Incidence of mesothelioma and asbestosis by occupation in a diverse workforce

American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2021 April 8 [Link] Nathan L DeBono, Hunter Warden, Chloë Logar-Henderson, Sharara Shakik, Mamadou Dakouo, Jill MacLeod, Paul A Demers Abstract Objective: We sought to characterize detailed patterns of mesothelioma and asbestosis incidence in the workforce as part of an occupational disease surveillance program in Ontario, Canada. Methods: The OccupationalContinue reading “Incidence of mesothelioma and asbestosis by occupation in a diverse workforce”

Scientists Say: Dinosaur

Dinosaur (noun, “DIE-no-sore”) This is a member of a group of both living and extinct reptiles that are in the clade Dinosauria. A clade is a group of species that share a common ancestor. Dinosaurs appeared between 243 and 233 million years ago. Some grew to enormous size — such as the massive Dreadnoughtus (Dred-NAW-tus)Continue reading “Scientists Say: Dinosaur”

Earth as you’ve never seen it before

When cartographers — people who make maps — set out to portray the Earth, they have to turn a 3-D sphere into a 2-D map. And that’s a lot harder than it sounds. Smooshing the globe into a flat image usually distorts lots of surface features. Some expand. Others shrink, sometimes by a lot. NowContinue reading “Earth as you’ve never seen it before”

Malignant pleural mesothelioma: clinical experience and prognostic value of derived neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio and PD-L1 expression

Clinical and Translational Oncology 2021 April 10 [Link] L Gutierrez-Sainz, P Cruz, S Martinez-Recio, O Higuera, M I Esteban-Rodriguez, F Arias-Lotto, R A Gonzalez, J De Castro-Carpeño Abstract Background: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare and aggressive tumor, with a poor prognosis. MPM needs to find prognostic factors of survival. We provided the managementContinue reading “Malignant pleural mesothelioma: clinical experience and prognostic value of derived neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio and PD-L1 expression”

Surfing the winds would make future jet travel greener

Flying someone one-way from London, England, to New York City produces nearly a ton of carbon dioxide. That’s a lot of this climate-warming greenhouse gas. In some countries, few people do enough in a whole year to emit that much CO2. But there are ways to cut the climate impact of flying. One new innovation:Continue reading “Surfing the winds would make future jet travel greener”

P14/ARF-Positive Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma: A Phenotype With Distinct Immune Microenvironment

Frontiers in Oncology 2021 March 22 [Link] Federica Pezzuto, Francesca Lunardi, Luca Vedovelli, Francesco Fortarezza, Loredana Urso, Federica Grosso, Giovanni Luca Ceresoli, Izidor Kern, Gregor Vlacic, Eleonora Faccioli, Marco Schiavon, Dario Gregori, Federico Rea, Giulia Pasello, Fiorella Calabrese Abstract Introduction: The CDKN2A gene plays a central role in the pathogenesis of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM).Continue reading “P14/ARF-Positive Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma: A Phenotype With Distinct Immune Microenvironment”

Six tips to build more movement into your day

Moving your body regularly and often is a key to good health. But for people who don’t feel the urge to exercise, sitting can become a habit that hurts the body and the brain. Here are some easy tips that will invite more movement into your routines. 1. Budget in some mobile breaks Make aContinue reading “Six tips to build more movement into your day”

Too much sitting could hurt your mental health

The COVID-19 pandemic has knocked many people on their butts — literally. At first, many schools switched to online classes. When some of these schools resumed in-person classes, they cut down on students moving from place to place. Likewise, many companies let people work from home. This means fewer people have been walking to busContinue reading “Too much sitting could hurt your mental health”

Premature phase II study of amrubicin as palliative chemotherapy for previously treated malignant pleural mesothelioma

Thoracic Cancer 2021 April 8 [Link] Kageaki Watanabe, Yusuke Okuma, Shoko Kawai, Makoto Nagamata, Yukio Hosomi Abstract Background: Treatment options for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) are limited. Anthracyclines are considered key drugs for treating MPM. However, their use is limited by severe cardiac toxicities. Amrubicin (AMR) is a next-generation anthracycline that is commonly used toContinue reading “Premature phase II study of amrubicin as palliative chemotherapy for previously treated malignant pleural mesothelioma”

Bandages made from crab shells speed healing

A new medical dressing helps skin wounds heal faster. Its innovative ingredient is the structural material in the skeletons, scales and shells of marine animals and insects. Called chitin (KY-tin), this polymer is second only to plant cellulose as nature’s most abundant material. And as a natural waste produced by seafood-processors, it costs little. JinpingContinue reading “Bandages made from crab shells speed healing”

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