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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

Taconite Exposure Linked to Mesothelioma

With a quote from Dr. Michael Harbut, this news article by David Shaffer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reviews the recent release of a six year, multimillion dollar study conducted by the University of Minnesota identifying a connection between taconite and the development of mesothelioma.

Asbestos-Contaminated Talcum Powder

Are you aware that talcum powder may be exposing you to asbestos?   Because asbestos is a contaminate in talc that the FDA fails to test for the agency admits that it cannot prove that talc-containing products sold in the US are free from asbestos.  Talc is also used in food and pharmaceuticals.  These news articles highlight the association between… Read more →

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 and Pneumonia Vaccines

ATTENTION  Most public health authorities recommend that all persons who work  or have worked around dusts and/or chemicals such asbestosis should receive a “flu shot”, unless otherwise contraindicated. The risk of getting sick or dying from the flu is much higher in those people who do not receive a “flu shot.”  Additionally, most persons in these categories should also be… Read more →

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 →