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The Potential of Targeted Cancer Therapy for Mesothelioma Treatment


A mesothelioma diagnosis is often followed by typical cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. These treatments can be accompanied by harsh side effects such as hair loss, nausea, fatigue, pain and more. The reason is because chemotherapy and radiation attack not only the cancer cells, but the healthy cells, too.

New advances in cancer treatment show “targeted” cancer therapies could offer an alternative option for cancer patients. These treatments target only the harmful cancer cells by attacking the tissue environment that contributes to the cancer’s growth and survival.

Researcher Jonathan Lovell of the State University of New York at Buffalo, is working on a targeted drug delivery system for cancer that uses lasers and light activated drugs. He developed nano-sized spherical pods – so small, they are 1/1000 the diameter of a human hair. Lovell fills the pods with anti-cancer drugs and injects them into the body where they safely circulate.

The pods can be activated to release the anti-cancer drugs when Lovell shines a red laser on the tumor. The light triggers the pods to open. When the laser is turned off, the pods close. A red laser is used because red light penetrates human tissue better than other colors.… Read the rest

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Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: June 2014


The asbestos attorneys at the Simmons Firm are dedicated to providing the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news to keep you up to date. Below is a short list of some of the most recent news stories covering asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research and other news from across the world.

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Acting Surgeon General Speaks on Public Health Mission and Asbestos


At the 2014 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference, keynote speaker Rear Admiral Boris D. Luchniak, MD, MPH delivered a speech on public health which included the topic of advocacy for asbestos exposure awareness. The acting surgeon general focused heavily on core public health functions, including the assessment and monitoring of the health of communities and populations at risk, and the formulation of public policies.

“We’re here to protect, promote and advance the health and safety of the world when it comes to asbestos as a subset of all the world problems,” Luchniak said during the speech.

All of us, he pointed out, can play a role in the public health mission. Regardless of job title or location throughout the world, “it takes a village” to spread asbestos awareness.

Furthermore, optimism is essential in the area of public health. Advancements in public health do not happen overnight. Between 1900 and 1999, Luchniak explained, the United States achieved ten notable public health achievements, which included:

  • Vaccination
  • Motor vehicle safety
  • Safer workplaces
  • Control of infectious diseases
  • Decline in deaths from heart disease & stroke
  • Safer and healthier foods
  • Healthier mothers and babies
  • Family planning
  • Fluoridation of water
  • Recognition of tobacco as a health hazard

The above achievements took a great deal of time to accomplish.… Read the rest

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Attend the 5th Annual Butterfly Release Benefiting Simmons Cancer Institute


If you live in central or southern Illinois and have been affected by a serious health issue (or know someone who has), consider attending the 5th Annual Butterfly Release at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22.

The event, which benefits the Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will take place in the Thomas Garden of Hope, Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W. Carpenter Street, Springfield, IL.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate, encourage and support all individuals who have been impacted by a negative health issue, such as cancer. The event also strives to recognize family members, friends and professional caregivers who provide assistance and understanding to people with health problems.

“This event is a tribute to anyone experiencing health challenges and also celebrates those who have walked this path with them,” said Evelyn Thomas, the honorary chair of the Butterfly Release, in a press release.

The ceremony will recognize those being celebrated by having their names read aloud. This will be followed by music and inspirational readings, eventually leading to the highlight of the event – the release of butterflies that are native to central Illinois.

The event is free and open to the public.… Read the rest

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The Corporate Manipulation of Asbestos Science


The corporate industry knew about the health concerns linked to asbestos exposure for many years before those health risks were made public. The same industry had a major influence on the science and politics of asbestos exposure, according to Dr. David Egilman of Brown University. Egilman recently gave a presentation on the topic related to his article “Dust diseases and the legacy of corporate manipulation of science and law” at the ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference in Washington, D.C. (pictured.)

Corporate manipulation of asbestos science.Published in the April-June 2014 issue of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, Egilman’s article takes a closer look at previously secret corporate documents, depositions, trial testimonies and published literature to understand the historical manipulation of asbestos science.

Prior to publicizing the safety and health concerns of asbestos, many corporate executives were aware of the associated health risks. However, it became evident that asbestos manufacturers and organizations delayed the reduction of asbestos use and exposure in their businesses by covering up the link between asbestos exposure and serious diseases like mesothelioma.

“Companies that used and produced asbestos have continued and intensified their efforts to alter the asbestos-cancer literature and utilize dust-exposure standards to avoid liability and regulation,” Egilman states in the article.… Read the rest

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