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Mesothelioma diagnosis leads man to experimental treatment

Many people are likely aware that exposure to various harmful substances can lead to a cancer diagnosis in the future. Asbestos is one of these harmful substances and people who are exposed to asbestos can develop mesothelioma later in life. Mesothelioma is one form of cancer of the lungs.

Study discovers connection between pollution and birth weight

When a woman learns she is expecting a child, she probably takes certain steps to ensure the safety and health of her baby. She may stop consuming certain foods and beverages and may refrain from participating in very strenuous activities. There are some things that an expecting mother has little control over, though.

Family mourns mother's death from mesothelioma

Some illnesses arise shortly after a person is exposed to a dangerous substance or situation. However, other illnesses, like mesothelioma, can develop many years after a person is first exposed to asbestos. This was the case for one woman who died from mesothelioma just 10 weeks after being diagnosed with the cancer.

Illinois company illegally dumps debris--twice

According to a recent report, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued several violation notices to Demolition Excavating Group. In June 2012, the demolition company reportedly received a violation notice after illegally dumping debris from a demolition site near a creek.

Company cited for improper removal of asbestos-filled roofing

Certain occupations put workers at greater risk than others. Most people working in dangerous jobs probably realize the health hazards present in their workplaces. While there are safety practices that workers can follow to make the workplace safer, employers are also responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment for their workers.

New law aims to protect Illinois' little ones from radon

Because of a new law that went into effect on January 1, day care centers and home day cares in Illinois must be tested for radon. While the law requiring radon tests went into effect at the beginning of 2013, day care facilities have until January 1, 2014 to post the results of their radon test.

Use of "moon suits" not enough to show negligence in asbestos case

A former hammer shop worker for airplane manufacturing company Boeing will not be able to recover in a civil suit for his asbestos-related injuries, according to a recent appeals court decision. The employee had worked in a hammer shop below a repair area in a Boeing plant. The workers in the repair shop had ventilators and "moon suits" protecting them from the dust from their work, but the man in this case says he was denied protective clothing and told to get back to work when he asked to obtain it.

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