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Childhood Exposure to Asbestos: What Actions a Parent can Take

Testing of thousands of children’s toys has revealed that the toys have been tainted with asbestos. Common household products and children’s toys have been tested by an asbestos awareness group, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). These toys are being sold throughout the country. The children’s toys in question include the following: CSI: Fingerprint Examination Kit Ja Ru Toy Clay Art Skills’ Clay Bucket Additional household products that contain asbestos include: Scotch High Performance and All Weather Duct tapes DAP Crack Shot Spackling Paste DAP 33 Window Glazing and Gardner Leak Stopper Despite the strict federal regulations that are set in place in order to protect children from hazardous products, these toys still contain asbestos, sometimes in trace amounts. Parents often assume that products marketed to children will be safe, but the ADAO has proven that children are at risk for serious illnesses. Results of Asbestos Exposure Asbestos exposure has been…
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Does Smoking Increase Mesothelioma Risk?

It is an unfortunate fact that many people who historically worked around asbestos also smoked cigarettes. Smoking cigarettes was the norm throughout the second half of the twentieth century, and it was not until relatively recently that the public became aware of the extreme health risks of cigarettes. According to a recent study by the Cancer Center of Amsterdam, smoking increases the risk of developing mesothelioma or other lung cancers for individuals who were subjected to asbestos exposure. “The risk of development of lung cancer was higher for anyone with increased years of exposure to asbestos fiber combined with a smoking habit,” said one of the lead researchers. While smoking tends to cause different forms of lung cancers than asbestos exposure, research indicates that the dual presence of tobacco-related carcinogens and asbestos has a multiplicative effect. How Does Smoking Increase Mesothelioma Risk? Mesothelioma is caused by the inhalation of asbestos…
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Common Themes Between Asbestos and the BP Oil Spill Health Risks

The damage to the environment and health hazards that the BP oil spill caused dominated the news during much of 2010. The numbers associated with the disaster demonstrate just how catastrophic it was: Between the start of the spill on April 20, 2010, and the official sealing of it on September 19, 2010, 185 million gallons of crude oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. At the start of November 2010, spill responders had collected nearly 7,000 dead animals. The oil spill threatens 400 endangered species and affects all of the 8,332 species that live in the environment where the spill occurred. Nearly 30,000 people have been involved in the cleanup effort. Cleanup workers and residents in the Gulf area felt the health effects of the spill within weeks of its start. Long before BP successfully closed the leak, residents complained of dizziness, vomiting, nausea, headaches and chest pains. The…
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Asbestos Can Still be Hiding in Your Homes

Many people enjoy the challenge of remodeling an older home. Older homes have a certain level of charm and craftsmanship that is hard to duplicate by modern standards. Older homes are also more likely to contain asbestos. Asbestos was common in homes as a fire retardant from the 1920’s to the late 1970’s. It was cheap and placed in ductwork and in walls and attics as insulation. Asbestos became even more common as homeowners began to add central heating systems. It is harmful because when its fibers become airborne, it can cause serious health problems. A mesothelioma lawyer can help with legal recourse if you have suffered the ill effects of asbestos. Where Can Asbestos Hide? Asbestos by itself is not hazardous to your health. Tearing or decay can damage the fiber when its particles become airborne and inhalation is dangerous. If you have an older home, be on the…
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Is the Rate of Mesothelioma Going Down?

Our Asbestos Exposure Attorneys Explain Why Mesothelioma Still Afflicts Many Victims Today Many people believe that because the United States regulates asbestos use, mesothelioma should no longer be an issue. Unfortunately, this is not true. Although asbestos use has dropped significantly since its peak in the early 1970s, mesothelioma rates have not significantly changed. Every year, many people suffer from mesothelioma and asbestos related illnesses or find out that they have the disease. Why Do So Many People Have Mesothelioma? There are two major factors as to why mesothelioma rates have not dropped. First, mesothelioma normally takes decades to manifest. While this form of cancer is very aggressive and often causes the wrongful death of its victims, it is also a slow affliction that can take anywhere from 20, 30 or even 50 years to make itself known. Detecting mesothelioma is still difficult for medical professionals even after patients suffer…
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Photofrin, Using Light to Treat Mesothelioma

Photofrin is a photodynamic therapy (PDT) drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of esophageal cancer and non-small-cell lung cancer. Recently, however, Pinnacle Biologics filed paperwork to seek an Orphan Drug Designation for Photofrin, wanting the drug to be approved as a mesothelioma treatment. This type of FDA designation is available for drugs used to diagnose, treat or prevent diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. It helps move a drug to market faster by relaxing certain testing requirements, though orphan drugs are held to the same FDA standards for efficacy and safety as other drugs. Mesothelioma, also known as asbestos cancer, is a deadly disease usually caused by asbestos exposure. It claims the lives of approximately 2,500 Americans each year. The “promising results” of studies using PDT in conjunction with mesothelioma surgery, as described by Dr. Joseph S. Friedberg,…
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