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Mesothelioma Diagnosis Leads to $29 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson

Mesothelioma Diagnosis Leads to $29 Million Verdict | Mesothelioma.com

A California jury reached a $29 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Cyprus Mines Corporation, a talc supplier. The jury concluded that the responsible companies must pay Teresa Leavitt over $29 million after she was exposed to asbestos through the long-term use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder. Leavitt claims that the talcum powder is the reason that she has developed mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos.

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FDA Announces Claire’s Makeup Proved to Contain Asbestos

FDA Announces Claire’s Makeup Proved to Contain Asbestos

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that the 2017 reports of Claire’s and Justice makeup containing asbestos particles have been confirmed. The presence of these particles in products, targeted to young children and teens, is concerning as asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases, including asbestosis and asbestos lung cancer.

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Report Shows University of Montana Last Had Asbestos Testing in 2011

Report Shows University of Montana Last Had Asbestos Testing in 2011

Earlier this month, testing for asbestos at McGill Hall at the University of Montana raised concerns about the safety of students, particularly preschoolers who actively attended school in these classrooms. Abatement specialists found concerning levels of asbestos, well above the recommended limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to law, permissible amounts of asbestos should not exceed 5,000 fibers per square centimeter. After swiping a table in one of the classrooms, which had been used and cleaned regularly, specialists found over 15,000 fibers per square centimeter. Other areas of the classrooms contained even higher concentrations of asbestos.

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Preschoolers Exposed to Dangerous Amounts of Asbestos at the University of Montana

Preschoolers Exposed to Dangerous Amounts of Asbestos at the University of Montana

Asbestos in schools has been a long-standing concern. In 2015, there were 131,000 public and private schools running in the United States, and one-third of them were thought to have contained asbestos. Everything from ceiling tiles to insulation and heating ducts has caused asbestos exposure in schools, putting both teachers and students at risk of developing asbestos diseases like mesothelioma.

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Immunotherapy Drug Avelumab Could Extend Survival for Patients with Unresectable Mesothelioma

Immunotherapy Drug Avelumab Could Extend Survival for Patients with Unresectable Mesothelioma

An early-phase clinical trial through the National Cancer Institute found promising results for a new immunotherapy drug, avelumab, in the treatment of unresectable pleural mesothelioma. The study tested the safety and efficacy of the drug on 53 mesothelioma patients who had previously been treated with chemotherapy and seen disease progression.

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DREAM Study Results Offer Hope for Mesothelioma Patients

DREAM Study Results Offer Hope for Mesothelioma Patients

Researchers of a phase 2 clinical trial for malignant pleural mesothelioma testing immunotherapy drug durvalumab with the standard first-line chemotherapy treatment, pemetrexed and cisplatin, have seen encouraging results that suggest the new combination could be a treatment option for patients.

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DOJ Rejects Duro Dyne’s Asbestos Trust Fund Representative

DOJ Rejects Duro Dyne’s Asbestos Trust Fund Representative

In September, Duro Dyne National Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid rising asbestos claims. Now the company is facing pressure from the Department of Justice because of who the company appointed to handle its future asbestos trust fund claims.

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EPA’s Proposed Rule Could Allow Asbestos Use to Continue in the U.S.

EPA’s Proposed Rule Could Allow Asbestos Use to Continue in the U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency is once again under fire for its handling of asbestos regulations, despite decades of evidence supporting the claim that exposure to the toxin poses a serious risk to human health.

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Researchers Test New Heated Intraoperative Chemotherapy Combination for Pleural Mesothelioma

Researchers Test New Heated Intraoperative Chemotherapy Combination for Pleural Mesothelioma

A phase I clinical trial tested the safety and efficacy of a new chemotherapy combination to be applied as heated intraoperative chemotherapy following surgical resection of pleural mesothelioma. The main goal of the study was to find the maximum safe dosage of chemotherapy drug gemcitabine with cisplatin when applied in this manner. In the past, heated intraoperative chemotherapy for pleural mesothelioma has often only studied cisplatin alone.

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Steam Pipe Explosion in NYC Raises Asbestos Concerns

Steam Pipe Explosion in NYC Raises Asbestos Concerns

After a recent steam pipe explosion in New York City, residents are concerned about potential exposure to asbestos after its presence was confirmed. The steam pipe exploded after extreme underground pressure, pushing up the street and leaving a large crater in its wake. Since the pipe was installed decades ago, it was immediately a concern that the pipe may have contained asbestos. A similar explosion happened last year in Baltimore.

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