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Asbestos in Drinking Water: The Danger of Old Asbestos Pipes and Natural Disasters

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 12/13/2017

The Danger of Old Asbestos Pipes and Natural Disasters | Mesothelioma.com

Asbestos is largely viewed as a concern when airborne fibers are inhaled. Studies have shown most mesothelioma cases and other asbestos-related diseases are largely caused from inhalation of the toxic fibers. However, ingestion is another prominent concern, especially in cases of peritoneal mesothelioma.

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How Brazil’s Asbestos Ban Impacts the Rest of the World

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 12/7/2017

How Brazil’s Asbestos Ban Impacts the Rest of the World

In the battle to ban asbestos across the globe, advocates have faced many challenges and setbacks. Still today, the majority of the world allows the mineral to be used, with only about 62 nations having banned the toxin so far. The asbestos industry is still booming in certain countries, most notably in Russia, the top producer of asbestos in the world. In other nations, like China and India, production of the toxin continues to grow massively each year.

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Jenni DeHart Remembers Her Father’s Battle with Stage 4 Pleural Mesothelioma

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 11/29/2017

Jenni DeHart Remembers Her Father’s Battle With Stage 4 Pleural Mesothelioma

Jim Leonard was a devoted dad and grandfather, enjoying retired life on the golf course and going to as many sporting events as he could. Leonard would cheer on his grandchildren and his hometown team, the Franklin Wildcats, and was a devoted fan of the University of Tennessee, a team he got to know as a young boy before his family moved to Ohio.

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Talcum Powder Lawsuits: How Asbestos-Contaminated Talc Harms People

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 11/22/2017

Talcum Powder Lawsuits: How Asbestos-Contaminated Talc Harms People

Talcum powder lawsuits have been a hot topic lately, especially as new documents reveal that Johnson & Johnson, a defendant in many of these cases, may have been aware of the toxic contaminants in their products all along. Court documents revealed that the company explicitly trained their employees to always reassure any concerned consumers that the products never contained any asbestos, despite knowing for decades that their talc had been contaminated.

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The Benefits of Comprehensive Support Services for Mesothelioma Families

  • Author: Dr. Raphael Bueno
  • Date: 11/20/2017

Comprehensive Support Services for Mesothelioma Families | Mesothelioma.com

Following the diagnosis of mesothelioma, patients often feel overwhelmed. They have many questions and concerns—for themselves and for their families. Patients worry how their loved ones will cope. The International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has a dedicated support team to provide comfort, compassion, and companionship during this difficult time for the patient as well as for the caregiver, most often the spouse. The IMP support staff includes a patient liaison coordinator, a chaplain, a dedicated social worker and two trained nurses who provide post-surgery care. Social worker Beth Flanzbaum, MSW, LICSW and chaplain John Kearns work alongside patient navigator Sheryl Ann Chicoine, Thornton House Coordinator Martha Williams, and nursing liaisons Lisa Hyde-Barrett, RN and Ellie Ericson, RN. One of the physician assistants is also assigned as the mesothelioma PA every week. Together, they create a support network for mesothelioma patients and their families before, during, and after their stay at the hospital.

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High Cost of Asbestos Abatement Leaves Lower Income Communities at Risk

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 11/17/2017

High Cost of Asbestos Abatement Leaves Lower Income Communities at Risk

Asbestos abatement is an important aspect of preventing asbestos-related diseases. As most of the asbestos in the United States today can be found in legacy uses, especially in older buildings and homes, removing the toxin can greatly limit exposure for families living in these homes or workers in older buildings.

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Staying Safe from Asbestos After Natural Disasters

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 11/9/2017

Staying Safe from Asbestos After Natural Disasters

Hurricane season, which extends through the end of November, has already brought great devastation to Gulf and East Coast states, while wildfires are sending ash and toxins into the air as they blaze throughout the Western U.S. As these areas continue their road to recovery with large cleanup efforts, they may be facing other unseen dangers brought to the surface from these storms: toxins like asbestos.

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Steve McQueen and Mesothelioma: An Actor and Veteran’s Last Battle

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 11/7/2017

Steve McQueen and Mesothelioma: An Actor and Veteran’s Last Battle

When Steve McQueen was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in the late 1970s, it came as a shock to many people. Known as the “King of Cool,” McQueen had been a rising star in the 1960s. He had a rough childhood and a reputation as a “bad boy,” and that background helped him find his way into some of the most popular movies of the time, including The Thomas Crown Affair, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Great Escape. By the early 1970s, he was one of the highest-paid actors in America.

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Has the Asbestos Industry Met Its Match? The Latest Update on an Asbestos Ban

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 11/1/2017

Has the Asbestos Industry Met Its Match? The Latest Update on an Asbestos Ban

Decades of scientific evidence proving the harmful and often fatal effects of asbestos have been overshadowed by a judicial system wrought with legal obstacles that have allowed asbestos to continue to be imported, sold and utilized in the United States.

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Combination Immunotherapy: Finding the Right Sequence and Timing

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 10/27/2017

Combination Immunotherapy: Finding the Right Sequence and Timing

The sequence and timing of many events in life are critical, including cancer treatments. Many cancers, including mesothelioma, are often treated with a multimodal approach. This can consist of two different treatments, like chemotherapy and surgery, or the same type of therapy with different drugs, like the standard chemotherapy combination for mesothelioma of pemetrexed and platinol.

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