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Mesothelioma Report Shows All Types of Asbestos Can Be Lethal

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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 … Continue reading Mesothelioma Report Shows All Types of Asbestos Can Be Lethal »

Changes in Medical Marijuana Laws Could Impact Mesothelioma Patients

California mesothelioma patients who rely on medical marijuana to help manage their symptoms or support their treatment may find the product even safer if the governor signs a proposed new law. The law would set new standards for how medical cannabis products are manufactured in the state, requiring that medical marijuana be processed without solvents or with nonflammable, nontoxic solvents. Mesothelioma Patients May Be Affected … Continue reading Changes in Medical Marijuana Laws Could Impact Mesothelioma Patients »

Cannabis for Mesothelioma May Soon Be Legal in Ohio

Ohio mesothelioma patients could have access to medical marijuana to help manage their condition as early as this fall. Ohio legislators this week approved a medical marijuana bill, which now goes to Governor John Kasich to be signed. Cancer, including malignant mesothelioma, is one of 21 conditions covered in the bill. Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Bill Despite the fact that derivatives of the marijuana plant, most … Continue reading Cannabis for Mesothelioma May Soon Be Legal in Ohio »

Mesothelioma Survivor on Cannabis Oil Following in Footsteps of Ancient Herbalists

Malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive malignancy caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure, is one of the rarest and most deadly cancers. Although scientists around the globe continue to develop and test new methods for diagnosing and combatting it, there is still no cure. When Californian Andy Ashcraft was diagnosed with late stage pleural mesothelioma in 2010, he was told he might have as little as three … Continue reading Mesothelioma Survivor on Cannabis Oil Following in Footsteps of Ancient Herbalists »

New Article Faults “Unsound Science” for Continued Rise in Mesothelioma Cases

A German occupational medicine specialist says the rules regarding eligibility for mesothelioma compensation – many of which are based on “unsound science” – are too strict and leave too many mesothelioma patients out. According to Xaver Bauer, MD, of the Institute of Occupational Medicine at Charite University Hospital in Berlin, a case in point is the “unscientific requirement” for a set number of asbestos fibers … Continue reading New Article Faults “Unsound Science” for Continued Rise in Mesothelioma Cases »

Mesothelioma Risk Can Be Found in Unexpected Places

The case of a man who contracted mesothelioma after working in an industry not typically associated with asbestos illustrates the importance of digging deep into a patient’s history to make an accurate mesothelioma diagnosis. Asbestos has been heavily regulated in the US – and banned in 55 other countries – since it was linked to malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other illnesses in the … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk Can Be Found in Unexpected Places »

Asbestos Building Products Expected to Cause Thousands of Korean Mesothelioma Deaths

Asbestos containing products are expected to claim the lives of as many as 3,400 people from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases in Korea by 2036. The predicted mesothelioma deaths are being blamed on building components or “slates” made of cement and chrysotile asbestos that were used to construct thousands of homes and buildings in Korea. Predicting Mesothelioma Mortality from Asbestos Containing Products Researchers in architecture … Continue reading Asbestos Building Products Expected to Cause Thousands of Korean Mesothelioma Deaths »

Mesothelioma Victims' Victory in Pennsylvania

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Workers and their families have won a victory in Pennsylvania after the state Supreme Court ruled that they could sue former employers over late-manifesting industrial diseases like mesothelioma.  The decision focused on a provision in Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act that says workers cannot sue an employer if their occupational disease occurred more than 300 weeks after their on-the-job exposure. While many occupational injuries and diseases … Continue reading Mesothelioma Victims' Victory in Pennsylvania »

Last Man Sentenced in Asbestos Dumping Scheme

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The U.S. Justice Department has announced that a New Jersey man will spend 15 months in prison for his part in a scheme to illegally dump thousands of tons of asbestos-contaminated construction debris – putting others at risk for mesothelioma. He was the last person to be sentenced in the conspiracy. Asbestos is the cause of mesothelioma, a difficult to treat and aggressive cancer.  At … Continue reading Last Man Sentenced in Asbestos Dumping Scheme »

States Wrestle with Mesothelioma Laws & Violations

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The city of Paterson, New Jersey is facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for putting city workers at risk for deadly mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.  A state labor department inspection determined that Paterson had committed 43 OSHA safety violations, including 13 “serious” violations related to asbestos removal. The labor department says the city failed to properly supervise, train or monitor employees charged with … Continue reading States Wrestle with Mesothelioma Laws & Violations »

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