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How to handle chronic illness and depression

Nobody likes to find out that they're sick, and it's even worse to find out that you're going to stay sick. That's why nobody's really surprised to find out that depression and chronic illness often go hand-in-hand.

So, how can you cope if you've been handled both of these burdens to carry at once?

What does the DOJ investigation mean for asbestos trust funds?

Recently, the Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest regarding the establishment of a new asbestos trust fund. While filing for bankruptcy, the Kaiser Gypsum Company also established funds for an asbestos trust to compensate former employees who got sick after working with asbestos.

This is not the first time that the DOJ has filed a Statement of Interest into a matter like this one. Below are the most frequently asked questions about the DOJ's interest in the matter.

The combination of two mesothelioma treatments looks promising

In 2003, the Human Genome Project (HGP) completed one of the greatest feats in the history of mankind. That year, after ten years of labor, an international team of experts gave us the genetic blueprint to build a human being. Twelve years later, in 2015, individual genome mapping came to market. Individual mapping is done today in 6 hours or less at a cost of roughly $1,000. What this means for the future of medicine is unfathomable.

Where doctor's widespread medical knowledge was once reduced to a sophisticated form of trial and error, today's cutting edge medicine has harnessed the power of individual genome mapping to provide targeted and personalized treatment plans. Now, that doesn't mean we will soon be a disease-free nation, but it does inspire optimism. Here is how mesothelioma patients could see a benefit in the future.

Asbestos that's hiding in plain sight

You probably know that asbestos is dangerous -- even lethal. What you may not know, however, is the fact that asbestos can be hiding right in front of you in numerous forms.

Asbestos can turn up in places that you least expect -- from the walls you want to renovate in your home to the tile floor that your boss is redoing in the kitchen of the restaurant you work in. It can also turn up in a lot of other unlikely places -- like a thrift shop or an antique store. Unfortunately, what you don't know really can hurt you when it comes to asbestos.

What a recent mistrial means for mesothelioma cases

As we have learned more about the connection between asbestos and mesothelioma, the connection has become clearer. While not everyone who is exposed to asbestos gets a mesothelioma diagnosis, there is a connection between people who have more exposure developing this rare and aggressive cancer.

Although the intended uses for asbestos have decreased significantly and there is less accidental contamination, people are still exposed at home and work. Even in trace amounts, this exposure can lead to mesothelioma.

The cost of treating mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a difficult diagnosis to understand and deal with. The average mesothelioma patient lives less than five years after being diagnosed. Mesothelioma is a deadly and aggressive cancer.

Like other cancers, mesothelioma is also expensive to treat. Often patients are stuck wondering if the cost of the treatment is worth it considering that there is no cure and the survival rate is so low.

New treatments for mesothelioma are in the works

October was National Healthy Lung Month. The intention of recognition is to encourage people to consider the health of their lungs.

When people think about lung health, tobacco use is one of the first things that comes to mind. While smoking is largely responsible for many lung related diseases, you would be remiss to think it is the only risk to lung health.

This biomarker could better stage and treat mesothelioma

Researchers may have found a better way to identify the severity of malignant pleural mesothelioma, or MPM.

A study published in the October edition of the Journal of Molecular Cancer suggests that using a particular type of "biomarker" could help doctors diagnose pleural mesothelioma earlier. Because a late diagnosis is often the reason for poor patient outcomes, this research has the potential to be a great tool for patients exposed to asbestos to get earlier treatment. 

Don't hesitate to file a wrongful death claim

When a loved one dies as a result of another person's reckless or negligent actions, the survivors are often faced with a difficult decision: whether to file a wrongful death claim.

If you're in this unfortunate position, here are the reasons you shouldn't hesitate to file:

Asbestos: A key ingredient in the "good old days"

The middle of the 20th century is often rememberd as a magical time in the United States. After WWII, the value of family was at an all-time high. Family units were as strong as the economy. Television created a unified vision of what it meant to be an American. These ideals involved fathers mowing lawns with precision, children playing kick the can in the middle of suburban streets and wives preparing delicous meals that were ready just in time for their husbands to arrive home from work.

The early 1950s were iconic, and today, millions look back with overwhelming nostalgia. With every year that passes, however, new research reveals just how many of those memories include asbestos, a known carcinogen. The use of the product was so wide from the 1930s to the 1980s that hardly anyone could have gone without exposure at some level. Here are some iconic memories that, unfortunately, include asbestos.

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