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First Blood Test For Concussions Approved by the FDA

In recent years, many sports organizations including the NFL, have made numerous rule changes to their concussion protocol in order to identify concussions more quickly – mere moments from the time of impact. Determining concussions by symptoms may not always be clear, as symptoms might take days, weeks, or even months to appear after the […]

The Permissible Exposure Limit and the Threshold Limit Value for Asbestos Exposure

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has maintained that “there is no ‘safe’ level of asbestos exposure for any type of asbestos fiber,” but despite these warnings, asbestos is still legal and still used in the United States.  Different government agencies have their own rules and regulations for asbestos control to maintain exposure levels […]

Asbestos in Your Home – National Cancer Prevention Month

Asbestos was used extensively for decades in home construction and as a result, many homes today built before 1980 may contain asbestos in some form. From insulation to floor tiles, asbestos can be found in nearly every part of your home, but it can be difficult to detect to with the naked eye. If you […]

World Cancer Day – Cancers Caused by Asbestos Exposure

February 4, 2018, was World Cancer Day and around the world, communities held seminars, festivals, and walks to promote and raise awareness about an illness that affects millions of people each year.  During World Cancer Day, communities educate people about cancer risks, signs and symptoms, and available treatments and support. Risk factors for cancer can […]

February is National Cancer Prevention Month

Cancer is the second most leading cause of death in the United States affecting over 500,000 people. However, is estimated that 1/3 of all cancers could be prevented through daily activities such as eating healthy, exercising, or simply applying sunscreen on a sunny day.  Cancers caused by asbestos exposure are life-threatening, but perhaps the most […]

Asbestos Cement Exposure: Roofing, Siding, and Pipes

Asbestos use dates back thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the Industrial Age and the mid- 20th century that asbestos was popularized as a building material. One of these common building materials was asbestos cement, or asbestos cement sheet (AC sheet) in which asbestos fibers were used to reinforce cement sheets.  Asbestos cement can […]

The Orphan Drug Act and the National Organization for Rare Disorders

Testing and developing new drugs and treatments for an illness is a costly endeavor, but drug companies thrive in this business by being able to sell medication to the sick – especially those suffering from common conditions. The more common a condition, the more profits drug companies will make selling their product. The more potential […]

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Against Johnson & Johnson Goes to Trial

Over the past couple of years, safety concerns about Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder has led to thousands of lawsuits from women claiming the company knew about the potential cancer risks associated with its product. Johnson & Johnson has been forced to pay millions to cancer victims after reports from the 1970s surfaced describing a […]

Why Does Asbestos-Related Disease Continue to Rise?

In early 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that despite the decline of asbestos use once the product became regulated in the United States, mesothelioma rates continue to rise, with a total of 45,221 deaths in the United States alone from 1999 to 2015. Scientists and researchers struggle to pinpoint reasoning […]

Fiberglass as a Substitute for Asbestos

For decades throughout much of the 20th century, asbestos was used in countless applications. From insulation, ceiling tiles, and vinyl flooring, to cigarette filters, curtains, and ironing board covers, asbestos could be found in almost every home, especially those built before 1980. The dangers of asbestos exposure were hidden from the public for years, but […]

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