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February 2013 Archives

Death by mesothelioma: "Nobody deserves this"

Many of the workers who have contracted asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma, were concentrated in industries like shipbuilding, pipefitting and electrical trades. There is sometimes an undercurrent in reporting or discussion of asbestos and mesothelioma that this is a problem from the past. Yes, during WWII and for the years afterward,...

EPA still studying asbestos-contaminated vermiculite mine cleanup

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, used in many industrial products, including heating and cooling insulation, on pipe and electrical systems, for roofing materials, flooring and as a component of brakes. Asbestos was mined directly and is sometimes found with other mineral mining, like vermiculite. In the United States, the...

Supercomputer used to help with cancer diagnosis

One of the ongoing difficulties with properly treating patients afflicted with cancer like mesothelioma is determining if a patient, in fact, has mesothelioma. This lung cancer presents many symptoms that resemble other diseases of the lung. A patient may develop a cough that doesn't get better and doesn't go away....