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Ongoing Legislative Efforts to Ban Asbestos in the United States

In 2016, The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was reformed after the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed by President Obama, to enforce a more thorough assessment of harmful chemicals by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Under the new chemical safety act, the EPA is now required to assess […]

Growing Number of Talcum Powder Users File Lawsuits

A recent settlement between Colgate-Palmolive Co., and a plaintiff from Pennsylvania who developed mesothelioma after using their talcum-powder based products, is part of a growing number of lawsuits against health giants such as Colgate-Palmolive Co., and Johnson & Johnson for their failure to warn consumers that their body powder products pose a cancer threat. Talcum […]

A Misdiagnosis Can Lead to a Medical Malpractice Suit

When placing your health, well- being, and perhaps your life in the hands of doctors, nurses, and medical professionals, you trust that you will receive the highest level of care.  Unfortunately, sometimes medical professionals fail to uphold and provide that standard of care, which can lead to devastating injuries that result in permanent damage, scarring, […]

Asbestos Insulation

Before people knew about the dangers of asbestos, asbestos was known as this “miracle mineral,” used in a myriad of ways. From fire and sound proofing, to caulking and brake linings, the mineral’s heat resistant qualities, high tensile strength, and abundance made it a popular building material in the mid-20th century. Its numerous application methods […]

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

The National Cancer Institute places lung cancer as the leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. One out of every four cancer deaths is attributable to lung cancer, and in 2016 alone The America Cancer Society an estimated 158,080 people passed away from this disease. Lung cancer begins in the lungs when […]

Allegheny County Asbestos Exposure

In 2013, the EWG Action Fund reported that out of all the counties in Pennsylvania, Allegheny County in western Pennsylvania had the highest number of asbestos-related deaths from 1999-2013, and the highest number of asbestos-related deaths per year. Pennsylvania is one of six states that have asbestos-related death rates higher than the national average, with […]

Uncommon Asbestos Applications in the Past

Throughout most of the 20th century, asbestos was a popular building material that became standard in  manufacturing, industrial industry, and in many households.  Today, when we think of asbestos, we might imagine insulation, siding, roofing, and vinyl floor tiles as common asbestos applications. However, because of its appearance, sound proofing, and heat resistant capabilities, asbestos […]

Misconceptions about Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is lung cancer One of the most common areas of the body where mesothelioma develops is the lung, and because of this, many misunderstand mesothelioma to be a type of lung cancer. In actuality, mesothelioma is cancer of the mesothelium – found in the lining of the heart, lungs, abdomen, or internal reproductive organs. […]

Asbestos Exposure Among Navy, Air Force, and Army Veterans

From naval ships, to aircraft carriers, to army barracks, asbestos use remained the popular building material for nearly 50 years in the military, which resulted in asbestos exposure among thousands upon thousands of military personnel. Its widespread use in this industry, coupled with the long latency period between initial asbestos exposure and illness, has resulted […]

Asbestos Imports Double in 2016; EPA Moves Forward with Potential Ban

In 2002, that last asbestos mine in the United States closed and since then all asbestos in the country today has had to be imported. Contrary to popular belief, asbestos  is not banned in the U.S., but is heavily regulated. Shipments must be carefully moved so not disturb the fibers, and since raw asbestos must […]

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