Is Nickel in iPads And Other Electronics Giving Users a Rash?

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Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in an 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Monday’s Pediatrics.

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Nickel rashes aren’t life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable, and they may require treatment with steroids and antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr. Sharon Jacob, a dermatologist at Rady Children’s Hospital, where the boy was treated. Jacob, who co-wrote the report, said the young patient had to miss school because of the rash.

The boy had a common skin condition that causes scaly patches, but he developed a different rash all over his body that didn’t respond to usual treatment. Skin testing showed he had a nickel allergy, and doctors traced it to an iPad his family had bought in 2010.

Doctors tested the device and detected a chemical compound found in nickel in the iPad’s outside coating. He got better after putting the iPad in a case.

On Monday, July 14, the day’s biggest mover was the nickel 3-month price, which saw a 0.6 percent increase on the LME to $19,140 per metric ton. At $19,060, the spot price of nickel finished the market day on the LME up 0.5 percent per metric ton. The Indian nickel cash price flattened at INR 1,171 ($19.52) following two-days of declines.

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Chinese stainless steel prices closed flat for the day. The price of Chinese ferro-chrome was unchanged at CNY 8,300 ($1,338) per metric ton. The price of Chinese ferro-moly continues hovering around CNY 145,000 ($23,370) per metric ton for the fifth day in a row.

For the fifth consecutive day, the Allegheny Ludlum 316 stainless surcharge held flat at $1.31 per pound. The price of Chinese 316 stainless coil remained essentially flat at CNY 26,000 ($4,190) per metric ton. The price of Chinese 304 stainless coil saw little movement at CNY 16,400 ($2,643) per metric ton. For the fifth day in a row, the price of Chinese 316 stainless steel scrap remained essentially flat at CNY 16,100 ($2,595) per metric ton. The price of Chinese 304 stainless steel scrap held steady at CNY 16,400 ($2,643) per metric ton.

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