Tuesday, August 31, 2010

the Mesothelioma Threat and Naval Dockyards

When asbestos is disturbed or damaged, small fibers can break away and float like dust into the air. If these fibers are inhaled, they can settle into the lungs and over several years cause life threatening health problems. One interesting study is called, “Radiological survey of men exposed to asbestos in naval dockyards” by P. G. Harries, F. A. F. Mackenzie, G. Sheers, J. H. Kemp, T. P. Oliver, D. S. Wright - Br J Ind Med 1972;29:274-279. Here is an excerpt: “Abstract - Radiological survey of men exposed to asbestos in naval dockyards. Asbestos related abnormalities were found in 3% of a 10% sample population in radiological surveys of the naval dockyards at Portsmouth, Chatham, and Rosyth. The prevalence of these abnormalities was related to the type of occupation and duration of exposure to asbestos. The results confirm the findings of an earlier survey at Devonport dockyard. No association between smoking, or the amount smoked, and the incidence of parenchymal or pleural disease due to asbestos was detected. Pleural abnormalities were found 10 times more frequently than parenchymal disease, and concern is felt over the uncertainty of the prognosis in men with pleural abnormalities, especially as 37 men have developed pleural mesothelioma at Devonport since 1965. More work is required to establish the true significance of pleural abnormalities caused by asbestos and to explore possible methods of treatment.”
A second study is called, “Parietal pleural plaques, asbestos bodies, and neoplasia. A clinical, pathologic, and roentgenographic correlation of 25 consecutive cases by Wain SL, Roggli VL, Foster WL Jr. - Chest. 1984 Nov;86(5):707-13. Here is an excerpt: “Abstract - An investigation was made to correlate autopsy and roentgenographic findings of pleural plaques with occupational exposure to asbestos and occurrence of respiratory tract tumors. Of the 434 autopsies performed over a 2 1/2 year period, 25 (5.8 percent) had pleural plaques but no gross evidence of parenchymal fibrosis. Review of the posterior-anterior chest roentgenograms using the International Labor Office criteria for classification of pneumoconiosis (1980) revealed that only seven of the 25 cases had detectable pleural thickening or calcification, which demonstrates the poor sensitivity of standard x-ray films. There was no detectable difference in frequency of known or presumed exposure to asbestos between the pleural plaque cases and controls as determined by occupational information obtained from chart review. Asbestos bodies were identified in lung tissue digests from all 25 cases with pleural plaques, and exceeded the normal range for our laboratory in 14 cases (56 percent). Of the 25 cases with pleural plaques, four also had bronchogenic and three had laryngeal carcinoma. The prevalence of bronchogenic carcinoma in patients with plaques was not different from those without plaques (p greater than 0.50). However, the association between plaques and laryngeal carcinoma was highly significant (p = 0.004).”

A third study is called, “Malignant Mesothelioma and Occupational Exposure to Asbestos: A Clinicopathological Correlation of 1445 Cases” by Victor L. Roggli, Anupama Sharma, Kelly J. Butnor, Thomas Sporn and Robin T. Vollmer - Ultrastructural Pathology 2002, Vol. 26, No. 2, Pages 55-65. Here is an excerpt: “Asbestos exposure is indisputably associated with development of mesothelioma. However, relatively few studies have evaluated the type of occupational exposure in correlation with asbestos fiber content and type. This study reports findings in 1445 cases of mesothelioma with known exposure history; 268 of these also had fiber burden analysis. The 1445 cases of mesothelioma were subclassified into 23 predominant occupational or exposure categories. Asbestos body counts per gram of wet lung tissue were determined by light microscopy. Asbestos fiber content and type were determined by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray analysis. Results were compared with a control group of 19 lung tissue samples. Ninety-four percent of the cases occurred among 19 exposure categories. Median asbestos body counts and levels of commercial and noncommercial amphibole fibers showed elevated levels for each of these 19 categories. Chrysotile fibers were detectable in 36 of 268 cases. All but 2 of these also had above-background levels of commercial amphiboles. When compared to commercial amphiboles, the median values for noncommercial amphibole fibers were higher in 4 of the 19 exposure groups. Most mesotheliomas in the United States fall into a limited number of exposure categories. Although a predominant occupation was ascertained for each of these cases, there was a substantial overlap in exposure types. All but 1 of the occupational categories analyzed had above-background levels of commercial amphiboles. Commercial amphiboles are responsible for most of the mesothelioma cases observed in the United States.”

If you found any of these studies interesting, please read them in their entirety. We all owe a great deal of thanks to the people who are researching these important issues.
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Asbestos Damage to Workers and Chromosome Changes

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Cancer cells develop in the mesothelium, a thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of the body’s internal organs. There are four types. Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma (lung), Peritoneal Mesothelioma (abdomen), Percardial Mesothelioma (heart), and Tunica Vaginilas (testicles). One interesting study that examines this disease is called, “An early, nonrandom karyotypic change in immortal Syrian hamster cell lines transformed by asbestos: Trisomy of chromosome 11” - Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics Volume 22, Issue 3, July 1986, Pages 225-237, by Mitsuo Oshimura, a, Thomas W. Hesterberga and J.Carl Barretta. Here is an excerpt: “Abstract - Cytogenetic studies were performed on eight early passage Syrian hamster embryo cell lines independently derived following asbestos exposure. The modal chromosome number of all the immortal cell lines was near-diploid. At the earliest passage examined, six of eight cell lines had only numerical chromosome changes. Cells in each of these six cell lines had an extra chromosome #11, either as a sole karyotypic change or with other numerical changes. The remaining two cell lines displayed both numerical and structural chromosome changes, but without involvement of chromosome #11. Common abnormalities were -X or -Y, +3, and 8p- in one cell line, and -13 and t(13;21) in the other cell line. A nonrandom gain of chromosome #8 was also found in four cell lines. In three of the four cell lines, trisomy of chromosome #8 seems to have occurred during karyotypic progression. The observation that nonrandom changes in chromosome number are an early karyotypic change after carcinogen treatment supports our hypothesis that induction of aneuploidy by asbestos is mechanistically important in the transformation of Syrian hamster embryo cells in culture and, further, suggests that trisomy 11 plays a major role in the early steps of immortalization and neoplastic progression.”
A second study is called, “The HL-A system in asbestos workers” by J A Merchant, P T Klouda, C A Soutar, W R Parkes, S D Lawler, M Turner-Warwick - Br Med J 1975;1:189-191 (25 January). Here is an excerpt: “In a study of the HL-A system in 56 selected asbestos workers referred to the Pneumoconiosis Medical Panel with definite or suspected asbestosis, the W 27 antigen was found more often than among a control population. Six of the 10 asbestos workers with the W 27 antigen had definite radiographic evidence of asbestosis compared to 13 out of 46 without the W 27 antigen. These observations, if confirmed, suggest that the W 27 antigen may provide a useful marker of an enhanced susceptibility to the tissue-damaging effects of asbestos dust.”

A third study is called, “Mortality among long-term employees of an Ontario asbestos-cement factory.” by M M Finkelstein Br J Ind Med 1983;40:138-144. Here is an excerpt: “Abstract - Mortality was studied among a group of 328 employees of an Ontario asbestos-cement factory who had been hired before 1960 and who had been employed for a minimum of nine years. The group of 87 men who had worked in the rock wool/fibre glass operations, or who had been otherwise minimally exposed to asbestos, had mortality rates similar to those of the general Ontario population, while the group of asbestos-exposed employees had all-cause mortality rates double those of the Ontario population, mortality rates due to malignancies five times higher than expected, and deaths attributed to lung cancer eight times more frequent than expected. According to the best evidence available, 10 of 58 deaths among the production workers were due to malignant mesothelioma and 20 to lung cancer. The men dying of mesothelioma were younger than the men dying of lung cancer with mean ages at death of 51 and 64 years respectively. An exposure model was constructed on the basis of the available air sampling data, and individual exposure histories were calculated. These exposure histories were used to investigate the exposure-response relationships for asbestos-associated malignancies.”

If you found any of these studies interesting, please read them in their entirety. We all owe a great deal of thanks to the people who are researching these important issues.

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Diagnosis Malignant Mesothelioma Claims

source by:Pieter Pepler 

Diagnosis Malignant Mesothelioma Claims the Life of Labour MP John MacDougall

Labour MP John MacDougall died of Malignant Mesothlioma, caused by asbestos exposure. This had again highlighted the poor prognosis of mesothelioma victims. All ex-shipyard workers are cautioned by Mesothelioma-Junction.Com to immediately consult their specialist at the first sign of what may be symptoms of mesothelioma.

MP John MacDougall, Labour MP and close friend of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, sadly died at the age of 60, on 13 August 2008, within 24 months of receiving the diagnosis malignant mesothelioma. He passed away at the Victoria Hospital, in Kilkaldy and his funeral is set for Monday 18 August 2008. He revealed in May 2007 that he had serious health problems.

After being diagnosed with asbestosis he had one lung removed at Guy's Hospital in London. Mr MacDougall blamed his asbestos disease on his work in the shipyards in 1960's. That was before asbestos regulations were implemented globally by developed nations. The average asbestos mesothelioma victim normally lives for only 6 to 24 months after being diagnosed.

Many mesothelioma treatment options are currently available but they are yet unable to affectively heal asbestosis mesothelioma patients. This well loved politician had vowed to beat the disease and return to work, after undergoing a trial procedure to try and beat the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma.
John MacDougall contributed his education to the excellent technical training that Rosyth Naval Dockyard gave to its apprentices.

A boilermaker by trade, he was employed for a period as an engineer in the dockyard and then in the mines. From 1964 John worked at the RGC oil rig construction yard in Methil. His political career commenced in 1982 when he was elected to the Fife County Council.

Even though society at large has known about the dangers of asbestos exposure and asbestos poisoning for decades, industrial tycoons and government departments continued to use or produce asbestos products to sustain their profits, employment figures and/or economic growth.

However, lobbyists for asbestos toxin health concerns and regulation, eventually succeeded. So varying efficiencies of asbestos mesothelioma law was written and implemented globally.
Ship yards, boilermakers, dock yards, mining are all terms that are statistically stacked with a high level of Occupational Asbestos Risk. Even a very brief asbestos exposure can lead to a range of chronic and fatal medical dispositions known as asbestos poisoning diseases.

For many years, asbestos insulation was a preferred thermal component of boilers due to its heat resistant properties. What is asbestos and what does asbestos look like? All forms of asbestos are composed of fibers with widths less than 1 micrometer, that occur in bundles and have very long lengths. This is called fibrillar. Asbestos identify with particularly fine fibers and is sometimes also called amianthus.

So asbestos is a classification of minerals with a unique, crystalline fiber texture. The main groups are: Chrysotile ("white asbestos"), Amosite ("brown asbestos"), Crocodolite ("blue asbestos"), Tremolite (Amhibole), Anthrophyllite and Actinolite. View asbestos pictures asbestos pictures here

Why are asbestos fibers dangerous? The microscopic fibers become easily airborne. The asbestos fibers are then easily breathed in through the nose and mouth. It becomes lodged forever in the lungs or other parts of the body. The body's immune system targets these fibers to break it down, but the body acids excreted to dissolve the asbestos always fail. The lesion caused by the asbestos fibres, is called asbestos injury. Asbestos symptoms begin slowly and unnoticed. Since the asbestos particles are indestructible, connective scar tissue builds up around them.

It may take between 5 to 50 years for the first symptoms to appear, gradually developing into asbestosis mesothelioma (asbestos disease mesothelioma.) Shortness of breath with an absence of coughing is one of the first asbestos poisoning symptoms. If the scar tissue is allowed to develop undiagnosed, the presence of body acids causes some cells to mutate into malignant mesothelioma cancer cells. Once asbestosis mesothelioma cancer had advanced, other organs begin to weaken from the lack of oxygen. The heart is especially vulnerable.

Occupational asbestos risk, even in modern day industry, can not be over emphasized. This matter is once again being brought to the attention of environment and health concious groups, by the sad loss of John MacDougall, Labour MP. He was a pillar in society, member of Scottish Constitutional Convention Vice-President and Treasurer of the Assembly of European Regions. He was alos asked if he would act as liaison officer between the AER and the Conference of Periphereal Maritime Regions.

For more information about the diagnosis malignant mesothelioma and asbestos pictures, our website: mesothelioma-Junction.Com
Pieter Pepler is a management consultant to small and medium enterpises. He has a keen interest in in health aspects and spends much of his time researching and writing about the causes and alternative treatment options for the natural treatment of various chronic diseases.

His work on asbestos mesothelioma risk and related research is published on his Mesothelioma-Junction.com website.

Pieter has also done an asbestos picture study of asbestos in a popular seaside holiday distination, entitled: "A Silent Killer Stalking Your Favorite Beach Destination?" The album can be viewed under “Asbestos Pictures" on his website.
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Why Opt for an Experienced Mesothelioma Attorney?

source: by Craig Rowe 
There are many attorneys around today, some of who specialize in particular areas of law and others that deal with a wide range of legal issues. When it comes to a sensitive and often complicated area such as mesothelioma litigation, it is always advisable to go through a specialist mesothelioma attorney with experience and contacts within this field. Having an experienced mesothelioma attorney deal with your mesothelioma case can help to speed the process, and can ultimately make the difference between a successful or a failed mesothelioma compensation claim.

Trained and experienced mesothelioma attorneys will have established links and contacts with other groups and organizations within this field, which means that you will be able to get additional advice and even support as well as getting sound legal advice. A more experienced mesothelioma attorney will already have dealt with cases similar to yours, and will therefore know the pitfalls and loopholes to look out for, which could help to speed up your case and could maximizes your chances of a successful claim.

When you choose an experienced mesothelioma attorney, you will be able to determine the success rate of that particular law firm or specialist by asking about similar cases and their outcomes. Because a more experienced attorney will already have dealt with a large number of such cases, he or she will be able to demonstrate their success rate within the field of mesothelioma litigation.

A mesothelioma attorney will be highly trained in this particular area, and will be completely familiar with the information and facts required in order to put together a successful lawsuit on behalf of a mesothelioma sufferer or a family member that is filing on behalf of a sufferer. An experienced lawyer will be able to ask the right questions, and will be able to initiate early action on your mesothelioma lawsuit through the use of links and contacts that he or she has already formed. Also, since a specialist mesothelioma attorney will have experience in dealing with asbestos litigation, he or she is more likely to be able to advise you with regard to the timeframe involved as well as the likely success of your lawsuit based upon your circumstances.

Because most mesothelioma attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, you will not have to worry about paying costly legal bills upfront. When working on a contingency fee structure, you will only pay legal fees if and when you receive compensation, which means that you can enjoy the benefits of expert legal assistance and advice without having to pay any money upfront.

Using a trained, experienced mesothelioma attorney to deal with your lawsuit could save you a great deal of time and worry over your claim, and you could increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve for your asbestos related injury. With a number of specialist mesothelioma attorneys to choose from, you should have no problem finding expert legal assistance from a professional with a high level of experience within the area of mesothelioma litigation.

MesotheliomaFirms.com offers listings of experienced mesothelioma law firms and attorneys specializing in asbestos injury, as well as mesothelioma information and articles. To find a mesothelioma law firm or asbestos attorney, visit http://www.MesotheliomaFirms.com.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Where Who Can File A Mesothelioma Claim

Individuals suffering from Mesothelioma symptoms could be entitled to benefits due to being criminally exposed to asbestos, a cancer-causing agent that is largely responsible for most Mesothelioma cases. Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, produces harmful, microscopic fibers, which can be deadly if inhaled.

Companies who were fully aware of the dangers involved could have wrongfully exposed most workers the material in the form of old insulation, clothing, and fire-resistant materials, culminating in cases of Mesothelioma.

If you had a recent Mesothelioma diagnosis, hiring an efficient Mesothelioma attorney is crucial at this stage in the game.

If you haven't had a Mesothelioma diagnoses, but have worked around asbestos, realize that some Mesothelioma symptoms may not even show up until the disease has progressed to its deadly form. Early diagnosis is extremely important, so get checked out, even if you feel fine.

Onset symptoms for a Mesothelioma that begins in the lungs can start with coughing up blood, wheezing, and fluid in the chest cavity. Abdominal Mesothelioma symptoms can include abdominal pain, bowel obstruction/distention, fluid in the abdominal cavity and anemia.

Both lung and abdominal Mesothelioma can lead to tumor growth that can have devastating effects on the health of the sufferer.

Below is a list of employees who could have been exposed to asbestos laden materials, and may be able to file a claim for damages if diagnosed with Mesothelioma:

Construction and Steel workers
US Servicemen
Auto Mechanics
Insulation workers
Asbestos Textile workers
Demolition workers.
Homeowners with old homes
Office workers in old buildings

People who had a loved one die from asbestos related exposure and Mesothelioma can file a claim as well.

Why a Mesothelioma attorney?
You want an attorney who specializes in such cases so that a professional can establish the link between your exposure to asbestos and your cancer. Someone familiar with Mesothelioma symptoms and their causes can provide the smoking gun for your case.

A capable Mesothelioma attorney is worth their weight in gold in that they can get you the monetary compensation necessary to assist with rising medical costs and provide benefits to you and your family. Those who lost loved ones may also be awarded death benefits as well.

You deserve someone who specializes in medical lawsuits and has a proven track record for success, so do your homework to ensure that you find the right Mesothelioma lawyer for your special circumstances.

The best way to do this is through a mesothelioma attorney, as he or she can find the best way to get the largest settlement possible, thereby allowing the individual who must deal with this horrible disease a little bit of peace of mind when it comes to his or her family and how they will survive financially, either with the cost of the treatments now, or after the individual has passed away.

People who have mesothelioma symptoms can survive for many years, and the cost of their treatment often means that the services of a mesothelioma lawyer will be needed.

Source:by Nick Johnson http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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How Mesothelioma Claims

Asbestos adversely affects the lining of the chest cavity, the abdominal cavity and the cavity around the heart. This lining is, in medical terms, known as mesothelium, as it is made up of the mesothelial cells. The effect of asbestos on this lining leads to a tumour (which may be benign or cancerous) and this condition is known as mesothelia. The mesothelium produces a lubricating fluid that helps with the easy movement of the organs around the body and mesothelioma leads to a problem in the production of this fluid, which can be fatal. Probably the most frightening aspect of asbestos is that the symptoms are not apparent for as long as up to 20 or 40 years after exposure.
Lump Sum Compensation
Under the law of Queensland, persons with diseases caused by exposure to asbestos and other dusts while at work can obtain a significant lump sum and other benefits through an application to WorkCover Queensland. Diseases like the asbestos cancer mesothelioma or asbestos related lung cancer can attract lump sum compensation, even when asbestos exposure occurred many years previously.
Apart from people suffering from asbestos poisoning at work, people who are exposed to asbestos products while not at work can also claim compensation. Some examples of such people are self employed carpenters, home handypersons and spouses or children with asbestos disease who were exposed to asbestos from work clothes.
Mesothelioma Claims Lawyers
If you are looking to file a claim for injuries incurred, it is advised to obtain the help of lawyers that are experts in the field of claims. Turner Freeman, based in Queensland, have been providing legal services to people looking to file for injury claims for a number of years. They specialise in the field of injury claims, motor vehicle injury claims, workplace injury claims, mesothelioma claims and other legal issues, such as wills and estates.
The terms offered by Turner Freeman are “no win, no fee”, which means that you do not need to pay them unless and until you receive the compensation yourself. They can also provide you an area-specific legal service, from Brisbane injury solicitors to Sunshine Coast personal injury lawyers. To know more about Turner Freeman and what they can offer, please visit their website at http://www.tfq.com.au.

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Mesothelioma Claims and Insurance Companies

California Mesothelioma Lawsuits, Mesothelioma Claims and Insurance Companies

Insurance companies don't like to pay for things, and if there is any way around their obligation to foot the bill, they will. That is how they stay in business. They need to have a large percentage of money coming in and a very small percentage going out. Insurance adjustors are not humanitarians, they are business people. California mesothelioma claims are a huge liability in the eyes of the insurance companies. 

California mesothelioma lawsuits run the risk of drying up the insurance companies limited resources. Juries are willing to award victims of Mesothelioma and their families large amounts of money based on the company's previous knowledge of the asbestos exposure, which is the sole proven cause for it. 

Nearly all California mesothelioma lawsuits are filed by people who have held laborious positions all their life, including factory workers, those in the automotive industry, demolition crews, and construction crews. These men and women worked hard every day of their lives and in so many cases the company was well aware of the asbestos risks and did little or nothing to inform or protect their employees. 

It's just another example of the wealthy taking advantage of the average. Juries listen to testimony and more often than not are willing to award excessive sums of money to the victims of Mesothelioma. Insurance companies are then forced to pay the claims, only in much higher amounts than would have been necessary had they simply paid the initial claim. 

Insurance companies have much more stringent requirements than juries. Insurance companies have the right to initially deny claims until they are forced to pay. Juries are asked to form opinions based solely on reasonable doubt and presented evidence. Juries are fallible. Juries come with their own thoughts and feelings and experiences that create the filters in which they hear evidence being presented. 

A jury reviewing a Mesothelioma case that is comprised of upper echelon and society's elite is likely to award nominal sums for cases than a jury comprised of laborers, artists, and retirees reviewing the same Mesothelioma case. 

Mesothelioma has had enough press that most people recognize that it is caused by asbestos and typically can only be ignored by the people who hold a position of power. Asbestos laws are not stringent enough to prevent future cases of Mesothelioma. People with annual income of less than $75,000 are more likely to identify with victims than those with annual incomes over $100,000. Those who fall in between are likely to hear the case for what it is. 

The insurance companies aren't willing to place their financial future in the hands of juries quite so readily any longer, and legislation is continually making it more difficult for hard working middle to lower class people to present their Mesothelioma cases in court. 

More often than not, insurance companies have various rules in place that protect them. Speaking to a California mesothelioma lawyer immediately after diagnosis even if you have not yet decided to file a lawsuit is recommended. Should you choose to file, the lawyer has already advised you of the basic requirements necessary to continue with the filing of the Mesothelioma lawsuit. 

Without this information, it is possible to make an innocent mistake that can cost you the right to your benefits. The insurance company is willing to work very hard to deny you the basic coverage under asbestos related laws, it only make sense to respond with someone working hard on your side to protect your rights against insurance company regulations. It is not a disease that can be contracted by a poor diet or unhealthy habits. Mesothelioma has been proven to be caused only by prolonged exposure to asbestos.

Whether you are not receiving fair benefits or treatment from your insurance company in regards to your Mesothelioma or not, you may be able to file a lawsuit. It is possible that you are entitled to many benefits that you are unaware of. Unfortunately, it is a crippling and terminal disease. 

Often in these cases there are more benefits available to the victim within their rights provided by the law than they are aware of, and it is not likely that the insurance company is going to make the offer. A qualified California mesothelioma lawyer can fully explain the benefits available to you and your family in a much more user friendly fashion than even the best insurance company.

Source by:Nick Johnson http://www.nickjohnsonlaw.com

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