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Author Profile: Jeffrey Paul

About Jeffrey Paul

Who I am: I’m a Boston-based author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, a former university instructor of English, and a good, old-fashioned book nerd. When I’m not writing or reading, I’m playing power forward on an adult-league basketball squad, following my local, New England sports franchises, and geeking out to the latest hip-hop releases.

What I do: I’m the content editor for Mesothelioma Help Now.

What motivates me: As both a health nut and a news junkie, I believe very much in the power of making the latest and most relevant information available to the public. Further, as the son of a cancer survivor, I’m a major advocate for providing helpful resources and news to both cancer patients who are undergoing treatment and their loving caretakers.

AstraZeneca’s Stocks Fall 2.2% after Failure of Highly Anticipated Mesothelioma Drug

With limited mesothelioma treatment options available, the results from AstraZeneca’s DETERMINE trial were highly anticipated, and not just by those in the mesothelioma community, but the entire medical community at large. The drug, tremelimumab, was originally granted an orphan drug designation for malignant mesothelioma, but the big question was: Would it extend the overall survival …

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New Gene Study Improves Treatment Options for Mesothelioma Patients

A paper published yesterday in Nature Genetics may offer some hopeful new insights into the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Genentech in San Francisco spearheaded an international study that analyzed genetic mutations in 216 mesothelioma tumors. Researchers found patterns among the mutations that will open up entirely new …

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Flaxseed – A Weapon in the Fight Against Mesothelioma

You can’t go into any health food store these days without seeing a wide variety of products made with flaxseeds – whether they are cookies, muffins, cereal, or pancakes. The health benefits of flaxseed have been touted for years, due to the fact that it’s high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytochemicals with powerful …

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Mesothelioma Survivors Add their Voice to Rare Disease Day

For people faced with the enormous challenges that mesothelioma and other rare diseases bring, it can often feel like their voices go unheard. But, on Rare Disease Day – February 29th 2016 – patients, families, researchers, and supporters from around the world will unite in solidarity to raise awareness about rare diseases. Since 2008, the …

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Mesothelioma Biomarkers: Earlier Detection and Improved Treatment

In most cases, malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is diagnosed after a person visits a doctor with symptoms they are having. These symptoms may include chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, unusual lumps on or near the chest, weight loss, and others. To make a diagnosis of MPM, a doctor will look at several things, including: …

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Finding Peace with Cancer: A Resource for Caregivers

Each year, roughly 3,200 people in the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma. Such may be considered a small figure when compared to other forms of cancer — such as lung cancer, which is responsible for some 200,000 new cases in the U.S. a year — but the impact it has on patients and their …

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New Mesothelioma Chemotherapy Drug Delivery Could Extend the Lives of Thousands of Patients

Fighting malignant mesothelioma is an uphill battle that thousands of men and women fight each year. As these patients endure pain, weight loss, fatigue, and overall frustration following their diagnosis, they often face even scarier prospects concerning treatment and survivability. Mesothelioma is an asbestos-caused cancer that currently has limited treatment options, and low life expectancy. …

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Cruz Neglected 9/11 Heroes, Now Claims to Be Their Hero

Well, it seems that GOP candidate for president Ted Cruz wants to have his cake and eat it, too. In his victory speech following the Iowa caucus, the Republican presidential nominee portrayed himself as a champion and supporter of 9/11 first responders. A quick glance at Cruz’s voting record, however, shows that the Texas senator …

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