The Simmons Firm is pleased to announce that it has renewed its support of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation with a $25,000 donation to support the 2014 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma.
Over the past ten years, the Meso Foundation has awarded more than $8.2 million to top medical researchers who are developing ground-breaking treatment options for mesothelioma patients. Having donated more than $2 million over the years, the Simmons Firm remains among the foundation’s leading supporters.
Set to take place March 5 to 7, the 2014 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma is open to all mesothelioma patients, families, advocates, medical professionals and others who have lost a loved one to the rare cancer. The mesothelioma symposium is held by the Meso Foundation and is in its 11th year.
The event kicks off March 5 with Advocacy Day, which will feature presentations by government experts to prepare for meetings on Capitol Hill with elected officials. The purpose is to help educate government experts and to advocate for increased federal funding for mesothelioma.
March 6 and 7 will feature scientific panels and community conversations covering a variety of topics. Such sessions will cover:
- Newly bereaved discussion group
- Cancer stem cells: Achilles’ heel of tumors
- Post-surgical recovery
- The healing arts
- All things abdominal
- Pulmonary health
- Exercise: walking for health
- Radiation oncology
- Early detection
- And more
On March 6, a ‘Celebration of Life’ ceremony will take place to honor all loved ones lost to this devastating disease.… Read the rest
The mesothelioma lawyers at the Simmons Law Firm are dedicated to keeping you updated on the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news. Below is a short list of some of the most recent news headlines covering the dangers of asbestos exposure, along with new information about mesothelioma research from throughout the United States and the world.
- Biomass cited by EPA for handling of asbestos in Ohio
Biomass has been cited by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the improper handling of asbestos at one of its buildings. During former inspections, the EPA discovered the company wasn’t properly disposing of asbestos-containing materials and was dumping the materials in an open-air container.
- Revolutionary Toronto cancer treatment gives asbestos victims new life
Two doctors in Toronto have teamed up to develop a new treatment technique that has doubled survival times in patients with mesothelioma. Their research was published last month and drew attention from around the world. According to the doctors, Mayo Clinic will soon attempt to use their treatment method.
- Health program for asbestos victims expanded
A pilot program that offers home assistance, mileage reimbursements for medical travel and other services to victims of asbestos exposure has been expanded to cover 18 additional counties in Montana, Idaho and Washington state.
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More than 6,500 rare diseases affect about 25 million Americans. The NIH’s seventh annual celebration of Rare Disease Day strives to raise awareness about these diseases through a public, free event to be held on Feb. 28.
The rare disease research community will offer various tours, presentations, posters and exhibits highlighting the challenges among people with rare diseases. Heavy emphasis will be placed on research and collaboration activities that have led to progress in diagnostics and treatments.
Topics on the agenda include:
- Medical devices for rare diseases
- Using advanced imaging techniques for insights into rare genetic heart disease
- Establishment of an Undiagnosed Diseases Network
The ‘Rare Disease Day’ event will take place Feb. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the NIH Clinical Center (Building 10), Masur Auditorium in Bethesda, MD. The event will also be broadcast online for those who are not able to attend in person.
In conjunction with the NIH Clinical Center, the event is presented by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences’ (NCATS) Office of Rare Diseases Research. It will feature several speakers, including Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), co-chair of the Rare Disease Caucus; NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D; NCATS Director Christopher P.… Read the rest
Recently the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) expanded and updated its Asbestos Fact Sheet. Within the Fact Sheet, the agency also discussed its various standards and regulations for protecting workers from dangerous asbestos exposure.
The sheet states that occupations working with asbestos-containing flooring materials (in the general industry) are protected by three OSHA Asbestos standards: 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.1001 (general industry), 29 CFR 1915.1001 (shipyards) and 29 CFR 1926.1101 (construction).
In an effort to protect general industry workers from asbestos exposure, the regulations contain the following worker protections:
- Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL): The PEL for asbestos is 0.1 fibers per cubic centimeter of air as an eight-hour time-weighted average (TWA). The excursion limit (EL, also known as the maximum exposure allowable for each individual over a short period) is 1.0 asbestos fibers per cubic centimeter over a 30-minute period. It is the employer’s responsibility to make sure workers are not exposed above these limits.
- Assessment: Workplaces covered by the above standards should be assessed to determine if asbestos is present or if the job duties will release asbestos fibers into the air.
- Monitoring: Regular monitoring should be conducted to determine if asbestos exposure is at or above PEL or EL for workers who are or could be exposed to asbestos.
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The Simmons Firm would like to personally thank Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and cosponsors for passing the tenth annual resolution establishing April 1 to 7 as “National Asbestos Awareness Week.” Senate Resolution 336 was passed on Jan. 16.
Since 2005, National Asbestos Awareness Week has taken place the first week of April as a designated time to raise public awareness about the dangers and prevalence of asbestos exposure. While asbestos use in the U.S. is regulated, it is not fully banned, and many people are unaware of its link to life-threatening diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.
More than 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year. This fatal cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos, which, when disturbed and released into the air, can be toxic. If the fibers are inhaled, they can become lodged in the lungs and over time cause serious health problems.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer with a long latency period. It can take 10, 20 or even 30 years after asbestos exposure before symptoms appear. Many times the cancer is fatal and there is no known cure.
Those of us at the Simmons Firm believe in the importance of National Asbestos Awareness Week as a way for the mesothelioma community to join together, share stories and proactively educate the public about the risks of asbestos.… Read the rest