North Carolina set to change asbestos lawsuit requirements

26 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal, News

NCLegislature 100x100 North Carolina set to change asbestos lawsuit requirementsNorth Carolina is poised to join the gaggle of states changing requirements for asbestos lawsuits.

Earlier this week The News & Observer reported the state’s House Judiciary II Committee approved the Personal Injury Bankruptcy Trust Claims bill, or Senate Bill 470, by 6-4 vote earlier this week. The bill is now headed to a vote by the full House. Read the rest of this entry »


Baby food company refusing to comply with EPA asbestos abatement order

25 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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A former facility for baby food manufacturer Beech-Nut has fallen into disrepair over the seven years it has sat vacant. Now, the company is refusing to comply with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) order requiring it to clean up the 26-acre area in Canajoharie, New York. Read the rest of this entry »


FitBits may be used to track mesothelioma patient outcomes

24 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment
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Asbestos exposure can cause a wide range of health issues, from lung-scarring asbestosis to mesothelioma. Many treatments for asbestos-related diseases can require extensive surgeries, and a large part of patient outcomes stems from how well patients recover from surgery, especially in the case of invasive procedures like removing a lung.

A new study by the Pacific Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s (PHLBI) Pacific Mesothelioma Center is using FitBit devices to monitor patients’ progress after surgery, according to a news release. Read the rest of this entry »


ADAO releases animated PSA highlighting costs of asbestos exposure

23 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette 100x100 ADAO releases animated PSA highlighting costs of asbestos exposureMesothelioma continues to take an average of 100,000 lives per year worldwide despite increased regulations and awareness. Why? Quite simply, more work still needs to be done. Nations, including the United States, have not entirely banned all forms of asbestos, and even in places that have, aging buildings that require demolition or renovation still put the public’s health at risk.

To continue its fight, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization released a 30-second animated video,  Asbestos: The Killer You Can’t See, to point to the continued need to raise awareness about the deadly carcinogen. Read the rest of this entry »


SMRP biomarker can indicate pleural mesothelioma patient outcomes

22 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

587px Researcher looks through microscope 11 100x100 SMRP biomarker can indicate pleural mesothelioma patient outcomesWhen biomarkers occur at elevated levels in the blood, they typically indicate disease, and testing for specific biomarkers helps doctors determine from which disease a patient is suffering. New research has shown a biomarker long used to diagnose malignant pleural mesothelioma may be a beneficial way to predict patient outcomes as well. Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos dumping plagues Essex, England

19 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News
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The county of Essex in England continues to try to identify those who are illegally dumping asbestos-containing materials. Last weekend a 100-ton pile of asbestos, human waste and rubble was dumped in a local park in Essex, marking the third large-scale illegal dumping, or fly tipping as it’s also called, to stump authorities in the past month. Read the rest of this entry »


IMRT may be more effective mesothelioma radiation treatment

18 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment
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therapy, or radiotherapy, is often included in the multi-modal treatment of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos. Because mesothelioma affects the lining of organs and those linings are in close contact with other vital tissues, runs the risk of damaging surrounding healthy organs. New research has shown a different type of therapy may be more effective on pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs, compared to standard conformal by reducing the risk of damaging healthy tissue. Read the rest of this entry »


Australian government clarifies asbestos pledge

17 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette.svg  100x100 Australian government clarifies asbestos pledgeAustralia’s Victorian government is under fire for what some are calling broken campaign promises. During a state government audit in 2014, some schools in the region were found to be so plagued with carcinogenic asbestos, they needed to be shut down. Labor party officials then campaigned under the suggestion of removing all asbestos from schools by 2020, according to sources quoted in The Brisbane Times, but government officials are now clarifying the promise. Read the rest of this entry »


Secondary asbestos exposure increases risk of mesothelioma, study says

16 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

workers at WTC 100x100 Secondary asbestos exposure increases risk of mesothelioma, study says Household or secondary asbestos exposure occurs when the family members of a worker who is exposed to asbestos are also exposed to the known human carcinogen through clothing or other materials used on the job. While the law’s application to secondary asbestos exposure is still under debate, new research is suggesting household exposure does indeed have an effect on family members’ health, particularly female members. Read the rest of this entry »


New York Supreme Court upholds mesothelioma award

15 May 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal

Lady justice Dublin L 100x100 New York Supreme Court upholds mesothelioma awardThe Supreme Court of the State of New York has rejected the two-year appeal of a mesothelioma victim’s jury award. Nicholas Dominick will finally receive $3 million the jury awarded him for future pain and suffering from Pacemaker Steel & Piping Co. for their contribution to Dominick’s mesothelioma, according to LawyersandSettlements.com. Read the rest of this entry »