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Jury convicts Swiss executives for asbestos-related deaths

Two executives of a Swiss company that manufactured asbestos-laced construction materials were convicted Monday of causing the deaths of more than 2,000 people.   In one of Europe’s largest environmental cases ever, a jury in Turin, Italy, sentenced Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny, former owner of Eternit, and Belgian baron Louis de Cartier de Marchienne, a major shareholder, to 16 years ...

Topics: Legal

Foundation awards $500,000 for mesothelioma research projects

Research projects at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the University of Pennsylvania and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are among five initiatives that will split $500,000 in grants from the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.   The five projects, chosen by mesothelioma experts on the foundation’s Science Advisory Board, are aimed at developing new treatments for the deadly disease, a rare cancer caused ...

Topics: General, Medical

What is Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Topics: Mesothelioma

How do you diagnose Mesothelioma

Diagnosing mesothelioma is difficult because the symptoms are similar to those of other illnesses and conditions. Diagnosing mesothelioma includes any or all of the following: review of the your medical history and asbestos exposure, a complete physical examination, with x-rays of the chest or abdomen and lung function test. A CAT scan or MRI of the chest or abdomen may ...

Topics: Mesothelioma

Manufacturer wants states to cap legal liability in asbestos cases

A Philadelphia company is lobbying the Minnesota Legislature to pass a bill that would minimize its liability in asbestos-related lawsuits.   Crown Holdings Inc., an $8 billion company that manufacturers cans, says it has spent $700 million on asbestos claims for which it is not liable. The company, also known as Crown Cork and Seal, has never manufactured asbestos-containing products, ...

Oral anticancer agent slows mesothelioma progression in lab mice

Researchers in Japan have discovered that an oral drug widely used to treat a variety of cancers in Asia slowed the spread of pleural mesothelioma cells in mice. Not yet approved for use in the United States, S-1 is a chemotherapy drug that has been successful in the treatment of gastric, colorectal, head and neck, breast, non-small cell lung and ...

Topics: Medical

Asbestos foes again call for import ban in wake of 2011 increase

Advocates for victims of mesothelioma are once again asking the United States to ban imports of asbestos, following the release of a government report that says use of the known carcinogen by U.S. industry is on the rise.   According to the 2012 U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Commodity Summaries, asbestos consumption from January-July 2011 was 1,100 metric tons — a 34 ...

Who needs to be examined for Mesothelioma

According to the National Cancer Institute, if you have been exposed (or suspect you have been exposed) to asbestos dust either on the job, at home, or via a family contact, you should inform your physician of your exposure history and any symptoms. Asbestos fibers can be measured in urine, feces, mucus, or material rinsed out of the lungs. A ...

Topics: Mesothelioma

Canadian scientists, activists demand independent review of asbestos study

Public-health activists and scientists in Canada are asking McGill University to conduct a "thorough, independent and transparent investigation" of a controversial study on asbestos safety.   Earlier this month, David Egilman, a professor at Brown University, told CBC Television that a 40-year study on the carcinogen by a group of McGill scientists was unduly influenced by the asbestos industry, which ...

Topics: Medical

Bankruptcy settlement ensures funding for victims of Libby mine

A federal bankruptcy court has approved a reorganization plan by W.R. Grace & Company that will ensure funding of two trusts created to compensate thousands of people who have sued the company for asbestos-related illness. W. R. Grace filed for bankruptcy protection in 2001, citing 110,000 personal-injury claims by workers and residents in Libby, Montana, where the company operated a ...

Topics: Legal