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Mesothelioma Fears Persist as New Las Vegas Highway Opens

On February 20th, a new section of Interstate 11 will open near Las Vegas, but that doesn’t mean that locals aren’t still concerned about it increasing their risk of malignant mesothelioma. The Railroad Pass interchange, as it’s called was a much-awaited addition for those seeking a shorter commute time, but the project was called to a halt and nearly cancelled after geologists from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) discovered elevated levels of naturally occurring asbestos in the area. Asbestos is a mineral that has been directly linked to mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Though local agencies have been working hard to minimize the risk that the asbestos in the area may have, scientists are arguing that the asbestos fibers found in the area are almost identical to the ones found in Libby, Montana. Libby was the site of one of the worst asbestos-related disease occurrences in American history, and according to Dr. Jean Pfau of Montana State University, “By and large the predominant disease in Libby is a progressive pleural fibrosis. It’s gradual scarring of tissue around the lung, so it gets harder and harder to expand your lungs. Patients in Libby, for decades, were diagnosed with ‘you’re obese, you’re overweight, you have COPD, you’re a smoker,’ so cases were dismissed. This is a very subtle, very gradual reduction in your ability to do daily activity.”

In an effort to determine whether the asbestos in the area of the new highway could cause harm, Dr. Pfau exposed laboratory animals to low levels of the Nevada fibers. “We saw an increase in the level of auto antibodies, indications of systemic immunity, we saw inflammation, potential kidney damage, all that you might see in autoimmune disease. For us, it means low-level exposure levels can cause disease, so it’s important to find out how much people are being exposed to.”

In the state of Nevada, when the UNLV geologists first discovered the presence of asbestos in the area, state officials tried to stop them from revealing what they’d found, going so far as to issue a cease and desist order.

 

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Mesothelioma Caregivers Face Their Own Health Risks

Providing care for a person who has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma may seem like the natural thing for you to do: perhaps the patient is your parent, spouse, or another beloved member of your family or community. But as important as the work that you do is, you also need to take the time to take care of yourself. Caregivers are particularly vulnerable to depression and distress that can put them at risk for developing their own long-term health issues.

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Proposed Law Would Hamstring Michigan’s Mesothelioma Victims

Individuals running for office frequently say that they’re doing it to represent the people, but a recent vote by Michigan’s House of Representatives seems to work against constituents sickened by malignant mesothelioma, favoring instead the asbestos companies responsible for their illness. The vote was on Michigan House Bill 5456, which victims’ advocates say will “delay and deny” justice for those who were negligently or recklessly exposed to asbestos and later diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. Proponents of the bill say that it will prevent “double dipping” by plaintiffs who file both lawsuits against solvent asbestos companies and claims against insolvent asbestos companies that have established asbestos bankruptcy trusts.

Mesothelioma victims and others exposed to asbestos have argued that the law, which would allow asbestos companies to repeatedly put a 60-day stay on their claims, is unnecessary and redundant. Michigan’s courts already require that anybody that files a mesothelioma or asbestos-related lawsuit provides information about claims filed against asbestos bankruptcy trusts. Though the bill’s sponsors argue that asbestos companies do not have access to that information, victim’s advocates say that simply isn’t true, and that Michigan’s courts require that level of transparency.

On a strictly human level, the proposed law would make the lives of mesothelioma victims even more challenging than they already are, and may lead to victims being unable to see justice before succumbing to their illness. Says one attorney, “This bill allows [the asbestos companies] to control whether or not our clients, who are dying of cancer, are going to have a trial date during their lifetime, or whether the trial date has to wait until after they’ve passed away.” Democratic state representative Yousef Rabhi of Ann Arbor points out that the people who will be most impacted are the area’s “firefighters, construction workers, veterans, police, and first responders. Putting corporate donors above our first responders, construction workers and veterans is despicable.”

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Did Asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s Talc Cause Mesothelioma?

Thousands of lawsuits that have been filed against Johnson & Johnson, claiming that the company’s talcum powders are responsible for diagnoses of malignant mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Though the company has defended itself in the public forum by claiming that its products never contained asbestos, court documents that have been filed in these cases suggest otherwise. ¬†As it turns out, there were numerous internal memos sent over the years in which company executives debated their position and the impact of asbestos fibers that were present, and now a group of shareholders has joined those filing claims against the company.

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Cambridge Community Takes Action Against Neighborhood Asbestos Contamination

A local swimming pond that’s been closed for decades due to fears of asbestos contamination and mesothelioma may finally be cleaned up and restored to its former popularity. The manmade pond, known as Jerry’s Pond, was a public oasis between 1913 and 1961, and part of the Cambridge parks department – it is the most accessible green space for residents of affordable housing units in the Cambridge community. Unfortunately, it also bordered a toxic dumping area where asbestos, naphthalene, and other hazardous materials seeped into the ground, leading to its closure and current state of being fenced off, inaccessible, and surrounded by signs warning trespassers away. Now advocates are pushing the Mayor and others to apply for a special Environmental Protection Agency grant that would provide funds for cleanup and rehabilitation.

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Sea Sponge and Tree Bark Compound Shows Promise for Mesothelioma Treatment

Despite the best efforts of mesothelioma doctors, surgeons, and researchers, malignant mesothelioma continues to be viewed as an always fatal disease that claims the lives of those diagnosed with it in a short period of time. Though some people have lived as long as five, or even seven years following diagnosis, significantly outdistanced the median survival time of 14 months, they represent a relatively small percentage of patients: the disease is stubbornly resistant to traditional treatment protocols, and those who do survive for longer periods tend to be younger, healthier, and open to extremely aggressive multi modality treatments. In response, researchers are thinking outside of the box and looking to nature for alternative cures. One study conducted at the University of Milan uses a combination of compounds from a sea sponge and a tree that has long been used in Ancient Chinese medicine, and it has shown some positive results.

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Asbestos Contamination Drives Recall of Teen Store Products

Another teen-focused store has been identified as selling makeup contaminated by asbestos, and fears of mesothelioma risk have driven it to recall those products. The national voluntary recall comes after several months of inquiry. A Chicago-based television station first discovered the contamination back in July of 2017 after taking samples of Justice’s children’s makeup to the lab Scientific Analytical Institute. When the lab revealed tremolite asbestos fibers in the company’s “just Shine Shimmer Powder”, the company stopped the product’s sales and ordered their own investigation, later disputing the report of contamination. Following this, additional testing found that there was indeed asbestos in the products, and now the company has voluntarily stopped all sales of the products.

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Mesothelioma Victims Hopeful About Proposed Change in Pennsylvania Law

When a person who lives in Pennsylvania is diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma as a result of occupational exposure to asbestos, they have a few legal options available to them. They can file a mesothelioma lawsuit against third party suppliers who are known to have provided the asbestos or asbestos-contaminated materials: they can also file a claim for workers’ compensation, which would provide them with medical expenses and other benefits. Unfortunately, if their workers’ compensation claim is not accepted, they are barred from filing a civil suit against their employer because of an existing state law that limits the amount of time available for them to file such a claim. Under current Pennsylvania state law, there is a 300-week limitation from the last date of exposure to the illness-inducing product or situation to the date by which a lawsuit must be filed, and for those who have an asbestos-related disease, this law effectively robs them of their right to sue because the illness has such a long latency period. Now a Pennsylvania state lawmaker is trying to change all that.

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Mesothelioma Victims Will Be Left Out to Dry If New Missouri Law Gets Passed

People diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma have very few options available. The condition, which is caused by exposure to asbestos, is always considered to be fatal, and leaves them little time to get their affairs in order. Add to that the catastrophic medical bills that treatment generates, and it is no wonder that so many choose to file mesothelioma lawsuits against those responsible for exposing them to the carcinogen decades earlier. Now mesothelioma victims in the state of Missouri may be robbed of that remedy as well.

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Developers File Appeal of Fines Imposed After Illegal Asbestos Practices

Regulations on the removal and disposal of asbestos were created to protect workers and community members from the risk of exposure to the carcinogenic material, which causes mesothelioma and other serious diseases. Unfortunately, there are many people who believe that such rules were made to be broken. They opt out of obeying the laws because following them would be more expensive and time-consuming, and give no consideration to any long-term health impact that may result from their negligence or willful disobedience. Two developers have recently been found to have committed this exact type of crime: Ramesh and Vika Jain of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania have been charged with unpermitted removal and disposal of asbestos that exposed the Guatemalan nationals working for them and the community at large to asbestos. The pair were fined the largest ever levied by the Allegheny County Health Department, and are now appealing a ruling regarding that penalty.

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