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New Case Study of Mesothelioma in the Breast Highlights Diagnostic Challenges, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) March 21, 2015

Doctors in Rome say advanced immunohistochemical testing helped them distinguish mesothelioma from what was originally thought to be breast cancer. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted a new article on the case. Click here to read it now.

Oncologists at Umberto I Hospital report that a 49-year-old female hairdresser came in with a lump in the lower layers of her right breast. Immunohistochemical testing allowed them to identify its true origin.

“Estrogen receptors and progesterone receptors were negative,” writes Dr. Marialuisa Framarino-Dei-Malatesta, the paper’s lead author. “The final diagnosis was metastatic epithelioid malignant pleural mesothelioma.”

As the authors point out in the World Journal of Surgical Oncology, it is unusual for mesothelioma or any cancer to spread to breast tissue. The case points to the special challenges of mesothelioma diagnosis.

“Almost all cases of mesothelioma are associated with asbestos exposure and this Italian case is probably no exception since we know that hairdryers used to contain asbestos,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “The case is a reminder of the vital role not only of immunohistochemical testing but also of work history in diagnosis, regardless of the location of a patient’s cancer.”

For more on metastatic mesothelioma and the Italian case study, see When “Breast Cancer” is Actually Mesothelioma, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Framarino-Dei-Malatesta, M, et al, “Breast cancer or metastasis? An unusual case of metastatic malignant pleural mesothelioma to the breast,” February 25, 2015, World Journal of Surgical Oncology, Epub ahead of print,

For nearly ten years, Surviving Mesothelioma has brought readers the most important and ground-breaking news on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. All Surviving Mesothelioma news is gathered and reported directly from the peer-reviewed medical literature. Written for patients and their loved ones, Surviving Mesothelioma news helps families make more informed decisions.

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Long Term Disabilty Law Firm Bemis, Roach & Reed Wins Case Leading to New Rule for Interpreting Insurance Policies

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) February 25, 2015

Lonnie Roach, partner at Bemis, Roach & Reed recently obtained an important decision from The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit which will likely have a far-reaching and favorable impact for anyone receiving Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits under Plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). In Case no. 14-50368; Robert George v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, decided on January 15, 2015, the Court set out guidelines for interpreting LTD insurance policies or ERISA Plans that provide full disability benefits for claimants disabled due to physical injuries or sickness, but only limited benefits for disabilities “caused or contributed to by” mental illness or any mental/nervous condition.

Many LTD insurance policies limit the duration of disability benefits to only 24 months for disability caused or contributed to by any mental or nervous condition, such as depression. Many, if not most chronically ill claimants suffering from a physically disabling condition eventually also receive a diagnosis of depression. Their depression did not make them sick, however—they are depressed because they are sick. This does not stop some LTD insurance carriers from using the depression diagnosis to limit benefits to only 24 months.

This is exactly what happened to Bemis, Roach & Reed client Robert George. After suffering severe injuries in a helicopter crash, Mr. George was forced to retire from the U.S. Army and went to work for a private company where he continued to work as a pilot for 20 years until declining health from the many injuries he suffered in the crash forced him to stop working. Being physically disabled and unable to work, Mr. George became increasingly depressed. According to the aforementioned lawsuit, despite the fact that the purely physical damages forced him to stop flying, his LTD insurance company, Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company denied his disability claim after 2 years claiming, in part, that Mr. George’s depression “contributed” to his disability. A federal trial judge agreed with Reliance Standard’s reasoning.

Bemis, Roach & Reed appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals where Partner, Lonnie Roach won a reversal that not only restored benefits to Mr. George, it adopted Mr. Roach’s interpretation of the insurance policy requirements. As a result, the Court established a new rule for interpreting these policy provisions. The Fifth Circuit ruled that no mental/nervous condition “contributed” to Mr. George’s disability because even without his diagnosis of depression, Mr. George would still be disabled due to solely physical causes.

Given how common it is for disabled individuals to suffer from both physical and mental/emotional/nervous conditions, George v. Reliance Standard will likely have a profound impact on the future construction of these common insurance clauses and will be a valuable tool for those claimants whose disability benefits are denied after 24 months.

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iPad Mini Flip Turn G2 Case is Shipping Now for the Holidays

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 17, 2014

The Flip Turn is a hard shell case that offers full body protection, a built-in Bluetooth keyboard, and does acrobatic tricks to transform the iPad in three modes – laptop, presentation, and tablet. The second generation case is available to purchase now for iPad Mini in both silver and black color options.

Their flip turn mechanism is arguably one of the most versatile on the market. It performs acrobatic tricks on the iPad, allowing it to be used as a tablet, a laptop, or a movie player. By simply opening the case, the iPad wakes up and goes into laptop mode, tilting the screen at a comfortable angle for typing. When turned 180 degrees, the keyboard base becomes a stand, turning the iPad into a beautiful presentation device. Folding the case completely flat hides the keyboard, and the iPad becomes a normal tablet. The tension closure system also keeps the iPad closed when not in use, with an auto wake/sleep smart cover design to conserve battery.

Sunrise’s iPad Air Flip Turn Case is made of durable polycarbonate for enhanced durability. It protects the iPad all around – front, black, all sides and corners. Rubberized soft touch coating on the black case gives it just the right amount of grip, and the silver painted case offers striking resemblance to Apple’s Macbook Pro. Precision cutouts allow easy access to all iPad buttons, controls, and functions.

“The iPad Flip Turn Case is the most versatile keyboard case on the market.” says Jimmy Sun, president of Sunrise Digital. “It provides excellent protection all around the iPad, and offers an unmatched branding opportunity using the customer’s full color logo artwork.”

About Sunrise Hitek

Sunrise Hitek’s üuber store, formerly known as iGear, is a leading maker of protective gear for Apple’s iPad. The brand changed to üuber when the company starting developing cases for other devices, such as the MacBook, Chromebook, and Samsung devices. Sunrise Hitek Group, LLC, owner of the üuber brand, also operates Sunrise Digital, a leading digital printing company based in Chicago. As a G7 Qualified Master Printer, Sunrise is uniquely qualified among protective gear makers to offer a wide array of customization options, ensuring the most consistent and accurate color reproduction. Sunrise is an Inc. 5000 company established in 1988 and employs the most advanced equipment and technology, such as G7-certified HP Indigo and UV flatbed presses, and digital die-cutting, to create best-in-class products. A privately-owned enterprise, the company is based in Chicago and sells products worldwide.

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