop, causes few symptoms at first, and is extremely hard to treat. Right now, there is no definitive way to screen for it. Even making a mesothelioma diagnosis is a challenge. Now, a team of occupational medicine experts in Japan and China have released an article in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine detailing a list of biomarkers they believe may indicate asbestos-induced immune changes that could result in mesothelioma. How Asbestos … Continue reading Immune System Changes Could Signal Mesothelioma Risk »

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