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New Treatments Target the Immune System of Victims of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer, is a cancer that affects the mesothelium, which is the lining that surrounds internal organs. Pleural mesothelioma is cancer that appears in the lining of the lungs, and accounts for about 75% of all mesothelioma cases. Aggressive cancers such as mesothelioma take a toll on the victim’s immune system, causing possible further complications when treating this disease. Recent studies have placed more focus on the immune system in hope of fighting mesothelioma using the body’s natural defenses.One study that is currently in Phase II of the clinical trial has scientists and researchers in high...

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New Law Could Ban Asbestos in United States

There have been some exciting new developments with regards to the country’s Chemical Safety Regulations.Asbestos, the known carcinogen once used as a flame retardant and in insulation could possibly be banned in the United States, under new laws and regulations from Congress.  While The Chemical Safety regulations that have been implemented in this country since the 1970s have helped regulate and control toxic substances, many substances such as asbestos that are deemed dangerous for society are not illegal and are even still being imported into our country.The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) went into effect in 1976 after years of...

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The Link Between Baby Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Baby powder can be found in just about every home across the world. It has long been considered a must have for diaper changes among mothers, and many adults use it to manage perspiration and chaffing. However, studies show a direct link between baby powder and ovarian cancer, which has resulted in a string of lawsuits around the world.Published Studies Linking Talcum Powder To Ovarian CancerThere are published studies linking talcum powder and ovarian cancer dating back as early as the 1970s. The concern is that women, who use talcum and baby powder around their genital regions for a prolonged period,...

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Signs You Should File An Asbestos Lawsuit

For those that have been diagnosed with an asbestos related cancer, filing an asbestos related lawsuit may allow you to receive compensation for certain damages caused. If you think that you may be eligible to file an asbestos lawsuit, you should speak with an attorney right away as there are time limits on filing a lawsuit.  An attorney who has experience with asbestos lawsuits can review your information and help you to decide whether you have a case for asbestos exposure.  If you are planning to meet with an attorney to discuss an asbestos lawsuit, here is some information to...

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Am I At Risk For Mesothelioma

You should contact a mesothelioma law firm immediately if you feel that you are living with damages due to asbestos exposure. Certain trades, such as those involved in the construction industry and steel industry, are at greater risk of developing mesothelioma.There are many industries where employees are at a greater risk for asbestos exposure. It is important to understand what those industries are and how a Pennsylvania mesothelioma attorney can represent your interests in the event of exposure and its effects on your health.  The early signs and symptoms associated with asbestos exposure are something your mesothelioma lawyer will discuss...

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Asbestos Violation is Not a Thing of the Past

Asbestos is a product that presently is mostly associated with the past – old mills and textile factories that employed thousands of laborers in the industrial heyday of the United States. Today, asbestos is a widely known carcinogen and precautions and laws have been in place since the 1970s to prohibit the use of asbestos. While violating asbestos laws have serious repercussions, asbestos violations are continually happening, which raises the question: should this carcinogen be taken more seriously and is the punishment for mishandling asbestos severe enough?In an asbestos-abatement business in Michigan, workers’ health is in jeopardy because the Michigan...

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4 Questions to Ask Your Mesothelioma Lawyer

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma and believe you may be entitled to compensation, you will need to hire the services of a qualified mesothelioma lawyer. Not every mesothelioma law firm will be suited to your needs, that is why you need to ask certain questions before you decide on the law firm to represent you. Here are four questions you should always consider.1. Who Will Handle My Case?Not all law firms specialize in mesothelioma cases. They can certainly review all of your documentation and decide if you have a case, but they may refer you to a different...

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Positive Genetic Studies and Treatment for Mesothelioma Patients

Understanding malignant mesothelioma and the way it develops is significant when discovering prevention, development control, and the eventual lead to a cure. Cancer researchers at the Mayo Clinic have been researching the genetic composition of the disease in hopes to find a connection between the development of mesothelioma and mutations in DNA.To find these genetic roots, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) was applied. In this study, 11 mesothelioma patients were tested (7 with pleural mesothelioma and 4 with peritoneal mesothelioma). Using the NGS method, patient’s DNA was quickly and accurately analyzed to find genetic mutations. Results showed 86% of those with...

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Checking for Asbestos in Your New Home

Although asbestos use has been heavily restricted in the United States for decades, homes that were built before 1980 may still contain the material in their floor tiles, insulation, shingles, and drywall. Building materials containing asbestos is not normally dangerous, but they can shed asbestos fibers if they are damaged or disturbed. These microscopic fibers can be inhaled or ingested and lead to serious health problems, including the rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma.The only way to truly know if you have asbestos in your home is to contact an asbestos building tester and have them inspect your home....

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Mesothelioma: Separating Facts from Myths

There are many myths and misconceptions about mesothelioma, the rare cancer often associated with asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is still considered a rare condition, despite how often it’s talked about in the news, and the fact is, there is little information readily available about it. The United States government has restricted the use of asbestos in order to prevent diseases like mesothelioma, but misinformation and misconceptions can still be very dangerous. With that being said, here are some of the more common misconceptions about mesothelioma.Myth: Mesothelioma is a Lung CancerAlthough mesothelioma appears to affect the lungs most of the time, the...

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