Asbestos exposure is responsible for the deaths of 12,000 to 15,000 Americans every year. That is, according to a new study released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund. This is a stark increase from numbers released by the CDC and suggests that the true toll of asbestos exposure is even worse than previously thought.

Jodi Westbrook Flowers

This day will never be an easy day: not for survivors, not for the families of victims and not for the people who witnessed firsthand the most tragic day in American history. It will never be an easy day for any American, but it is a day that makes us come together—in pain, in remembrance and in solidarity—as a nation.

Regardless of whether you spent every weekend or only a day or two here and there in the sun this summer, a basic skin exam is vital to catching early signs of melanoma, a skin cancer that takes the lives of almost 10,000 Americans every year.

When the FDA found out about Kim Kardashian West's Instagram endorsement for Diclegis that stated, among other things, that “it’s been studied and there was no increased risk to the baby,” they quickly sent a warning letter to drug manufacturer Duchesnay, Inc.

If not for the actions of so many companies and asbestos-related industries, the issue of asbestos exposure, let alone an aggressive mesothelioma diagnosis, likely would never have been a thought for this family. However, there are researches, scientists, doctors and even patients who are working every day to bring change to the outcome of a mesothelioma diagnosis.

From electing to attend summer camps to planning beach days and boat outings, summer activities can provide some welcome relief from the everyday routine, but they can also come with their fair share of safety concerns.

Search engine queries may help regulators identify unknown side effects of medication.

Despite this danger to flights and the persons on the ground over whom they fly, apparently some people still think it’s “fun” to point powerful laser beams at airplanes. From shooting lights into cockpits from the top of skyscrapers to creating a flashbulb-like effect on the cockpit glass of police helicopters, to the more recent rash of close to three dozen flights over New Jersey and New York reporting lasers attacks on their planes, it looks to me like more than just “monkey see, monkey do” is taking place.

Jodi Westbrook Flowers

Blame that otherwise should have been shouldered by GM for not admitting and recalling this defect early on—or at the very least, informing the public of the defect—was instead refocused on an already overburdened and understaffed regulatory agency.

Today, BP disclosed to its investors that it recommends a $18.7 billion settlement to resolve the claims by the United States, the five Gulf Coast states, and local governments that filed suits against the oil company as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy. Could BP finally be realizing that 2015 may be the year in which it must accept the responsibility for the damages it owes the Gulf Coast area due to the 2010 oil spill and its aftermath?