March 2007

Mesothelioma seems to appear only in people who have had exposure to certain hazardous materials, generally in a workplace setting. So, unless you worked for a number of years in certain fields, mainly related to manufacturing and construction, it is unlikely that you have to worry.

What Causes Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is caused by inhalation of microscopic asbestos fiber particles, which are released in the manufacture of items such as insulation, roofing shingles, etc. The particles are too tiny to see, odorless and tasteless. The particles accumulate in the mesothelium, an internal membrane surrounding your inner organs, and can cause a rare cancer of this area. Of the approximately 2000 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed per year, 70-80% had known exposure to asbestos.

Will Mesothelioma Make Me Sick Immediately?

No, most cases are not diagnosed until after many years . The time period can vary from 15-50 years before mesothelioma symptoms appear. Once mesothelioma is diagnosed (usually by a biopsy) it can be treated.

There are several options for treatment including surgical removal of affected areas, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. If you should be diagnosed with mesothelioma, your doctor can advise you as to which type of treatment is recommended in your particular case.

Why Do I See So Many TV Ads Relating to Mesothelioma Lawsuits?

The fact is many lawyers see this disease as an opportunity to sign up lots of people and make lots of money. There are many ethical lawyers working in this field trying to get settlements for individuals who are disabled due to mesothelioma and are owed recompense. Unfortunately, there are also quite a few lawyers who are not this ethical. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you wish to pursue a lawsuit, always check with the American Bar Association for lists of reputable lawyers in your area.

Hair analysis results have been admitted as evidence of drug use and exposure by federal and state courts.
Hair drug tests and other forms of drug screening are highly controversial. With new U.S. government guidelines that seek to expand drug testing, analysis of the accuracy of hair drug tests are being analyzed by a wide range of legal and medical professionals. Workplace drug testing is being criticized on general terms as there is controversary over whether a positive drug test result has any meaningful relationship to work performance and it encourages lifestyle discrimination, is an invasion of privacy and smacks of an Orwellian “Big Brother” attitude In government and the workplace. In spite of misgivings about the efficacy and accuracy of hair drug tests and other drug screens, millions of people now or will be subject to random drug testing at work and home. Putting aside the implications of the new federal drug tests that have been proposed, hair drug tests are becoming more common in business settings, public and private schools, and at home. (more…)

Laboratory testing of urine has become commonplace. Urine drug tests are administered by a wide range of private companies utilizing laboratories of varying quality and technicians with a wide variety of skills. Many things can skew urine drug tests. One obvious problem is the way an individual laboratory monitors the correct collection of the person being tested.
Another is the quality of the urine specimens that are collected, contamination, the effect of transportation delays and variables including the issue of having multiple people handling and storing the specimen. Problems of dilution or adulteration of samples of urine drug tests cannot be underestimated. Follow up testing should be part of the procedure so that adulterated urine samples can be detected.
These private companies that administer urine drug tests are in business to make money. They have a vested interest in participating in a concerted effort by certain government agencies and certain politicians and religious leaders to foist drug testing on as many people as possible. They have sold this intrusive and dubious plan through scare tactics often involving the fear of lost workplace productivity or workplace safety. (more…)

Recently there has been extensive research on the use of saliva in drug testing. A person’s saliva has certain advantages and certain disadvantages when comparing the use of urine in testing for the presence of drugs. The most obvious advantage is simply that the collection procedure is easier and less prone to possible efforts to beat the drug test by substituting a clean drug test sample as is sometimes the case in urine drug testing. The ease at which a person’s saliva can be tested make saliva drug tests less invasive than other forms of drug testing. The collection of saliva for saliva drug tests is easier and safer when compared to urine or blood. (more…)