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House Advances Bill To Restrict Asbestos, Protect Against Mesothelioma

Informed by the deaths of countless men and women diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is moving ahead with groundbreaking legislation that would finally significantly restrict the use of the carcinogenic material in the United States. H.R. 1603 was submitted for consideration shortly after the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration issued a ruling that many fear will reintroduce the use of asbestos use.

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Judge’s Ruling Seen As Victory For Mesothelioma Advocates

In the second ruling favoring mesothelioma advocates fighting the Environmental Protection Agency’s position on asbestos, a federal judge has allowed a lawsuit against the agency to continue. The case accuses the EPA of failing to monitor pertinent facts regarding how the mineral impacts America’s consumers. Speaking on the ruling, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) president Linda Reinstein said, “This decision gives us the green light to press ahead with our suit to hold EPA accountable for refusing to require simple and straightforward reporting by the asbestos industry.” Reinstein’s group had joined forces with several others in challenging the EPA’s decision to allow exemptions to asbestos reporting rules. The groups want stricter requirements to be imposed on those involved in all aspects of the carcinogenic material’s use.

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Japanese Mesothelioma Victims Awarded Millions in Compensation

Though Americans are accustomed to mesothelioma victims pursuing and being granted compensation by those responsible for their exposure to asbestos, the same is not true for those living in other countries. The American justice system has long permitted victims of negligence to pursue personal injury lawsuits against those who carelessly — and even maliciously — cause them harm, and this has served as a model to those in other countries. Now the Japanese High Court has followed America’s example, and has awarded 350 million Yan to workers diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

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Legislators Consider Cosmetics Act to Guard Against Asbestos and Other Contaminants

The world is well aware that the mineral asbestos causes malignant mesothelioma and other serious diseases, as well as the ill effects of other contaminants found in nature. As many of these carcinogens have been found in consumer products in recent days, protected under the shield of being “natural,” Representative Sean Patrick Maloney of New York’s 18thCongressional District has introduced legislation aimed at protecting the public by setting a legal definition for what “natural” and “naturally-derived ingredient” means in the context of personal care products.

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In The Face of FDA Report, Johnson & Johnson Pushes Back

The attention of the American public was captured recently by news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had identified asbestos, the carcinogenic mineral that causes malignant mesothelioma, in a bottle of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. Though the iconic consumer company’s immediate response was to issue a recall of 33,000 bottles of their product, since that time they have taken on a more combative stance. Last week they announced that they had commissioned third-party laboratories to test the contents of the same bottle that the FDA had indicated was contaminated, and that those tests came back negative for the deadly substance.

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Italian Study Provides Counterintuitive Conclusion Regarding Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure

When it comes to conventional wisdom about malignant mesothelioma, the rare and deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, the consensus seems to be that the longer and more concentrated the exposure to the carcinogen, the more likely it is that an individual will be diagnosed with the disease. But a recently conducted study conducted by Italian public health officials has provided a contradictory narrative, revealing that out of 200 people who died of mesothelioma after living in a small town that was long-time home to an asbestos plant, those who did not work in the factory were at higher risk for the disease than those who did. The researchers concluded that no amount of asbestos exposure is safe.

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Mesothelioma Victim Seeks Victory Against Insurance Company

When a mesothelioma victim pursues legal justice against the company or companies that exposed them to asbestos, the jury’s award is generally paid out by the company’s insurance company. But a case in which a man won a $2.7 million judgement against a builder that had stopped doing business in 1976 led to an entirely different lawsuit, this time with the insurance company arguing that it was not responsible for the lump sum payment and only liable for the victim’s loss spread out across all of his annual insurance policies. Though a lower court agreed with the insurer, the Maryland Court of Appeals is reviewing that ruling, and considering whether the insurance company should be responsible for providing the man with a single payment for the entire verdict.

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FDA Report of Asbestos Puts Agency at Odds With Johnson & Johnson

A few short weeks ago, the U.S Food and Drug Administration revealed that in the course of randomly testing talc powder products for asbestos, they discovered trace amounts of the mesothelioma-causing substance in a bottle of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder that had been purchased online in 2018. The news sent shockwaves around the health and legal community, as there are more than 15,000 lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson, accusing the company of failing to protect the public from exactly this type of exposure. The company, which has denied any knowledge of the existence of asbestos in any of its products, acted quickly to recall 33,000 bottles of the product while at the same time questioning the integrity of the FDA sample and the agency’s results. Unsurprisingly, Johnson & Johnson has now issued a press release saying that results from two independent agencies that they hired showed no traces of asbestos in the same bottle that was originally tested.

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Will This Discovery Speed Mesothelioma Diagnosis?

It doesn’t take more than a few minutes’ worth or research to learn that malignant mesothelioma is one of the most aggressive and uncurable of cancers. Always considered a terminal diagnosis, the disease gets its reputation from a combination of characteristics, including the fact that it has an extremely long latency period that sets victims decades away from the time of their exposure to asbestos, and that also leaves them apt to be diagnosed when they are old and fragile enough to be unlikely to withstand aggressive cancer treatments. But now German researchers have identified a specific telltale sign in the diseases tumors that may help them to diagnose the disease earlier and therefore begin treatment faster. 

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Estrogen To Be Subject of Future Mesothelioma Studies

Malignant mesothelioma is one of the most daunting diagnoses that a person can get. The disease is both rare and extremely aggressive, and few of those identified as having the disease live longer than two years. As researchers work to find a cure, they pay special attention to which patients live the longest so that they can see whether any of them share similar characteristics. One of the highest predictors of longer overall survival is being female, and that has scientists beginning to wonder whether estrogen provides an advantage. 

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