December 2016 Archives

New treatment for asbestos-related cancer shows promise

A little hope for mesothelioma victims is always a good thing. The American Cancer Society reports that around 3,000 people in Ohio and across the country are diagnosed with the incurable, fatal disease every year, and treatment is generally palliative. The director of one of the country's leading research hospitals says mesothelioma is among the deadliest cancers known. It often takes decades to develop and often begins showing symptoms only after it is too late to treat.

Drug injuries may result from rushed pharmacists

It is widely known in Ohio that some drugs should not be taken alongside other drugs. This situation is known as contraindication, and it can lead to drug injuries that can sometimes be deadly. When one prescription drug is contraindicated with another, a pharmacist should alert the patient before filling the prescription. The pharmacist should also contact the prescribing doctor to see if he or she is aware of the contraindication. However, a recent study shows that this rarely happens.

Taking a new look at an old product liability case

Personal injury lawsuits don't always get much respect, and a lot of those negative feelings can be traced to one particular lawsuit. Over 20 years ago, a media frenzy surrounded the lawsuit between McDonald's and a woman who claimed to be burned from a hot cup of coffee. The media mocked her and called it a frivolous product liability claim. However, the truth behind the lawsuit has made it possible for many in Ohio and across the country to boldly confront big corporations when their negligence causes harm.

Death rate due to asbestos exposure cannot be accurately known

Anyone in Ohio who suffers with mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis -- or knows someone who has -- understands the physical and emotional pain that accompanies the diagnosis.  It is safe to say that the exact number of asbestos-related deaths is not known. This is because public health administrators do not always attribute a disease to asbestos exposure. For example, despite the fact that many cases of lung cancer are related to asbestos contamination, that fact is seldom included in a victim's cause of death statement.

The EPA is battling the clock to ban asbestos

Asbestos is a slow killer, affecting victims decades after exposure. Asbestos causes 107,000 deaths and more than 1,523,000 disabilities each year around the world. The chemical poses a serious threat to many unsuspecting Americans. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally gotten a step ahead in its fight to ban the chemical.

Car accidents may cause mysterious whiplash symptoms

For centuries, physicians have studied the phenomenon of whiplash. These types of injuries were first seen after rear-end collisions on railroads. Today, people in Ohio experience the symptoms after any jarring incident, but most especially after car accidents. Whiplash has often been the subject of many jokes about accident victims deceiving insurance adjusters or defense attorneys. However, the suffering of whiplash is very real and unique to each accident victim.

Court rules asbestos exposure may extend to family members

A diagnosis of mesothelioma is catastrophic. There is no cure for the fatal form of cancer of the chest and abdomen, and because of its dormancy, victims can typically expect their lives to end only a short time after their diagnosis. The link between mesothelioma and asbestos exposure is widely accepted. Although the use of asbestos in Ohio and across the country has declined over the decades, the risk of exposure still exists because it was so widely used in building construction and automotive manufacturing.

Makers of Abilify face pharmaceutical litigation over side effect

People in Ohio suffering from depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder frequently seek help for their symptoms, especially if those symptoms prevent them from living a normal life. However, when taking the treatment risks adding even more complications to their behavior, they depend on drug companies to disclose that possibility. One company is facing potentially thousands of cases of pharmaceutical litigation because it failed to alert doctors and patients of possible side effects that jeopardized their quality of life.

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