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Friday, March 30, 2007

 

More Cases Of Mesothelioma Cancer Found in Minninnesota Miners

More cases of cancer found in Minninnesota miners; studies to follow
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - ST. PAUL, Minn. - A rare form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure has been found in another 35 miners on the Iron Range, the Minnesota Health Department reported Wednesday, and the state said it planned two studies to examine potential health concerns.
 
One study would focus on the health of mine workers in the region. The other would assess the potential impact of airborne mineral fragments created during ore processing.
 
The cancer, known as mesothelioma, is seen almost exclusively in people who have been exposed to asbestos. In a 2003 study, state researchers identified 17 diagnosed cases of mesothelioma in a group of 72,000 people who worked in Minnesota's iron mining industry between the 1930s and 1982.
 
Further analysis found 35 additional cases of mesothelioma in that group, raising the total number to 52, the department said in a prepared statement. Officials said the additional cases aren't surprising because it can take 40 or 50 years to develop mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos.
 
The earlier study found the 17 original mesothelioma cases were most likely caused by exposure to commercial asbestos used in mining and other industries. The cases aren't unique to ore mining.
 
"The mesothelioma issue has been with us for a long time," Health Commissioner Dianne Mandernach said in a statement. "There are important, unresolved questions that we need to address, and we believe this new study will help us provide some of the answers."
 
The mining study will focus on the same group of workers, comparing those who have developed mesothelioma with those who did not. Officials hope to determine what aspects of their jobs might have put workers at risk.
 
That study is projected to cost as much as $1 million over three years. The state will seek federal funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and other sources.
 
The second study, estimated to cost $250,000, would assess health risks associated with airborne mineral fragments from ore mined in some parts of the region. Officials hope to set airborne exposure limits to protect the public from potential health effects, the department said.
 
The relationship between respiratory disease and mining work has been a concern for people in northeastern Minnesota, where unusually high rates of mesothelioma have been reported among males, the department said. Between 1988 and 2005, 136 cases of the cancer were diagnosed in men who live in that part of the state - more than twice the expected number.
 
Some of the elevation can be explained by the fact that more than 5,000 people once worked at an asbestos ceiling tile factory in Cloquet. It's not clear how many of the 136 cases occurred in men who were among the 72,000 miners studied in 2003, the department said.
 
There has been no elevation in mesothelioma rates among women who live in the region.
 
Also Wednesday, Ohio-based Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. announced it will fund a health study of current and former workers at the Babbitt iron ore mine and Silver Bay processing operations currently operated by Northshore Mining Co.
 
Cleveland-Cliffs said in a statement that the study will be conducted by an independent firm approved by the state health department and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The Cleveland-Cliffs study is designed to identify whether there are potential health risks associated with mining and processing ore.
 
A spokesperson for Cleveland-Cliffs did not immediately return a phone message seeking further comment.

 

Minninnesota Iron Range Reports Rare Cancer Cases

Rare Cancer Cases Reported In Minninnesota Iron Range

Mar 28, 2007 - (AP) A rare form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure has been found in another 35 miners on the Iron Range, the Minnesota Health Department reported Wednesday, and the state said it planned two studies to examine potential health concerns.

One study would focus on the health of mine workers in the region. The other would assess the potential impact of airborne mineral fragments created during ore processing.

The cancer, known as mesothelioma, is seen almost exclusively in people who have been exposed to asbestos. In a 2003 study, state researchers identified 17 diagnosed cases of mesothelioma in a group of 72,000 people who worked in Minnesota's iron mining industry between the 1930s and 1982.

Further analysis found 35 additional cases of mesothelioma in that group, raising the total number to 52, the department said in a prepared statement. Officials said the additional cases aren't surprising because it can take 40 or 50 years to develop mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos.

The earlier study found the 17 original mesothelioma cases were most likely caused by exposure to commercial asbestos used in mining and other industries. The cases aren't unique to ore mining.

"The mesothelioma issue has been with us for a long time," Health Commissioner Dianne Mandernach said in a statement. "There are important, unresolved questions that we need to address, and we believe this new study will help us provide some of the answers."

The mining study will focus on the same group of workers, comparing those who have developed mesothelioma with those who did not. Officials hope to determine what aspects of their jobs might have put workers at risk.

That study is projected to cost as much as $1 million over three years. The state will seek federal funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and other sources.

The second study, estimated to cost $250,000, would assess health risks associated with airborne mineral fragments from ore mined in some parts of the region. Officials hope to set airborne exposure limits to protect the public from potential health effects, the department said.

The relationship between respiratory disease and mining work has been a concern for people in northeastern Minnesota, where unusually high rates of mesothelioma have been reported among males, the department said.

Between 1988 and 2005, 136 cases of the cancer were diagnosed in men who live in that part of the state -- more than twice the expected number.

Some of the elevation can be explained by the fact that more than 5,000 people once worked at an asbestos ceiling tile factory in Cloquet. It's not clear how many of the 136 cases occurred in men who were among the 72,000 miners studied in 2003, the department said.

There has been no elevation in mesothelioma rates among women who live in the region.

Also Wednesday, Ohio-based Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. announced it will fund a health study of current and former workers at the Babbitt iron ore mine and Silver Bay processing operations currently operated by Northshore Mining Co.

Cleveland-Cliffs said in a statement that the study will be conducted by an independent firm approved by the state health department and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The Cleveland-Cliffs study is designed to identify whether there are potential health risks associated with mining and processing ore.

A spokesperson for Cleveland-Cliffs did not immediately return a phone message seeking further comment.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

 

Get Your GED or High School Diploma Before Entering Prison

 
Federal Prison Consultants, LLC Advises That With Recent Changes, it is Extremely Important to Get Your GED or High School Diploma Before Entering Prison

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) scores newly designated inmates for higher security level placement if they are under age 30 and do not have a GED or high school diploma. This process is part of the newly revised core Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Program Statement 5100 - Inmate Security Designation and Custody Classification Manual. The newest version is 5100.08. This scoring could mean that you will be designated at a much higher security level if you do not plan ahead.

Wilmington, DE (PRWEB) March 29, 2007 -- Federal Prison Consultants, LLC advises defendants, inmates, their families and federal criminal defense attorneys on strategies related to the Federal Bureau of Prisons Programs Statements, Policies and Procedures.

Federal Prison Consultants, LLC recommends that you review the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Core Program Statement 5100.08 - Inmate Security Designation and Custody Classification Manual, below. Although some areas of the program statement appear vague, for example in evaluating the educational history of a future inmate, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) will now consider designating an incoming inmate who is 30 years of age or less, without a GED or High School Diploma into a higher security level institution, regardless of the sentence length, because they now deem inmates 30 years of age or less with a GED or High School Diploma, a potential problem inmate.

WHAT THIS MEANS IF YOU ARE SENTENCED TO FEDERAL JAIL TIME AND YOU DO NOT HAVE A GED OR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND ARE AGED 30 OR LESS? It means that you need to be proactive and while you are on release you need to try to get your GED. Also, if the U.S. Probation officer can not verify your educational background, when you are send to federal prison you will be treated as if you do not have a GED or High School Diploma. So, it is extremely important that you provide verification of some sort or when the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) designates you to the facility where you will be serving your time, it may very well be a higher security level facility then you were thinking or told by your federal criminal defense attorney.

IS THERE HELP THROUGH THE PROCESS? Yes, Federal Prison Consultants, LLC offers our consulting services to anyone facing a federal term of imprisonment. We offer consulting services that start from the indictment on to the post-conviction stages. We offer a free assessment consultation by calling toll free 1-888-5-PRISON, between the hours of 10 AM and 10 PM, Eastern Time, Monday through Saturday and put our 200 plus years of combined experience to work for you.

POINT OF REFERENCE: (MAJOR CHANGES TO BOP PROGRAM STATEMENT 5100.08)

On September 12, 2006, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) made major revisions to their core Program Statement 5100 - Inmate Security Designation and Custody Classification Manual. The newest version is 5100.08.

Major changes to this core program statement include:

1. The creation of the DSCC- Designation and Sentence Computation Center in Grand Prairie, Texas. All inmates will now be designated by BOP Staff at this location. The DSCC was developed to provide consistency in the designation/redesignation process.

2. Additional changes such as Criminal History Score, Inmate Age, Education Level, Drug/Alcohol Abuse, Living Skills and Program Participation have replaced previous scoring categories such as, Type Of Prior Commitment, Mental/Psychological Stability, Responsibility Demonstrated, and Release On Own Recognizance. The new additional categories should improve the designation and custody classification process.

3. Further clarification of scoring has been provided regarding Family/Community Ties, Deportable Alien PSF, Prison Disturbance and Medical Transfer Code Descriptions. PSF stands for Public Safety Factor.

4. The floor for the Violent Behavior PSF has been reduced from High Security to Low Security. This will allow lower security level placement.

5. A Custody Variance Table has been developed. This will help with special circumstances in regard to designation.

6. An Expiration Date has been added for the Greater Security Management Variable. This will allow a time-factor analysis on lowering a security level.

7. Unescorted Transfers: Allows for inmates to be transferred from one camp to another that are camp status. This will make nearer transfers and transfers to the RDAP Program easier and more humane.

8. More consideration and urgency are given to the PSI/R - Pre-Sentence Investigation Report (completed by the US Probation Department) and the Statement of Reasons (made by the Sentencing Judge). Based on this, it is more important then ever that these stages be documented and handled properly.

Contact Federal Prison Consultants, LLC for a free assessment consultation at toll free 1-888-5-PRISON and put our 200 plus years of combined experience to work for you.

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Minnesota, Mining, Mesothelioma

More cases of rare cancer reported on Minnesota Iron Range

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - MINNEAPOLIS - The state Health Department says 35 more cases of a rare type of cancer linked to asbestos exposure have been reported among miners on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota.

The Health Department is planning two new health studies because of the additional cases of the cancer (known as mesothelioma) -- which is seen almost exclusively in people who have been exposed to asbestos.

One of the new studies would look more closely at miners' exposure to asbestos and the other would study the health effects of asbestos-like mineral fragments produced when ore is processed.

With the data from the most recent study, 52 cases of the cancer have been found in a group of 72,000 people who worked in Minnesota's iron mining industry between the 1930s and 1982.

The cancer take 40 or 50 years to develop.



Thursday, March 22, 2007

 

Cancer Doctors More Important with Decrease in Oncologists

 
Finding the Best Cancer Doctors Even More Important with Projected Decrease in Oncologists

The nation may face a shortage of oncologists in the years ahead, but right now consumers can use America's Top Doctors for Cancer, a handy reference guide.

New York, NY (PRWeb) March 22, 2007 -- By the year 2020 a startling number of cancer patients will have difficulty finding an oncologist. The shortage of oncologists is expected to be anywhere from 2,550 to 4,080, according to a study released by the Journal of Oncology Practice.

Why is this happening?

The diagnosis and treatment of cancer is projected to likely increase due to the aging of the baby boomer population. The so-called "downside" of living longer is that we live long enough to develop certain cancers.

The age-related growth in cancer and cancer survivors - a reflection of detection advances and cancer treatments - demands more oncologists. But a growing number of oncologists are heading into retirement without enough new oncologists to fill the need.

"These predictions are alarming and worrisome," said healthcare expert, Dr. John J. Connolly, President and CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., and the former president of New York Medical College.

"It is important for those diagnosed with cancer to find an oncologist as quickly as possible. Our America's Top Doctors for Cancer guide is the type of resource people should be using. The quicker a person can find an outstanding doctor who is most appropriate to address their particular type of cancer the sooner they will be able to get the treatment they need," explained Dr. Connolly.

The guide is available here:
http://www.castleconnolly.com/books/book.cfm?bookID=ATDC2-dr

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a healthcare information and research company noted for its print and online resources to help consumers identify top doctors across the U.S. Castle Connolly publishes America's Top Doctors for Cancer annually. Currently in its second edition, the book profiles more than 2,100 of the top cancer doctors who are among the leading clinicians for the diagnosis, treatment and management of cancer in adults and children across the United States. The guide gives descriptions of many of the nations leading cancer centers and also gives guidance on how to identify a "top doctor" for cancer.

The book can be found at all major book sellers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as online at Castle Connolly's website www.castleconnolly.com or via its toll-free #, 1-800-399-D*O*C*S (3627).

"Our guide directs people to the top doctors in America, all focused on, and expert in, cancer. Castle Connolly does all of the ground work so a person can simply pick up the book and find a top doctor in their area," said Dr. Connolly.

Under the direction of its physician-led research team, Castle Connolly surveys tens of thousands of physicians and hospital executives to identify, screen and select those physicians regarded by their peers as leaders. These top doctors are among the very best in their specialties and for specific diseases and techniques.    

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is America's trusted source for identifying top doctors. Founded in 1991 by John K. Castle (Chairman) and John J. Connolly, Ed.D. (President and CEO), who served as board chairman and president, respectively, of New York Medical College, its mission is to help consumers find the best healthcare. They achieve that mission through their consumer books such as America's Top Doctors ®, America's Top Doctors for Cancer and Top Doctors: New York Metro Area and their web site www.CastleConnolly.com and various consumer and business-oriented print and online partnerships.

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