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Month: May 2018

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Johnson & Johnson Must Slapped With $4 Million in Punitive Damages Over Woman’s Mesothelioma

A California jury that had already found Johnson & Johnson guilty of negligence and awarded $21.7 million in compensatory damages has followed their decision by awarding a baby powder mesothelioma victim an additional $4 million in punitive damages. The jury found that the company had acted with malice, oppression or fraud in hiding the dangers of its product from the public. read more

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Asbestos Controversy Accuses USDA of Risking Employee Mesothelioma

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is conducting a probe of the U.S. Department of Agriculture after employees expressed concerns over their risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. The cancer fears have been raised after the agency’s management allegedly failed to provide sufficient notice to its employees about asbestos and lead abatement in the building, which they say is being performed without proper protections. They worry that they are being exposed to carcinogenic particles that could lead to illness in the future. read more

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Teachers, Children and Staff At Risk For Mesothelioma in Asbestos-Contaminated Schools

Philadelphia is one of the country’s leading cities, but right now it is grappling with how to address the very real risk of malignant mesothelioma for many of its public school teachers and students. According to a shocking report published in the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer, several of the city’s public school buildings are so heavily contaminated by asbestos that dust wipe samples collected by volunteers revealed amounts up to 50 times higher than the highest result found near Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11th. read more

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Asbestos in Miami-Dade Courthouse Poses Threat of Mesothelioma and Other Asbestos-Related Diseases

Yvonne Stanley began working in the Miami-Dade courthouse back in 1994, and at that time the secretary had no way of knowing that the building was contaminated with asbestos and would lead to her Stage II lung cancer. But according to records, the building, which was built in 1928 when asbestos was a common component in construction materials, has long been known to be a “hazardous” work environment. The long-time employee has filed a lawsuit against the county, saying that her illness was a direct result of exposure to asbestos in the workplace. read more

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UK Military Veterans Get Specialized Care from Dedicated Mesothelioma Nurse Specialist

Veterans represent an outsized percentage of victims of malignant mesothelioma. This is a result of the extensive use of asbestos, the mineral that causes the rare and fatal form of cancer, in the construction of Navy vessels, Army barracks, weaponry and other military applications. This is true in the United States and in other locations around the world, including those who served as part of the Allied Forces. The United Kingdom’s veterans were not immune from this fate, and many of them are suffering from asbestos-related diseases. Now the UK’s national mesothelioma charity has begun funding the hiring of specialized mesothelioma nurses to provide care for this deserving population, and was recently behind the hiring of the 18th of these professionals.

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Is Medical Marijuana Appropriate for Mesothelioma Patients?

With 29 states now having passed laws allowing the use of medical marijuana, many patients diagnosed with mesothelioma are beginning to wonder whether the plant makes sense for them. According to a new study published in theĀ Journal of Clinical Oncology, many cancer doctors in the United States are wondering the same thing, and despite having limited knowledge of its uses or impact they have begun to prescribe it for their patients with cancer.

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Mesothelioma Researchers Optimistic About Immunotherapy

Because malignant mesothelioma is such an exceedingly rare form of cancer, many patients diagnosed with the disease have expressed concern that it does not get the same amount of attention from researchers as other, more widely known cancers. But this is not the case. Mesothelioma shares many characteristics with other types of cancer, and as a result the innovative therapies that are being tested on cancers like lymphoma and breast cancer are also being administered to many victims of the asbestos-related disease as well. One of the most promising of these treatments is known as CAR T, or Chimeric Antigen Receptor.

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V.A. Hospital Site Criticized for Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Risk

The Veterans Administration has been getting plenty of bad press recently, and now the U.S. Office of the Special Counsel is accusing the management of one branch of knowing about long-standing asbestos contamination that put countless employees and patients at risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. According to a report released last week, management at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts knew about the presence of the lethal carcinogen as long ago as 2014, yet did nothing to alert those who were at risk of its dangers or to take steps to make the location more safe.

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Novel Treatment Approach Offers Hope for Patients with Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare and fatal form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Though the most common type of mesothelioma is pleural, in which mesothelioma’s cancerous tumors form in the lining of the chest cavity, the disease can also affect the abdominal cavity. This is known as malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. The two types of cancer have different treatment protocols, and peritoneal mesothelioma is frequently treated using a procedure known as HIPEC, in which patients first undergo a debunking surgery aimed at minimizing the size of their tumors and then a heated chemotherapy solution is poured into the open surgical site in order to kill any cancerous cells that may be left behind, but not every patient is a candidate for this procedure. Now a group of European physicians have devised a new way of delivering chemotherapy into the peritoneal lining, and the results of clinical trials have proven to be extremely encouraging.

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Mesothelioma and Asbestos Victims Seek Justice Globally

In the United States, the justice system has long permitted victims of personal injuries and negligence to seek justice from those responsible for their pain, and that is why malignant mesothelioma lawsuits have become one of the biggest mass torts in the country’s history. As Americans have received compensation for the wrongs done to them by asbestos companies, victims around the rest of the world have taken notice, and have begun to pursue liability claims too. The most recent of these is in Singapore, where a technician is suing the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) Corporation, claiming that the organization knowingly exposed him to asbestos particles and caused his asbestos-related lung cancer.

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