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New York Conference: Knowledge Is Hope

(from The Meso Foundation’s website supported by  Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP. )

New York Conference on Malignant Mesothelioma: Knowledge Is Hope
A one-day conference on malignant mesothelioma for patients, their families, doctors, and others wishing to learn more about this disease.September 28, 2012
Harvard Club of New York City
35 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Dr. Lee Krug, Conference ChairJoin the Meso Foundation as we bring together top experts in mesothelioma from the New York area. Arm yourself with information, and learn about the science and research behind the most recent advances in mesothelioma treatment. Topics include standard treatments, ongoing research, complementary therapy, environmental/occupational exposure risk, and legal implications. Knowledge is hope!

Read the agenda here.

Registration Information
The cost to register is $25 per person (includes all sessions, breakfast and lunch) and you may register by clicking here or by calling the Meso Foundation at (703) 879-3797. Registration fees will be donated back to the Meso Foundation. Availability is limited. You must register before our deadline of September 10.

Supported by an educational grant from Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP.

Exposed: A New Truth About Why the US Cannot Ban Asbestos

Abestos, Quebec, Canada – In July 2011, I travelled to Asbestos, Quebec, Canada and visited three chrysotile (white asbestos) mines for the first time. Decades of studies reaffirm the science and facts that asbestos is a known human carcinogen and there is no safe level of asbestos exposure; however, Canada continues to allow this deadly fiber to be mined and exported to developing nations. Laurie Kazan-Allen of International Ban Asbestos Secretariat just released incredible new documents proving members of the Canadian government played a significant role in the overturning of the 1989 United States American Asbestos Ban and Phase-out Rule (ABPR). “Canadian authorities, from the Prime Minister down, colluded with industry representatives to overturn the U.S. ban on asbestos in order to protect the Canadian asbestos industry,” said Ms. Kazan-Allen. “The fact that, even 20 years on, the Governments of Ottawa and Quebec are still fronting for this deadly industry is a national disgrace.”

For too long, loopholes have been found in the U.S. legal system by lobbyists in order to protect industry interests, and the Canadian asbestos industry is no different. These tactics, highlighted in a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report on how the chemical industry ducks regulation of the most toxic substances, have earned the nickname the Four Dog Defense for their uncanny similarity to the responses an owner of a potentially dangerous dog would give if confronted with damning evidence. First giving an outright denial, industry officials attempt to show their product does no harm. Then, industry officials admit there may be a problem, but it is one that does not affect you specifically. Next, they concede that you have been affected, but not harmed by their product. Lastly, industry admits that their product has affected you and caused harm, but that it is through no fault of theirs. Click here to read more …

Asbestos Victims Awarded $43 Million From the State   Libby, Montana

Advancing Mesothelioma Research

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) announced awards of an additional $800,000 to researchers, at top national and international medical science centers, devoted to finding a cure for mesothelioma. This brings to almost $7 million the funds the Foundation has awarded to develop better treatment options for mesothelioma patients. To spur the research critically needed to develop treatments for this long-overlooked, asbestos-related cancer, the Meso Foundation annually funds the top research projects from around the world. Click here to read the press release.

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