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The Difference Between Asbestosis and Mesothelioma

While it is true that asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma and asbestosis, the two illnesses are vastly different, despite their route cause being the same. These differences range from signs, and symptoms, to prognosis, and treatment. The main difference between asbestosis and mesothelioma is that mesothelioma is a type of cancer, while asbestosis is a pulmonary disease. However, it should be noted that if one has asbestosis, they are more likely to develop lung cancer in the future. Asbestosis Asbestosis, like mesothelioma, is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. In asbestosis, these fibers make their way to one’s lungs and become...

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Expectations For My Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Asbestos was a popular building material up until the late 1970’s, after which the United States banned use of this material. Properties of asbestos like sound absorption and fire resistance made it the default choice for roofing in many homes. The fact is that asbestos is a toxic substance that is responsible for one of the worst forms of cancer. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lungs and abdomen. Symptoms include shortness of breath, crackling in the chest cavity, weight loss, a dry cough, and a bloody cough. Mesothelioma is incredibly difficult to detect early, as its symptoms...

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The Importance of Clinical Trials – Especially for Mesothelioma Victims

A rare and aggressive malignancy, mesothelioma, is cancer affecting the lining that surrounds various organs and cavities within the body. Mesothelioma gets its name from this lining, which is called the mesothelium. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is strictly caused by asbestos exposure. Victims are typically only given a year, sometimes just months, to live after an initial diagnosis.  Since there is no cure for mesothelioma, scientists and researchers are continually looking into treatments, therapies, chemotherapy drugs and vaccines – anything to help victims survive. One way scientists test their research is through clinical trials, which are research studies that involve people....

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Who Can File A Medical Malpractice Suit

A medical malpractice suit is a lawsuit that is filed when a patient is harmed by a medical professional through negligence or incompetence on the part of the medical professional. The laws regarding medical malpractice lawsuits vary from state to state, but there are several common laws that apply to most malpractice cases throughout the country. Specifically, the laws regarding who can file a medical malpractice suit are largely the same from one state to the next. Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim Generally speaking, anybody who has been harmed by a medical professional due to that professional’s negligence or incompetence can...

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Obama signs the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law a long awaited bill that places stronger regulations on chemicals. This new law is called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Under this new law, asbestos, the known carcinogen once used as a flame retardant and insulation can finally be banned in the United States. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act updates the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that went into effect in 1976 and hasn’t been updated since. It will allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) more control over monitoring certain chemicals...

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