November 2009

Targeted Delivery of Nanoparticles Improve Precision of Chemotherapy

Nanoparticle delivery systems can be used to dramatically improve the precision of chemotherapy administration, according to a study performed at the University of California-Irvine. Currently, cancer medications suffer from a weak targeting system. Oftentimes, chemo drugs are disseminated throughout the body, attacking both cancerous and healthy tissue. Due to this unfocused attack, cancer-fighting agents that …

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New Drugs May Help Make Healthy Cells Immune to Radiation

Research indicates that suppression of a particular gene may help protect healthy cells and tissue from damage caused by cancer radiation treatments. The findings, reported by researchers at the University of Pittsburg (in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute), are considered as a major breakthrough in cancer research. The majority of cancer patients are treated …

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U.S. Expands Partnerships of United States-Latin America Cancer Research Network

Partnerships dedicated to intensifying cancer research as it relates to Latin American populations were recently forged between the United States and four Latin American countries – Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay. The partnerships serve to greatly expand the United States-Latin America Cancer Research Network (US-LA CRN), an international program created by the U.S. National Cancer …

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Australian Union Workers Fight for Asbestos Safety, Monitoring

Recently, an auction house (Pickles Auctions) located in Canberra, Australia was shut down due to improper removal of asbestos products. The closure was deemed necessary after it was determined the removal of the asbestos was both unauthorized and improperly performed. The news was brought to the government’s attention through the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy …

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Mesothelioma in Pets Can Provide Insight Into New Treatments

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that accounts for approximately one percent of all cancer deaths worldwide. The cancer is caused through the inhalation of asbestos – a naturally occurring fiber that is often used for insulation or heat-resistant purposes. Just as asbestos exposure affects human health, so too does it affect the health …

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Georgia Senators Urge OSHA to Issue Combustible Dust Regulations

On February 7, 2008 an Imperial Sugar refinery exploded in Port Wentworth, Georgia, killing 14 workers and injuring dozens more. The cause of the explosion was combustible dust. Following the disaster, OSHA representatives were chastised during a hearing at the House Education and Labor Committee for their apparent lack of concern about protecting U.S. workers …

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