Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • Epidemiology

    The most identifiable cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, primarily through occupational contact. The majority of epidemiologic surveys have revealed a prior exposure to asbestos in approximately 70 to 80 percent of all cases of mesothelioma. Increased mesothelioma risk has been documented among workers in asbestos mines, insulation manufacture and installation, construction, shipbuilding, railroad […]

  • The Role of Asbestos

    In the late 19th century, asbestos fibers became more popular among manufacturers and builders because their chemical, electrical and heat resistant properties make them very useful as building and insulation material. However, asbestos fiber inhalation can lead to neoplastic diseases such as malignant mesothelioma. In the mid 1980s, most uses of asbestos have been banned […]

  • Clinical Trials

    Clinical trials are formalized research studies for determining the safety and effectiveness of new treatments. Generally they are prospective, meaning that rules for who can participate, how the research is conducted, what data are collected and how the results are to be interpreted are specified in advance. The rules are designed to minimize predictable sources […]