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Man blames mesothelioma on protective clothing

Donald Maclachlan of Ohio has filed a lawsuit against American Optical Corp., claiming the company’s protective gear he wore for years as part of his job as a steel plant cast house helper contained asbestos and is responsible for his malignant mesothelioma.

American Optical’s motion to dismiss the case was recently denied by a district judge.

Unsafe asbestos removal endangered low-income housing residents

Recently, a contractor in Alexandria, VA pled guilty to a violation of the Toxic Substances Control Act. The violation stemmed from asbestos removal in a low-income housing complex. Instead of hiring the proper people to remove asbestos around the windows the right way, which would have been more expensive and time-consuming, he just had his workers take the windows out intact. His thought was that this would stop them from disturbing the asbestos that was present in the windows' surroundings and sealing material, so there would not be any risk of harm. At least that was what he told the court, according to Post.

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Johnson & Johnson settles 3 anti-talc cases

Johnson & Johnson, facing as many as 13,000 lawsuits that link asbestos in the company’s talc products to the development of cancer, suddenly settled three of those cases on March 27.

The company has a mixed record in defending itself in the talc cases – it has been found liable in some completed cases while others were decided in the company’s favor. One expert called the decision to reach settlements unusual.

Are research funds for mesothelioma drying up?

Mesothelioma is diagnosed in about 3,500 Americans each year, making it one of the rarer forms of cancer. But rare or not, the amount of money funneled into cancer research by the federal government has dropped significantly in the last 20 years.

The drop in federal funding coincides with several new breakthroughs in mesothelioma treatment, including the examination of cell DNA and the use of immunotherapy to fight tumor growth.

Jury finds against Johnson & Johnson in mesothelioma case

A California woman who used Johnson & Johnson talc products for decades has been awarded $29 million by a jury. The woman was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017.

The jury found that Johnson & Johnson’s talc products caused the mesothelioma and that the company failed to warn consumers about the dangers of using talc.

FDA finds more asbestos in Claire's, Justice products

In 2017, independent testing found tremolite asbestos in several Claire’s talc-based products. Claire’s has since attempted to remove all talc-based products from its stores. It’s stores, seen in malls throughout the country, market to children and teens.

In the wake of the 2017 revelations, the Food and Drug Administration began to investigate. On Wednesday, March 6, the FDA released a warning to the public that three other products from Claire’s contained tremolite asbestos. The products found to contain the deadly carcinogen include:

First responders wrongfully exposed to asbestos

First responders charge into hazardous situations to save the lives of others. Firefighters and other first responders are generally more likely to be exposed to carcinogens, as burning buildings often emit hazardous or cancerous substances. But a recent report indicates that San Diego firefighters were unnecessarily exposed to asbestos in their own training facility.

Investigation found decades-long asbestos danger

Lymph node research expands mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment

New research shows that doctors may be able to examine a specific type of lymph node to provide a reliable sign of the spread of pleural mesothelioma. This method could potentially be used to more accurately diagnose the spread and treatment of the disease, doctors say.

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