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Archive for February 2017

Mesothelioma Patients Know Cancer Care Costs All Too Well

Concerns about cancer care costs aren’t news to those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Patients who have been diagnosed with this rare and fatal disease have to contend with more than just a life sentence – they also have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on medical costs that they know won’t save…

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Mesothelioma Research One Focus of Rare Disease Day

Mesothelioma sufferers in the United States and around the world should mark their calendars for February 28, 2017, which is the day allocated for this year’s annual celebration of Rare Disease Day. The event has been marked worldwide since 2008, and is meant to draw attention to the over 7,000 rare conditions that have been specifically…

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Florida Appeals Court Denies Widow of Mesothelioma Victim

Advocates for victims of mesothelioma and their families are expressing concern and disappointment over a recent ruling by the District Court of Appeal of Florida. In their decision, the court denied the wrongful death claim of a widow who had been married to her husband for nearly forty years. The reason for the denial of the claim…

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Family History of Melanoma Increases Risk for Mesothelioma

Though it is well known that exposure to asbestos causes the rare and deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma, there are still many  questions yet to be answered. Scientists are uncertain as to exactly how the cancer takes hold, or why it strikes some of those who have been exposed to the carcinogenic material…

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Congressional Committee Passes Controversial Asbestos Bill

The Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act, also known as the FACT Act, has been floating around Congress for several years. Healthcare advocates and those who fight for the rights of mesothelioma victims have long fought against this law, and are disheartened by the fact that it has been revitalized and has passed the critical first…

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Revisiting Study Revises Mesothelioma Risk for Brake Mechanics

Scientific studies that are commissioned by corporations with vested interests are notoriously suspect. Just as the sugar industry can’t be trusted to release an unbiased study on the effects of candy or soda, studies on the impact of asbestos that are ordered by asbestos employers have to be taken with a grain of salt. That…

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Arizona Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Take Home Asbestos Case

There has long been a legal question as to whether a company’s responsibility to safeguard their employees from hazardous materials stops with the employee  or whether it carries to other members of the household – this has specifically been true for work environments contaminated with asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used in industrial settings,…

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Innovative Mesothelioma Biopsy Procedure Yields Accurate Results Without Invasive Surgery

A retrospective study on an innovative mesothelioma biopsy procedure has yielded good news for patients suspected of having malignant pleural mesothelioma. Where in the past these patients have needed to undergo an invasive surgical diagnostic procedure to confirm the presence of cancer, a new and less invasive technology has proven to be highly accurate. It also…

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