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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 ClaimGenerally 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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June 23, 2016 What To Expect In Your Mesothelioma Lawsuit

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness, you should consider contacting a mesothelioma law firm today. Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure, has no known cure.  The only recompense that many people living with this disease have is to file a lawsuit against the parties responsible for the exposure. As with any legal matter, you should first learn what to expect from such a lawsuit before you contact any mesothelioma attorneys.When You Can SueIt can take decades before you start to develop symptoms of mesothelioma. Most states have a statute of limitations...

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Scientists Focus on Enzymes and Proteins to Develop New Treatments

Scientists are continually exploring new opportunities for drugs to combat mesothelioma and recently, scientists have zeroed in on a particular enzyme that is said to be “overexpressed” in pleural mesothelioma. This enzyme, known as orotate phosphoribosyl transferase (OPRT) is believed to curb the development and spread of mesothelioma which would have a huge impact on treatment development. Scientists tested 15 people with malignant pleural mesothelioma and found that the enzyme OPRT was present; 85% of mesothelioma patients had high levels. Scientists then took a group of patients who were unsuccessful in their treatment Pemetrexed, which is the common chemotherapy drug...

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Medical Marijuana: A New Treatment for Mesothelioma?

Earlier this month, Ohio legislators approved a bill that would allow patients with malignant mesothelioma to buy and use marijuana for medical purposes – legally. The bill will now move on to the governor, and if that is signed, Ohio will become the 25th state to legalize some form of medical marijuana. This news is especially exciting for those who are living with mesothelioma – an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos that is almost always fatal.The bill, if passed, would focus on the use of cannabis oil as a therapeutic alternative to conventional cancer treatments. Patients could eventually purchase medical...

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Been Exposed to Asbestos? Now What?

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral that was once used daily in a number of industries throughout the world. Thanks to its resistance to heat, corrosion, and electricity, it was seen as something of a wonder material that could be found in everything from floor tiles to brake pads. Unfortunately, our reliance on asbestos came at a huge price. As useful as asbestos could be, it has also been linked with a number of serious health problems such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Sadly, a great number of those who have now been diagnosed with asbestos exposure related illness were...

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Asbestos Exposure – The Hard Facts

Asbestos, once a popular insulation and construction material, has long been recognized as a severe health risk for those exposed. Those who have worked in certain industries are particularly vulnerable to asbestos exposure. Those industries include construction, steelmaking, power generation, and fields that deal with industrial chemicals. No matter the industry, asbestos exposure poses a danger.According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, asbestos exposure can be responsible for several adverse health conditions. Even short exposures can be harmful to a person’s health. Asbestos fibers, which are too small to see with the naked eye, may enter a worker’s lungs if...

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