Here’s what you should know about asbestos in your home

July 9, 2020 By Melissa Soria

You probably don’t think about asbestos exposure very often. The EPA banned its use in 1989, and after all the news articles about how asbestos causes cancer and mesothelioma, who would want to use it at all? But the ban was removed a few years later, and while contractors virtually never use asbestos in residential…

Bayer to Pay $10 Billion to Settle Roundup Lawsuits

June 25, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Bayer will pay more than $10 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits regarding claims that its herbicide Roundup causes cancer, the company announced Wednesday. Monsanto, which Bayer bought in 2018, lost a lawsuit that same year brought by a school groundskeeper who claimed its weedkiller had caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Since then, thousands of U.S. lawsuits have been…

Women With Cancer Awarded Billions in Baby Powder Suit

June 24, 2020 By Melissa Soria

A Missouri appeals court ordered Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary to pay $2.1 billion in damages to women who blamed their ovarian cancers on the company’s talcum products, including its iconic baby powder. The decision slashed by more than half a record award of $4.69 billion in compensatory and punitive damages to the women,…

New study shows that mesothelioma therapies are underutilized in women

June 16, 2020 By Melissa Soria

A new study has found that #mesothelioma therapies are underutilized in women. A research team of specialists has uncovered a surprising underutilization of treatments for pleural mesothelioma cancer in women. Women were 15% less likely to receive aggressive mesothelioma surgery that has proven its worth in extending lives for this cancer, which has no definitive cure. They…

Health Experts Criticize EPA’s Asbestos Evaluation

June 4, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Doctors, scientists and occupational health experts from across the country are criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent asbestos draft risk evaluation. At a virtual press conference arranged by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization last week, speakers labeled the asbestos evaluation inadequate and in need of serious revision. The year-long evaluation was required as part of the Frank…

Immunotherapy/chemotherapy study shows promise at ASCO 2020

June 4, 2020 By Melissa Soria

A phase 2 immunotherapy clinical trial combining durvalumab, an immunotherapy drug, with standard treatment of Alimta (pemetrexed)/cisplatin has shown promising overall survival results.  The study enrolled 55 patients and showed a median survival of 20.1 months. Of those 55 patients, 31 demonstrated a partial response, and 22 had stable disease. Most frequently observed adverse events included fatigue, nausea, anemia, and constipation…

Chicago Unions Stepping Up During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 3, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Chicago unions are stepping up during this pandemic to assist in any way they can. Teamsters Local 703 workers at Chicago’s International Produce Market have been slammed since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but they’ve been working overtime to keep Chicagoland’s grocery stores stocked with fresh produce. “Basically, we’re on the front lines,” Ken Johnson, member…

Coronavirus and Mesothelioma Victims

March 11, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Mesothelioma patients and their caregivers have to be extra vigilant during this time as a result of the fast-spreading Coronavirus. Here is what the CDC recommends to stay healthy: * Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. * Use alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. * Avoid touching…

Resources Available for Mesothelioma Victims

March 10, 2020 By Melissa Soria

Whether you or a loved one has become sick as a result of mesothelioma it is important to know all the resources available at your disposal. From commonly and well-known resources, such support groups, to lesser known resources like transportation savings we will go through the most important assets you should know about. The most…

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