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EPA Report Cites Six Categories Of Asbestos As Posing Unreasonable Risk

In late December 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the first part of a Final Risk Evaluation for Asbestos. Six ongoing use categories of asbestos were evaluated by the EPA, which found 16 conditions of use that presented unreasonable risk to human health through either occupational exposures or consumer uses. This latest report, the Read More

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Statins Found To Enhance Immunotherapy Drugs

A study conducted at Universita Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy reported that treatment with drugs such as Opdivo and Keytruda –– considered a major breakthrough in recent years –– can be enhanced with the addition of statins. In the study, patients receiving high-intensity statins in combination with Opdivo experienced dramatic improvement in overall response Read More

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Sources For Short Term Mesothelioma Expenses

Finances can become the deciding factor in which treatment a patient with cancer chooses to receive, where they receive it and if they can keep on that treatment regimen for an extended period of time. It’s crucial for all patients to find the right treatment team and that may mean traveling further from home for Read More

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Tiny Golden Bullets Could Help Tackle Asbestos-Related Cancers

Gold nanotubes — tiny hollow cylinders one thousandth the width of a human hair — could be used to treat mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, according to a team of researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Leeds. As reported in Science Daily, a study published in October, researchers demonstrated Read More

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CA Court: Evidence Supported Punitive Damages Against Asbestos Brake Defendants; Awards $14.6 million To Plaintiff

Evidence that a company protected its own workers from asbestos while undertaking no steps to investigate or prevent consumer exposures shows malice sufficient for punitive damages, and a trial court did not err in excluding evidence of other alleged exposures, a California appeals court said. The jury awarded $14.6 million to Barbara Barr, who was Read More

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FDA Approves Drug Combination for Treating Mesothelioma

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Opdivo (nivolumab) in combination with Yervoy (ipilimumab) for the first-line treatment of adults with malignant pleural mesothelioma that cannot be removed by surgery. This is the first drug regimen approved for mesothelioma in 16 years and the second FDA-approved systemic therapy for mesothelioma. Said the FDA Read More

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Longshoremen Awarded $10.3 Million In Mesothelioma Lawsuit

A $10.3 million verdict was secured against two stevedoring companies and a shipping company on behalf of Henry Pete, who was exposed to raw asbestos he unloaded from the Port of New Orleans while working as a longshoreman in the 1960s. Pete was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2019. Pete worked as a longshoreman from 1964 Read More

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Potential Asbestos Exposure Dangers Among Those Occupations Using Handheld Hair Dryers During The 1970s

While the dangerous presence of asbestos and asbestos exposure has long been associated with shipbuilders, sailors, construction workers, auto mechanics and other heavy industrial areas, there are other less-visible occupational exposures to asbestos. Among these are occupations, like hair dressers, who used handheld hair dryers throughout their work day. Evidence of this danger goes as Read More

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PA School Officials Charged With Hiding Asbestos Problems

In October of this year, three former or current school officials in Pennsylvania faced criminal charges due to allegations of hiding asbestos issues in the Scranton school district. NBC 10 Philadelphia reported at the beginning of October that a former superintendent of the Scranton School District was charged with felony child endangerment. Two other officials Read More

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Mesothelioma Lawsuits On The Rise While Mesothelioma Case Numbers Decline

KCIC, a respected Washington, D.C. consulting firm, published its annual report on mesothelioma and litigation recently. Of significance in the report is the fact that lawsuits filed by those diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and other deadly asbestos-related cancers increased 65.7% from 2007 to 2017.  However, during the same period the overall incidence rate of these Read More

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