Friable Thoughts

Monday, April 14, 2008

Anti-asbestos drug could prevent harmful effects

There may be a treatment to prevent an asbestos illness. It appears asbestosis creates a protein similar to the one related to gout. The theory is that a treatment for gout that inhibits that protein may work to protect folks from asbestosis. The proposed treatment won't cure an asbestos-related illness but might might prevent someone exposed from getting ill. As with many new drugs, the jury's still out but it might be worth asking about if you worked around asbestos containing materials.