Oct. 3-9, 2010 is Latex Allergy Awareness Week

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Show your support for those afflicted with latex allergy by educating yourself with recent rubber news! 😀

Latex In, Allergens Out

More than 40,000 types of commercial products are made from natural rubber latex (NRL), an extract of the Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). NRL is used in numerous products in the medical industry, from gloves to condoms, catheters, and rubber tubing. However, out of more than 200 proteins contained within NRL, 13 are known to be allergens, according to the I.U.I.S. Allergen Nomenclature of the International Union of Immunological Societies and the World Health Organization. The American Latex Allergy Association estimates that 3% of the general population and 17% of healthcare workers exhibit some form of latex allergy, hindering the use of such products. (full article)

Beware of latex and those with allergies

Latex is ubiquitous! It is everywhere. People with a latex allergy must be vigilant about coming in contact with natural rubber latex.

Latex is the liquid form of rubber and is used in the manufacturing of products that are “dipped” into a latex bath. Some of those products are gloves, balloons and condoms.

It has been known since the 1930s that latex proteins and the chemical additives can cause an allergic dermatitis. However, latex allergy did not become well known until the late 1980s when the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) mandated that all health care workers wear gloves when providing direct patient care or handling of human blood and body fluids. The outbreak of blood borne pathogens such as HIV prompted this mandate. (full article)

Analyzing the Positive Spike in Japan’s Rubber Sector

Japan has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons after intervention by the Japanese monetary authorities for the first time in six years, selling yen to help the country’s fragile economy. Although experts debated whether the Bank of Japan’s unilateral intervention to weaken the yen could actually reverse the trend of the currency’s appreciation, it now seems like it is having a soothing effect on the Japanese stock market, which has since been trading notably higher with investors indulging in some short-covering and bargain hunting. (full article)

Rubber Advances on Tight Supply From Thailand; Stronger Yen Limits Gains

Rubber advanced for a third day as wet weather disrupted tapping in Thailand, limiting supply from the world’s largest producer and exporter.

The March-delivery contract climbed as much as 0.6 percent to 323.5 yen per kilogram ($3,901 a metric ton) before trading at 322.5 yen on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange at 11:54 a.m. The price rose to 324.1 yen yesterday, the highest level for the most-active contract since April 26.

Shippers in Thailand have raised offers for RSS-3 grade rubber for November shipment to around $3.70 a kilogram, from $3.60 at the end of last week, said Kazuhiko Saito, an analyst at commodity broker Fujitomi Co. in Tokyo. (full article)

Labour shortage major challenge in Natural Rubber sector

The increasing labour shortage was turning out to be a major challenge confronting the Natural Rubber sector, Union minister of state for Agriculture, Mr K V Thomas, said on Wednesday.

Inaugurating the Annual Rubber Conference of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) here, Mr Thomas said the issue of labour shortage should be addressed by exploring the possibility of developing labour saving culture and harvesting practices and mechanism. (full article)

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