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International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health Features Discovery of Asbestos-Related Pain Origin from Scientists at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit
Date:7/19/2009

arbut added, "Patients often require a lifetime of narcotics to allow functioning, but we are hopeful that with this new imaging technology, more selective pain management approaches with fewer side effects can be instituted resulting in a better quality of life."

Finally, the report supports the identification of taconite, which has not yet been categorized as asbestos but causes a disease consistent with asbestosis, and recommends a reevaluation of the definition of asbestos. This is especially important within the context of legislative efforts to prohibit the use of asbestos.

Karmanos scientists are continuing their series of patient studies and will submit similar findings for peer review later this summer.

In addition to Dr. Harbut, co-authors of the report include Carmen Endress, M.D., FACR; John J. Graff, Ph.D., MS, assistant professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and chief, Cancer Surveillance Research at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute; Christopher Weis, Ph.D., National Enforcement Investigations Center, United States Environmental Protection Agency; and Harvey Pass, M.D., director, New York University's Division of Thoracic Surgery.

About the National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers (NCVAC at Karmanos)

In response to the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) identification of major sources of public asbestos exposure in Michigan, and to address the need for early diagnosis and aggressive treatment of asbestos-related diseases, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (COEM) affiliated with Wayne State University established Karmanos' National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers. The NCVAC is co-directed
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