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Erie Coke Corp. Sued by the EPA Over benzene Pollution at Plant

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is suing Erie Coke Corp., a merchant producer of foundry coke, over benzene pollution at a plant in Pennsylvania. According to the EPA, benzene leaks had still not been fixed, despite a previous lawsuit by the agency and the state Department of Environmental Protection regarding a similar issue of pollution. The company and both agencies completed two consent decrees that required Erie Coke Corp. to fix the pollution issues. Under obligation to the consent decrees, the company invested $15 million on plant improvements, and shelled out over $4 million in fines. However, upon inspection by the EPA in March ... Read More

Benzene Found in Cooking Oil

Standard Foods Corporation is a company in China that manufactures blended oil products, including a popular choice called “Great Day.” Consumers’ Foundation said Friday that the cooking oil was found to contain benzene. The laboratory tests by Consumers’ Foundation found the benzene levels to exceed 5 parts per billion (ppb). Consumers’ Foundation laboratory director Lin Yong-chien said at a press conference that benzene is a toxic chemical that may cause drowsiness, dizziness and even loss of consciousness. He added that long-term exposure has been known to cause cause anemia and leukemia. This is not only a concern for consumers, but for the chefs and ... Read More

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Linked to Benzene Exposure

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a cancer that starts in the cells of bone marrow, the spongy inner part of certain bones where fresh blood cells are made. Most of the time, AML begins in blasts, the early forms of white blood cells, preventing them from fully developing, which prevents them from warding off infection. AML, a form of leukemia, is a fast-growing cancer that invades the blood rapidly and can sometimes spread to other parts of the body such as the liver, spleen, brain, spinal cord, and testicles. There are several subtypes of AML: M0 – Undifferentiated acute myeloblastic leukemia M1 – ... Read More

Galena Park in Houston Shows Levels of Benzene Higher than “Acceptable”

The Air Alliance Houston has released a report showing that Galena Park, which is reputed to have pockets of benzene throughout the area, has levels of benzene that are higher than acceptable based on standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Air Alliance Houston and other environmental groups successfully sued the EPA in 2012 to push federal regulators toward installing monitoring systems to assess the levels of benzene emitted from the oil refineries close by. Adrian Shelley, the executive director of Air Alliance Houston, decided to try the equipment for herself. “We wanted to get our hands on the equipment and try it ... Read More

Houston Air Pollution Study Finds Toxic Levels of Benzene In Surprising Places

The results of an independent study conducted by a group of environmental scientists who tested air pollution in several areas throughout the Houston, Texas, area uncovered some disturbing results for some residents who live in the vicinity of oil pipelines. Scientists with the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) expected to find benzene and other toxic substances in the air in Houston neighborhoods near oil refineries and other industrial complexes along the Houston Ship Channel, and they did. Pollution there has been documented for years. But the researchers also found high levels of benzene in the air in neighborhoods near oil ... Read More

Man suffers paranoid psychosis, cognitive impairment after taking Hepatitis C treatment

A frightening new side effect has emerged with the standard treatment for the hepatitis C – paranoid psychosis and cognitive impairment, according to a report published in a recent issue of General Hospital Psychiatry. According to the report, a 55-yearold male was diagnosed with paranoid psychosis and cognitive impairment after being treated for four months with interferon-based hepatitis C virus antiviral therapy. The psychosis stopped after he continued the therapy and he began treatment with the antipsychotic medication risperidone (Risperdal), however the cognitive impairment could not be reversed. Months later when doctors attempted to lower his dosage of risperidone, the paranoid ... Read More

Watchdog group argues clinical trial puts premature babies at risk

Premature babies with anemia enrolled in a new National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded clinical trial are at risk for neurologic injury or death, consumer watchdog group Public Citizen warned. Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough red blood cells. Red blood cells, or hemoglobin, provide oxygen to the body tissues. The NIH’s Transfusion of Prematures trial is investigating transfusions of high hemoglobin levels versus transfusions of low hemoglobin levels in premature babies with anemia. Half of the babies enrolled in the trial receives one type of transfusion while the other half receives the other type. ... Read More

Anemia drug for kidney patients pulled from market following deaths, hypersensitivity reactions

Omontys (peginesatide), an injection made by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and used to treat anemia due to chronic kidney disease in patients on dialysis, is being recalled and removed from the market because of serious hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, some of which have been fatal. About 0.02 percent of patients died after receiving a first dose of Omontys. The reported hypersensitivity reactions occurred within 30 minutes after administration of the drug. There have been no reports of hypersensitivity reactions following subsequent dosing, or in patients who have completed their dialysis session. Since the drug was introduced, more than 25,000 patients have received ... Read More

FDA panel considers risks, benefits of experimental hepatitis C drug

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee this week will vote whether recommend the approval for Merck & Co.’s new hepatitis C drug boceprevir. Clinical trials with the drug have shown promising results, but potential side effects have left the committee questioning the drug’s safety. The biggest concern the FDA’s Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee has about boceprevir is the increased risk and severity of anemia and other blood disorders in patients who use the drug. Anemia is a decrease in the number of blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Depending on the ... Read More

Vials of anemia drugs recalled, potential for serious injury

Certain lots of Epogen and Procrit (epoetin alfa) used to treat anemia are being recalled because the vials may contain extremely thin glass flakes, or lamellae, that are barely visible. If these flakes make their way into the bloodstream they could cause serious adverse events including embolic, thrombotic and other vascular events as well as foreign body granuloma, local injection site reactions, and increased immunogenicity. Epogen and Procrit are produced by Amgen and are indicated for the treatment of anemia related to HIV therapy, chronic renal failure, and chemotherapy. The glass flakes are the result of the interaction of the ... Read More