According to a noted mesothelioma researcher, mesothelioma victims can reap significant benefits by undergoing genetic testing after their diagnosis. Dr. Michele Carbone is director of thoracic oncology at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, and was one of the first to document the propensity for mesothelioma patients to have the BAP1 gene mutation. Now he is suggesting that the same genetic mutation that makes people exposed to asbestos more susceptible to mesothelioma may also mean that they have better long-term survival potential when provided with appropriate treatment. READ MORE
A Freedom of Information request has revealed that nine out of ten of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service hospitals are contaminated with asbestos, posing a growing risk of malignant mesothelioma to staff members and patients alike. The request revealed that 198 out of 211 of the building administrators admitted that asbestos contaminated their structures: now an inquiry has been made asking how the government will address the hazard as the buildings continue to age and deteriorate.
Though the United States has seen many lawsuits accusing companies of causing victims’ mesothelioma and asbestos-related illnesses, this type of litigation is relatively new throughout the rest of the world. But a United Kingdom electrician is bravely moving forward, accusing his former employer, Vauxhall Motors, of being responsible for the recent death of his wife of forty years.
After it was made public that exposure to asbestos caused malignant mesothelioma and other diseases, nearly every organization that utilized the and mineral in its products or infrastructure began taking measures to eliminate it protect employees and others from its deadly effects. Perhaps nowhere was this more true than in the U.S. Armed Forces, which had pointedly requested that asbestos be incorporated in countless applications because of the belief that it would protect service men and women from fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage. Though the lion’s share of those activities occurred decades ago, they still continue today, as witnessed by a recent press release issued by the U.S. Army Garrison in Yongsan, South Korea. READ MORE
Despite the community’s fears of mesothelioma and other diseases resulting from asbestos exposure, the demolition of the historic Tompkins County Library in Ithaca will begin today. The building has been the focus of a great deal of attention and outrage as a result of its owners decision to move forward with a “controlled” asbestos removal process rather than a “contained” abatement procedure: the latter is considered much safer for the community, but the building’s owner has indicated that once the building was condemned, concerns arose over worker safety and an alternative plan needed to be put into action.
Walk up to a random group of adults from nearly any demographic and ask them about mesothelioma and their only familiarity will likely be from late night television ads for attorneys. But ask that same group about their favorite television shows and within minutes everybody will agree that they love to watch home renovation shows. Unfortunately, there could be a long-term link between the two. The increasingly-popular programming is enjoyable to watch, educational, and aspirational, and as a result many are attempting renovation projects on their own, and experts are beginning to worry that the shows could lead to increased exposure to hidden asbestos, and growing numbers of people being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases as a result. READ MORE
If you’ve already been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, you need to discuss the wisdom of drinking alcohol with the physician’s responsible for your treatment. But if you are a person who has a known exposure to asbestos and you’re therefore at risk for an asbestos-related disease, a recent report conducted by public health researchers in Northern Ireland and from the National Cancer Institute in the United States may be of interest to you. The study indicates a possible link between excessive drinking and an increased risk for developing malignant mesothelioma. READ MORE
The town of Eden, Vermont has been waiting a long time to receive compensation for the asbestos contamination that affected their neighborhoods and put its residents at risk for malignant mesothelioma. Now that they’ve gotten word that they’re getting $375,000 of the larger $850,000 settlement from the former owner of an asbestos mine, the next step is to decide how the money should be spent.
A closely watched mesothelioma lawsuit filed against consumer giant Johnson & Johnson has ended in a mistrial. A jury in South Carolina was the second to find themselves unable to agree on whether the company’s talc-based baby powder was contaminated with asbestos and led to the death of a young attorney.