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Talcum Powder: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

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What you don't know can definitely hurt you, especially when the harm is located within your own home.

Did you know that talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer as far back as 1971? 

Shocked?

The reason you are just finding this out is that Johnson & Johnson - the maker of the talcum-based "Shower-to-Shower" product - has denied the link established in a detailed 1971 report.

Their sentiment remains the same today, despite a 2013 jury trial that finally held them accountable for their willful negligence.

What's Your Mesothelioma Risk?

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What do you envision when you hear terms such as "asbestos", "mesothelioma" and "occupational illness"? Chances are you picture a grizzled veteran of the factory, quickly approaching a retirement that will be ruined by a catastrophic diagnosis of an incurable illness. 

Throughout the decades since mesothelioma reared its ugly head this description has fit many of the cases, but not all. No profession is completely immune from the dangers posed by asbestos and other dangerous substances, so it is important to be aware of the risk factors and signs of the disease.

Attorneys Thomas Smith and Rhett Cherkin earn workers' compensation certification

We are pleased to announce that Thomas Smith and Rhett Cherkin have been certified as specialists in the practice of workers' compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers' Compensation Law Section. Smith and Cherkin join attorneys Daniel Bricmont and Fred Soilis as certified workers' comp specialists.

How likely is a misdiagnosis?

A misdiagnosis can be devastating on many levels. Emotionally, it can be a roller coaster. Imagine being told that you don't have cancer, which is elating news, only to find out later that you've had it all along. From a medical standpoint, it can also be hugely problematic. For instance, if your cancer treatments are delayed by a year because your doctor didn't think there was a problem, an easily treatable condition could become fatal.

So, what is the likelihood that this will happen to you? Though every case is different, statistics show that about 15 percent of medial issues are not diagnosed properly the first time.

Can you refuse to do a dangerous job?

If your employer gives you a job to do and you feel like the conditions are too hazardous, so you're afraid for your safety, you can refuse to do the job. However, experts advise you not to do this unless four very crucial conditions have been satisfied. These conditions are as follows:

-- You went to your employer, mentioned the danger, and asked for changes to be made so that the job could be done safely, but your employer refused to make the changes or failed to make them.

4.5 million pounds of Pilgrim's Pride chicken recalled

When a consumer makes a purchase, he or she expects the product to be able to be used as intended without experiencing any illness or injury. When injury or illness does occur because of an unsafe or defective product, that person may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer of the item, as well as other defendants. Claims might include those for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and more.

In order to prevent illness or injury, one company is recalling a massive amount of fully cooked chicken products -- 4.5 million pounds. The products are sold under the brand names of Pierce, Gold Kist Farms and Sweet Georgia. These products include chicken patties, whole-grain breaded chicken nuggets, chicken breakfast patties, popcorn-style chicken varieties and chicken tenderloins. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the chicken products could contain "extraneous materials." The materials might be wood, plastic, metal and rubber.

Common handgun malfunctions

Whether you're new to shooting, perhaps buying your first gun, or someone who has been shooting for decades, it's important to know about handgun malfunctions. Some of them can be very dangerous if not handled properly. Four of the most common include:

1. A hang fire. This is when you pull the trigger and the gun doesn't go off. There could be a delay due to a defect with the primer or the main charge, and the gun could go off 30 to 60 seconds after pulling the trigger. Naturally, this is very dangerous if you've accidentally pointed the gun anywhere but at the target in that time.

Study shows bevacizumab can help with mesothelioma

Right now, there are simply not that many solid options for treating people who have mesothelioma. However, a recent study may have opened up some new doors, as it explored the use of bevacizumab and found good results.

Bevacizumab is often sold under the name Avastin, and it's made by Genentech/Roche. It has been used in the past with lung cancer, and it has been shown to work. The study experimented with using it and a standard chemotherapy regimen when doctors were trying to treat mesothelioma that was in its advanced stages.

What treatment options are available for mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that forms on the thin tissues that protect the lungs and abdomen. Each year, there are about 3,000 cases of the disease diagnosed and most of the people who suffer from the disease were exposed to asbestos in their jobs.

Symptoms of mesothelioma can take 20 to 50 years to appear and there is currently no cure. However, there are treatment options. The three most common treatments are:

How often do wrong-site surgery cases work?

Wrong-site surgery is an easily preventable mistake that still happens year after year. In these cases, doctors typically do the proper procedure, but they simply do it on the wrong part of the body. This can be due to many factors, such as misleading notes, improper marking, switching patients at the last second, and much more.

Now, there is no way to say definitively if a wrong-site surgery medical malpractice case is going to result in a verdict for the patient or not. All cases are different, and there are many things to consider.

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