LegalView Reports Results of a Breakthrough Study Investigating Link Between Genetic Predisposition and Developing Mesothelioma Cancer

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LegalView informed readers to the results of a scientific investigation studying the potential link between genetic components and developing mesothelioma cancer. Scientists determined that genetic responses occurred after a specific type of asbestos was introduced to cells within the lining of the lungs.

LegalView.com, the number one legal resource available on the Web, offered updated details on its mesothelioma information blog of an advanced scientific investigation studying the link between asbestos and genetics. Researchers, who found a genetic response to a specific type of asbestos known as crocidolite, published their findings in an August 2008 issue of BMC Genetics. The study, a first of its kind, used a methodology of exposing cells within the human lung lining to asbestos and then scientists watched the reaction and changes. The study offers mesothelioma victims a unprecedented look into how asbestos affects the human body. Victims were also provided with a gleam of progress on finding a cure for the condition, although the scientists stated more research is required.

Individuals who are suffering from an asbestos-related disease are advised to contact a mesothelioma law firm that can provide access to a wealth of knowledgeable mesothelioma attorneys. Because mesothelioma cancer is incurable and is commonly considered a preventable illness, discussing the details of a potential mesothelioma lawsuit with a mesothelioma lawyer may provide insight as to how monetary compensation could be awarded to aid in the costly medical bills associated with mesothelioma.

In their study, the researchers reported that asbestosis occurs in nearly 200,000 individuals each year with an additional 4,000 asbestos-related deaths occurring annually as well. Asbestos is a type of mineral that was mined for use in insulation because of its fire-retardant qualities and inexpensive production costs. However, inhaling asbestos fibers has led to a severe and incurable form of lung cancer known as mesothelioma. Millions of Americans may have been exposed to asbestos fibers during the 20th century, as asbestos was heavily mined and often used during the construction of buildings such as elementary schools, universities, hospitals, office buildings, homes and apartments.

In addition to mesothelioma information, LegalView houses a library of other legal issues potentially causing harm to everyday Americans. Also, due to the ongoing crisis among the pharmaceutical community, LegalView has provided updated information on several pharmaceutical drug's side effects and dangers. Among the drugs are Ketek as well as Levaquin and Cipro, both of the fluoroquinolone family.

Ketek (telithromycin) is an antibiotic used to treat conditions such as community-acquired pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis and other upper respiratory infections. The antibiotic is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis and has been available to the market since 2004, however, since its release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported nearly 20 deaths of individuals consuming the medication. The deaths all involved the development of liver damage among the patients who died as well as an additional 100 patients who also reported signs and symptoms of liver disease while taking Ketek. Those who have consumed Ketek and feel they exhibit any of the side effects commonly associated with liver disease, such as jaundice or yellowing of the skin, should seek medical assistance immediately. Additionally, it may be advisable for an individual seek legal consultation in case a Ketek class action lawsuit may occur and contacting an experienced pharmaceutical lawyer will assist with any legal questions.

Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Cipro (ciprofloaxacin), similar to Ketek, are also antibiotics that treat bacterial infections such as bronchitis, although, in July 2008 the FDA gave all of the fluoroquinolone drugs an increased warning label known as the "black box" warning label, the harshest warning given by the FDA. The warning label was increased because the Levaquin and Cipro risks had been previously linked to tendon rupture among patients, according to several studies including one published in Clinical Rheumatology in February 2004. The black box warning is to encourage physicians to avoid prescribing these drugs to patients who may be at a greater risk for Achilles tendon rupture, including elderly patients.

LegalView provides a vast array of resources for individuals plagued by legal misfortune so that they may positively improve their situation and have the tools necessary to do so, including the recently updated Zimmer Durom cup information portal. The Zimmer Durom cup is an artificial hip component used during hip replacement surgery among patients. However, Zimmer Holdings, manufacturers of the product, recently halted the production of the hip socket after hundreds of doctors complained that the medical device was failing among patients. To learn more about the potential for a Zimmer Durom cup recall, visit the LegalView homepage at http://www.LegalView.com/.

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