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Month: November 2017

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Mesothelioma Fears Halt South Carolina Construction

The plans for an upscale neighborhood called the Greens at Rock Hill in Rock Hill, South Carolina were going along according to plan until fears of malignant mesothelioma brought much of the development to a halt last week. Reports of an asbestos landfill hidden beneath the planned site have raised significant concerns, and now the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control have gotten involved.

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Study Shows Peritoneal Mesothelioma Treatment Yields 10+ Year Survival

A New York hospital has just published a study on the results of their innovative treatment for malignant peritoneal mesothelioma, and they have good reason to be proud. As a result of their efforts, they have recorded a median overall survival rate of 6.65 years, with thirty percent of the 113 patients in the study living more than 10 years after the second stage of the treatment.

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Asbestos in County Courthouse Blamed for Judge’s Mesothelioma Death

It was back in 2004 that Jefferson County District Judge James Farris died of malignant mesothelioma, and ever since then his widow Ellarene has been fighting to get justice on his behalf. One year after his death she sued the county and a number of asbestos defendants, charging that they were responsible for having exposed him to the deadly fibers that lead to his disease. It is now 12 years later, and the case is still proceeding through the court system.

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For the Sixth Time, Senators Attempt to Stop Mesothelioma by Banning Asbestos in the U.S.

When an American citizen is diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, their family members are often caught off guard: the condition is extremely rare. They are surprised to hear that it is still possible to be  exposed to asbestos, a material that most people associate both with cancer and with a long-ago past. Our society is so focused on preserving health and protecting against toxins that most people assume that asbestos use was banned in the United States decades ago, but this is not the case. Though there have been numerous efforts to do so, the asbestos and chemical lobby has stood in the way of those efforts. Now a group of seven senators led by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, are attempting to put a halt to asbestos use again.

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Despite Asbestos Company Efforts, Mesothelioma Victim’s Daughter Prevails

When a person files a mesothelioma lawsuit against the asbestos companies responsible for their illness, their attorney generally warns them to expect a battle: the companies that exposed people to this toxic carcinogen are known to fight hard against having to provide compensation to those they have harmed. A recent example of this could be seen in the Superior Court of Rhode Island, where the daughter of  woman who died last year of mesothelioma had to fight for her case to even be able to reach a jury. After listening to arguments for both sides, the court ruled in favor of the daughter and the lawsuit will proceed.

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