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November 2016 Archives

How US Military Service Members Have Been Exposed to Asbestos

Service members and veterans are at higher risk for developing asbestos-related diseases than other people because of the historical presence of asbestos in buildings, ships and combat situations to which they have been exposed during their service. Last week we published a post on Veterans Day honoring veterans: those who...

Motion Filed to Consolidate Proton-Pump Inhibitor Suits

A motion was filed on October 17, 2016, with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation or the MDL Panel to transfer 15 similar federal lawsuits filed and pending in various federal courts across the country, including in California, against various pharmaceutical companies, alleging kidney injury from proton-pump inhibitors, called...

Seattle Asbestos-Removal Company Fined for Regulatory Violation

When asbestos is discovered in a building, people are warned to never attempt removal themselves, but rather to hire a state-licensed asbestos-removal or asbestos-abatement company to do the work safely, professionally and according to legal requirements. Unfortunately for customers, the company's workers and others on the impacted premises, a Washington...

Firefighters More at Risk of Mesothelioma from Asbestos Exposure

While it has been known for some time that asbestos exposure is a risk for firefighters, only more recently has research started to quantify and qualify the increased chance that firefighters may develop mesothelioma as a result. Buildings throughout the country often contain building compounds and materials with asbestos components....

Substance in Sea Cucumber Promising in Mesothelioma Treatment

Austrian researchers have uncovered a potentially promising new treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma: trabectedin, a chemotherapy medication already in use against other cancers. Interestingly enough, the drug, which goes by the brand Yondelis, is naturally occurring in the Caribbean sea cucumber, but can be synthetically produced for use in chemotherapy....