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Housing Project Work Crews Uncover Hidden Asbestos

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 06:43:00 +0000

July 24, 2008 - Known to cause a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma, asbestos was recently found during the development of a new housing project. The area of the site was known as North Miamii’s Pioneer Gardens, located in Denver, Colorado, and was expected to house 136 units for low-income families.


However, when the contractor began digging, it was discovered that workers previously hired to clear the site had mistakenly caused an asbestos leak. The leak was coming from broken asbestos-containing pipes located underground, but was never documented. The workers at the time simply covered up the leak with piles of dirt without following the steps of proper notification required of such hazards.


Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was often used for its insulating properties and fireproofing capabilities. It was fitted in nearly all construction projects before the 1990s, including commercial, domestic, and industrial buildings. When damaged or disturbed, asbestos releases toxic fibers that have the potential to float in the air for weeks at a time and cause serious illnesses such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.


Due to extreme latency periods, it can take anywhere from 15 to 50 years for some of these illnesses to develop. While this may seem like a blessing to some, it is actually a curse, because the long latency period makes it difficult for doctors to decide on treatment options. By the time a person with malignant mesothelioma begins to show symptoms, they might be in their elderly years and already living with a disease in its latest stages of development.


Local officials are worried for individuals living near the site who may have been exposed to the deadly substance. Because of the increased risk, they are urging everyone nearby to contact a medical professional as soon as possible.


The asbestos contamination has also increased the total cost of the housing project by five times the original estimated amount. This has contractors wondering exactly how affordable the housing development will be, and will likely affect the families who were interested in living there.


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Lung Cancer Trial Targets Asbestos-Related Disease

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:40:00 +0000

Patients are being recruited for a clinical trial of a new targeted radiation and chemotherapy protocol for pleural mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung’s lining that’s almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Currently, the standard treatment is to remove the affected lung.“Current surgical and chemotherapy treatments of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma are unsatisfactory and have not been shown to significantly prolong survival. In this study, we will investigate whether a combination of chemotherapy and radiation targeted directly at the lung’s lining can improve outcomes while avoiding surgery,” principal investigator Dr. Robert Taub, director of the Mesothelioma Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, said in a news release.“The trial is also significant, because our center is the only one nationwide that is offering this experimental therapy to treat pleural mesothelioma,” Taub said.It’s expected the targeted radiation will kill cancer cells on the surface of the lung while sparing other parts of the lung and surrounding vital tissues.Patients aged 18 and older who have not had recent radiation therapy or chemotherapy and have not received prior Alimta chemotherapy will be considered for the study.Patients enrolled in the study will receive several rounds of targeted chemotherapy using the drugs cisplatin and doxorubicin via surgically implanted catheters. Some patients will be randomly selected to receive additional systemic (intravenous) chemotherapy using the drugs cisplatin and pemetrexed. All patients will receive targeted radiotherapy using the P-32 radioisotope. Patients may elect to receive additional surgical treatment, including removal of the affected lung lining or lung.For more about the study, call 212-305-6837.This information is brought to you by the ExpertBlogs. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews.This information is brought to you by the Expert Blog Networks. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews. [...]



Asbestos testing ongoing after Hill apartment fire

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:35:00 +0000

Environmental experts spent Monday testing and re-testing air levels in a Boulder, CO apartment that caught fire earlier this month, and fire officials said it could be a while yet before tenants are allowed back into the asbestos-contaminated building. Boulder fire marshal Dave Lowrey said the 50-plus residents displaced from 30 units in the Hill House Apartments at 949 Marine St. could learn more about when they'll be allowed to return after results of new air samples come back."We will make a determination as soon as we know how bad it is," Lowrey said.The four-story apartment building burned for hours July 12, scattering residents, most of whom were University of Colorado students. The blaze, which started about 5:15 p.m., likely was sparked by a cigarette discarded on a patio, fire and police officials said.The next day, authorities deemed the building uninhabitable because crews found asbestos in the drywall mud. Testing and preliminary clean-up work has been ongoing since."The scene has been turned over to the property management company and insurance company," Lowrey said.The Hill House apartment fire is the most recent of at least four major apartment fires in Boulder since January 2006.On Jan. 22, 2006, a building at 2990 Shadow Creek Drive in the Gold Run condominium complex caught fire about 7 a.m., displacing about 75 residents from 36 units.This January, lawsuits started surfacing seeking damages from the 2-year-old blaze. At least three insurance companies have gone to court seeking more than $500,000 from those suspected of starting the fire.On Oct. 26, 2007, two separate buildings in the Gold Run complex -- at 2800 and 2802 Sundown Lane -- caught fire, displacing about 60 people from 36 units.Tenants in 18 of the affected units have just been given the go-ahead to move back in.On May 11, the Holly apartment complex at 1821 22nd St. was burned on one side after a fire started in a bush outside the building. Dozens of tenants in all of the building's 31 units were displaced after asbestos was found in the air, and they've still not been allowed back.Officials with Matrix Real Estate, the property's manager, didn't return phone calls from the Camera on Monday.By Vanessa Miller (Contact) Tuesday, July 22, 2008 This information is brought to you by the ExpertBlogs. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews.This information is brought to you by the Expert Blog Networks. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews. [...]



Asbestos removal at UG started late

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:33:00 +0000

The University of Guyana (UG) may not open its doors come September as the contractors working on the removal of asbestos material commenced the task a couple of weeks late, Head of the UG Asbestos Technical Team, Melvin Sankies, said. Stabroek News contacted Sankies yesterday following reports that there were problems regarding the removal of the material. While Sankies admitted that there were setbacks, he told this newspaper his team was not directly involved in the process.He said he was unofficially told that the Ministry of Education had placed government engineer Walter Willis in charge of the four contractors involved in the process at UG.However, when contacted, Willis would neither confirm nor deny his involvement in the process. He said he would “offer no comment on the phone”, but did not indicate whether this reporter could meet him to have a discussion on the matter.Last month Deputy Registrar of UG, Vincent Alexander, had announced that the $200 million exercise was expected to last two months and it would see asbestos being removed from some 15 buildings at the Turkeyen campus.The entire campus has been shut down. The administrative staff have been moved to the Dennis Irvine dormitory at Goedverwagting and summer classes are being held at the Tutorial High School. Library services are being facilitated at the university’s location in Pere Street, Kitty.When contacted yesterday, Alexander could not say whether there were any problems with the process, since it was being overseen by the Ministry of Education. He said he also could not comment on whether classes would resume as per normal in September, but added that they were told that the process would last two months and they are looking forward to that.Minister of Education Shaik Baksh was said to be out of the country yesterday and Minister in the Ministry Dr Desrey Fox said she could not give an update on the issue as she had only returned to work yesterday after a week’s absence.According to Sankies, in the initial stages his team had put up a proposal which had suggested that the removal of the material be done over an extended period and this would not have totally disrupted the operation of the university.However, the Ministry of Education consulted with a consultant and it was suggested that the process be done all at once.Sankies told Stabroek News that at the last formal meeting his team had with the ministry it was decided that the team would be consulted during the process.However, since then, he said, he had heard nothing official. Meanwhile, through the unofficial chain of communication he had learnt that Willis would instead be the consultant for the process.“Nothing official was told to us… there has been no further meeting but we were told Mr Willis has been contracted,” he said.He said up to late last week the contractors had not touched the library at the university which he said is the most important building at the institution.“If the library is not finished then it makes no point for students to return to the university,” he said. He also revealed that up to late last week the administrative building had also not been touched.“The whole thing [the removal process] is not moving as smoothly as it should,” Sankies said, adding that his team was expected to visit the institution some time today or tomorrow.The asbestos problem was highlighted in the news in the middle of last year following protests from staff members of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Hector Edwards, Head of Business and Management Studies, had told this newspaper that he and staff members were not prepared to continue working in their building as they were exposed to the asbestos.He had said the issue was pending for a number of years and the administration was doing nothing.After their protests, Edwards and his staff were moved to another building. The university administration then took samples and sent them to be tested at a Canadian laboratory, Re-source Environ[...]



Asbestos trial nixed, case settles

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:32:00 +0000

A pool of 40 potential Jefferson County jurors breathed a collective sigh of relief Tuesday, July 22, when defendants reached a asbestos settlement just prior to what likely would have been a protracted asbestos trial.

The case of Belinda Martin vs. Georgia Pacific and Guard-Line was slated for trial in Judge Gary Sanderson's 60th District Court, but the two companies settled for an undisclosed amount before the jury selection process was completed.

Hammering out the deal for Martin was attorney Philip Kanayan of Brent Coon & Associates. The defendants were represented in part by attorney Tracy Richardson of the Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard law firm.

Representing the estate of Charlie Martin, Jr., plaintiff Belinda Martin joined a massive ongoing asbestos lawsuit, Harold Daniels vs. Pittsburgh Corning et al, in July 2005.

The original lawsuit (B150-374) was filed in 1994. It boasts thousands of plaintiffs and has been severed roughly 216 times.

Martin's suit was severed out of the class action in November 2005. Her suit faulted more than 110 defendant companies for the death of Charlie Martin.

Although the settlement amount was not disclosed, plaintiffs from the original lawsuit have won millions of dollars. In 2001, Plaintiff Mat Boney was severed out of the class action and granted a trial against Rapid American Corp. Jurors levied a $4 million verdict in Boney's favor.

The original lawsuit faults defendant corporations for negligently manufacturing, selling and using asbestos containing products.

"All of the asbestos products placed into the stream of commerce by the defendants … were defective and dangerous," the suit says. "Defendants were negligent for failing to adequately test their products."

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Interview with Asbestos Attorney Michael Hodges

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:21:00 +0000

Kansas City, MO: Attorney Michael Hodges of Hodges Law Firm, based in Kansas City, is involved with a group of lawyers who concentrate exclusively on representing people in asbestos litigation. "We represent people across the US who have developed asbestos-related cancer," says Hodges. His background has been focused primarily with medical cases but over the last several years, Hodges has been involved in asbestos cases with co-counsel in St. Louis. "With these lawsuits, there are so many filed in Madison county that there is a 'fast track' to the litigation, which means cases will normally get set for trial within a year of filing," explains Hodges. "This means that asbestos litigation has become so developed that most of the liability discovery is not necessary for individual cases. In other words, plaintiffs can get fairly fast justice in that county—in many parts of the US it takes years to get your case to trial." Science has made it clear that mesolthelioma is directly linked to asbestos but Hodges points out that now it has also become clear that a variety of cancers are also caused by asbestos, such as lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and liver cancer, to name a few. Obviously, mesothelioma is a significant illness, but these other cancers have all been related to asbestos. Many victims develop asbestos-related illnesses from occupational exposure, but you can develop mesothelioma anywhere from 10-50 years after exposure. "We are currently representing a 37-year-old man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma and the occupation of his grandfather was a contributing factor," says Hodges. "Look back at the latency period." Asbestos related diseases are insidious—an entire family can suffer, both physically and of course, emotionally. "You can be exposed to asbestos in all kinds of products, from shingles on your house to the brake linings of cars to the wrappings around heat pipes," says Hodges. In fact, we have all likely been exposed to asbestos at some time during our lives, particularly anyone growing up pre-1970s. Sadly, victims are often diagnosed with asbestos-related cancers and mesothelioma with only a short time left to live. Oftentimes their loved ones will file in their stead. In our next conversation with Michael Hodges, LawyersandSettlements will find out how the passing of the new Asbestos Bill can affect your potential asbestos lawsuit. And Michael Hodges will discuss what information you need and whether you qualify for an asbestos lawsuit, either as a sufferer from asbestos-related illness, or as a family member who is considering filing a suit. And finally, the advantages and/or disadvantages of filing an individual lawsuit versus a class action lawsuit. Asbestos Legal Help If you have suffered losses in this case, please send your complaint to a lawyer who will review your possible [Asbestos Lawsuit] at no cost or obligation.This information is brought to you by the Expert Blog Networks. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews. [...]



Asbestos Cancer, Facts and Historical Information

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 02:44:00 +0000

According to a recent report by the World Health Organization, exposure to asbestos fibers at the workplace is one of the leading causes of occupational disease worldwide.  The story of asbestos and the diseases it causes are an American tragedy. The lives and health of thousands of American families are negatively affected by prior exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately exposure still occurs today. All to often individuals, companies and even municipalities have been caught trying to hide the removal of asbestos from the public.Our goal is to inform you as to how exposure to asbestos occurs. We will also provide examples of work environments that lead to exposure. Work trades and activities that put Americans at certain risk of exposure to asbestos contamination. For over thirty years the courts have been making very large compensation awards to individuals and their families exposed directly or indirectly to asbestos. 1. What is Asbestos Cancer (Mesothelioma) Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which cancerous (malignant) cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of the body's internal organs. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles. Mesothelioma (cancer of the mesothelium) is a disease in which cells of the mesothelium become abnormal and divide without control or order. They can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also spread (metastasize) from their original site to other parts of the body. Most cases of mesothelioma begin in the pleura or peritoneum. The mesothelium is a membrane that covers and protects most of the internal organs of the body. It is composed of two layers of cells: One layer immediately surrounds the organ; the other forms a sac around it. The mesothelium produces a lubricating fluid that is released between these layers, allowing moving organs (such as the beating heart and the expanding and contracting lungs) to glide easily against adjacent structures. The mesothelium has different names, depending on its location in the body. The pleura is the membrane that surrounds the lungs and lines the wall of the chest cavity. The peritoneum is the mesothelial tissue that covers most of the organs in the abdominal cavity. The pericardium covers and protects the heart. The mesothelial tissue surrounding the male internal reproductive organs is called the tunica vaginalis testis. The tunica serosa uteri covers the internal reproductive organs in women. The most prevalent form of this asbestos cancer is pleural mesothelioma, which arises in the pleura (the lining of the lungs and chest cavity). Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the lining of the abdominal wall, called the peritoneum. Pericardial mesothelioma affects the pericardium, which is the lining of the heart. These cancers mainly result due to exposure to asbestos. Approximately 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year. Typically the period of time between exposure to asbestos and visible onset of the disease is long. Thus many people who were exposed to asbestos decades ago are currently developing the disease. Opportunities to prevent these cancer illnesses were missed when the asbestos industry hid facts about the dangers of asbestos. Through numerous legal actions it has been proven that the asbestos industry was negligent for decades in hiding the serious dangers that result from asbestos exposure. Although reported incidence rates have increased in the past 20 years, mesothelioma is still a relatively rare cancer. About 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year. Mesothelioma occurs more often in men than in women and risk increases with age, but this disease can appear in either men or women at any age. 2. What is Asbestos - Facts and Historical Information Asbestos: A Historical Overview The term "asbest[...]



City of Calgary taking asbestos scare far too lightly

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 02:40:00 +0000

EDMONTON, July 18 /CNW/ - The Alberta Federation of Labour today accused the City of Calgary of treating the discovery of asbestos-contaminated asphalt throughout its road system far too casually.

"Asbestos is one of the worst workplace killers in Canada," says AFL President Gil McGowan, "and as far as labour is concerned, no amount is safe for human exposure."

McGowan points out that under Part IV of the Occupational Health and Safety Code, there is a section detailing how to deal with asbestos contamination, including measures for both worker and public safety in circumstances where asbestos may be released.

"Calgary should not be dismissing this as something that can be dealt with by a study later in the summer," says McGowan. "Inhalation of asbestos dust and fibre can lead to asbestosis, pleural plaques, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a malignant cancer whose only known cause is exposure to asbestos.

"Calgary should be taking exactly the same precautions that the City of Toronto is taking under similar circumstances," advises McGowan, "including limiting workers' exposure during road construction with hazmat suits, keeping dust down, and ensuring that citizens know the risks and counter-measures that should be taken."

"I also think that every other municipality in the province engaging in major roadway construction and resurfacing should take immediate steps to ensure that their projects are either asbestos-free or being done with necessary safety precautions."

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What Exactly Puts People at Risk for Mesothelioma?

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 01:56:00 +0000

Mesothelioma is a very serious disease. One of the reasons it is so serious is that many people do not know what puts them at risk for mesothelioma. The basic risk of getting mesothelioma has to do with asbestos exposure. Asbestos is very common in many things and therefore it is not very difficult to be exposed to it.The first cause is exposure to asbestos through one's occupation. This is very common in several different occupations. People who work in shipbuilding trades, asbestos mining and milling, the manufacturing of asbestos products (such as textiles), insulation work in construction and building, and brake repair are at risk. There are also many other occupations that involve asbestos exposure. Men are often associated with higher mesothelioma risk because many of the asbestos-related jobs are often held by men.Smoking increases the risk for mesothelioma tenfold. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lungs, and the harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke damage the lungs beyond repair. When cigarette smoke is coupled with asbestos, the risks for developing mesothelioma and other lung cancers are increased greatly. Persons who smoke should make every effort to stop smoking in order to protect their lungs.Environmental exposure to asbestos can also increase the risk of developing mesothelioma. Persons who live in neighborhoods near asbestos milling or manufacturing plants should be aware of the potential risk factors. Vermiculite, which is a non-asbestos mineral silicate, was mined at Libby Montana. It was later found to be heavily contaminated with asbestos. Many children played in the vermiculite slag heaps that were located throughout the town. These children later developed mesothelioma. There are 28 sites throughout the USA that received Libby mine vermiculite that have been selected for a community-wide evaluation of asbestos disease.Another risk of developing mesothelioma is using products that contain asbestos. Asbestos is in a very large number of consumer products, including many that are used today. Products such as electric blankets, heat guns, curling irons, molding clays, deep fryers, slow cookers, frying pans, dry wall patch, fake fireplace logs, dry wall patch, and pipe wrap insulation could put one at risk. There are also many other products that contain, or have had exposure to, asbestos. There are many asbestos-containing products that have been banned by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Unfortunately, there are still products that contain asbestos. It is a good idea to avoid using these products if possible, in order to reduce the risk of mesothelioma.About the AuthorRobert Linebaugh writes about health issues, but focuses on mesothelioma. Learn more at http://www.justmeso.com .This information is brought to you by the ExpertBlogs, a division of Hastings LawNet.  Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews.This information is brought to you by the Expert Blog Networks. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews. [...]



Predicted Increase in Female Mesothelioma Victims

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 01:51:00 +0000

LegalView updated readers to an alarming prediction by researchers who said the number of female mesothelioma victims may increase within the next few years. Researchers said that asbestos in hair dryers that were previously unregulated may be the cause.  Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 21, 2008 -- LegalView, the most comprehensive legal resource on the Web, reported on its mesothelioma information blog a potential increase of mesothelioma cancer victims within the next few years, particularly among women, according to researchers. In 1979, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released information regarding 26 companies and manufacturers of hand-held hair dryers that had been made with asbestos. While the 26 companies had voluntarily taken action to correct the asbestos-containing hair dryers, individuals who had used the tainted hair dryers may be at risk for developing mesothelioma and should consider contacting a mesothelioma lawyer for information on the development of a potential mesothelioma lawsuit. Mesothelioma is a deadly form of lung cancer that is caused through the inhalation of asbestos fibers. While asbestos was largely used in the construction industry, commonly within insulation, it has also been used in other products including hair dryers. While the hair dryers were corrected and became asbestos-free nearly 30 years ago it is common for mesothelioma to remain dormant for years and even decades, which is why researchers are concerned with a new group of individuals becoming afflicted by mesothelioma and symptoms becoming prevalent now. Researchers are also particularly concerned for women because women allegedly use hair dryers more than men. To learn more about developing litigation, contact a mesothelioma law firm or mesothelioma attorney to better understand the potential for developing an asbestos-related lawsuit and receiving monetary compensation for the costly bills usually associated with a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis.In addition to information on mesothelioma, LegalView also offers details on a plethora of other legal issues afflicting millions of Americans each year. For example, readers can learn about the latest fluoroquinolones black box warning labeling. Fluoroquinolones are a group of antibiotics that have become increasingly at risk for severe side effects. Of the fluoroquinolones group, the most commonly prescribed drugs are Levaquin and Cipro. Levaquin, also known as levofloxacin, is manufactured by Ortho-McNeil and treats bacterial infections, specifically treating infections such as skin infections, chronic bacterial prostates, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, bronchitis and acute pyelonephritis caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli). The drug, which was released in 1996, has been the center of numerous clinical trials and studies because of the possible Levaquin side effects, which can include the most serious - Achilles tendon rupture - as well as jaundice, seizures, hallucinations, abdominal tenderness and limb numbness. Similar to Levaquin is Cipro (ciprofloxacin) from Bayer A.G., which was approved for market use in 2000 and is used to treat bacterial infections similar to those treated by Levaquin. The Cipro risks are the same as Levaquin, which is an increased risk of tendonitis. Additionally, Cipro has other side effects that may also be harmful to patients. Some of the side effects include seizure, difficulty breathing, depression, suicidal thoughts, blacking out and hallucinations. LegalView also has information on other controversial prescription drugs including Avandia. Avandia is a type 2 diabetes drug that has recently been linked to severe risks among patients. The Avandia dangers may include an increased risk of heart failure as well as a higher risk of developing early ons[...]



Mesothelioma Victims Center, The 100% Help Center For Asbestos Related Cancer

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 01:47:00 +0000

Three thousand US citizens will be diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2008. Of this number roughly 1/3rd will be veterans of the US Navy. Americas Watchdog is one of the best known private consumer groups in the United States, and in 2006 they knew very little about mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a lethal form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.According to Americas Watchdog, "in 2006 we discovered a close family member was diagnosed with mesothelioma and we were sadly forced to become experts at what a mesothelioma victim or their family needs to do. We also found out nothing is easy, like finding the right law firm, helping to get VA or social security benefits, so we had to get the crash course in doing all of this". As a result of their experience in getting help for a loved one with Mesothelioma, the group now offers 100% free help and advice for all victims of Mesothelioma and their families or loved ones. A mesothelioma victim or their family can call Americas Watchdog for free mesothelioma help and advice anytime at 866-714-6466 or they can visit the groups web site at http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com According to Americas Watchdog,"aside from the fact that we are the absolute best free resource in the US on mesothelioma; we want people to know what makes us different from an Internet law firm offering help for mesothelioma victims. Number one, a mesothelioma victim, a family member, or loved one of a mesothelioma victim calls 866-714-6466, and they will get the President of Americas Watchdog, not a telephone answering service. The mesothelioma victim or family member/loved one will be provided with the actual names of the best mesothelioma law firms in the nation, and we will help with everything else including VA benefits for veterans, Social Social Security, etc. What ever they need, we will try our best to get for them". If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, Americas Watchdog encourages them to call 866-714-6466 for some honesty, and some reality. The Mesothelioma Victims Center is not just the best place to discover the best law firms, its actually the best place to get unconditional help, and very honest free advice. US Navy Mesothelioma victims are especially encouraged to call the group.Veterans groups, labor unions, and health care professionals are especially encouraged to share this information with your members, your colleagues or your patients. According to Americas Watchdog, "we are in this to be the best thing that ever happened to a mesothelioma victim, their family or their loved ones. We created the Mesothelioma Victims Center to provide the best free help available, for some very special people. This includes hero's who served in our nations US Navy or armed forces. There is nothing close to our service in the world". For more information mesothelioma victims, family members of mesothelioma victims or loved ones can call the group the Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466.Their web site is located at Http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com  Americas Watchdog's Mesothelioma Victims Center is all about consumer protection, corporate resonsibility and being their for precious souls in a time of need. This information is brought to you by the ExpertBlogs, a division of Hastings LawNet. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews.This information is brought to you by the Expert Blog Networks. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews. [...]



Lung Cancer Trial Targets Asbestos-Related Disease

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 01:20:00 +0000

MONDAY, July 21 (HealthDay News) -- Patients are being recruited for a clinical trial of a new targeted radiation and chemotherapy protocol for pleural mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung's lining that's almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Currently, the standard treatment is to remove the affected lung.

Current surgical and chemotherapy treatments of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma are unsatisfactory and have not been shown to significantly prolong survival. In this study, we will investigate whether a combination of chemotherapy and radiation targeted directly at the lung's lining can improve outcomes while avoiding surgery," principal investigator Dr. Robert Taub, director of the Mesothelioma Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, said in a news release.

The trial is also significant, because our center is the only one nationwide that is offering this experimental therapy to treat pleural mesothelioma," Taub said.

It's expected the targeted radiation will kill cancer cells on the surface of the lung while sparing other parts of the lung and surrounding vital tissues.

Patients aged 18 and older who have not had recent radiation therapy or chemotherapy and have not received prior Alimta chemotherapy will be considered for the study.

Patients enrolled in the study will receive several rounds of targeted chemotherapy using the drugs cisplatin and doxorubicin via surgically implanted catheters. Some patients will be randomly selected to receive additional systemic (intravenous) chemotherapy using the drugs cisplatin and pemetrexed. All patients will receive targeted radiotherapy using the P-32 radioisotope. Patients may elect to receive additional surgical treatment, including removal of the affected lung lining or lung.

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Fashion helping charities fly high

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 02:05:00 +0000

FASHION High-fliers will be raising cash for worthy causes.  This year's stage extravaganza will help raise funds for the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund and Cancer Connections.  Asbestos cancer charity, the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund, marked its sixth anniversary last month.  The charity has raised more than £400,000 for research into the fatal lung and stomach cancer, mesothelioma.Thompsons Solicitors, which has offices in South Shields, has backed the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund since it was founded by Chris Knighton, in 2002, in memory of her husband.Personal injury specialists Thompsons are experts in asbestos litigation, as well as dealing with other industrial diseases and accidents in and out of work, including accidents abroad and on the road.Thompsons Solicitors is the largest specialist personal injury, employment rights and trade union law firm in the UK, with more than 800 staff in 22 offices across the UK.The firm's office in Fowler Street, South Shields, opened in April 2004 and has recovered more than £7m in compensation for injured local people in the last three years.The specialist personal injury and industrial disease lawyers' team is headed by newly appointed team manager David Mole.Hebburn-born David is a personal injury specialist dealing with a full range of personal injury and industrial disease claims.Solicitor Mick Laffey, also from Hebburn, works from the South Shields office as regional client manager. He often appears as a legal commentator on Metro Radio and also has legal advice column in the Gazette. Most of the members of staff at the office are from South Tyneside giving it a friendly and local feel.Mick said: "Thompsons Solicitors is the UK's most experienced personal injury firm. As an ex-pupil of St Joseph's RC Comprehensive, in Hebburn, I am proud to represent my fellow South Tynesiders in various accident and industrial disease matters."My colleagues also specialise in a number of areas from asbestos litigation to employment law, accessed via their trade unions or, in some cases, for private individuals."We do not represent insurance companies or defendants. If you are in any doubt about whether you have a claim, please contact us."It is the fourth time the Gazette has named the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund as one of its chosen charities.Mesothelioma is a malignant lung disease, which is caused by exposure to asbestos.Thompsons Solicitors works closely with those suffering from the disease, and their families.Ian McFall, a patron of Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund and head of asbestos policy at Thompsons Solicitors, said: "Mesothelioma is a devastating illness for people who are diagnosed with it, as well as their families"It is hard to imagine how the situation they find themselves in could be any more unbearable. "However, many of our clients have said that the shock and distress they felt when they were told they had mesothelioma turned to anger when they learned that the condition was caused by inhaling asbestos at work decades ago, and that their illness could have been prevented had their employer only taken more care."In many of these cases, we are able to obtain substantial awards of compensation for our clients and their families – even where the employers no longer exist. We deal with claims at no cost to our client. "We are genuinely concerned to look after the interests of individuals."Anyone diagnosed with mesothelioma who believes they were exposed to asbestos at work should seek advice immediately about claiming compensation."For further information, call 0800 022 4224, or visit www.thompsons.law.co.uk.Fashion High-fliers is being held on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and[...]



Minnesota Miners Developing Mesothelioma at Alarming Rate

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 02:02:00 +0000

An investigation has recently begun to explain why men from a region of northeastern Minnesota are developing mesothelioma at an alarming rate which is twice the national average.
The University of Minnesota is leading the investigation through the School of Public Health. The university seeks to understand the reasons behind the recent deaths of many taconite miners due to the rapid development of mesothelioma.
Scientists are working to investigate the dangers of taconite, as well as the contents of the air that the miners inhale on a daily basis. Mesothelioma is commonly linked to asbestos exposure, however, nothing has proven the existence of asbestos in the taconite or the air that they miners breathe in recent studies.
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How To Care For Someone With Mesothelioma

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 02:00:00 +0000

Mesothelioma is a killer lung disease. When it strikes, there is nearly no way out for the patient. Simple activities like talking become difficult. Even eating to keep the patient alive becomes a tough chore. Caring for someone with Mesothelioma requires strength and patience. When your family members become one of the Mesothelioma sufferers, it can be a huge blow for you. The caring process can be emotionally and physically difficult for you. It is not easy to watch a Mesothelioma patient suffer. It is extremely easy to burst out crying but this might demoralize them. What a Mesothelioma patient need from you is strength and motivation for them to battle the killer disease. Knowledge is power. This is applicable everywhere, including the focus on mesothelioma patients. Learn about the disease, how it affects the patients. There are incredibly huge amounts of informatoin on the Internet for you to read. There are many sites dedicated for Mesothelioma. If you are not sure about the information parted on the sites, you can always talk to the doctors. When you have learnt everything that you need to know about Mesothelioma only then will you be prepared for anything that might come your way. Emotions will always take over but when you know what is going to happen, it will become more bearable. Patients might suffer from difficulty to breathe, something that is essential and basic activity to live. Hence, you can imagine how much mesothelioma patients have to suffer. In order to provide some relief from the pain, most of them will be prescribed morphine. The misconception of this type of drug is widely spread. There are many cases when patients refuse to be sedated because they believe that it will lead to addiction. Your role is to convince them that when taken with care, it will never lead to addiction. In fact, it will release them from the pain. You have to understand that medicine have to be taken in the order it was prescribed by the doctor. Although a mesothelioma patient might look fine three days in a week, you must not forget to provide them with medicine during these three days. You might wonder why this is so. Well, the medicine will help them combat the pain continuously so if you keep giving medicine, they will be able to lead an almost normal life. This is one option where you can really care for mesothelioma patients effectively. Try keeping a diary where you will jot down their progress daily. Apart from that, write down the patient’s reactions towards every medicine they take. This way, you can team up with the doctors to help provide better medication for the mesothelioma patients. Any medications that give bad reaction towards the patient will be removed. Only beneficial medicines will stay at this stage. You will find how relieved you will be when you are able to see your loved ones able to escape pain, even for a moment. It is true that caring for any patients, including mesothelioma patients will be challenging, both physically and mentally. However, when you are prepared to face with the facts, soon you will realize it is not so bad after all. Your attention to detail, willing to help them and your care will definitely give new hope to mesothelioma patient that you care for. Mesothelioma is a killer lung disease. When it strikes, there is nearly no way out for the patient. Simple activities like talking become difficult. Even eating to keep the patient alive becomes a tough chore. Caring for someone with Mesothelioma requires strength and patience. When your family members become one of the Mesothelioma sufferers, it can be a huge blow for you. The caring process can be emotionally and physi[...]



4 Tips to Help You Find a Reputable Mesothelioma Lawyer

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 01:58:00 +0000

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects the sac lining the chest (the pleura), the lining around the heart (the pericardium), or the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). Studies have shown that people who suffer from this disease mesothelioma, were exposed to an abundance of asbestos at one time or another in their lives. Unfortunately, many people are exposed to asbestos without knowing it, usually in the course of employment. As a result, someone who has mesothelioma is often entitled to compensation. There are many lawyers mesothelioma, but the following advice easy, it may be easier to find a lawyer mesothelioma.1. Search everything you can about mesothelioma. The more you understand the disease affecting you or a loved one, the more you’ll be able to judge a lawyer’s expertise. A lawyer who has many aspects about the disease is the ideal lawyer. If your lawyer understands your or your loved ones one of the symptoms and complications arising from the disease, he or she will be better able to defend yourself. Unfortunately, some lawyers are not “doing their homework” as regards medical cases. This often leads to lose. A renowned lawyer will certainly know the ins and outs of the disease, so be sure to ask as many questions as you can imagine.2. Use of telephone directories and Internet search engines to find lawyers. This May seem simple, but some people are not bothered to take the time to look through many lawyers. Accepting the first lawyer who calls, or that we see on television is not a good idea. The search in Google for the keyword “mesothelioma lawyer” will give better results at the end than simply accept what the lawyer is present. You give a variety of lawyers to examine you give the best idea who will be willing to work hard for you, which is sincere, and will probably help you earn your request.3. Read the fine print and know your lawyer the case of history. Once you close your decision and reduce the potential candidates, take your search to a new level. It is always a good idea to learn about a lawyer on the case history. Furthermore, it is desirable to know exactly what kind of deal the lawyer is seeking with you. Lawyers dealing with medicine-related trials are generally not paid unless they win the settlement. Some lawyers request different percentages. Compare these requests and choose the lawyer that you feel most comfortable. Unfortunately, some lawyers could try to take advantage of an unknowing customer. To protect your interests, and be sure to acquire high-end you deserve lawyer, doing research on lawyers before signing.4. Finally, do not be afraid to take advice. If a friend, colleague or suggests a lawyer, do not hesitate to check it. If a friend refers you, he or she obviously your best interests at heart, and if the lawyer is probably well qualified to take on your case. There are many groups there for mesothelioma patients. If you or a loved one is one of those groups, do not hesitate to seek advice from others who have mesothelioma. Advice is often taken for granted, but it is one of the most valuable things a friend can give.Mesothelioma is a terrible disease, but it is compensation. This allowance can be claimed in a wrongful death suit, or when the patient is still alive. It is advisable to find a lawyer as soon as possible because there is often a limitation on filing a lawsuit. The basic idea when looking for a mesothelioma lawyer is to be as educated as possible. Know what you want, and find a lawyer who is ready to help you by all possible means. Be knowledgeable about your disease and potential lawyers will put you on the path to compensation.This[...]



What are the Dangers of Asbestos Removal?

Sat, 19 Jul 2008 19:00:00 +0000

Many people decide to buy and remodel old houses, but give no thought to the existence of asbestos in these buildings. This is a dangerous material and you should call an asbestos removal company to eliminate it from your home.Before we go into the dangers of the removal of asbestos, let us define what asbestos is. Asbestos is a combination of different minerals that occur in nature and take on the form of fibers. Generally speaking there are two types of asbestos, chrysotile and amphibole. They differ from each other somewhat. Amphibole has straight fibers that take on the appearance of small needles. Chrysotile is the type of asbestos that isused, or has been used in commercial applications. The mining of this material started in the late 1800s, but was not widely used in construction until the 1940s and used way up into the late 1980s. It was known for its benefits like:Heat resistance Fire resistance and, Chemical resistance.Because of these benefits it was used widely in the construction industry. It had many uses. It was used in the roofing, to strengthen cement, in insulation material, as a fireproof material and even for soundproofing. It was also used in ceiling and floor tiles, in adhesives, and different types of paints.Problems began to arise when people became exposed to asbestos over long periods of time. It was found that the mineral began to cause some serious health problems. It soon became known that exposure to asbestos caused Asbestosis.  This is the accumulation of asbestos in the lungs and a cause of fibrosis Mesothelioma, a type of cancer that affects the membranes around the lungs. As a result of these problems asbestos is not used in the construction industry today, and yet, it was used until the mid 1980's, and so continues to be a problem, because of the need for asbestos removal.People at risk of illness due to asbestos exposure are:People that work with asbestos, especially in regards to the construction industry,People that work in the asbestos removal fields. Especially those who deal with its directremoval,People that do building renovation. Especially if they come into contact with older constructions that haveasbestos in them,People in the shipping industry that work in ship renovation,The people that work in this industry and the people they come into contact with including not only their families, but also their friends are at risk of acquiring different health problems due to being exposed to asbestos. The people they come into contact with are also affected because particles of asbestos can,t be seen by the naked eye and they can be on the persons' clothes, hair or body. Health problems caused by Asbestos may not show up for many years. In fact, they may not appear until some 40 years later. Because asbestos is such a dangerous material, it should always be removed from a specialist in asbestos removal. Obviously, they have the safety equipment and tools to do the job safely, without putting anyone at risk of contracting such a terrible disease.This article is brought to you by Expert Blog Networks.This information is brought to you by the Expert Blog Networks. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews. [...]



What is the Mesothelioma Survival Rate?

Sat, 19 Jul 2008 17:00:00 +0000

Mesothelioma is a fairly new type of cancer that is very serious and life threatening, as with most types of cancer. One thing that makes mesothelioma such a serious condition is that it is usually not found until the late stages of the cancer, causing the survival rate to be low. This is because the symptoms don'tusually arise until the late stages. By this time the patient most likely doesn't have much longer to live. Studies show most patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma have a year or less left to live. Along with diagnosis being difficult and delayed, mesothelioma is also fairly uncommon and we are still learning more about the disease. However, some studies show that one out of every ten mesothelioma patients will live up to three years after diagnosis and one out of every twenty people will live five years after diagnosis. Studies are performed daily and new clinical trials are helping to increase the survival rate of those with mesothelioma. Survival rates vary depending on where the study is performed, and who is performing the study. In general, studies are very close in comparison.  Survival rates are based on several different factors. Some of these factors are, the size of the tumor, the stage the patient is in, whether the tumor can be completely removed with surgery, the quantity of fluid in the chest and abdomen and how long it took to diagnose the cancer. Some other interesting facts about mesothelioma survival rates are that the average age of the patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma are sixty one years of age and eighty one percent were male.  As said before, many studies are performed daily to find new ways to prolong the survival rate of those who havemesothelioma. Many studies have already proven to do just that. Lots of studies show that chemotherapy greatly increases the survival rate of those with mesothelioma. So, although this is a newer and less common cancer we are learning more about it daily.  With our learning we'll eventually come up with more options of treatment and this will lead to an all together higher survival rate.This information is brought to you by the Expert Blog Networks. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews. [...]



The Presence of Asbestos in School and College Buildings Continues to Pose a Potential Health Risk

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 03:33:00 +0000

(PRWEB) July 13, 2008 -- It is now becoming an all too familiar sight in local newspapers that a local teacher or school caretaker has died from an "asbestos cancer". The term "asbestos cancer" is one commonly adopted by the press when referring to the terminal disease mesothelioma. In excess of 95% of cases of mesothelioma the cause of the disease is exposure to asbestos dust or fibres. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which occurs in the lining of the lung and less commonly the peritoneum. It can develop between 15 to 50 years after the initial asbestos exposure, however once it develops it is a very aggressive type of cancer.The scientific view is that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, that is, there is no recognised threshold of exposure to asbestos below which exposure could be said to be safe. This fact has recently been underpinned by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Governments have known of the health risks of asbestos since the 1930s, and the first safety law specifically focusing on asbestos was made in 1931.Between 1945 and 1975 when the use of asbestos in building materials was at its greatest 13,000 schools were built and also many other schools were refurbished and extended. Many of the new school buildings were made from prefabricated panels to reduce the financial cost and increase the speed of the school building works. The full extent of asbestos use in school buildings is not known or it has not been made public. The HSE commented that the schools built between 1945-1975 contain large amounts of asbestos in their structure.Asbestos was used extensively in the construction of schools, for example, as a general building board, and as insulation on steel structures in prefabricated buildings, and also in ceilings and walls. Throughout most of the 20th century asbestos was used to insulate boilers, hot water pipework and electrical installations. As the Department of the Environment has commented asbestos insulation deteriorates with age, it disintegrates and asbestos fibres fray and fall.Decades of under-funding has resulted in schools being inadequately maintained. The Department for Education and Science (DfES) and the HSE have not organised an audit of the full extent and condition of asbestos in schools, and it has been left to be considered on a local basis. The schools themselves have limited budgets, and there is a concern that governors and headteachers have not been properly informed or instructed on the asbestos hazard. Schools have been left to manage the asbestos in the fabric of their buildings, however there has been a lack of effective guidance from the DfES.It is believed that during the period 2002-2004, 31 primary and secondary teachers died of mesothelioma. This figure more than doubles if teachers' assistants, higher education and childcare are included. When looking back over previous periods the number of victims of mesothelioma appears to be continually rising. Stephen Laycock, of Winston Solicitors Leeds a specialist in industrial disease claims, expressed his concern at the apparent lack of planning and funding. "In view of the uncertainty regarding whether there is a safe level of exposure to asbestos, questions should surely be put to the government as to why it has no plans to improve the education and guidance supplied to Local Authorities on safely managing the asbestos in schools". There is also the important issue concerning the provision of funding to safely remove asbestos. In the past, governments have spent millions of pounds removing asbestos from Westminster Pala[...]



What is Mesothelioma Cancer?

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 03:25:00 +0000

An unusual form of cancer generally induced by disclosure to asbestos dust or fibers in the workplace, mesothelioma affects thousands of people every year all over the world.Legal professionals concentrate in mesothelioma law have been helping families for years to obtain the financial help they require to pay for medical expenses. Mesothelioma information includes laws which regulate employee exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma law which permits people with mesothelioma to look for compensation for their disease, and new laws which Congress is at present debating with regards to how mesothelioma victims, or their decedents can be counteracted for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, and potential loss of future income. People who run the major risk of mesothelioma have worked in industries where asbestos was development, mined, or utilized in manufacturing. Mesothelioma is an appearance of cancer which occupy the mesothelium in the body. Depending on the position in the body, the mesothelium can contain dissimilar names: In the abdomen, it is known as peritoneal mesothelioma. Every mesothelioma law occupies the risk or actual growth of mesothelioma. A further area of mesothelioma law involves individual injury law that permits victims who are injured by another party’s negligence to look for compensation for their losses. In mesothelioma law a person who increases mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure has the legal right to recover damages for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, and defeat of income from the manufacturers of asbestos containing products. Filing a Mesothelioma case can be a tricky decision. Previous to filing a case, you require to be fully aware of your legal rights so that when you file the case, you appear victorious.This information is brought to you by the Expert Legal Blog Networks. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews.This information is brought to you by the Expert Blog Networks. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews. [...]



Dying man wins £5,000 bet on life

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 03:22:00 +0000

A terminally-ill man has collected £5,000 after placing a bet that he would live past doctors' predictions.

Jon Matthews was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer in April 2006 and given just nine months to live.
But the 58-year-old, from Milton Keynes, made a £100 bet at 50-1 that he would beat the survival odds.
He said: "I do get bad days obviously but I'm feeling fine today. Everyone's feeling fine if they're going to pick up five grand."

It has now been 25 months and a week since mesothelioma was diagnosed.

"The longest the doctors have ever heard of anyone surviving mesothelioma [a cancer linked to asbestos] was 25 months," Mr Matthews said.
The former car dealer said he would give half the money paid out by bookers William Hill to the Macmillan cancer charity.

"The other half I'm going to spend on myself - booze and fags probably - I don't have anything to lose," he said.
"The other thing I've always wanted to do is a bungee jump."

Graham Sharpe, media relations director with William Hill, said: "We have never been asked to accept a bet of this nature before, but as Jon approached us directly and was adamant that it would give him an additional incentive to battle his illness, we offered him the bet he wanted.

"Never, in 30 years in the business, have I been so pleased to pay a winning client £5,000."

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Tens of thousands of cancer victims denied drugs which could extend their lives

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 03:19:00 +0000

More than 120,000 cancer victims die early every year after being denied drugs that could have extended their lives, leading doctors are warning.

A dossier to be submitted to the Government's review of drug funding identifies 136,000 British patients a year who could benefit from 10 cancer treatments which are commonly available across Western Europe, but rarely funded by the NHS. Estimates show that fewer than 5 per cent are receiving the drugs, with many of those who get them paying privately.

The report, Paying for Cancer Care, by the oncologist Prof Karol Sikora, says demand is such that ministers must change rules that penalise desperate patients who pay for the drugs.
Treatments he examined include the bowel cancer drugs Avastin and Erbitux, which could extend the lives of 50,000 people by three to six months. The drugs have been rejected by the rationing body, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), because of costs of between £50,000 and £60,000 per patient. Two other drugs, Sutent, for advanced kidney cancer, and Tarceva, for lung cancer, which have yet to be assessed by Nice, could extend the lives of 35,000 patients for up to six months.

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Thousands of cancer patients denied drugs in UK

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 03:16:00 +0000

A new report has revealed that over 120,000 cancer patients die early every year after being denied drugs that could have increased their life span.The report, Paying for Cancer Care, by the oncologist Prof Karol Sikora, identifies 136,000 British patients a year who could benefit from 10 cancer treatments, which are commonly available across Western Europe, but rarely funded by the NHS. According to estimates, less than 5 per cent are receiving the drugs, with many of those who get them paying privately. The report, to be submitted to the Government's review of drug funding, has said that demand is such that ministers must change rules that penalise desperate patients who pay for the drugs. Sikora examined treatments including the bowel cancer drugs Avastin and Erbitux, which could extend the lives of 50,000 people by three to six months. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) rejected the drugs because of their costs between 50,000 pounds and 60,000 pounds per patient. Two other drugs, Sutent, for advanced kidney cancer, and Tarceva, for lung cancer, which have yet to be assessed by Nice, could extend the lives of 35,000 patients for up to six months. Ian Beaumont, of the charity Bowel Cancer UK, said that more patients should have access to the drugs. "These drugs can make a significant difference to length of life but it is not just about that. They can mean the difference between dying in agony or having some kind of quality of life in your last months with your loved ones," the Telegraph quoted Beaumont, as saying.Copyright Asian News InternationalThis information is brought to you by the Expert Legal Blog Networks. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews.This information is brought to you by the Expert Blog Networks. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews. [...]



Why are our schools full of deadly asbestos?

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 14:19:00 +0000

Don't tell anyone, but we have a problem. Most of the 24,000 schools in this country have significant amounts of asbestos.The possible effects on children of ingesting asbestos fibres or dust into their immature lungs are only fully revealed many years later when they start falling prey to a cancer with a poor survival rate and a difficult name: mesothelioma.This is a highly aggressive cancer of the lung lining caused by exposure to asbestos.Mesothelioma is not the same as cancer of the lung; this can also be caused by asbestos, but then it is usually an occupational disease of people working in heavy industry or the building trade.Most mesothelioma sufferers have no recollection of being exposed to asbestos. But their numbers are growing - over the next ten years, up to 90,000 people could die from the cancer, according to one expert.Its rising incidence is being linked to the proliferation of asbestos in office, school and domestic building programmes in the late Sixties.The gestation period of mesothelioma is typically 30 to 40 years.In cases where a sufferer is aged 30 to 50, the most likely time of exposure is during their school years.I am 56 and was diagnosed with mesothelioma three years ago. My professional career in the music business has not involved any obvious contact with asbestos.There is a woeful lack of research funding and, therefore, the treatment is still primitive. Survival rates after diagnosis are poor - usually six to 18-months.So it's certainly not a disease to which you'd want to expose your children.Given the connection between this ghastly disease and asbestos, what parent wouldn't want to know if their child's school contained the deadly substance?Well, don't expect your head teacher or board of governors to know, because few fully realise their school's vulnerability.Have discovered, since 1967 at least, successive governments and official bodies have simply ignored the problem.The common perception is that asbestos usage tailed off after the Sixties.In fact, as the insurers Norwich Union point out: 'The peak year of asbestos imports into the UK was 1973.'They estimate that 'six million metric tonnes of asbestos have been imported into the UK, much of it is still in place in homes, schools, hospitals and workplaces'.Nearly half the schools still in service were built in the post-war years, using asbestos as a basic building material - for insulation, walls and ceilings or for outbuildings.Older schools also have significant amounts of asbestos due to rebuilding, modernising, pipe-lagging and insulation work.What is so astounding about this is that we've known about the risks of asbestos for decades - and our children have still been knowingly exposed.As early as 1931, the Government recognised asbestos as a potentially dangerous material, imposing basic safety regulations.In 1955, the leading British epidemiologist Dr Richard Doll published evidence linking asbestos with lung cancer.A Factories Inspectorate report of 1965 claimed: 'Mesothelioma has been shown to be associated in some cases with exposure to asbestos dating back 20 years or more previously and sometimes of astonishingly slight degree.'Two years later, the head of the Medical Inspectorate of Factories, Dr T. Lloyd Davies, wrote to the Department of Education that 'no one can deny there is an association between mesothelioma and asbestos.No one knows the "dose" required to produce mesothelioma in later y[...]



Symptoms of Cancer

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 06:30:00 +0000

Palliative procedures are designed to lessen the symptoms for a patient when it is almost certain that the patient will die inevitably from the cancer. If you have been diagnosed with asbestos related mesothelioma, a mesothelioma lawyer can help you fight those responsible for this cancer. These lenses may be in fact the latest in cancer protection technology.If features suggesting this cancer are present, a biopsy of the potentially cancerous tissue is taken to determine the types of cells in this tissue. (Women today can even dramatically decrease their risk of breast cancer by nursing their young for even as little as two years. It is also advised that women should have children before age 30 (starting to breastfeed at a younger age reportedly helps reduce your chances of getting breast cancer).In fact many cases of cancer have been completely reversed when people have shifted their pH levels from being too acidic to an alkaline state. Tobacco-Related Cancers Presently, cigarette smoking causes about 85% of lung cancer. The + between the prostate cancer in new treatment phrases tells your computersystem to bring you news that has "prostate cancer" AND "new treatment" in the article.In the case of recurrent ovarian cancer, chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment, although it might not prevent subsequent relapses. Asynthetic pituitary hormone, this treatment creates an initial surge of testosterone followed by a dramatic decrease to starve the cancer of its essential food. Radiation treatmentinvolves the use of high-level radiation to target and kill cancer cells in a localized area.Regular milk consumption doubles the risk and failure to consume vegetables regularly nearly quadruples the risk of developing some form of cancer over ones life span. However, consumers often find themselves paying a much higher price later, in the form of permanent skin damage, or worse, organ damage and skincancer. Mammograms may be unpleasant, but late stage breast cancer symptoms are worse. Radiation therapy involves the use of high-energy x-rays or subatomic particles to kill cancer cells.About the author:Soli Katir http://www.solikatir.com/Prevent-Cancer.html. Know the risks and characteristics of cancer and how to prevent it by browsing on these pages.This information is brought to you by the Expert Blog Networks. Join us in creating the largest repository of legal news, articles and product reviews. [...]