WTC dust proves fatal

Via the blog Confined Space, I see that a New York City police detective at the site of the World Trade Center attack died of respiratory failure recently. The medical examiner said: reasonable degree of medical certainty that the cause of death in this case was directly related to the 9/11 incident.” This may be …

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Sequential Chemotherapy

CancerConsultants.com has an article about trying to find an effective chemotherapy regimen for mesothelioma. This is such an intractable form of cancer and resists forms of therapy that are effective for other cancers: radiation, surgery, simple chemotherapy. The cutting edge of mesothelioma treatment involves combinaton therapy: more than one treatment. There’s a study out of …

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Another milestone for Onconase

Alfacell Corp., the New Jersey pharmaceutical company, got enough patients to go ahead with phase IIIb testing on Onconase, (ranpirnase). Another step in the long process toward getting approval for that drug, which is promising in mesothelioma treatment. The drug companies sometimes target mesothelioma in their development process even though it is a rare form …

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B-reader consistency?

Impact Analysis blog talks about the integrity of B Readers as expert witnesses in occupational health court cases. NIOSH B Reader approval is granted to physicians who demonstrate proficiency in the classification of chest radiographs for the pneumoconioses using the International Labour Office (ILO) Classification System. Mesothelioma Aid’s write-up on B-readers is here. This is …

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