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Health Canada updates position on asbestos exposure risk

In a recent revision, Health Canada, the Federal department responsible for maintaining and improving the health of Canadians, no longer makes a distinction between the health effects of chrysotile exposure and other types of asbestos.  To read more on the other revisions, and the reaction of the Canadian government to these changes, click here.

Promising treatment for mesothelioma

Australian researchers have had an encouraging and significant response in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma using microRNA-based therapy.  These results are preliminary, and clinical trials are ongoing, but this therapy with TargomiR may be a breakthrough in the elusive treatment of mesothelioma.

Biomarkers of mesothelioma

When testing fluid from pleural effusions, Australian mesothelioma researchers have concluded mesothelin is probably still the better diagnostic biomarker for mesothelioma when compared with fibulin-3.   Links to an article discussing the challenges associated with mesothelioma biomarker discovery and the abstract of the aforementioned research can be found under this website’s “Medical Information” tab,  on the “For Healthcare Professionals” page.

New Drugs to Treat Asbestosis

The symptoms and presentation of someone with lung scarring due to an asbestos exposure (asbestosis) can be identical to those people with a condition known as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).   Read about two new recently approved drugs, pirfenidone and nintedanib, for the treatment of IPF that may be useful in treating asbestosis

NBC Nightly News: Asbestos at US Capitol Bldg.

This investigative story of the unsafe, asbestos-contaminated environment in the tunnels under the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. aired on May 9, 2007.   This NBC Nightly News video and transcript features interviews with the 10 “tunnel rats” who complained for years about these working conditions.  Examined by Dr. Michael Harbut, three of these workers were diagnosed with asbestos-related disease. 

Flu Vaccine for 2014

Who should receive the flu shot, when should they get it, and what kinds are available? Dr. Sandra Fryhofer, internal medicine specialist, goes over the ACIP guidelines for flu vaccine in her WebMD Medscape blog: Hello. I’m Dr Sandra Fryhofer. Welcome to Medicine Matters. The topic: Flu protection 2014—what is best for you? The latest update from the Advisory Committee… Read more →