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Longtime Louisiana politician files mesothelioma suit

Louisiana has a long history of litigation over asbestos, and the end is not yet near. A 71-year-old veteran of local politics is suing parts of Jefferson Parish and other related defendants for exposure to asbestos during his decades of experience as a school board and parish council member. The suit alleges their culpability for his mesothelioma, which was diagnosed within the last year.

The plaintiff claims exposure to asbestos in several parish properties, including schools and government offices. The crystalline fibers of the material were long used in insulation and other construction needs until it was banned due to its link to lung cancer and other respiratory ailments.

Do you suffer from asbestosis? How will it change your life?

Not every person exposed to asbestos ends up suffering from mesothelioma for which researchers continue to struggle to find a cure. Other conditions also related to the inhalation and ingestion of this toxic substance exist, and they end up changing the lives of those who suffer from them.

One of those conditions is asbestosis. This chronic condition also has no cure and affects your lungs. As the condition progresses, you cannot help but make changes to your life. You may need pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen supplementation and perhaps hospitalization at the end.

Lung cancer lawsuit opens questions about punitive damages

Chemicals make many things in modern life possible, from the running of automobile engines to the preservatives in food at the grocery store. Their manufacture, however, has caused many environmental problems in the United States and medical problems for many of its citizens.

A recent jury verdict affirmed the role of glyphosate, the active ingredient of a leading weed killer, in a case of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, an aggressive type of lung cancer. The plaintiff was awarded $250 million in punitive damages, which a judge later dismissed. Finding the award too high, the judge issued the choice of lower damages or a retrial on the issue.

Talcum powder still not proven safe by federal agency

It is only a recent development in U.S. history that companies must answer for dangerous products they have released. But developments such as government agencies dedicated to protecting specific groups of citizens and legal obligations to victims of poor business practices have strengthened the age of holding makers responsible.

Some cosmetics companies have been facing legal pressure about the marketing, sales and production of talcum powder. Scientific papers dating back more than 50 years have claimed talcum powder may be connected with certain types of cancers. Specifically, the use of talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product may lead to ovarian and cervical tumors.

New Orleans schools plagued by asbestos

Louisiana is known for many things, such as incredible food options and a rich fascinating culture. Some people know about the darker sides of Bayou State, many of which stem from the Mississippi River's pollution from chemical factories during the early part of the 20th century.

Another hazard introduced to the Child of the Mississippi was asbestos, often used in construction and insulation before the 1980s. The crystalline fibers of the material were shown to damage human lungs, leading to the possibility of lung cancer among other ailments. Although asbestos was put on the shelf decades ago, it is still present in some buildings and environments.

What is mesothelioma and how do we recognize it?

Mesothelioma, a specific and aggressive type of cancer, has caused woes for thousands of Americans. The danger passed with the peak of asbestos use in American building, but hazards remain. Identifying mesothelioma as early as possible maximizes your options and may safeguard your family's future.

Is mesothelioma the same as lung cancer?

Have you considered joining a mesothelioma clinical trial?

Since you received your diagnosis of mesothelioma, you may struggle with your mortality, the fact that there is no cure for the disease and your treatment options. Depending on your diagnosis, you may not be eligible for certain "mainstream" and popularly accepted treatments that could extend your life and give you more time with your loved ones and to live your life.

Those types of treatments may ravage your body in such a way that you just don't feel like doing anything even when you are able to benefit from them. Perhaps you may be able to avail yourself of an alternative.

Ethylene oxide has posed dangers in Louisiana for 50 years

The Mississippi River Delta has seen more than its share of pollutants and contaminants during its centuries as a center of industry and major avenue of trade. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has studied the area for 40 years in an attempt to lessen the dangers to citizens of the region.

A federal lawsuit shook up St. John the Baptist Parish in 2015 over the presence of chloroprene, identified as a likely cause of lung cancer among other ailments. The EPA reported the parish has the highest concentration of the substance, which most locals blamed on a local industrial chemical plant.

Talcum powder lawsuit is seen as product safety landmark

It's hard to imagine the dangers of a product with the benign name of "baby powder." However, it appears that courts are beating scientists to the claim that talc, a clay mineral renowned for its absorbent qualities, may not be as benign as its popular trade name suggests.

A court in Missouri ruled this year that a major producer and distributor of talcum powder as a hygiene product owes billions of dollars to the plaintiffs in a class-action suit against the company. Twenty-two women pressed their case that daily use of the powder resulted in ovarian or cervical cancer, although six died before the case concluded.

Asbestos remains a major public health threat

Asbestos has been the bane of the construction industry for decades. The dangers of the material have been evident since the 1970s, and the U.S. government banned its continued use in 1986. But problems remain, as some schools and other facilities still have asbestos in walls, ceilings and corners accessible by the public.

The Office of the Inspector General in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined recently that up to one-third of the country's schools contain asbestos, a harmful material that can shed crystal fibers that get lodged in lungs and other soft tissue. Out of all compliance inspections scheduled between 2011 and 2015, the EPA was able to complete only 13 percent of them.