Every year, infectious disease, chronic diseases and other disease and conditions take the lives of millions of people. Cancer is the second leading cause of death among Americans, responsible for one of every four deaths in the United States. During 2005, according to the American Cancer Society, more than 570,000 Americans will die of cancer, and close to 1.4 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed.
Cancer, like many other diseases, can be suffered because of various different reasons. Sometimes, the combination of heredity, lifestyle choices and exposure to certain variables can dramatically increase the likelihood of being diagnosed with a disease. In recent months, the FDA has been the target of much criticism following the safety investigation regarding the agency's response time to warning the public about cardiovascular risks linked to COX-2 inhibitor drugs - arthritis painkillers Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra.
The public scrutiny over the FDA brought to light many concerning questions about drug safety and if the pubic was being adequately protected from sometimes deadly risks of suffering from drug-related diseases. Though some more rare than others, certain diseases are so painful and deadly that consumers have criticized federal regulators and drug manufacturers for failing to adequately warn the public of potential effects.
Diseases can also be suffered because of exposure to certain environmental factors, which the EPA has set standards considered safe for human limits. Standards exist in nearly all areas of life in order to protect the public from being at risk for a potentially deadly disease. Workplace standards, manufacturing standards, environmental standards and food and drug standards are all in place keep people safe from diseases and injury.
If you have been diagnosed with a disease or have lost a loved one to a disease and would like to speak with an attorney, please contact us. Although some diseases cannot be explained, there is also a responsibility of preventing certain risk factors from the public that will increase the odds that people will be diagnosed with a disease.
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Anosmia causes a person not only to lose their sense of smell, but it also has a major impact on an individual''s sense of taste, interest in food, and ability to use smell as a caution against dangers. Some anosmia sufferers, in recent years, have alleged zinc nasal sprays were the cause of their permanent loss of smell.
Ethmoid Sinus Carcinoma - is an extremely rare, but deadly form of cancer that has been linked to occupational exposure to wood dust?particularly hardwood. The association between wood dust and nasal cancer was recognized in 1965 after a significantly high number of English furniture factory workers developed sinonasal cancer, at a rate 500 times greater than the general population. Sadly, there is no cure for ethmoid sinus carcinoma and other nose cancers.
Stevens Johnson Syndrome - Skin disease that can cause rash, skin peeling and sores on the mucous membranes that resemble a severe burn and are life threatening. Drugs containing sulfa have been the most frequently linked to the disease. Most recently, over-the-counter ibuprofen makers have been the targets of lawsuits alleging their drugs have caused Stevens Johnson and toxic epidermal necrolysis but did not adequately warn of the dangers. If you have Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and have been taking the drug bextra, click here.
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis - Resembling severe burn injuries all over the body, toxic epidermal necrolysis is characterized by a blistering and peeling of the top layer of skin and is fatal in up to one-third of cases. Nearly all cases of Stevens Johnson and toxic epidermal necrolysis are the result of a reaction to a drug.
Deep Vein Thrombosis - DVT is a blood clot that has formed in a deep vein typically in the lower leg or thigh. When the blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs, deep vein thrombosis can cause pulmonary embolism which is potentially fatal. Patients using the Ortho Evra birth control patch may be three times more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis with life threatening complications.
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in the Newborn - PPHN is a respiratory and circulatory complication that can develop in a newborn. Mothers who used the SSRI antidepressant Prozac in the third trimester were over TWO times more likely to deliver a child with PPHN.
Omphalocele - Omphalocele is a type of birth defect in which the baby's intestines or internal organs protrude from the belly button.
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