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What you should know about mesothelioma's latency period

From the 1930s to the late 1970s, countless kinds of everyday products contained dangerous amounts of asbestos. And although Tennessee and federal laws have significantly reduced the amount of asbestos allowed in consumer products, there are still plenty of products today that could expose individuals to asbestos.

4 steps for creating a caregiving plan for someone with a serious illness

If your loved one was diagnosed with a serious illness such as mesothelioma, you understand the significant toll it can take on them. Dealing with this diagnosis can also be difficult for anyone close to your loved one, especially the caregiver.

In rare move, J&J opposes dismissal of asbestos-talc lawsuit

Nationwide, Johnson & Johnson is facing over 14,000 lawsuits claiming that its talc-based products, J&J Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, contain asbestos. According to the lawsuits, regular use of these products for genital hygiene can cause ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

Remodelers and disaster workers could be exposed to asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring, microscopic mineral fiber that has heat- and corrosion-resistant properties. It was therefore used in a wide variety of applications in industry and construction. Unfortunately, these tiny fibers can become airborne and lodge themselves in the lungs, the lining of the lungs, or the lining of the digestive tract. This can cause asbestos-related diseases like the deadly cancer mesothelioma, which often doesn't appear for decades after exposure.

Asbestos-related deaths reaching their peak in the UK

According to the Guardian, the death toll from asbestos-related diseases in the United Kingdom has reached crisis levels. After decisions to allow the use of asbestos between the 1950s and 1970s, the U.K. is experiencing record numbers of deaths from the diseases it causes. Along with Australia, the U.K. has the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world. Mesothelioma is a rare and fatal cancer that is exclusively caused by asbestos exposure.

New York jury orders J&J to pay $300 million in punitive damages

In the latest news on the tainted talc cases against Johnson & Johnson, a Manhattan jury has awarded a couple $25 million in compensatory damages and another $300 million in punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish wrongdoers. The jury agreed that asbestos in J&J's talc-based products caused the wife's mesothelioma.

Recognizing mesothelioma symptoms is difficult but vitally important

What would you think of a cough that doesn't get better? Or an increasing shortness of breath? Or fatigue? There are all kinds of illnesses and diseases that can cause these symptoms, many of which are often harmless. However, they can also be signs of a deadly cancer called mesothelioma.

Jury awards at least $25 million in latest J&J talc products case

Johnson & Johnson is facing over 14,000 claims that its talc-based products, Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, can cause ovarian cancer or mesothelioma when used for regular hygiene. Mesothelioma is specifically tied to asbestos exposure, and the plaintiffs argue that J&J's talc supply is tainted with asbestos.

Cosmetics contaminated by asbestos

Even after years of research showing that exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, there are still many ways to encounter the dangerous substance. Although some products contain asbestos by design (a practice that is questionable to say the least), an equal but hidden danger is products that were never supposed to contain asbestos in the first place.

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