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Toxic Lead Exposure blamed for Sickening Georgia Battery Plant Worker

Federal authorities are investigating a Georgia-based lead battery manufacturer after a woman complained that her husband is being exposed to dangerously high lead levels on the job. Lakecia Demmons told Augusta, Georgia’s WRDW Channel 12 that blood tests showed her husband Timothy Demmons has levels of lead in his system that are considered toxic by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Mrs. Demmons told Channel 12’s I-Team that her husband works at the U.S. Battery plant in Augusta, where he routinely lifts and stacks pieces of lead on his work release from prison. OSHA confirms it is investigating ... Read More

Study Links Flint Water To Infant Deaths, Decreased Fertility

The health problems stemming from the Flint water crisis may not be revealed for years to come, but already there is evidence that the lead-tainted water increased infant mortality and lowered fertility rates among women in the city. According to MLive.com, a new analysis published Wednesday, Sept. 20, Dr. David Slusky and Dr. Daniel Grossman of the University of Kansas found that fetal death rates rose 58 percent after Flint’s water supply was switched in 2014. The fertility rate among women in Flint dropped 12 percent during the same time, the research indicated. Other findings included disparities in the health ... Read More

Report: Battery Recycling Plant Released Toxins into Air and Soil for Decades

A now-closed Exide Technologies battery recycling plant located in Vernon, Calif., has been releasing major air pollution and toxic dust for decades, harmfully contaminating as many as 10,000 surrounding homes, according to researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of USC (University of Southern California). Faculty from the medical school have been studying the possible health effects to residents who live near the defunct facility. Contaminates that have been detected are lead, arsenic, benzene, and toxic gasses. Exposure to lead in any amount can be harmful, particularly to young children’s brain development. Pregnant women can pass lead exposure to her ... Read More

Samsung Chip Workers Die of Leukemia at Alarming Rate

Hwang Yu-mi died of leukemia when she was just 22 years old. Chung Ji-yeon died of leukemia when she was just 34 years old. Park Min-sook was diagnosed with breast cancer, but survived. Each of these South Korean patients have one thing in common: they were all Samsung chip workers exposed to hazardous, carcinogenic chemicals, namely benzene, a chemical that is heavily linked to blood cancers, leukemia, lymphomas and aplastic anemia, on a regular basis. Other chemicals that workers are exposed to daily are arsenic, acetone, methane, sulphuric acid and heavy metals such as lead. Yu-mi bathed silicone wafers in chemicals that ... Read More

More than 200K pairs of children’s sunglasses recalled due to excessive levels of lead

Due to the excessive amounts of lead found in the surface paint of the sunglasses, the company FGX International has announced a recall of nearly 215,000 pairs of children’s sunglasses. Prolonged exposure to lead in children can cause convulsions, stupor, hyperirritability and even more severe neurological effects that may lead to death. All of the children’s sunglasses come in a variety of 20 different styles featuring Disney, Marvel and Sears/Kmart brands. If you check the left temple arm of the sunglasses, one of the following style numbers should be found: Style# Brand Colors S00014SVS999 Marvel Spider-Man Red, blue S00014SVSBLU Marvel ... Read More

Lead, other toxic metals found in most lipstick samples, study finds

When it comes to potentially dangerous consumer products, one of the last things that may come to mind is lipstick, yet a recent study found that many samples randomly gathered from their owners tested positive for toxic metals, including lead and cadmium, which in small amounts can have an adverse effect on health. Although researchers found traces of the lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and manganese in all of the lipstick and lip gloss samples they tested, some contained levels high enough to pose a serious health risk if used frequently. Researchers found that women who applied lipstick two or three ... Read More

Government sues importers of children’s products to stop flow of dangerous toys to U.S.

The U.S. government has taken legal action against four California companies and six individuals in an effort to halt their illegal importation of dangerous children’s products containing lead, phthalates, small parts that pose a hazard to young children, and other potentially deadly defects. The U.S. Justice Department, acting on a request of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), filed an injunction in California federal court against Toys Distribution Inc. (TDI International); S&J Merchandise Inc., BLJ Apparel Inc., and All Season Sales Inc. Individuals named in the injunction are identified as Loan Tuyet Thai, Lan My Lam, Paul Phuong, Cuc T. ... Read More

Hospira recalls electrolyte solution due to possible contamination

Hospira is recalling containers of sodium chloride injection used as a source of water and electrolytes for patients with various conditions. The recall is based on a confirmed customer report in which four individual flexible containers of the solution were found to be contaminated with polyester fiber, nylon fiber, cotton fiber and nitrocellulous fiber. Hospira is investigating to determine the root cause of the contamination. Sodium chloride injection is used to treat conditions such as dehydration and metabolic alkalosis, as a priming solution in hemodialysis procedures and blood transfusions, and to aid in the infusion of drug additives. If the ... Read More

Water and electrolyte solution recalled due to possible contamination

Tiny brass particles were found floating in a container of an injectable solution of water and electrolytes commonly used to treat conditions such as dehydration and metabolic alkalosis, as a priming solution in hemodialysis procedures and blood transfusions, and to aid in the infusion of drug additives. The brass particulate was identified as containing copper, zinc and lead. If a contaminated container of the solution is not detected it could cause a delay in therapy or, if administered, the solution containing brass particulate may result in occlusion of small blood vessels. In a worse-case scenario, copper toxicity could result in ... Read More

Judge finds TVA liable for December 2008 coal ash spill

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) did not build its holding ponds according to plan, did not train its inspectors to ensure the stability of the dikes, and did not properly maintain its Kingston, Tenn., facility in order to prevent one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, a U.S. District judge ruled Thursday. TVA will be held liable for the December 2008 coal ash spill that dumped more than a billion gallons of toxic sludge onto a neighboring community. The ruling allows the hundreds of plaintiffs who filed lawsuits against the TVA to move one step closer to recovering for ... Read More