Asbestos Revisited: A New Autoimmune Disease?
In the small town of Libby in northwestern Montana, prospectors in 1916 discovered an unusual mineral known as vermiculite that appeared to be resistant to fire after initial exposure to high heat.
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- This review summarizes epidemiological, animal model, and in vitro data related to asbestos exposures and autoimmunity.
- Note that there appears to be a body of evidence supporting an association between asbestos exposure and autoantibodies indicative of systemic autoimmunity.