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.
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
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.
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 →
Physicians and nurses, looking for an asbestos education? Look here for no-cost CME credits associated with asbestos-related disease.
Western Australian researchers have determined the risk of developing mesothelioma continues to increase even 40 years after a person’s first exposure to asbestos. Read more…
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