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2012-05-29 07:49:39

Exposure to solvents at work may be associated with reduced thinking skills later in life for those who have less than a high school education, according to a study published in the May 29, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The thinking skills of people with more education were not affected, even if they had the same amount of exposure to solvents. "People with more education may have a greater cognitive reserve that acts like...

2012-05-29 05:17:06

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- In many cases, work can challenge the brain and stimulate thinking. For the less-educated who work with solvents, however, the opposite might prove true over the course of time. After a study involving 4,134 people who worked for the French National Gas and Electric Company, a lifetime exposure of four types of solvents- chlorinated solvents, petroleum solvents, and benzene and non-benzene aromatic solvents — resulted in impaired thinking skills after a...

2012-04-17 14:20:17

ALTON, Ill., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Simmons Firm, a national litigation firm known for handling complex, toxic exposure cases, filed suit today on behalf of private property owners in Roxana, Ill., against Shell Oil Company, ConocoPhillips, and WRB Refining LP. The Roxana property owners allege that carcinogenic chemicals, including benzene, released from the Wood River Oil Refinery have contaminated their properties. They seek compensation for that damage and other relief. This...

2012-04-04 02:24:10

LONDON, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Prices in the $3-trillion-plus global petrochemicals market rose 3% in March to $1,445 per metric ton (/mt), according to the just-released monthly average of the Platts Global Petrochemical Index (PGPI), a benchmark basket of seven widely used petrochemicals. While March marks the third consecutive month of gains in the PGPI, the increase seen in March was relatively small compared to the 10% jump in February prices. The February PGPI average was...

2012-03-19 10:27:45

They contain hydrocarbons including benzene In a new study, researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health have shown that air pollution caused by hydraulic fracturing or fracking may contribute to acute and chronic health problems for those living near natural gas drilling sites. "Our data show that it is important to include air pollution in the national dialogue on natural gas development that has focused largely on water exposures to hydraulic fracturing," said Lisa McKenzie,...

2012-03-15 06:56:00

ALBANY, New York, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research (http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com) "Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) Market: Global Market Analysis & Forecast (2009 - 2016)", [http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/toluene-diisocyanate-market.html ]Global TDImarket reached 5.8 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach 7.6 billion by 2016, growing at a CAGR of 5.5% from 2011 to 2016. The TDI...

2012-02-17 17:50:00

According to court documents, on Jan. 18th, 2012 Norvel Dorsey, a Texas man, filed the lawsuit No. B-0191669 in Jefferson County District Court, Texas. Mr. Dorsey accuses DuPont De Nemours, Exxon Mobil Corp. and some of its subsidiaries, Foster Wheeler Energy Corp., Gulf Oil Corp., Texaco, U.S. Steel, Chevron U.S.A., and 4520 Corp. alleging that he developed leukemia from benzene exposure. Benzene is a petroleum product, originally manufactured from coal tar that is used as a component in...

2012-01-18 08:00:00

DES PLAINES, Ill., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that it has been selected by Samsung Total Petrochemicals Co., Ltd. to provide technologies for the production of key petrochemicals and high-quality diesel and jet fuel at its complex in Daesan, South Korea. The integrated aromatics complex will be the first to employ the latest energy-efficient designs from UOP, allowing Samsung to reduce energy consumption by 33 percent and...

2012-01-10 08:00:00

DES PLAINES, Ill., Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that it has been selected by South Korea's Kumho P&B Chemicals, Inc. to provide technology to produce key petrochemicals for the manufacture of plastics. Honeywell's UOP Q-Max(TM) and UOP Phenol(TM) process technologies will be integrated at Kumho's Yeosu, South Korea, facility to produce high-quality phenol. According to industry consultants, the demand for materials...

2011-11-07 16:59:37

Breathing. Anyone reading this article is doing it right now. But what chemicals are we breathing in, and out? A group of Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers has published a paper in the journal Environmental Science & Technology that details how to learn just that, using microelectromechanical systems to focus on toxins and everyday impurities that enter the body through the air we intake. The research paper, "The Possibilities Will Take Your Breath Away: Breath Analysis...