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Famous asbestos researcher would have turned 105 in January

Asbestos refers to a group of minerals that are fibrous, insulative and fire-resident. These qualities made asbestos a desirable component of many products over the years. Some sources indicate asbestos was used even in ancient times. However, its use became much more popular in the Industrial Era. Now, most people recognize it as a toxic substance.

A variety of researchers helped the world understand the correlation between asbestos and diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. However, Dr. Irving Selikoff may be one of the most famous of these researchers. If he were still alive today, he would have celebrated his 105th birthday on January 15. Selikoff was born in New York in 1915 and died May 22, 1992, in New Jersey at age 77.

Immunotherapy may offer hope for those with mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that typically develops as a result of asbestos exposure. It occurs in the tissue that covers most internal organs. Because of the aggressive nature of this disease, it can be difficult to cure.

Surgery and chemotherapy are common treatments, but they are not always appropriate. This was the case for Samir Tanios, who was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma in 2018. Tanios was too sick to survive surgery or chemotherapy, so his oncologist suggested something a little less common. Dr. Daniel Wang, who practices medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, suggested immunotherapy treatment.

How could you sue someone because you got sick?

In many cases, people fall ill due to a genetic predisposition or an unhealthy lifestyle, but that is not always the case. For example, exposure to asbestos can result in mesothelioma, a form of cancer.

You may have been exposed to asbestos through beauty products, a contaminated environment or job-related tasks. Depending on your situation, another person’s negligence may be to blame. As such, it might be possible to hold someone accountable for their actions or lack thereof.

How does the government protect Americans from asbestos exposure?

Public officials are charged with doing what they believe is in the public's best interest. As they continue searching for ways to improve public safety, many of them agree that asbestos is a topic worthy of further consideration.

The Attorney General (AG) of Massachusetts launched a Healthy Buildings, Healthy Air Initiative. A recent report describes the program’s efforts to protect the state’s residents from asbestos and asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma.

What occupations are most affected by mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that is commonly associated with asbestos exposure. It can take decades after exposure for mesothelioma to develop, but this does not mean that asbestos exposure is a thing of the past.

Some commercial products in the United States still use asbestos, and those who work with those products may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma. Workers can also inhale or ingest asbestos from old products that contain the substance and are still in use.

88 keys of exposure

Many parents dream of having their children learn to play the piano. Especially if you wish you had not quit lessons, you might make financial sacrifices to give your kids lessons. Plus, listening to them tickle the ivories on a family heirloom could make your heart sing.

In addition to developing musical skills, piano lessons increase math and language skills, improve emotional expression and sharpen fine-motor coordination. Yet, despite the advantages of learning to play an instrument provides, some pianos could expose you to a cancer-causing substance.

House bill receives bipartisan support for asbestos ban

Could the United States be on its way to a full asbestos ban? Thirty years after the nation first tried to ban most uses of the carcinogen, the House Energy and Commerce Committee overwhelmingly approved a new ban. The bill received bipartisan support as it passed the committee on a 47-1 vote.

As Bloomberg Environment reported, the bill passed its committee vote after it had been amended to allow chemical manufacturers a 10-year transition period. With the amendment, the bill even drew praise from the American Chemistry Council, who lobbied against the original draft.

Milestone reached in cleanup of asbestos in Libby, Montana

For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been leading the asbestos cleanup efforts in Libby, Montana. Decades ago, the vermiculite mined nearby was contaminated with asbestos. The mining efforts spread the needle-like asbestos particles throughout the town. Although the mine shut down in 1990, the asbestos contamination remained.

In 1999, the EPA started evaluating the extent of the contamination. The decontamination process began shortly after. Now, the EPA has made enough progress to allow a large part of the cleanup project to be handed off to state and local governments. These entities will take over where the EPA left off with the decontamination of residential homes. This is certainly a milestone for the time-consuming project, and the EPA did not reach it easily.

Deteriorating building materials could expose workers to asbestos

There are times when everyone gets a little sick of their job. However, there are also times when a job could make someone seriously ill. Whether you love your job or hate it, some hazardous building materials present in your workplace could be risking your health.

This may be the case for a Pennsylvania teacher who was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma. She plans to sue the Philadelphia School District in relation to her diagnosis. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that is usually caused by asbestos exposure.

What treatments are available for mesothelioma victims?

Mesothelioma is a tough diagnosis. Doctors struggle to diagnose the disease early, and that limits their ability to pursue the most aggressive and effective treatments. Even so, most people diagnosed with mesothelioma live for more than a year, and researchers are continually pressing for ways to help people live even longer.

While there’s currently no standard cure, doctors use several different treatments to fight or slow the disease. In some cases, these may even force cancer into remission. More often, they lengthen and improve the quality of people’s lives.

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