Chicago Unions Stepping Up During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 3, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Chicago unions are stepping up during this pandemic to assist in any way they can. Teamsters Local 703 workers at Chicago’s International Produce Market have been slammed since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but they’ve been working overtime to keep Chicagoland’s grocery stores stocked with fresh produce. “Basically, we’re on the front lines,” Ken Johnson, member…

Coronavirus and Mesothelioma Victims

March 11, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Mesothelioma patients and their caregivers have to be extra vigilant during this time as a result of the fast-spreading Coronavirus. Here is what the CDC recommends to stay healthy: * Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. * Use alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. * Avoid touching…

New liquid biopsy test unveiled for mesothelioma

February 18, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Cellular Analytics, a biotechnology company in Ontario, Canada, has unveiled a novel liquid biopsy test for mesothelioma that could lead to more effective management of this rare cancer. The test has the potential to produce a much-earlier diagnosis of disease and the ability to personalize treatment and better predict a patient’s response to specific therapies.…

Asbestos in talc can increase the risk of mesothelioma

January 29, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Did you know that asbestos in talc can increase the risk of mesothelioma? Talc is used in food processing, and to make some supplements, pharmaceutical pills, gum, and rice. Consumer groups have also found it in crayons and children’s toys. Talc is also used in many cosmetics: lipstick, mascara, face powder, blush, eye shadow, and foundation.

Kellogg’s will phase out glyphosate

January 28, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Kellogg’s has set a goal of phasing out the controversial weedkiller #glyphosate (used in #Roundup) from its oat and wheat supply chain by 2025, the company confirmed this week. Kellogg’s Chief Sustainability Officer Amy Senter said the company has been working with suppliers on pesticide use since before 2017, and will “continue to actively monitor the science,…

Tests show that Roundup is genotoxic

January 27, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Tests by a US government agency on common weedkilling products such as Roundup, made with the chemical glyphosate, have found some formulations sold to the public to be genotoxic, meaning they are damaging to human DNA. Monsanto’s German owner Bayer AG is currently mired in litigation brought by tens of thousands of cancer patients who claim exposure to Monsanto’s…

Bayer discusses $10 billion settlement

January 27, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Bayer, which markets the weedkiller Roundup, is in talks to create what might become a $10 billion settlement of tens of thousands of lawsuits claiming that the product causes cancer, a media report says. The company said it would set aside $8 billion to resolve current cases and $2 billion for future claims. The news service…

BMJ Case Report Study

January 27, 2020 By Melissa Soria

According to a new study by the BMJ Case Reports, any length or type of exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma. No matter if you were exposed to a low quantity or just one instance of exposure, you could be at risk. The study analyzed the case of a pleural mesothelioma patient who had “remote, short-term asbestos…