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Asbestos Exposure Linked To Doll Manufacturers

The first uses of asbestos date back thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that its use became rampant not only because of its versatility, but also because of the mineral’s unique characteristics; it’s durable, heat resistant, and abundant.  Occupational exposure to this carcinogen is one of the main contributing factors in those who are suffering from asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. 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, but as time has gone on,...

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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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