Mesothelioma Survivor on Cannabis Oil Following in Footsteps of Ancient Herbalists

Malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive malignancy caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure, is one of the rarest and most deadly cancers. Although scientists around the globe continue to develop and test new methods for diagnosing and combatting it, there is still no cure. When Californian Andy Ashcraft was diagnosed with late stage pleural mesothelioma in 2010, he was told he might have as little as three months to live. At best, his doctors gave him a year. But Andy and his wife Ruth refused to accept those odds and went to work to find alternative therapeutic approaches for mesothelioma, including the controversial cannabis oil. Their experience is the focus of this special series. Before Californian Andy Ashcraft was diagnosed with malignant … Continue reading Mesothelioma Survivor on Cannabis Oil Following in Footsteps of Ancient Herbalists »

New Article Faults “Unsound Science” for Continued Rise in Mesothelioma Cases

A German occupational medicine specialist says the rules regarding eligibility for mesothelioma compensation – many of which are based on “unsound science” – are too strict and leave too many mesothelioma patients out. According to Xaver Bauer, MD, of the Institute of Occupational Medicine at Charite University Hospital in Berlin, a case in point is the “unscientific requirement” for a set number of asbestos fibers to be found in the lung tissue of mesothelioma patients to prove that asbestos caused their disease. “Although the validity of such evidence has been discredited by independent scientists, it is still used as evidence by an influential US pathology department,” writes Bauer in the German medical journal Pneumologie. Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Heat and … Continue reading New Article Faults “Unsound Science” for Continued Rise in Mesothelioma Cases »

Recent Versus Past Asbestos Exposure in the Causation of Mesothelioma

Exposure to asbestos can trigger lethal malignant mesothelioma, regardless of how long ago – or how recently – that exposure happened. This point, highlighted in a recent issue of the Journal of Occupational Health, could impact compensation for mesothelioma patients around the world. The Backstory on Asbestos Exposure Once a popular building material and insulator, asbestos rapidly declined in popularity after it was found to be the primary cause of mesothelioma around the 1960s. Unfortunately, the asbestos bans and regulations that were established in many countries after that came too late for tens of thousands of workers who had already been exposed to the toxin. But years later, when these workers developed the symptoms of mesothelioma, many began to come … Continue reading Recent Versus Past Asbestos Exposure in the Causation of Mesothelioma »

Article Raises Specter of Unrecognized Mesothelioma Risk

An asbestos expert in Italy says people who work with another common mineral may also be at risk for deadly malignant mesothelioma and not even know it. Asbestos is recognized as the primary cause of malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that grows on the membranes surrounding the lungs or lining the abdomen. Because of its connection to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other chronic conditions, asbestos has been banned in 55 countries and is highly regulated in many others (including the US). But an article in the Annals of Italy’s Institute of Health suggests that tens of thousands of people who work with a mineral called feldspar may be unknowingly exposed to mesothelioma-causing asbestos without the protections they need to keep … Continue reading Article Raises Specter of Unrecognized Mesothelioma Risk »

Asbestos Modeling Clay Linked to Mesothelioma

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A popular air-drying modeling clay used across Europe in the 1960s and 70s may have raised the mesothelioma risk for thousands of teachers and students. The case of an Italian elementary school teacher who recently died of malignant mesothelioma, although she had never worked in a school building with crumbling asbestos, brings the point home. DAS Modeling Paste An estimated 55 million packs of DAS paste, a Playdough-like modeling clay, were sold as a toy and used in schools in the UK and Europe between 1963 and 1975. (A similar product called Fibro-Clay by Milton Bradley was produced and sold in the US around the same time.) At a time when asbestos was a popular additive to a wide variety … Continue reading Asbestos Modeling Clay Linked to Mesothelioma »

Standing with 9/11 Firefighters and First Responders

Almost 15 years after the worst terror attack on American soil, the heroic firefighters and first responders, along with their families, continue to fight an uphill battle. The toxic debris, human remains and piles of rubble have long since disappeared, but their fight continues to this day in the form of delays and bureaucracy. In December 2015, amid much fanfare, Congress begrudgingly approved reauthorization of the Zadroga Act: wide-ranging legislation that provides healthcare and other benefits to 9/11 firefighters and first responders. “When the original bill passed in 2010, mesothelioma wasn’t even a part of the bill,” says John Feal, founder and president of The Feal Good Foundation, a 9/11 advocacy group working on behalf of firefighters, first responders, and … Continue reading Standing with 9/11 Firefighters and First Responders »

Mesothelioma of “Unknown” Cause: Asbestos May Still Be the Culprit

A new Italian study suggests that many cases of mesothelioma with “unknown” asbestos exposure may not be so mysterious after all. Asbestos (and a similar mineral called erionite) is the top cause of mesothelioma worldwide. Almost everyone who is diagnosed with mesothelioma has come in contact with asbestos at some point.  But in about a quarter of cases, no clear asbestos exposure can be identified. University of Milan researchers say it may be because no one has looked hard enough. Sources of Mesothelioma-Causing Asbestos Exposure Most mesothelioma patients have come in contact with asbestos on the job, which is why anyone suspected of having mesothelioma typically has to undergo a thorough work history as well as an  exam and various … Continue reading Mesothelioma of “Unknown” Cause: Asbestos May Still Be the Culprit »

British Group Highlights Top Ten Mesothelioma Research Priorities

The potential value of immunotherapy, individualized chemotherapy, second-line treatments, and strategies for patient monitoring are among the top ten priorities for mesothelioma research according to British patients, caregivers, and clinicians. The James Lind Alliance specializes in setting priorities for health policy. The group was asked to work with the British National Institute for Health Research to study mesothelioma in the wake of sweeping mesothelioma compensation legislation in 2013. The Priority Setting Partnership brought together mesothelioma patients, caregivers, clinicians and support organizations to develop a research priority list, which was published in the latest issue of Lung Cancer. In all, 453 of the initial mesothelioma surveys were returned and refined into 52 unanswered research questions. Another 202 responders helped reduce that … Continue reading British Group Highlights Top Ten Mesothelioma Research Priorities »

Energy Plant Workers Face Elevated Mesothelioma Risk

Construction workers and tradespeople who have worked at any of the U.S. Department of Energy’s  nuclear sites would do well to be aware of the early warning signs of cancer, including malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis. A new report prepared by the Center for Construction Research and Training and Duke University finds that people who worked at the DOE’s nuclear sites are at higher risk of death from “all causes, all cancers” and should be actively monitored for signs of disease. The research was based on data from the Building Trades National Medical Screening Program, a program established in 1996 to provide occupational medicine screening exams to construction workers employed at DOE nuclear facilities. More than 18,800 workers were monitored from … Continue reading Energy Plant Workers Face Elevated Mesothelioma Risk »

Could Your Hairdryer Cause Mesothelioma?

A recent issue of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health contains some sobering news for hairstylists. A frightening new report highlights the potential link between the frequent use of hairdryers and a higher risk of deadly malignant mesothelioma. Hairdressers are not typically counted among the occupations at elevated risk for mesothelioma. Construction workers, electricians, plumbers, and others who work with asbestos-containing insulation have the highest incidence of mesothelioma, which is caused by inhaling the tiny fibers. But the same qualities that make asbestos such a good insulator in construction products, also make it ideal as an insulator and heat shield inside hairdryers. Hundreds of models from almost every major manufacturer were once made with asbestos. The asbestos heat shields were … Continue reading Could Your Hairdryer Cause Mesothelioma? »

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