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Incidences of Blood Cancer are Significantly Higher Near Plants that Release Benzene

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a blood cancer that has been on the rise in the last few decades, likely due to the increase of industrial production throughout the U.S. Many refineries and plants release a chemical carcinogen called benzene that is linked to blood cancers such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Catherine Bulka, MPH, used data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) U.S. Census Bureau to check patterns of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases that occurred between 1999 and 2008 throughout the state of Georgia. She worked with Dr. Christopher Flowers his team in the Lymphoma Program at Emory University to analyze new cases of the blood cancer and the ... Read More

Earthquakes force Toyota to slow production in plants worldwide

The earthquakes that rocked Japan last month continue to send aftershocks through the Japanese economy. Toyota Motor Corp., already fighting to restore its image in the midst of sudden-acceleration complaints, record-breaking safety recalls, and federal fines, is now firmly engaged in a battle to maintain its production after the quake ruined critical links in its supply chain. Toyota said that it will have to stop production in several plants in Japan and worldwide for days at a time until supply and distribution links are restored to normal levels. Like other automakers, Japan relies on a network of domestic and global ... Read More