December 2011 Archives

December 23, 2011

Many Consumer Products May Expose People To Risk Of Mesothelioma

A recent report published by a California firm has concluded that many consumer products contain a form of asbestos called tremolite asbestos. Tremolite asbestos is a non-commercial form of asbestos and like all other types of asbestos, carries the risk of asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma. Although the greatest risk of developing one of these diseases applies to people who work in asbestos mines or live near them, tremolite asbestos also poses a risk to consumers of developing mesothelioma.

If you have been exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with one of these diseases or conditions, it is important to consult with a New Mexico asbestos attorney who can provide your family crucial advice. In many cases, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries.

According to the California study, well-known occupations with a risk for asbestos exposure such as career auto mechanics have an estimated risk of exposure to tremolite of 0.028 f/cc per year. Surprisingly however, consumers who regularly use items such as potting soil or other gardening products are exposed to a higher amount of tremolite asbestos - 0.034 f/cc per year. Even though this risk may be less than that of asbestos miners, enough asbestos exists in consumer products for concern. Further, the more asbestos-containing products a consumer uses regularly, the greater their lifetime risk of developing life-threatening diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Researchers estimate that every year 2500 - 3000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with mesothelioma.

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December 9, 2011

Yaz Required To Provide New Information On Warning Labels

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued documents recommending that birth control pills such as Yaz should contain additional warnings concerning the risk of blood clots. The FDA noted that patients and doctors should be informed about the risks. A statement from FDA scientists provides, "We believe that, because of the consistency in recent reports for an increased risk, product labeling should reflect that very real possibility."

A predecessor to Yaz, Yasmin, was the first birth control pill using drospirenone, a new form of progestin. In 2006 Yasmin was reformulated and sold as Yaz. Although it was originally thought to have fewer side effects than older contraceptives, Yaz has now been shown to have a higher risk of blood clots than earlier types of birth control pills.

If you or a loved one has taken Yaz or other birth control pill containing drospirenone it is important to speak to a New Mexico Yaz attorney to determine your next steps. Birth control pills such as Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella have been associated with several side effects in addition to blood clots including:

• stroke
• heart attack
• gallbladder disease

The FDA will also ask a panel of experts to provide advice whether the drug is too dangerous for some women to take.

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