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FAA investigating Brush ice 'bomb'
KDVRDenver - 4:36 AM MST, November 19, 2009
BRUSH,Colo. - The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into a series of incidents involving basketball-sized ice 'bombs' falling from the sky.
While the feds say it's not likely that the projectiles could come from waste being flushed out of commercial airliners, they are tracking where the ice fell and what -if any- planes might have been flying over those areas.
"We are using radar to try to see if any aircraft could have been responsible for generating the so-called "blue ice" that hit earlier this month in Chicago and then again in Brush, Colorado," said Mike Franges, media spokesman for the FAA, Northwest Region. "We think it's just normal water that collects on forward wings or water that is leaked from drinking sources on planes. It is not common practice for planes to dump waste from lavatories on planes."
But many pilots contacted us to say the blue ice found on outsides of planes when they do 'walk-arounds' prior to flights come from the blue fluid used in airline lavatories.
In Brush,Colorado, Danielle Hagan said the basketball-sized ice bomb all but destroyed her home, while she and her daughter were watching a movie.
"I thought it was a bomb or an explosion like with natural gas or something," Hagan said. "My rafters were shattered, my roof was blown in. All of the damage came from above, and because there was asbestos inside the attic, now my daughter and I have been forced out of our home."
The FAA says on any given day, in any given hour, there are between four and six thousand aircraft in the air over the lower 48 states. While anything is possible, it is very unlikely blue ice could be falling out of bathrooms on planes.
Still, aChicago couple, Linda and Dave Dowd say they too had a plane, or something else in the sky drop an icy bomb on their home.
"We were watching TV and this huge blast hit the house. We thought it was the L-Train leaving the track. Our house is jacked up," said Dave Dowd. "We are just glad that our homeowners insurance is going to take care of the damages."
The Rocky Mountain Insurance Association says most homeowners policies should cover damages caused by sky-spawned ice bombs.
Surgeon Battling Own Cancer Developed New Treatment
Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:01am EDT
NASHVILLE,Tenn., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The bump on his left ear looked innocent enough. At 33 and just two years out of surgical specialty training, craniofacial and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Stephen Cantrell was consumed with teaching and practicing in a busy university hospital. Then came the biopsy results: the little nuisance was in fact malignant melanoma. Life changed overnight.
After the first round of surgical procedures, Cantrell enrolled in a clinical trial testing a cancer vaccine. The melanoma recurred anyway, and more surgery followed. Interferon was next but to no avail.
A year later the cancer changed into a much more aggressive form and began shooting new tumors around his neck and chest with alarming speed. Doctors then advised that his condition would deteriorate rapidly and he probably had about six weeks left to live. "They told me to find a nice beach somewhere and enjoy a few sunsets," Cantrell remembered. "I said no. I worked with some
great surgeons, and they were willing to get me on the table the next day whenever a new metastasis popped up."
The surgeries to fight the new metastases were frequent. "Those were dark days," he continued. "I was getting my neck or chest sliced open sometimes every two or three weeks. At one point I had to stick a large needle in my own neck twice a day to drain the fluid buildup." It still wasn't enough.
In July 2000 he underwent yet another selective neck dissection, but two weeks later there were new tumors deeper in the neck. "I had access to some of the most prominent doctors in the field," Cantrell explained, "but there really wasn't anything else they could offer. At that point, nothing works." Realizing he was out of treatment options, he knew he would have to step into the unknown to fight any further.
He went back to the medical literature, searching for any reasonable thing that was too new to have been fully tested or perhaps had been overlooked. There was nothing. Finally, he took an educated guess that a combination of lovastatin and interferon might have a shot at working.
He was criticized sharply by most of his doctors; they urged him to quit making his own treatment decisions and go with the standard drugs, even though they held no real potential. Instead Cantrell decided that his only hope was to do something he would never ask of anyone else: experiment on himself with a completely untested treatment. "At that point there was nothing to lose," he explained. "As it stood I was going to be dead very soon, so any potential at all made it a risk worth taking." He continued keeping careful notes and became the guinea pig for the new technique.
Not even he was prepared for what happened next. After four weeks of the new combination, scans showed no remaining evidence of cancer. The radiologist assumed that the neck metastases had been surgically removed; their disappearance with a simple drug regimen was unthinkable. "I don't know what you did," he said, "but you're clean."
That was nine years and two weeks ago, and there has been no evidence of cancer since. (Cantrell continues to take low maintenance doses of both medicines.) Others soon began to seek him out and request the same regimen. Similar results were seen in additional patients battling melanoma and pancreatic cancer. Patients with mesothelioma and colon cancer have also seen very beneficial responses.
Ultimately Cantrell decided that the treatment had to be offered on a wider scale. Leaving his surgical career, he devoted his full-time work to developing the interferon/lovastatin treatment. "Oncologists are out there working their hearts out," he said, "but in most cases the best tools they have just aren't enough. We're still pumping most cancer patients full of near-lethal toxins, while we search for something better."
For selected patients, he decided he might have something better. He now has opened NeoPlas Innovation inNashville to offer the combination "off-label" treatment on an outpatient basis. Cantrell said, "It's not for everyone. We screen patients carefully to make sure they're not skipping another treatment they should be using." He added, "So far the results have been very exciting, and expansion of the work definitely is warranted." Eventually he hopes to implement formal clinical trials with the new technique, but he emphasized that bringing help to individual patients will always be the first priority.
"I give thanks every day for being alive," Cantrell said. "And every time we can share that with someone else, that's a pretty good day."
Interested patients can learn more about Dr. Cantrell's work by visiting www.neoplas.org or calling (615) 371-8100.
SOURCE NeoPlas Innovation
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Cancer patients participate in monthly laughter therapy atNew York andPennsylvania hospitals
AtMontefioreEinsteinCancerCenter atMontefioreHospital inNew York, cancer patients – some in advanced stages of their diseases – are taking part in “Strength Through Laughter,” a monthly humor therapy session offered at the institution. It is one of several such programs being offered at medical facilities across theUnited States.
The American Cancer Society and other medical experts say that laughter helps cancer patients reduce stress and promote relaxation by improving breathing, lowering blood pressure and increasing muscle function. The Strength Through Laughter program includes funny movies, clown performances and joke sessions.
One of the program participants, a breast cancer survivor, said that she feels better after the sessions and she feels healthy when she laughs. In his 1979 bookAnatomy of an Illness, Norman Cousins wrote that he’d been cured of a potentially fatal illness with laughter and vitamins, and that 10 minutes of belly laughing had an anesthetic effect for him.
The Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois use a different kind of laughter therapy where patients practice making laughter sounds – like “ha ha” and “he he” – and playing games until they genuinely dissolve into laughter. Laughter therapy has also been offered at the center’s facilities inPennsylvania,Oklahoma andWashington.
ThomasJeffersonUniversityHospital inPhiladelphia,Pennsylvania uses the Caring Clowns program for its patients. Its clown volunteers help cancer patients feel more comfortable and also help close the interpersonal gap between the patients and the hospital staff.
Rx Laughter was founded in 1998 by Sherry Dunay Hilber for pain management and improvement of mental health through entertainment in the form of funny films and TV clips. Two medical studies found that patients who watched amusing videos while undergoing painful procedures were able to relax more and tolerate the pain for longer periods of time. Additionally, cancer patients had less pain and slept better following the entertainment.
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Asbestos-laden home for sale for $1
Madison,Wisconsin - May 19, 2009
A home inMadison,Wisconsin is up for sale for just a buck. Why is the home listed for only a dollar? The structure contains deadly asbestos, and, in addition, exterior and interior paint is peeling and the building contains no kitchen. The home was used as an office building on theUniversity ofWisconsin campus for the past 40 years.
The home was constructed in 1940 as a home economics practice home. When the University cut home economics as a major, the house was then converted into office space.
University officials have stated that the buyer will be responsible for transporting the structure off of the campus. The home is located at1430 Linden Drive, and will be demolished if no one purchases it in order to make room for an expanded building for theSchool ofHuman Ecology.
Rather than destroy the home, university officials thought someone might be interested in owning it. A professional moving company estimated it would cost around $135,000 to lift and move the house 10 blocks, so that the structure is no longer on university grounds.
If anyone decides to buy the home, they will need to commit to the purchase in writing by August 31, and complete removal of the structure by February 1, 2010.
The university has decided not to conduct extensive asbestos abatement and subsequent structural upgrades due to the high cost. Asbestos abatement is typically quite costly, and requires various permits. By law, a structure containing asbestos cannot be demolished unless thorough asbestos abatement and air quality tests have been carried out.
Asbestos exposure can be extremely detrimental to human health, as it is conclusively linked to the development of asbestosis,mesothelioma cancer, lung cancer and other chronic respiratory ailments. Breakthroughs in research and treatment in the last decade have led to a longer survival rate for mesothelioma cancer patients, and oncologists like Dr. Raphael Bueno are working tirelessly to find a cure.
Tests Confirm Asbestos Found in Aboriginal Community
2009-05-04 21:29:15 (GMT) (mesotheliomacancernews.com - Mesothelioma News
Tests of samples in aNew South Wales community have confirmed the presence of asbestos.
Mesothelioma Cancer News – Tests have confirmed the presence of asbestos in an aboriginal community inNew South Wales. As reported by ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) News, samples taken from materials left in the area’s Wallaga Lake homes following the demolition of old properties in the 1990s were recently found to test positive for asbestos.
As noted in the ABC report, the samples contained two types of asbestos Chrysotile and Amosite. The next step will reportedly be to assess the volume of the toxic mineral present throughout the area.
Many are calling for the dismissal of Aboriginal Affairs Minister Paul Lynch due to his purported inaction on the asbestos issue prior. Andrew Constance is quoted as stating in the report, “His department was in attendance at meetings in 2007 over this issue. He would have been briefed at that time… For him to now not be accountable and to not show any interest in the local community, I think it’s time for the Premier to step in and dismiss him from the portfolio responsibilities of Aboriginal Affairs.”
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Children face 'cancer timebomb' from asbestos in schools
From - April 16, 2009 - Carole Hagerdorn-
Children and teachers are being exposed to a cancer timebomb by the failure to clear asbestos from schools, it was claimed today.
At least 178 teachers died between 1980 and 2005 from asbestos-related disease and an unknown number of children could fall victim in later life.
The continued use of the substance in school buildings represented “deliberate and knowing murder” on the part of the Government, the Nasuwt teaching union conference was told.
One teacher dying from the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma, contracted after working in schools for 34 years, warned of the threat to pupils and staff.
Carole Hagerdorn, 58, who was diagnosed last summer, said: “This is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, in my case in schools. It is incurable and virtually always inoperable.
“It isn’t one of the nicer cancers either, with a life expectancy from diagnosis of between six and 18 months. It lies dormant in the lung for between 10 and 50 years before symptoms appear.
“I have lost my teaching career and my pupils their teacher. I am understandably unhappy that the lack of proper asbestos control will end my life prematurely, like some sort of collateral damage or natural wastage in the education game.
“Children are thought to be much more susceptible than adults, though we probably won’t know for another 20 to 30 years how many will have already contracted this from exposure to schools, because of its long latency.” Ms Hagerdorn, a secondary school teacher of modern languages fromEssex who took early retirement after the diagnosis, received a standing ovation.
Today the union voted to lobby schools and local authorities for asbestos removal from all education sites by 2012.
Hank Roberts, who proposed the motion, said hundreds of schools had asbestos in wall linings and ceiling panels, which were supposed to last 20 years but were now in decay.
He said: “The shocking truth is no one knows how many schools and colleges have asbestos in them.
"How many have them in a dangerous condition, exposing pupils, teachers, students and lecturers to potentially fatal diseases? Again no one knows.” Mr Roberts said 6,000 asbestos fibres could be released by sticking a drawing pin in an affected area and just one fibre was needed to cause a related disease.
He said: “The government doesn’t care, except about themselves. They’re having asbestos stripped out of Parliament. Only complete removal of all asbestos will make our schools and colleges safe for the future.
“They know that it is a killer. If you know people will die as a result of your inaction, when you could act, how is that not murder? I accuse the government of deliberate and knowing murder. We are teaching and living on a time bomb.”
Chris Keates, general secretary of the Nasuwt, said: “In ageing schools, asbestos can be a hidden but deadly threat. A survey of over 5,000 teachers and school leaders revealed that almost one in five knew of asbestos in their schools and, of these, almost half reported that the asbestos was not clearly marked.”
Male teachers are 10 times more likely than the average man to develop an asbestos-related disease, and female teachers 2.5 times more likely than the average woman. It is estimated that 2,000 people die each year in theUK from mesothelioma.
Teachers speaking at a fringe meeting on the issue said many of their schools had been told it was safer not to remove asbestos, as it lay undisturbed. But they said this was dangerous and foolhardy as the substance could be released by flooding, accidental damage or vandalism.
One teacher said she found pupils kicking around blocks of asbestos they had discovered in a cupboard, and another said members of staff had been asked to sweep up asbestos debris.
Speaking after the meeting, Ms Hagerdorn said she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment, but that the disease was incurable and virtually inoperable.
A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families said: “By law, tough, robust processes must be in place in schools to carefully monitor asbestos, which we and the HSE continually assess, and it is unacceptable for local authorities and school employers not to fully comply with the statutory guidance issued.”
Woman publishes book full of text messages sent to her dead husband's cell phone
65-year old Toshiko Fukuda ofHyogo Prefecture,Japan, lost her husband to asbestos on April 17th last year. Her husband, Motoo, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2006, probably from the steel pipe factory he worked at. He got worker's comp, but the disease ultimately destroyed his lungs and left him with hallucinations for the remainder of his life. Shocked, the widowed Fukuda started sending text messages to her dead husband every time she thought of something she wanted to say to him. Things like: "I couldn't live if I didn't think you were still beside me. I can't live [without you]. I'm crying every day" and "I want to call you 'Otosan' to my heart's content. Why do you have to be inside such a small urn?" Every time she sent a message, the phone by his home shrine vibrated (she made sure it was always charged).
Now she's publishing a book with the loosely translated title Job Transfer to Heaven Without Family-I Wanted to Be With You Longer, a compilation of all her text messages from the past year that she hopes will educate the public about the dangers of asbestos. [via Yomiuri viaAsia Daily News]
Mesothelioma: Asbestos Disease Motivates Town Name Change inQuebec
Posted inMesothelioma on 02/12/2009 03:31 am by admin
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WhileCanada continues to export the toxic substance asbestos, many of its citizens are trying to distance themselves from the naturally occurring mineral altogether. The popularity that once existed with asbestos is finally beginning to vanish.
Much of this can be attributed to malignant mesothelioma, which is a rare form of cancer almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. The concern with this disease is that there are no known cures and treatment options are often ineffective after a diagnosis is made.
Recently inQuebec, the area known as Amiante (Asbestos) has changed its name to “des sources” to escape the negative reputation associated with asbestos. The regional council and chamber of commerce of the asbestos-producing town have been trying to change the name since 2005.
Cope wants apology for 'cancer' blunder
Sunday, January 4 2009, 4:30am EST
By Daniel Kilkelly, Entertainment Reporter
Coronation Street star Kenneth Cope has revealed that he spent six years expecting to die from cancer after being incorrectly diagnosed by doctors.
The 77-year-old actor was told by experts at theChurchillHospital inOxford that he was suffering from the incurable disease mesothelioma. He was referred there in 2000 after experiencing severe chest pain and shortness of breath.
Cope, who plays Jed Stone on the ITV1 soap, was eventually sent to specialists inLiverpool in 2005. A year later, he was told that his original diagnosis had been inaccurate and the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was responsible for his problems.
"For six years I lived under a false death sentence," he told theNews of the World. "When I found out the truth I was shocked, angry and elated."
After receiving his original diagnosis, the soap star had sold his French holiday home and moved back to Merseyside in order to spend his final years with family.
"All that time I had been waiting to die, and then I found out I didn't have cancer," he continued. "All I want is an apology from the NHS. It is disgusting that they have put myself and my family through such anguish and heartache."
A spokesman for Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust commented: "Mr Cope's case was independently reviewed and no fault was found."
How the Ancient Egyptians Treated Cancer
Monday November 17, 2008 - Cancer Blog
By Lisa Fayed, About.com Guide to Cancer
Believe it or not, cancer has afflicted people for several centuries. It is not a new disease. It is because of the early research done in the past that we hold a greater knowledge of cancer today. In fact, cancer treatment methods can be found on hieroglyphics in Ancient Egyptian scrolls. So, how did the ancent Egyptians treat cancer?
The History of Cancer: How Cancer was First Discovered and Treated
Believe it or not, cancer has afflicted people for several centuries. It is not a new disease. It is because of the early research that we hold a greater knowledge of cancer today.
Origin of the Word "Cancer"
The word cancer came from the father of medicine, Hippocrates, a Greek physician. Hippocrates used the Greek words, carcinos and carcinoma to describe tumors, thus calling cancer "karkinos." The Greek terms actually were words to describe a crab, which Hippocrates thought a tumor resembled. Although Hippocrates may have named "Cancer," he was certainly not the first to discover the disease. The history of cancer actually begins much earlier.
The First Documented Case of Cancer
The world's oldest documented case of cancer hails from ancientEgypt, in 1500 b.c. The details were recorded on a papyrus, documenting 8 cases of tumors occurring on the breast. It was treated by cauterization, a method to destroy tissue with a hot instrument called "the fire drill." It was also recorded that there was no treatment for the disease, only palliative treatment.
There is evidence that the ancient Egyptians were able to tell the difference between malignant and benign tumors. According to inscriptions, surface tumors were surgically removed in a similar manner as they are removed today.
What Early Physicians Thought Caused Cancer
Today, we know so much about the human body; however early Greek physicians weren't so fortunate. Hippocrates believed that the body was composed of four fluids: blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile. He believed that an excess of black bile in any given site in the body caused cancer. This was the general thought of the cause of cancer for the next 1400 years.
In ancientEgypt, it was believed cancer was caused by the Gods.
The Birth of the Pathological Autopsy
Autopsies done byHarvey in 1628 paved the way to learning more about human anatomy and physiology. Blood circulation was discovered, opening the doors for more research on diseases. It wasn't until 1761 that autopsies were performed to research cause of death in ill patients. Giovanni Morgagni ofPadua was the first to do such autopsies.
More Theories on the Causes of Cancer
The lymph theory developed in the 17th century, replacing Hippocrates' black bile theory on the cause of cancer. The discovery of the lymphatic system gave new insight to what may cause cancer. It was believed that abnormalities in the lymphatic system was the cause.
It wasn't until the late 19th century that Rudolph Virchow recognized that cells, even cancerous cells, derived from other cells.
Other theories surfaced, such as cancer being cause by trauma, parasites, and it was thought that cancer may spread "like a liquid." It was later concluded that cancer spread through malignant cells by German surgeon, Karl Thiersch.
In 1926 a Nobel Prize was wrongfully awarded for the discovery of the cause of stomach cancer a worm.
The 20th century saw the greatest progression in cancer research. Research identifying carcinogens, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and better means of diagnosis were discovered.
Today, we are able to cure some types of cancer, and research is ongoing. Clinical trials and research studies are out key to finding a cure, or a definitive method of prevention.
Worker in British asbestos company died of mesothelioma in 1936
Campaigners turn up the heat over asbestos
by Alice McKeegan
September 16, 2008
CAMPAIGNERS protesting against controversial plans to build houses on the old Turner Brothers site are opening up their archives to the public.
Members ofSaveSpoddenValley are reacting following controversial claims that the firm covered up the dangers of asbestos.
The campaigners say the papers reveal company directors and management were aware of the dangers of developing asbestos-related cancer from as early as the 1960s.
Jason Addy, a spokesman for the group, told the Observer that the documents, which date back to the 1890s and form part of the Turner and Newall archives, are a damning indictment of the firm.
He said: "The documents demonstrate a clear understanding of the health and cancer risks from asbestos and the corporate response to this deadly knowledge. They give a damning insight into Turner and Newall’s emerging knowledge, attitude and reaction to cancer and health throughout the 20th century. As the SSV campaign and others state, history should not repeat itself regarding asbestos and theSpoddenValley site."
Some of the documents are taken from the letters pages of the Observer in the 1930s.
Mr Addy added: "The pages of the Rochdale Observer saw several accounts of asbestos worker cancer deaths in the 1930s, including that of TBA worker William Pennington, whose death in 1936 from ‘endothelioma of the pleura’ was later recognised by Turner and Newall as its first mesothelioma death."
Anyone who wishes to view the documents should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancer patient wins £5,000 bet
Matthew Taylor - The Guardian, Monday 2 June 2008
A terminally ill man, who was told he had a few months to live after being diagnosed with cancer, collected £5,000 from the bookmakers yesterday.
Doctors had told Jon Matthews it was unlikely he would live to see Christmas after discovering he had mesothelioma - a cancer linked to asbestos. The 58-year-old, fromMilton Keynes, placed a £100 bet that he would still be around in a year. Matthews, who was diagnosed in April 2006, was told the longest anyone had survived was 25 months.
"Today is 25 months and a week, so I've beaten that record. I do get bad days, obviously, but I'm feeling fine today. Everyone's feeling fine if they're going to pick up five grand," he said.
He said half the money would go to the cancer charity Macmillan. "The other half I'm going to spend on myself - booze and fags probably - I don't have anything to lose."