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Asbestos in Beer May Have Contributed United Kingdom’s Rise in Certain Cancers

In July of 2019, the United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Executive revealed that the death toll from asbestos exposure had reached crisis levels, with a shocking number of deaths from mesothelioma and asbestosis having been reported in 2017. Most of the cases identified had come from exposure to asbestos in industrial settings: people were exposed either in their workplace or their family members were exposed to the carcinogen that they carried home on their skin, hair and clothing. Now a new report suggests that there are other increasing rates of cancer arising from asbestos exposure, but this time it is affecting those who drank from the nation’s beer supply in the 1970s.

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Significant $25-Million-Award Given to Victim of Testicular Mesothelioma

A diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma almost always means that somebody, somewhere, was negligent in their failure to protect against asbestos exposure. The rare disease is caused by exposure to the carcinogenic material, a fact that was well known to countless companies that allowed their products to be contaminated with it, despite knowing of its risks to human health. It is for this reason that so many people diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma have successfully sued the companies that exposed them to asbestos and have been awarded billions of dollars in compensation over the years. Among them is Houshang Sabetian, a former oil refinery worker whose claim against the companies that exposed him to asbestos has resulted in him and his wife being awarded $25 million in damages.

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Maryland Company Moving Forward With Testing of Mesothelioma Treatment

A Maryland-based life sciences company has reported positive results in the most recent phase of testing of its new mesothelioma medication, and will be moving forward with the next phase with high hopes. In conducting its Phase I clinical trial, MaxCyte is testing a higher dose of its proprietary mesothelin-targeting chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) therapy on a third cohort of patients diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma as well as with ovarian cancer.

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Furnace Worker Blames Protective Clothing For Mesothelioma Diagnosis

When people are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, their first step is always to identify the best possible course of treatment to delay their inevitable death from the rare and fatal form of cancer. But following that, many begin considering how they fell victim to the disease, and whether they should take legal action against those responsible. In the case of Donald MacLachlan, an investigation quickly determined that one source of his asbestos exposure came from the protective clothing that he wore during his years of work in a steel plant, where he worked as a cast house helper.  As he pursued claims against several companies he listed the clothing’s manufacturer, American Optical, as a defendant. Though the company attempted to have the case dismissed, Ohio’s District Judge Christopher A. Boyko decided that the reasons they provided were insufficient to negate Mr. MacLachlan’s case. The lawsuit will continue forward and a jury will be able to decide what happens.

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Mesothelioma Victims and Ovarian Cancer Victims Note Asbestos-Related Recall

There are currently over 15,000 pending lawsuits against the manufacturer of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, accusing the company of allowing asbestos contamination that caused both malignant mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Though the company has vigorously denied these charges and claimed to have a rigorous testing method that prevents their talc-based products from containing any trace of asbestos, a recent FDA test has forced the company to recall approximately 33,000 bottles of its iconic product. This finding will likely have a significant impact on the company’s ability to defend itself.

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New Talc Mesothelioma Study May Be Game Changer

Legal experts are indicating that a newly published case study examining talc-based powder’s role in malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases may represent a sea change in the future of mesothelioma litigation. The study, which was recently published in the  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, provides strong support for those who believe that their illnesses were cause by their use of such products as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, the company’s Shower to Shower product, and Colgate Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet body powder.

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Will Johnson & Johnson Settle More Mesothelioma Lawsuits?

The number of lawsuits accusing Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other talc powder products of causing malignant mesothelioma and ovarian cancer has swelled to 15,500, leading many experts to wonder whether the company will begin to settle more of the cases against it. The company has lost many of the cases filed against it, with juries ordering multi-million-dollar compensation amounts paid to victims.

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Philadelphia Schools Closed Over Mesothelioma Concerns

Exposure to asbestos causes a wide range of serious — and sometimes fatal — diseases, including malignant mesothelioma. Though asbestos companies were long aware of the dangers of this widely-available, inexpensive mineral, they continued subjecting workers and consumers to its risks while they reaped enormous profits from its use. Many of those citizens eventually became victims, suffering and dying from asbestos-related illnesses after having worked with contaminated products for years. Now asbestos is causing those same illnesses in a new group of victims: students and teachers who spend their year in school buildings that used asbestos in their construction.

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Study Shows Some Mesothelioma Patients Aren’t Getting The Treatment They Deserve

As is true of people diagnosed with any type of cancer, mesothelioma patients need time and information to adjust to the reality of their illness. The word “cancer” always strikes fear, and this is especially true with a condition that carries the weight and limited future that mesothelioma does. Still, once the initial shock has passed most patients want to know what they can do to improve their own odds and outcomes, and to extend the time that they have left to them. Unfortunately, a study conducted at the University of Sydney in Australia has indicated that many physicians are not doing their best to provide their patients with options.

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Pennsylvania Asbestos Violations Put Countless Workers At Risk of Mesothelioma

Federal charges were filed this past Monday against a real estate developer who stands accused of putting his own employees and others at risk for malignant mesothelioma. The case involves the George Westinghouse Research and Technology Park in Western Pennsylvania, which was purchased by 47-year-old Vikas Jain. Jain bought the one million square foot property with the intention of transforming the former testing and laboratory space into residential and commercial properties, and following that purchase he committed myriad asbestos violations.

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