‘Benzene’ Category

Is the U.S. Occupational Benzene Exposure Limit Safe?

Researcher’s findings in a 2017 study confirmed a long-tested and proven fact – benzene has toxic effects on blood and bone marrow. The research suggests that benzene exposure could be toxic to workers even at levels below the U.S. occupational standard of 1 part per million (ppm). This discovery leaves those who operate at the nationally recommended limit at risk of developing...

Novel Treatment Options: A Substantial Step Forward for AML Patients

While cancer appears in many forms due to genetic or environmental influence, some cancers are more environmentally controlled than others. This is true of blood cancers, and more specifically, Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Countless studies have linked AML to exposure of to benzene, a highly toxic chemical used for industrial purposes. While Leukemia has no definitive cure, various treatment...

Colorado Oil and Gas Well Leak Exposes Students to Benzene

Air sampling near a Colorado school recently showed an increased level of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical derived from natural gas and crude oil. The unprecedented national rush of oil and gas extraction has states all across the country reporting troublesome levels of toxic chemicals in their cities.

The benzene was detected last fall during a single 45-minute sample reading of the...

Leukemia Patients in the Shadow of COVID-19

Nearly five months have passed since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Much has changed since then, leaving all of us unsure as to what comes next. The only sure thing is the level of danger this virus poses to every population, especially high-risk groups who are medically compromised. Those with certain pre-existing conditions like blood cancers, such...

Industrial Sites Continue Exposing Communities to Benzene

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Throughout the country, industrial giants are releasing high levels of benzene into the air. Benzene, a known carcinogen, is a byproduct of oil and gas production. Its release poses a threat to workers and communities surrounding industrial production sites. Many of these sites are built near marginalized and minority neighborhoods. The greater the number of refineries, the greater the amount...

Benzene Exposure Case Settles Before Start of Trial

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Auto mechanic claiming to be sickened by benzene exposure settles with last remaining defendant on the eve of trial, resolving the case for $6.3M in total settlements from all defendants.

LOS ANGELES –– The benzene exposure trial of Jimmy Thomas, long-time auto body mechanic claiming to have cancer caused by the toxic chemical, was set to begin first thing...

$21.4M Benzene Verdict for Deaths of Tire Workers, Brothers

A jury sided with the families of two brothers who died of cancer resulting from exposure to benzene-containing rubber solvent.

LOS ANGELES –– After three days of deliberation, a $21.4 million verdict against Union Oil Company was awarded by a Contra Costa Superior Court jury to the families of two brothers. The brothers each died of cancer linked to...

Vitamin C: Much More than Just a Cold Remedy

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Vitamin C Supplementation May Help Prevent AML in Older Patients with Clonal Hematopoiesis

As it turns out, mega doses (1,000 mg/day) of ascorbate, better known as vitamin C, may be useful for more than just fighting off the common cold. There is new evidence to suggest that ascorbate levels play an important role in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Many workers suffer from AML as a result...

Androgen Extends Survival of Acute Myeloid Leukemia

In a recent study, researchers found that androgen maintenance therapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) led to significantly longer survival in older patients. This is promising news for AML patients, as more than 70% of patients are over the age of 60 when they are diagnosed. AML has been linked to benzene exposure, one of the most widely used chemicals in America.

Today, the main...

Benzene Exposure Risk Forces Illinois Village to Ditch City Garage

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When benzene was discovered in a garage in the village of Roxana, Illinois something had to be done. This street department garage is located on a dangerous plume of benzene. At the time of the announcement in 2015, the garage was still housing government vehicles and supplies, increasing the frequency of risky benzene exposure. The plume is the result of a pipeline break at a nearby...

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