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Old Glory

It is warm and sunny. It is late afternoon. The sky is blue and the ocean water is clear. The tide is low as the ocean slowly ebbs with the outgoing tide. The breakers are rolling and gentle and their white, foamy curl contrasts beautifully with almost aqua blue water of the ocean. The water…

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Asbestos Contamination Found in London Police Training Facilities

Asbestos Contamination Found in London Police Training Facilities

Health authorities and law enforcement administrators in London are expressing concern upon the discovery that nearly every armed police officer to have served and trained in the city over the past thirty years have been exposed with the deadly carcinogen asbestos, which has been found responsible for a high risk of lung cancer, asbestosis, and…

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Asbestos Checks Becoming a Norm in Sales of Commercial Property

Asbestos Checks Becoming a Norm in Sales of Commercial Property

The fact that asbestos—a fibrous mineral used frequently for insulation, reinforcement and fire retardance up through the latter part of the 20th century—can be a serious health hazard has become common knowledge. However, there remains a prevailing belief among both professionals and laypersons alike that as long as an asbestos-containing material is left alone or…

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EPA Meeting in Libby, Montana Leaves Many With Questions and Concerns

EPA Meeting in Libby, Montana Leaves Many With Questions and Concerns

The town of Libby, Montana was the site of a public meeting with the Environmental Protection Agency Thursday night, but only twenty-five residents showed up — a far cry from the hundreds that have been there for previous meeting. Libby is the former site of the W.R. Grace Mine, which contaminated the surrounding area with…

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Finding Hope In Immunotherapy

Finding Hope In Immunotherapy

The treatment protocol for mesothelioma, a rare and always fatal form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, has remained largely the same for the last several years. Physicians have taken a multi modality approach that combines surgery, radiation therapy, and the use of chemotherapeutic drugs in hopes that they can minimize discomfort and prolong…

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Asbestos Awareness Crucial to Mesothelioma Prognosis

Asbestos Awareness Crucial to Mesothelioma Prognosis

Awareness of asbestos and asbestos-related illness is a major concern for at-risk populations, as people with mesothelioma and asbestosis often mistake their symptoms as being indicative of a less severe, more treatable illness. This leads to correct diagnoses often being made too late for anything but palliative treatments. Because mesothelioma cancer is particularly aggressive, getting…

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Mesothelioma Patient Advocates Optimistic About New Treatment Regimen

Mesothelioma Patient Advocates Optimistic About New Treatment Regimen

Mesothelioma is a rare and always fatal form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. The condition has proven to be particularly vexing to treat. This is in part due to the fact that it is generally not diagnosed until the disease is in an advanced stage, and in part due to the…

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Study Shows Mesothelioma Trend in Areas Near Asbestos Factories

Study Shows Mesothelioma Trend in Areas Near Asbestos Factories

A recent study performed by a team of Italian scientists with wide-ranging specialties pertaining to public safety, health, and epidemiology has found a link between malignant mesothelioma diagnoses and geographic location. Specifically, it was found that areas near factories that produced asbestos-containing materials tended to have remarkably high numbers of mesothelioma diagnoses being made within…

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Settlement Reached in Washington Secondhand Asbestos Exposure Case

Settlement Reached in Washington Secondhand Asbestos Exposure Case

Washington state’s King County awarded 3.5 million dollars to the estate of the recently deceased Barbara Brandes, who died of malignant mesothelioma at 80 years of age, less than one year after being diagnosed. Mesothelioma is a very fast-spreading, swiftly growing form of cancer whose most common cause is exposure to the mineral fiber asbestos…

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Texas Joins Other States in Bills to Enforce Asbestos Claim Regulation

Texas Joins Other States in Bills to Enforce Asbestos Claim Regulation

Texas is the latest state to propose legislation placing strict limits on how and when claims over asbestos-related illnesses can be filed. The bill, HB 1492, would place restrictions on the number of claims that can be filed by a single claimant. Supporters of the bill state that, if passed, the law would prevent fraudulent…

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