New software from OSHA

OSHA recognizes that an estimated 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. The employers have an obligation to provide a safe work environment and OSHA has released a software package …

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Long-term effects of asbestos exposure

From spiked-online: “According to a 2005 report by the French Senate, there were 35,000 deaths as result to asbestos exposure between 1965 and 1995. Because of the long-effects, the deaths are expected to rise to 60,000-100,000 in the next 20-25 years.”

Pemetrexed clinical trial

Research is being done to determine the effects that the drug pemetrexed has on response to treatment (tumor shrinking or staying the same) and length of life, and to evaluate the side effects. Patients who qualify for this study will have cancer of their cartilage that cannot be removed by surgery or has spread to …

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National Asbestos Exposure Review

The federal government’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry conducted a review of vermiculite from the now notorious Libby Montana mine. This review, which they called the National Asbestos Exposure Review, is available on the web here: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/asbestos/sites/national_map/ Vermiculite is a mineral which was used for many things, and most vermiculite does not pose …

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Gene signatures?

Scientists recently found an 11-gene “signature” in cancer tumors that apparently predicts prognosis in at least 10 types of cancer. Mesothelioma is one of those types. The medical research community is excited because the findings may also change the process of development of new cancer therapies. Article here.