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Understanding risks & benefits of mesothelioma clinical trials

After receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis you might be considering treatment options available. For those interested in cutting edge and alternative treatment options, clinical trials might be a choice. Before signing up for a trial, it is important to understand the potential risks and benefits associated with clinical trials.

 

Congresswoman Introduces Legislation to Protect Children from Asbestos in Makeup

Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell recently introduced legislation to protect children from the hidden dangers in makeup products recently pulled from store shelves after news investigations revealed the contaminated merchandise was circulating in popular stores. The legislation, dubbed the Children's Product Warning Label Act of 2018, would impose new labeling requirements on all cosmetic products marketing to children and inform consumers whether or not the items have been properly vetted.

How can I help my family member who has mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma does not affect only the patient: It can have a ripple effect through an entire family. It often falls to family members to care for their loved one who has been diagnosed with the disease. Caring for a family member who has mesothelioma requires immeasurable compassion, strength and patience.

As the relative of someone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be feeling overwhelmed. You may be wondering how you can even begin to care for your loved one in their time of need. Fortunately, there are several ways to help care for a family member who has mesothelioma.

Some Elderly Patients may Not be Getting the Cancer Treatment They Need

Illinois-Asbestos-Attorney-Mesothelioma.jpgA recent study by the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University reveals disparities in the treatment given to elderly lung cancer patients, including those fighting mesothelioma and other deadly cancers. The study shows why it is so important for all mesothelioma patients, regardless of their demographic, to educate themselves and be proactive in their cancer treatment to improve their prognosis and maximize their survival term.

First Talcum Powder Asbestos Cancer Lawsuit Trial in New Jersey Begins

Jury selection has begun in the first talcom powder asbestos cancer lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey, with opening statements expected to be made a few days later. Legal experts across the country will be keeping an eye on the case after a California jury sided with the defense in a similar case alleging that Johnson & Johnson's asbestos-contaminated talcum powder products caused a female plaintiff's mesothelioma cancer.

Employers should follow OSHA standards for hurricane cleanup

Last year was a particularly destructive hurricane season. Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Jose and Maria spread destruction through the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean. The process of recovering from the damage is ongoing, and probably will be for a long time. Cleanup workers have already started clearing damaged structures and rebuilding entire neighborhoods.

Cleanup personnel face unique hazards when it comes to working with the damage from hurricanes. One of the biggest risks is exposure to asbestos. When it comes to cleaning up in the wake of a hurricane, you should be aware of the potential exposure to asbestos as well as your employer’s responsibility to protect you.

Children's Makeup Recalled Due To Asbestos Concerns

A parent purchasing a fun item for their child expects it to be safe. That’s why many were shocked to hear that about a retail chain store recently recalled several products after concerns about asbestos were brought to light.

Claire’s Stores Inc. recalled at least nine make-up items last month from their shelves following claims that some of their children and teen products contained traces of asbestos. A concerned Rhode Island mother voiced the concern that was confirmed by a lab test. She also happens to be an employee of a law firm that deals with asbestos-related cases.

Mesothelioma Victim's Widow Takes Appeal to Missouri Supreme Court

A Missouri Appeals Court recently transferred what could be a precedent setting mesothelioma cancer claim to the state Supreme Court after the court determined that the two sides presented constitutional challenges to Missouri's 2014 law governing mesothelioma workers' compensation claims. Filing on behalf of her deceased husband, the plaintiff seeks over $500,000 in benefits under Missouri's new law for herself and children as dependents while the defendants argue that because the victim's asbestos exposure took place before the new statute took effect it should not be liable to pay benefits.

Maryland Lawsuit Could Give Families More Time to File Asbestos Cancer Claims

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What Can Fire Departments Do to Prevent Asbestos Exposure?

Every day, firefighters face danger. Unfortunately, not all of that danger stems from the fires they fight. Some of that peril is in the carcinogens enmeshed in their gear from fighting those fires. In fact, their dirty turnout gear and the time they spend battling fires, absorbing carcinogens, is increasing the risk for cancer and increasing cancer-related deaths in firefighters.

Preventing Asbestos Exposure

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