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Month: March 2018

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Judge Dismisses Asbestos Company’s Arguments Against Elderly Woman’s Case

An 81-year-old woman suffering from stage IV asbestos-related lung cancer got the same type of ill treatment at the hands of an asbestos company that is experienced by many mesothelioma victims. Fortunately, the judge overseeing the case stepped in and blocked the motion filed by Metalclad Insulation LLC, offering the elderly victim of asbestos exposure the opportunity to have her day in court.

Like mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos-related lung cancer are caused by exposure to asbestos, and in this case Ardella Fox had been exposed to the carcinogenic material over fifty years earlier, between 1954 and 1963. She filed a lawsuit against 18 different parties and asked for an expedited court date based on both her advanced age and dire medical condition, and all parties but one agreed to her request: Metalclad Insulation had successfully argued that there was not basis for her request in front of a lower court, and Fox filed an appeal. Upon hearing of Mrs. Fox’s declining health and the complications she suffers as a result of her chemotherapy regimen, the judge in the case questioned Metalclad extensively about the basis of their argument, and upon hearing their answers cited state law showing that the case fit exactly into the requirements for expedited hearing as outlined by state law. He also scoffed at the company’s disputing the “veracity” of her symptoms and life expectancy, arguing, “If by way of opposition Metalclad had submitted, say, a photograph of 81-year-old Ms. Fox scuba-diving in the Galapagos Islands just last fall, there might be some basis to expect more medical detail, but on this record we see no genuine dispute that Ms. Fox is very sick.”  He also pointed out that based on her own assertions and the assertions of her physician, “Her mental state has deteriorated to point where she becomes confused and forgetful. All told, the evidence shows that while Ms. Fox is currently able to participate in a trial, she has good reason for concern that will not be the case for much longer as her health deteriorates.”

As a result of her appeal of the lower court’s decision, Ms. Fox will be able to have her court date moved up. If you or someone you love has mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease and you need an advocate working on your behalf, contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.

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University of Vermont Study Reveals Clues to How Mesothelioma Forms

Though it has been well established for decades that asbestos is the cause of malignant mesothelioma, the way that the condition actually takes hold within the body has remained a mystery. Scientists around the world have dedicated extraordinary amounts of time to working out this puzzle, as determining how the rare and deadly form of cancer forms is a vital step in future prevention, treatment, and a possible cure. Researchers have been particularly interested in how the tumors form in the mesothelial cells, which are a significant distance from the organs and cells that first come into contact with asbestos particles, and now a group of researchers from the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine believe that they have found the key to the process.

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Mesothelioma Claims the Life of UK Wife Who Laundered Husband’s Asbestos-Covered Clothes

Though asbestos companies like to argue that exposure to asbestos has to be over a very long period of time and at a heavy concentration to cause malignant mesothelioma, both scientists and real life situations have proven otherwise. Even a slight exposure to asbestos puts people at risk if its fibers are inhaled or ingested, and the results can be tragic, and heartbreaking. One such situation was recently revealed in the United Kingdom, where the wife of a bargeman who worked on the London Docks recently died of the rare and fatal form of cancer. It’s been determined that the asbestos exposure that caused her illness came from having laundered her husband’s work uniform after he came home each day: he had spent years transporting raw asbestos from ships to a nearby asbestos processing factory.

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St. Croix Workers Warned About Asbestos Exposure, Risk of Mesothelioma and Other Diseases

Living and working in St. Croix in the Virgin Islands may be as close to paradise as it gets, but there’s still a risk of exposure to asbestos, and therefore a concern about malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. As is true the world over, many industrial sites in the Caribbean were originally constructed using asbestos and made use of the deadly material in their daily operations. Today many of those contaminated sites have been shut down, but where asbestos is still in place, it still poses a risk – especially when it is disturbed, as happened during hurricanes Irma and Maria last fall.

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Claire’s Denies That More Of Their Makeup Contains Mesothelioma-Causing Asbestos

Mesothelioma is not a condition that many teen girls are aware of, but America’s younger mall shoppers are becoming more and more aware of the rare and fatal form of cancer as a result of continuing reports of asbestos being found in Claire’s makeup products.  Claire’s is a retailer that is ubiquitous in malls, targeting teen girls with competitively priced accessories and makeup. In December it came under fire after a mother privately submitted nine of their products to a laboratory for asbestos testing, which came back positive. Though the brand initially denied the findings, they recalled nine products and issued a statement expressing their concern for consumer safety. Now a study requested by a non-profit consumer advocacy group has identified asbestos in several other products sold by the store.

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Clinical Trial of New Mesothelioma Drug Begins Phase 1

Mesothelioma is a rare and fatal form of cancer that has presented numerous challenges to those trying to find a cure. The fact that the rarer a condition is, the fewer the patients available to test potential treatments is just one of the things making it difficult. Other aspects include the fact that it is not diagnosed until it is far advanced and patients tend to be older and in poorer health, and the fact that various available treatments tend to generate offsetting side effects that work against their effectiveness. To counter the last of these, biopharmaceutical company Selecta Biosciences has been working towards combining a drug called LMB-100 that targets the protein expressed in mesothelioma and a drug called SVP-Rapamycin which fights anti-drug antibodies. The resulting drug, called SEL-403, is now available for Phase 1 human testing and has already been administered to one patient.

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Japanese Surgeons Try New Approach to Pleural Mesothelioma

One of the most challenging aspects of treating patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma involves the concerns over “seeding.” Seeding refers to cancer cells that become detached from the primary tumor and travel to other sites, where they then grow into new tumors. Seeding can happen organically as cancer cells lose cohesiveness, but it can also happen as a result of treatment procedures such as biopsies,  pleuredectomy, and surgical procedures. Concern over seeding is one of the risks cited when patients prepare to undergo removal of mesothelioma tumors, but now a group of Japanese surgeons believe they have found a way to avoid the issue.

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Michigan Cracks Down on Contractors Putting Public at Risk for Mesothelioma

Following a series of articles that appeared in the Detroit Free Press, residents of the state of Michigan’s are concerned that contractors violating asbestos regulations are putting their workers and the public at risk for malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. In response, the state’s lawmakers are presenting new, bipartisan legislation aimed at strengthening compliance with the law and greater protections for all those that could be exposed to the carcinogenic material.

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Mesothelioma Trials Focus on Asbestos in Talcum Powder

Talcum powder has long been one of the most trusted and widely-used household products, but recent lawsuits are questioning its safety and accusing talcum powder manufacturers of causing cases of malignant mesothelioma. At issue is whether the product has previously been contaminated with the deadly carcinogenic material asbestos, and whether the manufacturers were aware of this contamination and chose to cover it up.

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