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Exposing the “Third Wave” of Asbestos-related Disease

Unknowingly disturbing asbestos during industrial or home renovation/retrofitting is resulting in the same disease consequences experienced by asbestos miners and insulators.  The Center for Public Integrity relates a story of a young man with a very limited exposure to asbestos.  Click here to read the article.

Spirometry Used to Effectively Screen for Mortality Risk

A German study of adults from the general population without clinically apparent lung disease, but with low lung function, had significantly increased mortality during a five year period of follow-up. Using spirometry as a low-cost screening tool, investigators found people with lower FEV1 and FVC readings had significantly worse survival.  Click here to read the story and access the study.

IBAS and Trade Union Response to Asbestos Industry’s Aggressiveness

In today’s open letter to the global asbestos industry, the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS) highlights the asbestos lobby’s aggressive actions in Africa and Asia over recent weeks. IBAS works to bring to light the devious means and corrupt practices being used to block national action on banning asbestos. Click here for a review and response of what recently occured… Read more →

Establishing Safe & Effective LDCT Screening Programs

In a step toward providing unified safe and effective LDCT screening programs, the American Thoracic Society and American College of Chest Physicians have established a policy presenting comprehensive development strategies for sites wishing to implement a program.   Click here to read the policy abstract.

Elephants Rarely Develop Cancer. Want to Know Why?

This October 8, 2015 USA Today news article covers a new study that showed elephants have 40 copies of a tumor blocking gene while humans have only 2 copies of the same.  Click here to read the study that appeared in the online version of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Pneumonia

The leading cause of hospitalization and death associated with the flu is not the flu itself, but pneumonia, a common complication of the flu.  More than half of influenza pneumonia cases can be prevented by the flu vaccine, reports Dr. Carlos Grijalva, author of a recent study published October 6, 2015 in the online version of the Journal of the… Read more →