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The greatest asbestos risks in an old home

Before the 1980s, asbestos was often used in home-building materials. These include things like asbestos tile and insulation. Since it was tough and fire-resistant, it seemed like a terrific material -- until it became clear that it could lead to deadly issues with lung cancer, mesothelioma and the like.

So, if you have an older home that dates back to the 1980s or before, you may have asbestos in the house. This is especially true, of course, if no renovations have been made over the years. But when do you face the greatest risks?

What steps should you take after a mesothelioma diagnosis?

Hearing from the doctor that you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma can come as a shock. You feel many emotions all at once, including denial, grief and possibly even anger. And you may feel overwhelmed as your doctor begins explaining all of your options for treatment.

Choosing the right treatment for you is a natural step to take after receiving a diagnosis, but there are a few other important steps that individuals in North Carolina and across the country should remember as well.

Despite health hype, vaping can easily lead to lung damage

People have long talked about vaporization systems as harm-reduction alternatives for those who routinely consume either nicotine products or marijuana products. Unfortunately, as the recent outbreak of vaping-related illnesses has shown, there simply isn't enough regulation in place or research available to ensure that vaping is safe for consumers yet.

It is obvious to most people how smoking is dangerous. You inhale the smoke produced through the crude combustion of chemically-treated plant materials. Compared to that, vaping seems scientific and safe. You, in theory, only consume the active ingredient you want and a carrier agent or solvent. Instead of inhaling smoke, you inhale a vapor, which sounds less threatening, but the science doesn't seem to back up that belief.

Closed Carolina asbestos factory necessitates massive cleanup

Some businesses cause catastrophic environmental damage and then close their doors and file bankruptcy when their terrible business practices and the financial impact they've caused finally comes to light. That certainly seems to be the case for residents living on the west side of Davidson, North Carolina.

There is an old, single-story brick building on Depot Street in Davidson that has stood there since 1890. Now known as the Metrolina Warehouse, this facility was previously a cotton mill and then later an asbestos factory for thirty years. While the asbestos company has not occupied that facility since 1960, community residents still have to deal with dangerous asbestos contamination decades later.

Health issues stemming from vaping nicotine could last for life

The average lung issue won't last for an excessive amount of time. Depending on the nature of the infection, a cough or other lung issues might persist for a couple of weeks with proper care and treatment. Those who find themselves dealing with lung issues tied to vaping nicotine products may have to monitor themselves for symptoms for much longer than those exposed to viruses or bacteria.

Much media attention has recently focused on the surprising outbreak of lung-related illnesses in people using vaping devices such as e-cigarettes. Long believed to be a less-harm alternative to the crude combustion and inhalation of smoke involved in the smoking process, vaping has turned out to have its own risks, especially for those who use a combination of traditional smoking and vaporization.

Asbestos: A hazard you may find in your own home

Asbestos has been used for many industrial and construction purposes in the last several decades. While people know that it's dangerous and can lead to health problems, asbestos is still being used in the United States today.

Whenever you buy a home or begin feeling unwell from possible asbestos exposure, you need to think about where asbestos may be located. Asbestos may be found:

  • In panels in fire doors
  • Around boilers
  • In cement roofing
  • In loose-fill insulation
  • In plaster compounds
  • In floor tiles and flooring adhesives
  • In electrical wiring casings
  • In asbestos and cement shingles

PVC exposure can lead to cancer and other medical issues

Advancements in chemical science and engineering can be a great boon for consumer products and manufacturers. Unfortunately, the same designs and compounds that solve numerous issues for businesses can cause a lot of problems for their customers and their employees.

New products and chemical compounds don't always receive the adequate level of scrutiny they require to determine true long-term safety. The government and businesses tend to err on the side of speed when getting new concepts and products to the marketplace. This means that the people manufacturing certain products and the consumers who purchase them end up being guinea pigs for the companies involved.

Johnson & Johnson claiming baby powder is asbestos-free again

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that its tests had found contamination by asbestos in some of Johnson & Johnson's famous talc powder product commonly called baby powder. The contamination reportedly found by the FDA substantiates claims made by users and advocates for years.

Many consumers have grown to be wary of talc powder products due to the potential risk for asbestos contamination and the risk of cancer that asbestos applied to the body topically could carry. Ignoring the hundreds of lawsuits brought against them by sickened consumers or the questionable internal leak memos indicating that company scientists and executives knew of contamination risks, Johnson & Johnson has continued to claim that their baby powder has always been asbestos-free.

Glyphosate exposure and your health

Glyphosate is commonly used by homeowners, commercial property owners and landscaping professionals to kill a variety of plants, grasses and other types of vegetation.

While there are many benefits associated with glyphosate, such as its ability to prepare crops for harvest, exposure could have an adverse effect on your health.

We helped Durafiber workers bring a class-action lawsuit against Blue Cross

People who enroll in health insurance benefits trust that their provider will operate in good faith and help them cover their medical costs. As the Salisbury Post recently reported, sometimes employers and insurance companies fall short on this duty.

This is precisely what happened in the case of several former Durafiber workers. The plant closed on September 12, 2017 but Blue Cross had assured health plan participants that they have coverage through September 30, 2017.

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