Across the pond, cities, agencies, and individuals are joining forces to spread knowledge and awareness about mesothelioma and other potentially fatal effects of exposure to asbestos. To mark Action Mesothelioma Day 2011, groups will gather to hear speakers, share experiences, watch multimedia presentations and meet with mesothelioma lawyers to learn about the legal options.
According to court documents, the attorneys in late football legend Merlin Olsen's asbestos case have decided to drop NBC as a defendant after an investigation reportedly revealed that the network was not responsible for exposing Olsen to the asbestos during his employment with NBC.
Although researchers have come a long way in developing and implementing treatments for mesothelioma, there is still much that is unknown about the disease and the best way to treat it. In the ongoing efforts to learn more about the asbestos cancer, many hospitals and physicians have established clinical studies, in which they test new treatments and medications for the disease.
A recent study has indicated that a new combination of less common mesothelioma treatment methods may more effectively increase the chances of survival of those who suffer from the deadly disease. According to researchers at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the new findings have the added bonus of reducing the need for surgical lung removal in mesothelioma patients, allowing patients to have more normal lives following their mesothelioma treatment while also removing some of the risk of surgery.
As the residents of the battered town of Joplin, Missouri, continue to clean up from the devastating tornado that struck the city last month, there may be a new hazard to worry about. With over 8,000 destroyed structures throughout the region, it is likely that many of the materials being cleaned up and hauled away contain asbestos or similar materials, potentially placing residents and cleanup crews in danger of asbestos exposure and at risk of mesothelioma, lung cancer, or related diseases.
This spring has been a busy one for mesothelioma attorneys across the United States, with juries in Illinois and throughout the country awarding record-setting damages amounts to plaintiffs who are suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. After a Mississippi jury awarded the highest-ever damage award to a plaintiff suffering from asbestosis, the defendant company has filed an appeal, claiming that the judge has a conflict of interest which should have disqualified him from presiding over the case.
Earlier this week, we wrote about the latest threat to the Japanese people as they work to clean up after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Understandably, the Japanese government has not devoted much time and energy to the growing threat of asbestos, instead focusing on securing nuclear plants and caring for now-homeless residents.
In the first days and weeks following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, officials in that country and around the world were rightly concerned with securing the safety of residents and of stopping the leakage from the country's nuclear power plants. But now, as residents begin to clean up and rebuild, a new threat is emerging: asbestos.