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Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: March 2014


At the Simmons Firm, our mesothelioma lawyers are committed to providing you with 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 throughout the United States and the world.

  • Novel cancer vaccine may benefit meso patients.Novel Cancer Vaccine Holds Promise Against Certain Cancers Including Mesothelioma
    Researchers are looking to a new approach to cancer immunotherapy for a new and cost-effective weapon against some of the most deadly tumors, including ovarian cancer, mesothelioma and pancreatic cancer. Immunotherapy is designed to induce the immune system to attack cancer cells.
  • Asbestos Poisoning Victims Want Yale Honor Revoked
    Many victims of asbestos exposure in Italy are joining together to urge Yale University to revoke an honorary degree given to Stephan Schmidheiny, former owner of Swiss construction company Eternit. After receiving the honorary degree in 1996, Schmidheiny was later convicted of negligence in approximately 2,000 asbestos-related deaths.
  • Former SMU Student Sentenced to Federal Prison for Exposing Day Laborers to Asbestos
    A former student of Southern Methodist University in Texas will spend a year in federal prison for violating the Clean Air Act and exposing workers to asbestos. The man hired two day laborers to remove asbestos from a building his father’s company owned.

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Simmons Firm Supports 2014 International Mesothelioma Symposium


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.

2014 International Mesothelioma SymposiumOver 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
  • Chemotherapy
  • Nutrition
  • 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.

Agendas for March 6 and 7 also feature special community dinners where award recipients will be honored. The Meso Fighters Band, which is composed of individuals affected by mesothelioma, will perform on the evening of March 7.

The mesothelioma symposium will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center at 5000 Seminary Rd. in Alexandria, VA. For those who cannot attend the even in person, there will be a live streaming of the entire event online.

Learn more about the 2014 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma now.

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Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: February 2014


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.

  • Read mesotheliomat newsBiomass 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. When it was established under the Affordable Care Act, the program was originally only available to people in Lincoln and Flathead counties.

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‘Rare Disease Day’ Event to be Broadcast Online on Feb. 28


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. Audstin, M.D.; and NIH Clinical Center Director John I. Gallin, M.D.

Mesothelioma as a Rare Disease

Approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare disease caused by asbestos exposure, every year. This rare form of lung cancer occurs most often in the thin membrane lining the lungs, chest and abdomen. The disease attacks the membranes (mesothelium) that surround and protect vital organs. Mesothelioma cancer cells are known to spread quickly and therefore the disease is often fatal.

Learn more about mesothelioma from the experienced lawyers at the Simmons Firm. If you would like to view the webcast of the Rare Disease Day event, click here.

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What to Expect from World Cancer Day 2014


More than 1.6 million new cancer cases and 585,000 cancer deaths are expected to occur in the United States this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Cancer kills more than 7.6 million people across the world every year. This devastating disease touches the lives of people of all ages, from babies and children to adults World Cancer Day 2014and seniors.

Feb. 4 is World Cancer Day – a day to inspire hope and encouragement for cancer patients, caregivers and survivors. Ultimately, World Cancer Day strives to raise awareness and funds for this fatal disease through events, campaigns and messages.

Even though mesothelioma is considered a rare cancer, it is still a disease that impacts thousands of lives and has no known cure. It is a cancer caused by asbestos exposure, which often occurs among individuals who are unaware of the exposure or of its health risks. Mesothelioma is also one of the lowest-funded cancers in regards to research, a fact many mesothelioma and asbestos organizations work tirelessly to change.

Participate in World Cancer Day

It’s not too late to get involved in World Cancer Day. Many organizations offer opportunities to get involved with raising cancer awareness and funds. Here are a few:

  • American Cancer Society
    ACS is an organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and providing help to cancer patients. You can get involved by donating online, volunteering, sending an E-card and more.
  • Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
    ADAO gives a voice to individuals affected by asbestos exposure, including those with mesothelioma. This year, ADAO is urging individuals to sign the World Cancer Declaration, which aims to reduce stigma, dispel cancer myths and put more emphasis on cancer prevention and early detection. You can sign the declaration here.
  • Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
    This national organization funds mesothelioma research projects, helps mesothelioma patients connect with experts and advocates for federal mesothelioma research funding. You can get involved by becoming an advocate, volunteering, or donating to mesothelioma research.
  • World Cancer Day 2014
    There are over 200 events planned for World Cancer Day 2014 with multiple ways to get involved. You can plan your own event and add it to the online map of events and activities, spread the word about World Cancer Day on your social media channels, download and distribute the World Cancer Day Fact sheets, and much more.

Do your part to contribute to World Cancer Day 2014. Learn more about mesothelioma today.

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