November 2010

Canada Aims to Save Lives With Standardization of Mesothelioma Data

Canada, a leading exporter of asbestos,  has announced a nationwide initiative that is designed to give cancer researchers and health officials improved access to research data.  Known as the National Staging Initiative, the project will serve to enhance the sharing and cooperation of cancer research across all provinces and territories. Specifically, the initiative will focus …

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Is Cancer a Manmade Illness?

A recent review of tissue samples taken from ancient Egyptian mummies has revealed a strikingly rare occurrence of cancer, says a team of British and American scientists. Given the relatively high frequency of cancer among the modern population, the lack of cancer patients in Ancient Egypt leads researchers to propose the fact that cancer is …

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Nearly Half of Deaths in Turkish Town Caused by Mesothelioma

In most of the world, mesothelioma is an extremely rare type of lung cancer that accounts for less than one of every 100,000 deaths. However, in the Turkish region of Cappadocia, instances of death related to malignant mesothelioma hover at an astonishing rate of 48 percent. Mesothelioma has been linked to the inhalation of asbestos …

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Paper Diagnostics Aimed to Bring Down Costs of Medical Testing

Many people are at least partially aware of paper-based diagnostic testing. The technique is most commonly associated with over-the-counter pregnancy tests. While the technique has been around for a while, researchers are now attempting to bring paper-based diagnostics to more complex medical testing. If successful, it could mean a dramatic reduction in medical costs and …

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EPA’s “Most Wanted” Fugitive Captured

Officials with the US Marshals Service and the Environmental Protection Agency captured escaped fugitive Albania Deleon last week in the Dominican Republic. Ms. Deleon was convicted of issuing certificates for an asbestos-remediation training class to unqualified applicants. She had fled the country prior to her sentencing hearing in March. When she failed to appear, US …

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Stress May Reduce Effectiveness of Cancer Treatment

Increased levels of stress ñ either mental or physical ñ may reduce the effectiveness of cancer treatment, according to researchers at Ohio State University. These findings are based on studies that looked at how breast cancer cultures reacted to treatment in relation to levels of a stress-related protein. Results suggest that the heat shock factor-1 …

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