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Are Claire’s makeup products putting young people at risk?

The presence of asbestos was once commonplace in construction, shipbuilding and automotive industries, a practice that continued into the 1970’s. Up until the 1990’s, home insulation and building materials believed to be safe contained asbestos. Today, deadly fibers are still released into the air when materials are disturbed despite efforts to curtail the risk of exposure.

The shocking discovery of asbestos in Johnson & Johnson baby powder has increased awareness of its presence in consumer products. It has also put a larger number of consumers at risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.

The Fight To Increase Awareness Of Asbestos Exposure

For a government entity that boasts its commitment to protection, the Environmental Protection Agency seems to be falling short in shielding the public from the continuing, deadly effects of asbestos exposure.

Following the EPA’s denial of a petition to mandate expanded asbestos reporting, several public health groups have joined forces. Through legal action, the organizations want the EPA to reconsider its end-of-year ruling through legal action.

Issues that increase the risk of asbestos injuries

Are you one of many people in Illinois who have possibly dealt with asbestos exposure? Anyone who works or lives in an older building, factory, shipyard or structure that went through renovation may be at risk for asbestos-related injury. If you work in a place where such hazards are present, your employer is legally obligated to inform you of the issues and also to provide proper training and equipment available to help you stay safe.

Sadly, far too many incidents have occurred in the past where employers failed in their duties, and workers suffered after contracting terminal illnesses after being exposed to asbestos on the job. Perhaps it is a second-hand exposure problem that has placed you at risk; if your spouse or a parent comes home with asbestos fibers on his or her clothing, you could have inhaled or ingested the microscopic particles. There is no safe amount of asbestos exposure; however, there are definitely times when the substance poses an increased danger.

Johnson & Johnson under fire for asbestos in baby powder

Almost everyone has heard of Johnson & Johnson’s iconic baby powder. But did you know it might be giving you cancer?

In December, Reuters News released a report that provided evidence to show Johnson & Johnson was aware of the presence of asbestos in its baby powder. Now, the United States government is demanding answers from the company.

Are doctors keeping you from mesothelioma treatment?

According to a recent study, doctors might be the reason patients with Mesothelioma are not receiving treatment. The reason is doctor “nihilism,” or doctor suspicion that the treatment will not work.

The recent study surveyed over 100 doctors and 20 nurses. At least 90 percent of the doctors believe 10 percent of mesothelioma patients are victims of doctor nihilism. That means out of the 3 thousand people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, at least 300 will not receive proper treatment. However, almost half of the doctors believe it could be up to 20 percent of patients, which would be around 600 individuals each year.

Asbestos imports improperly reported, putting citizens at risk

The federal government recently denied a petition calling for increased reporting on asbestos imports. In the petition, environmental groups asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require asbestos importers and manufacturers to publicly report all asbestos-related activities.

Asbestos trust funds: Are you eligible to receive compensation?

What if you were able to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars from a trust fund that has already been set up? For some victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, this might be a reality.

In the 1970s, scientists discovered asbestos was a primary cause of mesothelioma. As a result, many asbestos companies were forced to declare bankruptcy in the proceeding decades following an influx of lawsuits. Many of the companies that went bankrupt set up trust funds to compensate victims of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos still a risk, but other hazards also endanger your lungs

If you work construction, you are already aware of the common dangers you face every day. Falling from heights, objects striking you and electrocution are just a few of the hazards you try to avoid. However, you may not consider that cancer is also a serious possibility for construction workers.

Perhaps you wear personal protection equipment to arrest your fall, to prevent particles from getting into your eyes or to protect your hearing from the loud machinery you work around. What you may not realize is that the dust you inhale every day may be full of harmful toxins that are already at work in your lungs potentially cutting your life short. In fact, construction workers are 50 percent more likely to develop some form of lung cancer than those working in other industries.

Common sources and symptoms of benzene exposure

Benzene is a colorless liquid chemical that is described as having a sweet smell. However, it is one of the most dangerous and most prevalent chemicals on earth.

According to the Center for Disease Control, benzene exposure is proven to cause cancer in humans. As a result, it is important to know where benzene exposure occurs and how to recognize you have been exposed.

Making the holidays easier for caregivers

Families in Missouri and Illinois generally make it a point to be together during the holiday season. For caregivers looking after loved ones with health conditions such as mesothelioma, however, it may not be possible to plan or attend a gathering. This is because of the stress of providing care. Furthermore, trying to host a holiday gathering may be more than a patient and caregiver can handle. In some cases, the person with the health problem won't feel up to attending a traditional holiday event.

However, there are things that family members can do to ensure that everyone can be together for a holiday celebration. For instance, they can offer to take over the process of planning, preparing and cleaning up after the event. If necessary, the person who usually hosts the event can still participate in a supervisory role. Depending on how the sick family member feels, it may be a good idea to keep the guest list to a minimum.

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