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Former worker seeks compensatory damages re asbestos exposure

How many Minnesota residents are currently suffering fatal illnesses contracted by ingesting microscopic asbestos fibers in the workplace? It's impossible to give an exact number because many affected workers are currently unaware of their conditions. A man in another state is not only aware of his lung cancer, but he and his wife have filed a claim against several companies they say should be held financially accountable for his illness, which is believed to have been caused by repeated asbestos exposure on the job.

The claim states that the man was exposed to asbestos during his career from 1949 to 1999. The repeated exposures reportedly occurred due to products manufactured, sold or installed by the defendants. The claim asserts that the defendants were aware of the dangers associated with the products in question but failed to take proper action to keep workers and consumers safe.

Covering the high cost of treating mesothelioma

Cancer treatment is expensive. According to the National Institutes of Health and Asbestos.com, the cost of treating mesothelioma can range from $100,000 to $250,000. Lung surgery costs about $40,000 and chemotherapy treatments cost around $30,000 per session after the $7,000 initial session.

Individuals battling aggressive forms of cancer such as mesothelioma have to work quickly to get the best treatment and secure the funding to pay for it. For most people facing mesothelioma, one source of compensation is not enough and they will have to secure funding from multiple sources. Here are their top compensation options:

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay couple over toxic talc

Last year, Johnson & Johnson made headlines after their ubiquitous baby powder was linked to ovarian cancer. Concerns began to arise that the talc-based product may contain asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral whose fibers are known to cause mesothelioma and other deadly lung conditions.

Although regulations have been put in place to limit the use of asbestos in products, the United States has declined to issue an outright ban on asbestos use. Currently products can be made with asbestos provided the asbestos content is less than 1 percent of the product. This does not, however, exempt companies from liability.

Firefighters At Greater Risk For Developing Mesothelioma

Anyone who has known a firefighter knows they are special people. They thrive off the adrenaline rush of life or death situations. They run into situations that would cause most of his to flee. With steely courage, they seem invincible. Except they are not. In addition to the dangers posed by fire and potential collapsing structures, firefighters must also contend with toxic substances such as asbestos. Firefighters need to be aware; these materials can be deadly.

In 2010, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) commissioned a study to evaluate the potential carcinogenic impact on firefighters. They study compared the cancer rate of firefighters to the U.S. population. The study examined the health histories of more than 30,000 firefighters from Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia who had worked between 1950 and 2009.

The Right Diet Can Be A Game Changer For People With Mesothelioma

The push for Americans to eat healthier is nothing new. Health experts have been pushing for years for people to make better choices with what they put into their bodies. While eating healthy is good for everyone, there are several reasons why it may be important for people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Dispelling The Myth About Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a fiber made up of naturally occurring minerals. Sought after for its fire-resistant properties, asbestos was used extensively throughout the 20th century in a variety of products from insulation to roofing materials to flooring tiles.

A History of Asbestos Use In The United States

Asbestos exposure causes family in another to state to evacuate

Many Minnesota residents understand how stressful it can be to renovate a home, especially if a household includes young children. A family in another state hired a contractor to work on their house, including the removal of a popcorn ceiling, which is a specific type of ceiling design that is textured and often poses an asbestos exposure risk. The situation led to the family's evacuation when homeowners say they found spilled debris throughout their house after the contractor had been working there.

Thankfully, the family was able to find temporary shelter with relatives. Sadly, however, they lost nearly all their belongings after their home was properly tested and listed as a major asbestos spill. The couple must now replace all their furniture, carpets, bedding, etc., in order to move back into their home with their two young children.

New senate bill targets asbestos use loophole

Many people may be surprised to know that asbestos is still legal in the United States. Despite its known dangers, it is still used in automobile brake pads, gaskets, clutches, roofing materials, vinyl tiles, home insulation and some potting soils.

The United States remains the only country in the western world that allows asbestos to be used in products sold here. Current regulations restrict asbestos content to no more than one percent of the product.

Helping patients manage the stress of living with mesothelioma

Medical providers know that cancer is stressful for patients. On a daily basis, oncology staff work with patients who are trying to stay on top of bills and manage a household while fighting for their lives. Nurses, physicians and other providers try to help minimize the strain by doing what they can to accommodate patients coming in for chemotherapy, radiation and treatments, but patients still suffer.

A new study reported in MedPage Today, revealed that more than 20 percent of people diagnosed with cancer have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a month after diagnosis. Those numbers remained after six months and continued as the study progressed. The study concluded that more support was needed to help patients dealing with cancer. 

Pinworm drug shows promise for slowing the growth of mesothelioma

The search for an effective mesothelioma treatment is a race against time. Mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers, is difficult to treat. Even with an intense regimen of chemotherapy and radiation, the median survival rates for individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma remain low at just nine to 17 months.

Despite research efforts, no new drugs have been approved in over a decade. Progress remains slow for a few reasons. FDA approval of new drugs depend on clinical trials and even promising new treatments such as immunotherapy have only been able to produce inconsistent results. While immunotherapy still shows promise for the future, as of yet there have not been any productive developments.

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