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Insulators in Alberta at higher risk of chest infections, COPD: study
Construction workers in Alberta, Canada who work with hazardous insulation materials are much more likely to be affected by repeated chest infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to new research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. (2020-11-26)

Analysis: talc-based cosmetics test positive for asbestos
Laboratory tests of talc-based cosmetics products, commissioned by the Environmental Working Group, found asbestos -- a deadly human carcinogen for which there is no safe level of exposure -- in almost 15 percent of samples. (2020-11-25)

Trial targets deadly lung cancer
With more than 650 Australians diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma last year, Flinders University is leading new research to discover alternatives to chemotherapy and even prevent deaths by early detection in future. One novel approach, using natural therapeutic benefits of curcumin, a key component of the spice turmeric, will be put to the test in a clinical trial in 2021 as part of world-leading research at Flinders University. (2020-10-30)

Tiny golden bullets could help tackle asbestos-related cancers
Gold nanotubes - tiny hollow cylinders one thousandth the width of a human hair - could be used to treat mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, according to a team of researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Leeds. (2020-10-26)

New clues to lung-scarring disease may aid treatment
Scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, Arizona, have discovered previously unreported genetic and cellular changes that occur in the lungs of people with pulmonary fibrosis (PF). (2020-07-08)

Chemotherapy/immunotherapy combo shows promise for first-line treatment of mesothelioma
Inoperable malignant pleural mesothelioma, is a rare and aggressive cancer of the protective lining of the lungs, or pleura, often caused by exposure to asbestos. (2020-06-11)

Take-home' exposures are public health hazard: BU and Harvard researchers
A new review by researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health calls for recognition of 'take-home' exposures--exposures to toxic contaminants inadvertently brought home from a family member's work--as a public health hazard. (2020-01-29)

Two drugs used in combination prove to be effective against most aggressive asbestos cancer in mice
Currently, there are few effective treatments for malignant mesothelioma, although it has been decades since it was found that the major risk factor is exposure to asbestos. The drugs identified by CNIO researchers are being tested on other types of cancer, which can speed up clinical trials for mesothelioma. The authors identified molecular markers that could be used to determine which patients could benefit most from this new therapy, provided that it is approved. (2020-01-08)

Research brief: Nanoparticles may have bigger impact on the environment than previously thought
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have shown that nanoparticles may have a bigger impact on the environment than previously thought. The research is published in Chemical Science, a peer-reviewed journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. (2019-10-09)

Mesothelioma trial suggests immunotherapy as an alternative to chemotherapy
Patients with mesothelioma may gain similar benefit from immunotherapy as chemotherapy, and good responders may provide important clues to novel treatment for the thousands of new cases each year. Data from the PROMISE-meso trial presented at the ESMO Congress 2019 highlight the need to understand the biological mechanisms whereby mesothelioma, which is incurable, adapts to immunotherapy in some patients but not in others, resulting in variations in treatment response. (2019-09-30)

Asbestosis toxicity study identifies potential of novel mineral treatment
Scientists investigating the ability of a micronized mineral compound to counteract the carcinogenic effects of mesothelioma and asbestosis, say results from both cell culture and animal model studies are very promising, warranting further investigation, including the commencement of clinical trials. (2019-08-06)

Exposure to inorganic dust increases risk of gout in women by 27%
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) demonstrate that occupational exposure to inorganic dust is a previously unknown risk factor for gout and also confirm known risk factors, such as alcoholism and obesity. (2019-06-12)

Radiotherapy doubles survival for patients with mesothelioma
Mesothelioma patients are twice as likely to survive for two years or longer, if they are treated with a high dose of radiation to the affected side of the trunk, according to research presented at the ESTRO 38 conference. (2019-04-28)

Free lung cancer screening program builds valuable relationships with patients
A free, simple screening for lung cancer can save a patient money, while building a healthy relationship for any medical needs they may have in the future. The research, published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, shows the partnership can be beneficial for patients looking for cardiology specialists, family medical care and other health-related issues, as well as for medical facilities that offer the free screening. (2019-01-24)

Scientists identify new minerals for carbon capture
Research confirms new minerals are capturing and storing carbon in a new paper by University of Alberta geologists and their collaborators. The minerals, members of the hydrotalcite group, are the first outside of the carbonate family to naturally capture atmospheric CO2 in mine waste, important as society continues to forge ways to lower our carbon emissions and combat climate change. (2018-12-12)

Bringing Americans together on the issue of affordable housing
A lack of affordable housing is linked with many health problems, including asthma, stress and alcoholism. Penn State researchers found that while some Americans may be less aware of this link, there may be ways to communicate this connection in a way that resonates with those groups. (2018-10-23)

Otago discovery links DNA-packaging proteins and cancer development
University of Otago scientists have unravelled the 3D structure of two proteins, potentially providing answers as to why some people may be at risk of developing specific cancers. (2018-09-26)

Newly identified target may help with drug discovery for chronic inflammatory diseases
In a study published online July 25 in the journal Nature, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers identified a signaling pathway that activates the NLRP3 inflammasome implicated in several severe chronic inflammatory disorders. (2018-07-25)

Improved method of delivering anti-cancer drugs
A new non-toxic method for delivering anti-cancer drugs to specific parts of the human body could mean the end of the severe and nasty side effects associated with many cancer therapies, according to researchers at Cardiff University's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. (2018-04-18)

Free online access to millions of documents on chemical toxicity made possible through ToxicDocs
Millions of pages of internal corporate and trade association documents relating to the introduction of new products and chemicals into the workplace and commerce have been compiled into a free searchable online database called ToxicDocs. The history and future outlook for this database is now the subject of a free to view special section in the Journal of Public Health Policy which is a Palgrave Macmillan journal and is published by Springer Nature. (2018-01-19)

Some chemicals in smoke may be even more dangerous than previously thought
Though most 'low molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons' (LMW PAHs) have not been shown to cause cancer alone, the study shows that in common combinations, these chemicals can help to spark the disease. (2017-11-30)

Subset of carbon nanotubes poses cancer risk similar to asbestos in mice
Researchers have shown for the first time in mice that long and thin nanomaterials called carbon nanotubes may have the same carcinogenic effect as asbestos: they can induce the formation of mesothelioma. The findings were observed in 10 percent -- 25 percent of the 32 animals included in the study, which has not yet been replicated in humans. The work appears Nov. 6 in Current Biology. (2017-11-06)

Landmark asbestos study published in The Lancet Public Health
A landmark study from The Australian National University into the health impacts of living in a house with loose-fill asbestos insulation has been published in the international journal The Lancet Public Health. (2017-11-01)

Rare genetic cause of peritoneal mesothelioma points to targeted therapy
BWH investigators have uncovered a new genetic cause of mesothelioma: a genetic rearrangement in the ALK gene, observed in three patients with peritoneal mesothelioma. Unlike previously known causes, this new discovery points to a potential therapeutic approach for those few patients whose tumors harbor the mutation. The team's findings are published in JAMA Oncology. (2017-09-14)

Researchers raise health concerns about off-road vehicles and inhalation of asbestos
Preventing injuries may not be the only reason children shouldn't use off-road vehicles (ORVs). In a new study, public health scientists raise concerns that people who use ORVs in many regions of the country may face exposure to hazardous mineral fibers. (2017-08-30)

New study reveals new drug target for gout and other inflammatory diseases
Particle-driven diseases sound exotic and include things like silicosis and asbestos, but actually also include much more common diseases like Alzheimer's, gout and even atherosclerosis. A new report published online in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests a potential drug target for particle-driven diseases like these and many others. (2017-06-30)

Early research suggests first immunotherapy for mesothelioma on the horizon
Malignant pleural mesothelioma or MPM is a rare cancer, but its incidence has been rising. This cancer is usually associated with asbestos exposure, and patients have a median life expectancy of only 13-15 months. All patients relapse despite initial chemotherapy, more than 50% of them within six months after stopping treatment. There are currently no effective therapeutic options for patients with MPM. (2017-06-05)

What makes erionite carcinogenic?
The mineral erionite is considered to be highly carcinogenic. Up to now it has been thought that iron as a constituent element of the mineral erionite is the reason for the carcinogenic effect. However, mineralogists of Friedrich Schiller University Jena, together with colleagues from the University of Modena, have discovered that this metal does not even appear in the crystal structure of erionite. (2017-01-13)

Study examines association of asbestos exposure, mesothelioma in Eastern China
A new research letter published online by JAMA Oncology looks at asbestos exposure and malignant mesothelioma in Eastern China. (2016-12-01)

New study challenges assumption of asbestos' ability to move in soil
A new study led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego scientist Jane Willenbring challenges the long-held belief that asbestos fibers cannot move through soil. The findings have important implications for current remediation strategies aimed at capping asbestos-laden soils to prevent human exposure of the cancer-causing material. (2016-08-19)

Mesothelioma surgery improves quality of life, study finds
Many mesothelioma patients avoid surgery for fear it will degrade their quality of life. But a study has found just the opposite: Patients who underwent an operation called pleurectomy and decortication (PD) generally reported their quality of life improved after surgery. (2016-06-08)

UH Cancer Center and Jabsom researchers receive $3 million US Department Of Defense Awards
University of Hawai'i Cancer Center and John A. Burns School of Medicine researchers were awarded three out of only 45 United States Department of Defense grants for cancer research and career development. The awards to the University of Hawai'i are for malignant mesothelioma research and total more than $3 million. (2016-03-30)

Boston University enters research agreement with Janssen
In an effort to accelerate disease interception approaches to the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer, Boston University School of Medicine has entered into a $10.1 million research agreement with Janssen Research & Development, LLC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. (2016-03-22)

New drug hope for mesothelioma
A new drug is showing promise as a treatment for mesothelioma -- one of the most lethal cancers of all. The drug, known as HRX9, works by preventing the cancer cells from avoiding apoptosis -- the natural process by which unhealthy and damaged cells close themselves down and die. (2016-03-14)

Molecular 'brake' prevents excessive inflammation
Inflammation is a Catch-22: the body needs it to eliminate invasive organisms and foreign irritants, but excessive inflammation can harm healthy cells, contributing to aging and sometimes leading to organ failure and death. Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that a protein known as p62 acts as a molecular brake to keep inflammation in check and avoid collateral damage. (2016-02-25)

The test that reveals cancer sooner
MorNuCo Laboratories' clinical trial, recently published in Clinical Proteomics, demonstrated the ability of a serum test to detect the presence of mesothelioma 4-10 years in advance of clinical symptoms. The ONCOblot® Test detects ENOX2 proteins present in serum, and in this trial, ENOX2 proteins that are specific to mesothelioma. This is an exciting step forward in the continued development of tools for early cancer detection. (2016-02-04)

Spotlight on both old, difficult issues and humanitarian visions that drive new patents
The current issue of Technology and Innovation has articles on the 2015 Patents for Humanity Awards, asbestos exposure during outdoor recreational activities, the phenomenon of academic serial inventors, and a special section on regulatory science with articles on organic vs. conventional foods and the critical role of review criteria in peer review. (2016-01-29)

Workers are not being protected from occupational diseases and deaths, argues expert
British workers are not being protected from occupational diseases and deaths, argues an expert in The BMJ this week. (2015-11-11)

Study provides more precise estimates of cancer risks associated with low level radiation
More precise estimates of cancer risks associated with prolonged, low level exposure to ionising radiation among nuclear industry workers are published by The BMJ today. (2015-10-20)

Statistical model may identify patients who can benefit from surgery for mesothelioma
A new statistical model may help predict which patients are most likely to receive life-extending benefits from surgical treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma, according to an article in the September 2015 issue of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. (2015-09-08)

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