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15 of the World’s Best Drug Rehab Centers

Dealing with drug addiction is not easy whether it is yourself or someone close to you who is suffering.  There are thousands of rehab centers around the world that help people get the help...

Mesothelioma FAQs

Whether you have a history of working with asbestos, you know someone who does, or you’ve simply seen the legal advertisements on TV, you’ve probably heard of a disease called mesothelioma. And as with...

What is the Difference Between the Flu and a “Stomach Flu?”

You’ve probably been hearing about the flu for a while now — especially how important it is to get your flu shot. But maybe you’ve also known friends or co-workers who recently became sick...

Top 10 Brain Foods

Want to keep your mind sharp and nourished? Here are 10 highly effective brain foods that improve memory, mood, concentration, and overall clarity. Eat up. 1.    Blueberries—Blueberries serve a wide range of functions for...

Why Men Should Shut the Hell Up About PMS

That's it. I've had it! If I hear one more man complain about women and PMS I think I'm going to SCREAM! I mean really.

With the recent buzz of “superfoods” resurfacing all over the internet, you may be wondering where you can find one such superfood. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a superfood is an extremely nutritious food that is beneficial to your overall health. Some claim that by eating a specific superfood every day, one can stay active and healthy for longer. While it has not yet been actually proven that just one, single food has the ability to keep someone alert and healthy all on its own, it is true that there are foods out there known to optimize health and [...]

Deterioration of your eyesight is a serious thing and can lead to many problems for you. This is why it’s important to visit your eye doctor at least once a year. If you can’t remember the last time you had your eyesight checked out, you should definitely make an appointment to do so as soon as possible. The sooner you catch a problem with your eyes, the faster this problem can be fixed, and the less strain you will be putting on your eyesight over time. Failing to get a checkup from a certified ophthalmologist on an annual basis can [...]

The younger generation literally eats, sleeps and breathes computers, and the older generation is catching up fast as if in competition with the youth.

Advances in computers began in the 1960s and the impact they have on our society today is immense. We are able to access the Internet (a.k.a World Wide Web), which has become our lifeline. Acquiring knowledge has become much simpler and things are done faster than ever before. Living in the electronic age has great advantages and we have the world at our doorstep, or should we say finger tips.

But with all the comfort and [...]

A recent study published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology has revealed that a drug which is commonly used for treating kidney cancer could help in making chemotherapy more effective for people suffering from mesothelioma, a rare but very dangerous type of cancer that is found within the lining of the lungs and abdomen.

According to Professor Walter Berger, PhD, of the Institute of Cancer Research at the Medical University of Vienna:

“Malignant mesothelioma is a severe human malignancy characterized by a very bad prognosis, with a mean patient survival time of less than one year.”

The drug in this [...]

As you may already know, Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. However, Mesothelioma sometimes reveals itself up to 30 to 50 years following exposure. Furthermore, the symptoms of mesothelioma are similar to those of less serious respiratory problems. This leads to the problem that diagnosis of Mesothelioma is very difficult and takes too long.

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs. It may surprise you to learn that every year this disease becomes the cause of an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 deaths all across the globe. It is usually fatal within [...]

Interesting thing about science: what is a ‘fact’ today may be downgraded tomorrow as a ‘possibility’.  A recent example is of a 2011 study which suggested that certain genes may be responsible for making people susceptible to mesothelioma.

“This is the first study to demonstrate that individual genetic makeup can greatly influence susceptibility to mesothelioma. People exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos or erionite, those with a strong family history of mesothelioma, or those who have been previously diagnosed with a rare tumor of the eye known as uveal melanoma, may benefit from this new discovery,” said Joseph R. Testa, [...]

From Asbestos to Mesothelioma

Sometimes the things that seem to make our life easier end up becoming a threat to our lives.  Asbestos is one such example; it has been used for various purposes for over 2000 years.  After a long period of relative obscurity, it started gaining popularity during the industrial revolution.  However, scientists noticed a link between asbestos and ‘lung sickness’ prevalent in asbestos mining towns.

This sickness was no small matter; it was mesothelioma, which is a deadly form of cancer. 

It takes a long time (up to 50 years) to develop the disease, but [...]

What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelium is the name given to a protective, two-layered membrane which covers the internal organs of the body. These organs include the lungs and heart. Mesothelioma is a cancer that occurs between the layers of this membrane. It is caused by exposure to Asbestos.

When was the first person diagnosed with this disease?

The first case of mesothelioma was diagnosed in 1962. The person was an Australian man who worked in asbestos mines for 2 years.

Are there any other causes of mesothelioma other than asbestos?

No, the only cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.

How [...]

Having affordable and trustworthy healthcare is one of the top concerns for many Americans.  A good insurance plan can improve your quality of life tremendously.  The top health insurance providers in the country have packages that provide a variety of coverage plans to meet your needs.  Good customer service is also an important quality for insurance providers to have, especially when helping their customers through stressful life events.

I personally know how important this is. Just last month I had to undergo some minor surgery to treat a condition that was negatively impacting my work and my life for several [...]

Cancer is a dreadful word regardless of its type.  Mesothelioma is a relatively scarce type of cancer, which is very aggressive and often carries a fairly gloomy prognosis.  About 2500 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma annually in the US.

One of the most common types of this disease is malignant pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining around the lungs.  There is no successful treatment at the moment because the cancer cells in this disease grow rapidly and they are very close to the vital organs.  This makes the treatment extremely difficult.

What Treatment Options are there for Mesothelioma?

The following [...]