Volume 94 Issue 47 | p. 34
Issue Date: November 28, 2016

Cover Stories: The global menace of asbestos

Cancer-causing asbestos may trigger autoimmune diseases too

Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: asbestos, autoimmune disease

Mesothelioma, a type of cancer that can attack the lining of the lungs, is considered the prime example of an asbestos-related disease. But it’s not the only one. Some of the diseases that researchers are beginning to link to asbestos exposure might be surprising.

Jean Pfau, an immunologist at Montana State University, is studying whether asbestos exposure alters the immune system and leads to increased risk of systemic autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, . . .

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