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More cesarean sections don't add up to safer deliveries

Many of our readers may be surprised to learn that the most-frequently-performed type of major surgery in our country is a cesarean section. About one in every three babies are delivered via C-section.

There are some circumstances in which a C-section is necessary or at least preferable for the safety of the mother and/or child. Women who are older, overweight, diabetic or have high blood pressure, for example, may be safer having a C-section. There are other situations, such as when the baby isn't positioned properly for a vaginal birth, where a C-section is necessary.

Will drug trial help in the fight against mesothelioma?

For years, researchers have known of the link between asbestos exposure and the development of mesothelioma — a deadly form of cancer that affects the membrane protecting the body’s major internal organs. In fact, virtually every new case mesothelioma can be tied to asbestos exposure in one way or another.

Sadly, though, while the link between asbestos and mesothelioma is well known, scientists and medical professionals have yet to develop an effective, long-term treatment for this deadly condition. However, researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK are hoping a new drug trial may help to change that.

Fiat recalls over a million pickup trucks after crashes, fatality

As more and more of the functions of our vehicles are controlled by software, vehicle recalls increasingly involve software errors rather than the defect or malfunction of a part. That's the case with a recently-announced recall by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of over a million of its Ram pickup trucks.

The software error could impact a vehicle's side air bag deployment as well as the pretensioners that tighten seat belts during an impact.

Will proposed bill keep asbestos legal?

Despite some estimates that asbestos continues to claim as many as 15,000 lives every year, it still hasn’t been completely banned in the United States. In addition, the Senate is now considering new legislation that many believe will, if passed, make it much more difficult for federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban this dangerous material in the future.

According to a recent report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) — a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment — this proposed bill, otherwise known as the Regulatory Accountability Act, follows legislation passed last summer that originally removed many of the roadblocks that had previously stopped the EBA from banning asbestos outright.

Wrongful death lawsuits might be possible after death on-the-job

Losing a loved one in any circumstance is hard. When you find out that your loved one died because of a medical condition caused by something he or she encountered on-the-job, your grief might turn to outright anger.

For some employees, the desire of the employer to put profit before people led to them being exposed to toxic substances. This can often lead to fatal conditions. For example, exposure to asbestos is something that can lead to mesothelioma. This is a fatal condition that involves a lot of suffering.

'Bathroom upgrade' was actually asbestos removal, residents claim

After being asked to leave their Massachusetts apartment complex for 10 days for supposed bathroom upgrades, many residents began to worry when they were still unable to move back nearly a month later. Why the delay? Residents found out that asbestos was actually being removed from their building.

According to a recent report by Fox 25 News in Boston, residents of this Rockland apartment building were sent a letter on April 5 notifying them that the building would be going through renovations, including “bathroom upgrades.” In addition, the letter stated some residents would have to leave their apartments for “up to ten (10) days."

How can I identify asbestos in my home?

Last week, we told you about the various do’s and don’ts homeowners should follow if they believe certain materials and products in their home may contain asbestos. This week, we are offering tips on how you can go about identifying whether the questionable material is actually asbestos or not.

Unfortunately, unless the suspected material has a label that clearly says it contains asbestos, there is really no guaranteed way to determine by sight if it is asbestos — meaning some form of testing may be required.

Asbestos 1 of first 10 substances under review by government

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has classified asbestos as a known carcinogen. People who have had exposure to significant amounts of this chemical can develop mesothelioma. This type of cancer can impact the tissue that covers the lungs and abdomen. Asbestos can also lead to lung cancer.

Scientists have known about the dangers of asbestos for many years now, and its use in residential and public buildings is regulated under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). However, it is still not fully banned in the U.S., as it is in Europe. While asbestos is no longer produced in our country, it can still be found in a number of construction materials, including electrical wiring, insulation, ceiling tiles and vinyl flooring, because it improves their durability and resistance to fire.

Think your home may contain asbestos? Homeowner do's and don'ts.

If your home was built prior to 1980, there is a good chance that it once contained asbestos — and it may still be there today. In fact, many building materials used to contain significant amounts of asbestos, including various types of insulation, roofing and siding shingles, ceiling/floor/vinyl tiles, cement board and pipe wrap, just to name a few.

Given the dangers associated with asbestos — and the serious medical conditions it may cause — homeowners need to be careful if they are considering a home remodel or simply suspect their home may contain this hazardous material. With this in mind, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided the following do’s and don’ts to help keep you safe:

Why diagnosing melanoma in its early stages makes a difference

When mesothelioma is diagnosed in its early stages, the life expectancy of the patient is generally longer than if it's not caught until the later stages. When people are still in stage 1 or 2 of the cancer, it often responds well to surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Early-stage mesothelioma patients are also more likely to qualify for clinical trials than later-stage ones.

In the first two stages, cancer cells have not yet spread to the lungs and lymph nodes. The tumors are contained in the lining of the lung (stage 1), lung tissue or diaphragm (stage 2).

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