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Azacitidine Treatment “Significantly Extends Overall Survival” For Myelodysplastic Syndromes and Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients

This article discusses recent studies on the success of azacitidine (Vidaza®) treatment in reducing transfusion dependency, and increasing overall survival in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients. Data presented at the 14th Congress of the European Society of Hematology demonstrate that treatment with azacitidine (Vidaza®) significantly extends overall survival and helps patients with myelodysplastic […]

Girl, 16, Isolates Styrofoam Eating Bacterium

Tseng I-Ching, a 16-year-old high school student from Taiwan, has just taken top honors at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for her discovery of a bacterium that decomposes polystyrene or Styrofoam. Though Styrofoam no longer contains the ozone destroying CFC’s we used to hear about, it is still a threat to humans […]

EPA: Recycled Tire Playground Padding May Be Chemical Exposure Risk

If you have kids or grand kids you’ve probably noticed the springy recycled tire rubber surfaces found under many newer playgrounds. The material is also used on sports fields in modern artificial turf. The popular surfaces, made from shredded tires, reduce injury, require little maintenance, and are weatherproof.  So what’s the problem? Tires contain known […]

Consider Attending Bone Marrow Failure Disorder Conference This July

The Aplastic Anemia and Myelodysplastic syndromes International Foundation Inc. (AA&MDSIF) describes itself as "dedicated to fighting bone marrow failure diseases through patient support and research." The organization will hold a it’s AA&MDSIF Patient and family Conference in Indianapolis this year from Friday July 10, to Sunday July 12.  If you or a loved one have […]

Support the Bone Marrow Failure Disease Research and Treatment Act of 2009

While a link between bone marrow failure diseases and benzene exposure has been well established, there is a great need for more research into causes and treatments for these potentially fatal disorders.  Bone marrow failure diseases, like aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, and acute myeloid leukemia (AML), sicken between 20,000 and 30,000 Americans each year. On […]

Signs & Symptoms of Benzene Cancer

Benzene exposure may cause acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), both of which are rare cancers of the blood. For those who have a history of occupational benzene exposure or who live in industrial areas where exposure is a risk, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of these two cancers. Acute Myelogenous […]

EPA Proposes Benzene Emission Limits for Some Engines

The Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed setting emissions limits on benzene and other toxins released from gas-fired and diesel stationary engines. These engines are used to generate electricity and power industrial equipment, and over 1 million of them operated in the U.S. last year. Emissions from diesel and gas-fired stationary engines are significant and limiting […]

Residents Express Concern over Natural Gas Drilling

The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania is one of America’s greatest natural gas resources. As one company scrambles to exploit this resource in Mount Pleasant Township, some residents are growing concerned about the potential for adverse health effects. Range Resources Corp has drilled dozens of wells in the township to access water for a process […]

High Levels of Benzene Found in Champaign, Ill.

Benzene has been found in water wells and soil at the site of an old gas plant in Champaign, Illinois – in some instances, the levels of benzene have been as high as 200 times the amount accepted by health officials as safe. Energy company, Ameren, now owns the toxic site and residents are asking […]

BP To Reduce Benzene Emissions at Texas Refinery

In a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, BP Products North America has agreed to implement measures that will reduce benzene emissions at its Texas City refinery. The settlement will benefit those living in and around the area, who have suffered potentially harmful benzene exposure. Exposure to benzene causes a variety of health problems including […]