Why is Mesothelioma So Deadly?

Posted on July 24th, 2017 by

While there are plenty of dangers in our modern world, the buildings where we spend hundreds of thousands of hours working—as well as our homes, in some cases—could potentially be harming our health. Corporate buildings constructed prior to the 1980’s tend to have many components which contain asbestos, including fireproofing materials applied on steel beams and columns.   Asbestos was also added to siding, joint compounds, adhesives, wallboard, pipes, roof shingles, concrete and asphalt to increase the strength of these building components. Asbestos is also highly heat-resistant, making it the perfect thermal insulation, and was used in acoustical plaster and […]

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Attic Insulation Dangers: A Tale of Tainted Vermiculite

Posted on July 10th, 2017 by

If you have ever been involved in gardening, it is likely you have encountered vermiculite, which is often mixed with potting soil in order to “lighten” up the soil, allowing much better water retention. Vermiculite is also used in insulation materials, and, normally, is not a problem; however, there are issues regarding tainted vermiculite from the Libby, Montana mines, which was used in home insulation. Libby, Montana, is the site of one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in the nation. The vermiculite mines—which allowed the town of Libby to prosper for decades—have also sickened thousands of residents and killed […]

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New Results for First Approved Mesothelioma Treatment

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by

There are approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed every year in the United States, and while mesothelioma rates have reduced slightly in the United States, they continue to increase in other countries. Most cases of mesothelioma are directly related to work-exposure to asbestos, which is used in a wide range of industries. While chemotherapy is typically the first—and usually only—type of treatment used for mesothelioma patients, the immunotherapy drug, Pembrolizumab, has recently been used to treat malignant, pleural mesothelioma. While Pembrolizumab is not a new drug, it appears to be effective in treating this rare type of lung cancer. […]

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Symptoms of Benzene Exposure in Our Daily Lives

Posted on June 12th, 2017 by

Benzene is a volatile organic compound; most commonly it is a colorless liquid with a sweet smell that is highly flammable. Unfortunately, the effects of benzene on the human body are anything but sweet. Benzene is formed through natural processes, as well as the activities of human beings. Forest fires and volcanoes produce a certain amount of benzene, as do diesel exhaust, cigarette smoke, crude oil and gasoline. Benzene is among the top 20 chemicals used to make other chemicals in the United States, and those chemicals, in turn, are used to make synthetic fibers (plastic, resin, nylon, etc.), as […]

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You May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos if You Spent Time Here

Posted on May 29th, 2017 by

Despite the fact that asbestos is a known carcinogen, according to OSHA, every day in the United States almost 1.3 million people will go to a workplace where they will be exposed to significant levels of asbestos. In the past, exposure to asbestos was concentrated in the milling and mining of raw materials, as well as with those engaged in construction and product manufacturing. The heaviest exposure to asbestos among workers in the U.S., occurred during the 1960’s and 1970’s, declining steadily from that point on as regulations were put into place. Latency Period for Asbestos-Related Diseases The latency period […]

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Should Mesothelioma Patients Use Supplements?

Posted on May 15th, 2017 by

Those who have been exposed to asbestos, and later developed mesothelioma or other cancers, can sometimes complement their medical treatments with vitamins, herbal supplements or other types of therapeutic supplements, to avoid side effects and increase the chance of survival. Considering that Americans spent more than $20 billion on dietary supplements in 2015, it appears there are some serious believers in the power of supplements. Although many of these supplements can definitely help, remember to always speak to your doctor about changes to your health regimen. In theory, we receive the nutrients our bodies need through our diet; however in […]

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Communication is Vital to Life Post-Diagnosis

Posted on April 24th, 2017 by

If you have received a diagnosis of mesothelioma—a form of cancer which results from exposure to asbestos—then you are likely going through a very stressful time in your life. One of the primary things you must remember is that clear communication is essential, in your home, with your doctor, and with your attorney. First, let’s discuss how communication can make a huge difference in your interactions with your doctor. Doctor-Patient Communication If you are like most people, you have probably experienced moments of miscommunication while at a doctor’s appointment. After all, it can feel as though physicians and those they […]

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What Does Asbestos Look Like? A Short Field Guide

Posted on April 10th, 2017 by

Most of us are aware that asbestos can be dangerous, and can potentially cause mesothelioma—a very serious type of cancer. Asbestos is a fibrous material, mined from the ground, and mixed with many different materials to provide fire-proofing, insulation and strength. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to easily identify asbestos, and asbestos is not always marked as such. Asbestos was frequently used in the building and construction industry because of its heat- resistant capabilities, until it was finally banned in 1999. This means that there are hundreds of thousands of homes & businesses built prior to 2000 which may […]

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Does Asbestos Exposure Cause COPD?

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 by

As a person that has been exposed to asbestos, you run the risk of developing a variety of different diseases. With the harmful nature of this mineral, and the large number of related conditions, it can make it difficult to keep it all straight. In this article, we are going to take a closer look at COPD – one of the many conditions that can affect those who have been exposed to asbestos. What is COPD? COPD is short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. With this respiratory condition, you may experience shortness of breath, coughing, tightness in the chest, and […]

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Asbestos to Finally Be Illegal? How We Got Here

Posted on March 10th, 2017 by

We all know that asbestos is harmful to human health. But even with this knowledge, the march to completely banning it has been tough. There are groups that benefit financially from its continued use, and this has made it easier for some to turn a blind eye. With that said, there are some signs that change is on the way. Before we consider what might come in the future, we think it is important to look back at past efforts that have been made to regulate the use of asbestos and protect people from its harmful effects. Timeline of US […]

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