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Mesothelioma patient registry to be established in 2019

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is implementing the first formal national registry to track mesothelioma patients’ demographics and other important information to help identify gaps in current treatment for the deadly asbestos-related disease. Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2019 bill in September, which includes $100,000 for the development of a National Mesothelioma Patient Registry. Funding is provided through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a federal agency charged with conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. The Mesothelioma Applied Research ... Read More

New characteristics of particularly aggressive form of mesothelioma identified

Researchers with the Comprehensive Cancer Center of MedUni Vienna/Vienna General Hospital have found what may make the deadliest form of pleural mesothelioma so aggressive – special characteristics that make it prone to spreading. By blocking this factor, it may be possible to develop new approaches for treating this aggressive form of meso. Pleural mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure that develops in the lining of the lungs. The disease can take up to 50 years to present with symptoms. Once diagnosed, it usually proves fatal within 12 to 24 months. However, there are cases where ... Read More

Out-going IARC director reflects on fallout of glyphosate cancer declaration

Christopher Wild is stepping down as director for the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) after serving two five-year terms guiding the organization in conducting and coordinating research into the causes of cancer. Reflecting on the past decade in office, Wild singled out the rare statement he made just last January attacking critics of IARC’s March 2015 classification of the herbicide glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer) as a probable carcinogen. “The agency has been subject to unprecedented, coordinated efforts to undermine the evaluation, the program and the organization,” the statement said. “These ... Read More

India tests talc samples to check for cancer-causing asbestos

There is more fallout from a recent Reuters investigation that found internal documents showed Johnson & Johnson was aware for decades that its talcum powder products contain cancer-causing asbestos but did not warn consumers of this risk. First, a U.S. senator on the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee pressed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the claims. Now drug regulators in India announced they are collecting new samples of talcum powder to determine if it is contaminated with asbestos. In recent years, Johnson & Johnson has been trying to shield itself from a growing number of lawsuits ... Read More

Glyphosate likely cause of high cancer death rate in Argentina farming town

In 2015, authorities in rural Monte Maiz, Argentina called on researchers from the University of Cordoba to study the people in the town and whether the environment was affecting their health. Researchers collected soil, air, water and blood samples from the locals and found agrochemicals like glyphosate in many of them. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killers that include the brand-names Roundup and Ranger Pro. For two decades, the herbicides have been used liberally on the 28 million hectares of crops in Argentina genetically modified to resist the effects of glyphosate, resulting in higher yields of crops ... Read More

Man blames J&J powder for wife’s fatal mesothelioma

Rich DeAugustinis going public with his lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in hopes of saving others. “I’m trying to give voice to this cause. My wife can’t because her breath was taken away,” he said. His wife Tara died in 2017 after a 15-month battle with mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. DeAugustinis believes her disease, which forms in the lining of the lungs and other internal organs, was caused by her regular use of Johnson’s Baby Powder. “My wife had her life taken away from her. She had no choice in the matter.” ... Read More

Roundup herbicide found in orange juice

Orange juice is a breakfast staple for many. It’s packed with vitamin C that benefits many body functions and protect against the common cold. But a new study found several brands of orange juice also contain glyphosate, the likely cancer-causing active ingredient in the pesticide Roundup. The news comes just months after research by the Environmental Working Group revealed 28 brands of oat-based cereals and cereal snack bars, like Cheerios and Quaker Oats, contained glyphosate. The latest study, conducted by advocacy group Moms Across America, investigated six brands of orange juice including Florida’s Natural, Tropicana, Minute Maid, Starter Bros, Signature Farms ... Read More

Former railroad worker sues Union Pacific for exposing him to benzene

A St. Louis, Missouri, man is suing Union Pacific Railroad Co., alleging during the 13 years he worked for the company he was exposed to a toxic chemical that contributed to his cancer diagnosis, the St. Louis Record reported. Clifton Raymond filed his lawsuit Dec. 12 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, citing the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, a law enacted to protect and compensate railroad workers injured on the job. The law requires the worker to prove the railroad was at least partly legally negligent in causing his injury. From 1972 to 1985, Raymond worked for Missouri ... Read More

Texas man sues 30 companies for exposing him to benzene

A Warren, Texas couple is suing 30 companies alleging they exposed him to the cancer causing chemical benzene, according to the Southeast Texas Record. The lawsuit was filed by Royce Mathews and his wife Rose against in Jefferson County District Court in Beaumont, Texas. The lawsuit names Dow Chemical, Chevron, Atlantic Richfield, BP, ExxonMobil, Huntsman Petrochemical, Texaco and others as manufacturing and selling benzene-containing products to Goodyear Tire while he was employed there from 1966 to 2007 Mr. Mathews claims that his exposure to benzene in the workplace caused him to develop myelodysplastic syndrome, a group of disorders caused when ... Read More

J&J announces plans to repurchase shares after scathing news report

Days after a scathing Reuters report accusing consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson of a decades-long cover-up of evidence that its talcum powder products contained cancer-causing asbestos, the company’s market value plummeted more than $50 billion. In response, J&J announced it plans to repurchase $5 billion shares. “Based on our continued strong performance and more importantly, the confidence we have in our business going forward, the Board of Directors and management team believe that the company’s shares are an attractive investment opportunity,” CEO Alex Gorsky said in a statement. The company also published a video on its website and ... Read More