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Former NFL pro Merril Hoge files suit over Roundup cancer issue

The potentially serious medical risks associated with glyphosate use have become increasingly well-known in recent months. The mainstream media has begun to pay attention to the dangers of this ubiquitous chemical, as several major lawsuits have ruled in the favor of plaintiffs who alleged that the compound, a major ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, caused their serious cancers.

Certain forms of lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's in particular, have a correlation with repeated and prolonged exposure to Roundup's main ingredient, glyphosate. Monsanto, the company that developed the compound, has continued to deny that glyphosate is dangerous or poses a risk to the public.

Bayer struggles with Roundup cases against Monsanto

If you love to garden, you may be familiar with the weed killer, Roundup. Recently, this weed killer has been in the news, because people are asserting that it has caused them to develop cancer. The total number of people claiming this has reached over 18,000, putting the German company Bayer in a difficult position.

Glyphosate, an ingredient in Roundup, is a controversial chemical. It's believed to cause harm to humans and to the environment. In July 2019, around 18,400 plaintiffs had filed claims in connection to glyphosate, according to Bayer. That's up from 13,400 in April.

Popular children's makeup recalled for asbestos contamination

Asbestos recalls are somewhat common. If you closely follow product recalls or asbestos news, you may remember that in early 2018, the brand Justice recalled a number of products because of reports that laboratories found asbestos in some of them. There were similar claims made against the accessories chain store Claire's, although Claire's had less of an immediate reaction then Justice did.

However, it appears that Claire's is still struggling with sourcing clean talc for their makeup and avoiding asbestos contamination in the products that they sell to young girls. There is currently a nationwide voluntary recall and an FDA recommendation against using certain makeup purchased at Claire's or from Beauty Plus Global.

10 states bring a lawsuit about asbestos against the EPA

Asbestos, a naturally-occurring mineral, has been used in hundreds of products, ranging from brake pads to building insulation in Navy ships. Asbestos has uses for both fireproofing items and insulating. However, medical professionals have suspected that asbestos caused disease and cancer since the beginning of the twentieth century.

The dangers of asbestos have been public knowledge for many decades since the mineral got linked to mesothelioma in the 1970s, which has resulted in increased government control of asbestos used in consumer and industrial products, as well as increased workplace safety requirements for workers who handle, mine or process asbestos or products with asbestos in them.

Not buying Roundup doesn't mean you're not exposed

You know that the chemical companies argue that Roundup and similar solutions, which contain glyphosate, are safe for people. They claim that the chemicals only kill plants. Yes, they're specifically designed to be lethal, but not to you.

All the same, you have seen the debate about whether or not Roundup causes cancer and other serious health complications. You decide that it's not worth the risk. You stop buying Roundup. Does that mean you're safe?

Does ending asbestos exposure reduce the risk?

Nothing leads to mesothelioma more often than asbestos exposure. Though it does happen occasionally in children and young people who do not have an easily documented history of exposure, most people who get the disease are older and have faced a high level of exposure in their lives. It usually takes decades -- 20 to 50 years -- for the cancer to develop after a person gets exposed.

With this in mind, if you are getting exposed to asbestos regularly -- maybe you find out that it's in the water supply or in the dust that you breathe in at work -- the best thing to do is to end that exposure immediately. Do not take any chances. Mesothelioma has a high fatality rate, and you must stop the exposure to asbestos as soon as you can.

Does forest bathing effectively treat mesothelioma?

Fighting back against mesothelioma can be a long, exhausting journey for any victim, as well those around them. Keeping the immune system of the victim strong is an important part of treatment, and many immune-boosting treatments may emerge from surprising places, such as the practice of "forest bathing" that has gained popularity in Japan over the last decade.

While western medicine and its insurance counterparts remain skeptical about the efficacy of many holistic or natural treatments, the practice is much more common in eastern medicine and many Japanese insurers even cover the practice as part of their policies.

The effects of polyvinyl chloride exposure

Working in environments such as factories and construction sites usually involves exposure to many different chemicals. All employers have the legal obligation to protect their employees from exposure to known hazards. Therefore, you should have been provided with adequate protective equipment and safety training to prevent exposure that could damage your health.

However, unfortunately, workers across the United States continue to suffer from serious illnesses such as cancer because of long-term exposure to toxins in the workplace. This can be due to exposure to toxins that were not known to be dangerous at the time, or it could be due to negligent employers who did not do enough to keep the workplace safe. If you have worked with polyvinyl chloride in the past and you are currently suffering from health issues, it is important that you understand how polyvinyl chloride exposure could have negatively affected your health.

Can blood tests detect mesothelioma?

If you are experiencing concerning health problems that could possibly point to mesothelioma, you will want to do as much as you can to understand the nature of the disease and the way that it is treated. Extensive research into mesothelioma as well as other cancers has helped to increase the quality and effectiveness of treatment over the years.

Many forms of cancer can be successfully treated today. But in order for medical professionals to do so effectively, an early diagnosis is paramount. This is why methods of diagnosis are so important for a positive outcome. As well as raising awareness of common symptoms of cancers in the general public, medical professionals need to develop scientific ways to verify the existence of cancer in a patient. Thanks to developments in medicine, there are four blood tests that make it possible to detect mesothelioma before it develops into the later stages.

New Jersey jury finds in favor of Johnson & Johnson

For decades, people of all ages have used talc powder, also called talcum powder or baby powder, for a variety of reasons. They might sprinkle it into their undergarments or socks to absorb moisture and odor. They might even powder their arms and legs in humid climates to reduce the appearance and smell of sweat. People also use it in diapers to help babies avoid diaper rash. Some people have used this powder daily for the majority of their lives.

Unfortunately, the product may not be as safe as consumers believed it to be. Talc often occurs near asbestos in mineral deposits, and companies don't always put the safety of the consumer above efficiency and profit. Many lawsuits in recent years have alleged that talcum powder contaminated by asbestos cause serious cancer.


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