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Types of the Deadly Mesothelioma

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Dangerous Products | 0 comments

Every year, about 2,000-3,000 individuals in the US are diagnosed with the deadly, chronic cancer mesothelioma. Mesothelioma affects the tissues or membrane lining of the lungs and abdominal organs, or the sacs the surround the heart and the testis. It has four known types, namely:

  • Pleural Mesothelioma – This is the most common type of mesothelioma and it develops along the pleura, which is the membrane lining of the lungs. Some of the symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include shortness of breath, fatigue, persistent chest pain, night sweats, difficulty in swallowing, and fever.
  • Peritoneal Mesothelioma – This cancer develops along the mesothelial lining of the abdomen. The symptoms associated with this deadly cancer include abdominal swelling, abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Pericardial Mesothelioma – This type of mesothelioma affects the outer heart covering, called the pericardium. This is the rarest, yet the most dangerous among the four types due to its nearness to the heart. Its symptoms include are chest pain, breathing difficulty, irregular heartbeat, fatigue, coughing, fever and night sweats.
  • Testicular Mesothelioma – This develops along the testis or the lining of the male’s reproductive glands. Growth of testicular lumps and swelling of the scrotum and are the major signs of this cancer.

The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos, a fibrous mineral that releases sharp, tiny fibers which imbed themselves in an organ’s linings when inhaled. This deadly effect of asbestos, however, do not become manifest until about 40 years or more after exposure to the mineral. Thus, by the time it becomes detectable, mesothelioma would already have developed to a stage that no longer makes treatment possible, making it, therefore, an incurable disease.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher’s mesothelioma lawyers, the wide use of Asbestos occurred from 1930 to 1970, but most especially during the Second World War. During this time, 4.3 million workers, in shipyards alone, were exposed to thousands of tons of asbestos from the building of war ships and making of ship equipment, like steam turbines, steam engines, insulate piping and boilers. The US Navy itself had a great number of its enlisted personnel building ships and getting exposed to asbestos as well.

Today, asbestos is no longer just found in factories, mines, construction sites, shipyards, etc. Many offices and homes have furniture and so many other products that have, as component, elastic and heat-resistant asbestos. Roofing shingles, fireplace cement, bricks, automobile parts, lawn furniture, flooring materials and, some say even hair dryers and toasters, are just a few of these products.

About 45,000 Americans have already died due to mesothelioma since 1979. Some medical and government authorities say, though, that the number of mesothelioma cases is yet to reach its peak in 2016.

Many companies, which caused their workers to get exposed to asbestos, have already closed after declaring bankruptcy. This, however, should not discourage victims from seeking compensation as funds have been available, especially after these companies were required by law to set up Mesothelioma Compensation Trust Funds for the purpose of paying asbestos victims the compensation they may be legally entitled to.

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Dangerous Side Effects of Blood Thinners

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Dangerous Products | 1 comment

Xarelto is an anticoagulant medication mainly given for those who have undergone knee of hip replacement surgery in order to lower their risk of developing blood clots as well as stroke. Xarelto, with the generic name Rivaroxaban, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as treatment for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolus (PE). It works by preventing certain clotting proteins in the blood system. It was made by Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a New Jersey-based unit of Johnson & Johnson), and contrary to its predecessors, it can be prescribed in a uniform dose.

Because it is an anticoagulant, the most known severe Xarelto side effects are uncontrolled bleeding. Fatal bleeding to the brain, kidneys, or lungs can interrupt the blood flow to that vital area that could lead to the organ losing some if not all its functionality. Since Xarelto is an anti-clotting medication, hemorrhaging can occur and will continue until the medication is out of the system. Patients who have taken Xarelto run the risk of suffering from irreversible internal bleeding which could result in hospitalization and even death.

Although it has been approved by the FDA, it is not approved as treatment for acute coronary syndrome or ACS. Taking actions after experiencing severe Xarelto side effects should immediately inform their doctor. These risks should not be neglected or taken for granted as they can lead to serious health complications or death. Talking with a lawyer regarding a possible medical malpractice or product liability claim would help in informing the public about the danger of Xarelto as well as fine the manufacturers for their negligence. Just as with any type of medication, it is normal for Xarelto to have side effects, but it should not outweigh the benefits. Because patients who take Xarelto are not necessarily required to have regular blood monitoring and follow-ups with the doctor, it increases the chances that patient may end up with severe side effects.

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