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
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.
Unique lung scarring from Libby, Montana asbestos amphibole, suggestive of an autoimmune reaction, will be compared with epidemiology findings from asbestos exposed people in New York and Australia
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 →
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.
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 →
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…
Check here for more facilities around the country that are offering free or low cost low-dose CT screenings to smokers that have had an asbestos exposure.