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Social Security Accelerates Benefits For Pericardial Mesothelioma Victims

The U.S. Social Security Administration already covers both pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma, more common forms of the cancer, as part of the Compassionate Allowances program for years, but pericardial mesothelioma was never included – until now. SSA has added pericardial mesothelioma to its Compassionate Allowances list, accelerating the disabilities application process for this very Read More

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Study Reveals That Less Invasive Mesothelioma Surgery Increase Median Survival Rates

According to the results published in the journal Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the mesothelioma patients those who had less invasive extrapleural pneumonectomy had a longer survival rate than those who had the more conventional extrapleural pneumonectomy.The study also included those who had pleurectomy/decortication. The outcomes for each surgery revealed a significant difference in Read More

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Farmers and Agricultural Workers At Risk For Mesothelioma

Most of us think of industrial and heavy industry jobs when we think of workers exposed to asbestos. However, a  study conducted by Italian researchers has found that the deadly mineral endangered employees in other, less obvious settings, including agricultural laborers employed by farms. Much of the equipment and machinery used on farms is known Read More

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Supreme Court Declines To Hear Second J&J Challenge Of A State Ruling

According to a report in Reuters, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, December 13 declined to hear a bid by Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) to throw out a lawsuit brought by the state of Mississippi over allegations that the company failed to inform residents that its talc-based products increased the risks of developing ovarian cancer.  Read More

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Asbestos Criminals Risked Human Exposure to Asbestos

Stephanie Laskin and Kristofer Landell were convicted of conspiring to violate Clean Air Act regulations regarding the safe removal, handling, and disposal of the carcinogenic material at a Kingston, New York worksite, exposing their workers and the community-at-large to the risk of mesothelioma. Project manager Landell and asbestos company owner Laskin were sentenced to eight Read More

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Italian Study Reveals Devastating Impact Of Asbestos Exposure When Lung Cancer Deaths Are Included With Mesothelioma Deaths

A study by Italian researchers suggests that mesothelioma ––the rare, terminal disease –– is only part of the story. In looking at the number of asbestos-exposed workers who died of lung cancer and comparing it to the number of mesothelioma victims among the same groups. The researchers reviewed lung cancer and mesothelioma research published between Read More

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Illinois Jury Awards Plaintiff More Than She Asked

A Cook County, Illinois jury recently awarded $23 million to a woman who developed lung cancer after handling asbestos-containing materials while working for the Chicago manufacturer Qualitex Co. The jury returned its verdict in favor of Cynthia Cowger in her lawsuit against Qualitex following a three-week trial. Over the course of the mesothelioma litigation, Qualitex Read More

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Study Reveals That Cholesterol Management Drugs Can Extend Survival of Mesothelioma Patients

PD-1 blockers have proved to be an effective deterrent in slowing the progress of mesothelioma. In the course of studying PD-1 inhibitors, researchers in Italy and the Netherlands found that the positive impact of this promising treatment was elevated among patients taking statin drugs for the treatment of high cholesterol. In analyzing outcomes, the researchers Read More

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South Carolina Court of Appeals Lightens Burden of Proof in Mesothelioma Cases

A recent ruling by the South Carolina Court of Appeals confirmed the victory of a mesothelioma victim and his wife and eased the burden of proof for future victims of asbestos exposure, as reported by 6Park.news/South Carolina.  The decision revolved around a lawsuit bought by Dale Jolly, a mechanical inspector who worked for the Duke Read More

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University of Vermont Cancer Center Research Leads To Potential Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment

A promising new therapy for mesothelioma and metastatic cancer, arising from laboratory investigations at the University of Vermont (UVM), is about to enter a Phase I clinical trial. This new approach targets a universal vulnerability in cancer cells that could be exploited therapeutically. “All tumor cells are very reliant on efficient waste management systems to Read More

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