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Pharmaceutical Companies Work to Develop Genomic Test For Leukemia

Abbott, a maker of products for diagnostics, medical devices, nutrition and pharmaceuticals, is collaborating with two pharmaceutical companies, Celgene and Agios, in an effort to develop a system for diagnostic testing that identifies genomic mutations associated with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). According to Agios, about 20 percent of patients who have developed AML share a common mutation of the isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) enzymes. The IDH enzymes break down nutrients and supply energy to cells as they mature and develop. A recent study published by Leukemia, an online journal for science and medical information, shows that specific medications created to target IDH mutations have potential. The researchers advised that analysis ... Read More

Doctors in Europe Study the Dangers of Second-Hand E-Cigarette Emissions

E-cigarettes may not contain tobacco, but according to Dr. Esteve Fernández of the University of Barcelona, Spain, their emissions do contain nicotine, benzene and other carcinogenic compounds. Dr. Fernández is the head of a project called TrackSHS, aimed at finding out the effects of inhaling emissions from e-cigarettes second-hand. “Electronic cigarettes don’t produce combustion of tobacco – in fact they don’t even contain tobacco,” Dr. Fernández explained. “But because most users use charges containing nicotine they do produce tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.” Dr. Fernández added, “We know that the aerosols from e-cigarettes contain nicotine that can be assimilated by bystanders exposed ... Read More

US Senator Urges Congress To Fund Crumb Rubber Turf Toxicity Study

A U.S. Senator is calling for a federal study of artificial crumb rubber turf amid growing concerns that the recycled-tire product, increasingly used on athletic fields as a substitute for real grass, could pose serious health risks to athletes of all ages. Sen. Richard Blumental, D-Conn., said that Congress needs to take immediate action to empower the regulatory agencies poised to study the artificial turf and its potential links to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and other types of cancer. “Studies have revealed strong evidence linking crumb rubber to cancer, and parents deserve to know now whether these playgrounds and fields are safe,” ... Read More

Synthetic Fields at Schools and Parks Found to Contain Benzene

Amy Griffin, a former goalkeeper for the U.S. National soccer team that won the first women’s World Cup in 1991, began tracking American soccer players that had been diagnosed with cancer since 2009 after noticing a “stream of kids” that were getting sick after playing regularly on synthetic fields. In 2014, Griffin told NBC that 38 soccer players contacted her to confirm that they’d been diagnosed with cancer. Today, that number has risen to 220 athletes, 166 of them being soccer players. Of the soccer players, 102 were also former goalkeepers, who spend more time on the ground in direct contact with the ... Read More

Chemical exposure puts firefighters at Higher Risk for Cancer

In Somerville, Mass., 26 firefighters have been diagnosed with cancer in the past 20 years. Tom Ross, Somerville Fire Local 76 President, said that it was “common thought” that firefighters were exposed to cancer-causing chemicals while fighting fires if smoke is inhaled. According to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), benzene and formaldehyde as well as asbestos (in older structures) are the main chemicals firefighters are exposed to when household items and products are burned. Benzene and formaldehyde are known cancer-causing chemicals, and exposure happens either by inhalation or absorption through the skin. Benzene is widely used in ... Read More

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Aimed at Three Major Companies Claiming Benzene Exposure

Curtis Potter was an employee of Goodrich in a laboratory in the 1960s and 1970s. During the course of his employment, he was exposed to many toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, including benzene. Benzene is a key ingredient in gasoline and is used in a wide number of industries and products. Exposure to products containing benzene can cause life-threatening diseases including Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), lymphomas and aplastic Anemia. The most common method of exposure is inhalation, but benzene can be absorbed through the skin, as well, which opens a pathway for the chemical to enter the bloodstream and bone marrow.  People ... Read More

U.S. Steel Responsible for Benzene Exposure per Pennsylvania Jury

A Pennsylvania state jury determined that U.S. Steel Corp. is liable for hiding risks of benzene exposure, resulting in Louis DeSorbo of Connecticut to develop Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). The jury sided with DeSorbo and awarded him with an $824,000 verdict after finding that his leukemia was linked to benzene exposure partly from the printing solvents made by U.S. Steel. The jury also expressed on the verdict sheet that the company acted with “reckless indifference.” Louis DeSorbo was a press operator for 30 years, with exposure going as far back as trade school. According to DeSorbo, the state of Illinois recommended that U.S. Steel ... 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

New study examines air quality near oil and gas operations as an ‘underexplored human health concern’

A study conducted throughout five states in the U.S. points to unconventional oil and gas production releasing air pollutants that far exceed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommended levels. Throughout the states of Wyoming, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Ohio, 35 air samples were taken at specific oil and gas production sites during increased industrial activity or when workers were feeling negative health symptoms such as headache, nausea or dizziness. According to the report, which was published in the open access journal Environmental Health, researchers “explored air quality at a previously neglected scale: near a range of unconventional oil and gas development and production sites ... Read More

Plumes of Benzene found to be coming from underground pipelines around Houston Ship Channel

When Jay Olaguer, the air-quality science program director at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), and his team of researchers conducted a month-long study in two neighborhoods near the Houston Ship Channel, they found plumes of benzene from the nearby petrochemical industry in expected places. But they were also surprised by some unexpected results. He and his fellow scientists detected many pollutants including benzene coming from the refineries, rail yard and barges in the channel. That was expected. But they also discovered “sporadic, unpredictable belches” of benzene emitted from the ground. Benzene, a key ingredient in gasoline, is a sweet-smelling chemical that is used to make plastics, lubricants, ... Read More