Mesothelioma Genetic “Fingerprint” Could Impact Compensation

A new report suggests that it may be possible to verify that a case of lung cancer or malignant mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos. The key may lie in tiny cellular structures called  microRNAs. If the microRNA asbestos profile can be verified, it could have a significant impact on work-related compensation for pleural mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer. The Molecular “Fingerprint” of Mesothelioma? MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding molecules of RNA that play a key role in the regulation of gene expression in cells. When these miRNAs are out of balance or “overexpressed”, the result can be cancer. By examining the miRNAs of mesothelioma patients, lung cancer patients, and healthy subjects, researchers at Marche Polytechnic University in Ancona, Italy … Continue reading Mesothelioma Genetic “Fingerprint” Could Impact Compensation »

New Mesothelioma Case Renews Talcum Powder Fears

Jurors in a California courtroom are being asked to consider this week whether Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products are responsible for another case of malignant pleural mesothelioma. This is the sixth such mesothelioma trial involving Johnson & Johnson, which is already named in thousands of lawsuits brought by women with ovarian cancer. In the latest case, 59-year-old Carolyn Weirick, who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in 2017, claims her disease was caused by a lifetime of accidental inhalation of asbestos fibers when using Johnson’s Baby Powder or Johnson’s Shower to Shower Powder. Although Johnson & Johnson has maintained that their talc products are pure and safe, Weirick’s lawyer Jay Stuemke told jurors, “Talc is not as pure as people … Continue reading New Mesothelioma Case Renews Talcum Powder Fears »

Mesothelioma Talcum Powder Case Raises Safety Concerns

The final numbers are in and the New Jersey mesothelioma patient who was awarded $30 million dollars last week will get another $80 million in punitive damages from Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier. Banker Stephen Lanzo and his wife filed suit against the two companies claiming that Mr. Lanzo’s use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products caused his pleural mesothelioma, a fast-growing cancer on the membrane around the lungs. The case represents the first time that a man has won a lawsuit alleging a connection between talcum powder and malignant mesothelioma, and raises serious safety concerns for consumers. Johnson & Johnson and other talcum powder producers have already been brought to court by women who claim their … Continue reading Mesothelioma Talcum Powder Case Raises Safety Concerns »

Mesothelioma Patient Awarded $37 Million in Talcum Powder Case

Legal claim for peritoneal mesothelioma

A New Jersey mesothelioma patient and his wife have been awarded $37 million dollars in compensation after a jury agreed that asbestos-laced talcum powder was to blame for the man’s illness. Stephen Lanzo claimed that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products like Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, which he had been using all his life, entered his lungs and caused him to develop pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive membrane cancer with no-known cure. Johnson & Johnson and other talcum powder companies are still fighting claims that their products could cause ovarian cancer. But the mesothelioma community has been especially interested in the Lanzo’s case because it is the first time the company has lost a case alleging its talc products … Continue reading Mesothelioma Patient Awarded $37 Million in Talcum Powder Case »

Glitter Makeup Pulled from Shelves Amid Mesothelioma Fears

asbestos in cosmetics

Despite decades of evidence that asbestos exposure can cause malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other illnesses, the toxin is still being used in some unexpected and potentially dangerous ways. CNBC is reporting that the jewelry story Claire’s has pulled several different glitter-containing makeup products from its shelves amid fears that they may contain asbestos. WJAR-TV in Rhode Island broke the story last week after a local woman suspected there might be asbestos in her daughter’s glitter makeup kit and sent it away to an independent lab to be tested. The woman works for a law firm that specializes in asbestos class-action lawsuits. Mesothelioma-Causing Tremolite Found Scientific Analytical Institute reportedly confirmed that the kits – including the bedazzled rainbow heart makeup … Continue reading Glitter Makeup Pulled from Shelves Amid Mesothelioma Fears »

Mesothelioma Report Shows All Types of Asbestos Can Be Lethal

Close Up View of Asbestos

A new report from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston confirms what many scientists have long believed – that no type of asbestos is “safe” and that all can lead to malignant mesothelioma. In a study of 62 malignant peritoneal mesothelioma patients published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, the researchers found that more than a quarter of the cases of diffuse peritoneal mesothelioma were linked to chrysotile asbestos alone. The news appears to contradict the argument, made some some companies that mined or used asbestos, that chrysotile asbestos is less deadly than other varieties. Asbestos Varieties and Mesothelioma Asbestos mineral fibers come in several different varieties. The most common is the serpentine-shaped chrysotile  or “white” asbestos found … Continue reading Mesothelioma Report Shows All Types of Asbestos Can Be Lethal »

The Economic Burden of Malignant Mesothelioma

Patients with malignant mesothelioma and their families are not the only ones impacted by the costs associated with the asbestos-linked cancer. There is also a societal economic burden that can run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. That is the conclusion of a new report published by Canadian occupational medicine and public health experts in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. A History of Mesothelioma in Canada The objective of the study was to estimate the economic burden of lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma – the most devastating of the illnesses linked to asbestos exposure. Beginning as early as the 1930s and 1940s, thousands of Canadian workers, like other workers around the world, were exposed to asbestos at work, … Continue reading The Economic Burden of Malignant Mesothelioma »

Mesothelioma Risk in the Families of Asbestos-Exposed Workers

A new Italian study is a sobering reminder that living with someone who has worked around asbestos can have fatal consequences. Researchers examined the cases of 33 women and 2 men with malignant mesothelioma whose only known exposure to asbestos was through a family member – usually a husband or father – with a history of occupational asbestos exposure. Like asbestos-exposed workers, these family members were found to have a higher risk for pleural mesothelioma, although the framework through which they could seek compensation for their illness is less clear. When Mundane Tasks Become Deadly Asbestos, a naturally-occurring fibrous mineral, was once added to all kinds of construction products to increase strength and heat resistance. Before the link between asbestos and … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk in the Families of Asbestos-Exposed Workers »

Mesothelioma Risk in Older School Buildings

A new government report has some sobering news for teachers and students in England: Nearly 20 percent of schools may be failing to adequately protect them from asbestos, the primary cause of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The asbestos management report, issued by the Education Funding Agency, is based on data collected online from more than 5,500 schools in 2016. It offers a disturbing view of mesothelioma risk among England’s teachers and students due to poor management of the deadly toxin. Asbestos in English Schools Before asbestos was linked to illnesses like malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis in the 1960s it was prized as a cheap, plentiful, and effective insulation and building material. During the rebuilding in England after World War II, public … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk in Older School Buildings »

The Hidden Mesothelioma Risk for Dentists

Mesothelioma risk can sometimes be found in unexpected places. According to a newly-published article, dentists and others involved in casting prosthetics such as crowns and bridges prior to the 1970s may be at elevated risk for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Researchers from Queens College, City University of New York and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine are reporting on six cases of malignant mesothelioma among dental professionals who were exposed to asbestos-containing dental tape in the process of making prosthetics. Asbestos in the Dental Industry Although dentistry is not a profession typically associated with asbestos exposure or mesothelioma risk, asbestos was used for decades to make the tape that lines dental casting rings during the making of various prosthetics. Asbestos’ natural resistance to heat … Continue reading The Hidden Mesothelioma Risk for Dentists »

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