Synthetic Marijuana Seen as a Public Health Danger
A decade after first appearing in the United States, synthetic marijuana is seen as a growing health danger. Some marijuana smokers turned to it because it is relatively cheap and not detected in routine drug testing. Dozens of people in New Haven, Connecticut, went to the hospital this week after overdosing on a batch of synthetic pot. A look at the issue: What is it? While states have moved to legalize traditional marijuana, synthetic marijuana has become a public health threat. Synthetic pot is a mind-altering drug made by taking plant material and spraying it with chemicals that can mimic the high from mariju...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Synthetic Marijuana Seen as a Public Health Danger
A decade after first appearing in the United States, synthetic marijuana is seen as a growing health danger. Some marijuana smokers turned to it because it is relatively cheap and not detected in routine drug testing. Dozens of people in New Haven, Connecticut, went to the hospital this week after overdosing on a batch of synthetic pot. A look at the issue: What is it? While states have moved to legalize traditional marijuana, synthetic marijuana has become a public health threat. Synthetic pot is a mind-altering drug made by taking plant material and spraying it with chemicals that can mimic the high from mariju...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Development of a simple HPLC-DAD multi-analyte procedure and its application in cases evaluated by the Poison Control Center of S ão Paulo, Brazil - Franco de Oliveira SCWSE, Zucoloto AD, de Oliveira CDR, Hernandez EMM, Fruchtengarten LVG, de Oliveira TF, Yonamine M.
This work describes a simple approach to overcome challenges in emergency toxicological analysis, using liquid-liquid extraction and high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with a diode-array detector (HPLC-DAD). A rapid procedure has been developed... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Just how clean are your kitchen towels? New research suggests that they may be a possible vector for food poisoning
(Natural News) Kitchen towels may seem harmless, but a new study suggests that they may be housing pathogens that could potentially cause food poisoning. The findings of the study suggest that factors such as hygienic practices, type of diet, and family size and composition, to name a few, may impact and even promote the growth... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Predictors of severe clinical course in children with carbon monoxide poisoning - Akcan Yildiz L, Gultekingil A, Kesici S, Bayrakci B, Teksam O.
This study aims to evaluate the demographic, clin... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Human poisoning from marine toxins: unknowns for optimal consumer protection - Vilari ño N, Louzao MC, Abal P, Cagide E, Carrera C, Vieytes MR, Botana LM.
Marine biotoxins are produced by aquatic microorganisms and accumulate in shellfish or finfish following the food web. These toxins usually reach human consumers by ingestion of contaminated seafood, although other exposure routes like inhalation or contac... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Is it safe to reheat rice?
People often believe it is unsafe to reheat rice. This is because certain bacteria in rice can survive the cooking process. In fact, it is safe to eat reheated rice if it is cooked, stored, and reheated correctly. In this article, we discuss the best ways to manage leftover rice to limit the risk of food poisoning. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

A dual functional cardiomyocyte-based hybrid-biosensor for the detection of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning and paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins - Li H, Wei X, Gu C, Su K, Wan H, Hu N, Wang P.
Okadaic acid (OA) and saxitoxin (STX) are typical toxins of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) and paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), respectively, which are highly toxic marine toxins threatening human health and environmental safety. OA is a potent i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Subacute carbon monoxide poisoning presenting as vertigo and fluctuating low frequency hearing loss - Seale B, Ahanger S, Hari C.
We describe a case of 38-year-old lady prese... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

The Toxicology Investigators Consortium Case Registry-the 2017 Annual Report - Farrugia LA, Rhyee SH, Campleman SL, Judge B, Kao L, Pizon A, Porter L, Riederer AM, Wiegand T, Calello D, Wax PM, Brent J.
The Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC) Case Registry was established by the American College of Medical Toxicology in 2010. The Registry collects data from participating sites with the agreement that all bedside medical toxicology consultations wi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Did you know that you have E.coli in your body right now? Some strains are actually needed for your survival
(Natural News) In the U.S., most food poisoning cases are caused by E. coli outbreaks. Still, it’s important to know that while some strains of E. coli are indeed harmful to humans, not all types are pathogenic. You even have different strains of E. coli in your intestines, such as a strain of the bacteria that can produce the vitamin K that... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Device Safety and Regulations Questioned in The Bleeding Edge
Netflix’s movie, The Bleeding Edge, is about allegedly unsafe medical devices, how they got to market, and how difficult it is to get them off the market. Living in New York, I actually saw it in a movie theater. It has also received a modest amount of press with various radio, print, and online interviews. The principals behind the movie, Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, and Amy Herdy, are established documentary filmmakers as is evidenced by the high production values that go well beyond talking heads and statistics. The issue of faulty medical devices is approached through the personal stories of v...
Source: MDDI - August 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: William A. Hyman Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

ADHD Drugs: Calls to Poison Control ADHD Drugs: Calls to Poison Control
Nontherapeutic exposures to ADHD drugs range from inadvertent dosing to attempted suicide.Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Poison or cure? Arsenic can help treat cancer, study finds
A new study shows how an arsenic oxide, in combination with an existing drug, can cure leukemia, and it may be able to also treat other types of cancer. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer / Oncology Source Type: news

CDC warns an antidepressant is poisoning Americans
In the last four years, there has been a surge in reports from poison control centers of Americans overdosing on tianeptine, an unapproved antidepressant with opioid effects, the CDC reports. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists discover how to protect yeast from damage in biofuel production
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) Some chemicals used to speed up the breakdown of plants for production of biofuels like ethanol are poison to the yeasts that turn the plant sugars into fuel. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and several Department of Energy laboratories have identified two changes to a single gene that can make the yeast tolerate the pretreatment chemicals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 9, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The mentally ill 29-year-old helped to die
In January Aurelia Brouwers drank poison supplied by a doctor and lay down to die. She was 29. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The under-recognized epidemic: Millions of people are suffering from mercury poisoning
(Natural News) Much of the anxiety, depression, and mental illness that plague people today can be traced back to the biochemical changes that take place after repeated exposure to toxic elements such as mercury (Hg). Mercury is one of the most potent neurotoxins, yet it is routinely used in medicine. Millions of people are suffering... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl drug deaths rise by nearly a third in England and Wales
Fatalities linked to synthetic opioid increased by 29% in a year, according to ONS figuresDeaths caused by the drug fentanyl rose by nearly 30% last year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.While statistics show that the rate of deaths from drug poisoning in England and Wales has remained steady – 66.1 deaths per 1 million people (3,756 deaths) – fatalities involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl were up 29%. There were 75 deaths in 2017, up from 58 deaths in 2016.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Frances Perraudin Tags: Opioids Drugs policy Politics Science Society UK news Health Source Type: news

Sex differences in poisonings among older adults: an analysis of the Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC) Registry, 2010 to 2016 - Beauchamp GA, Carey JL, Adams T, Wier A, Col ón MF, Cook M, Cannon R, Katz KD, Greenberg MR.
PURPOSE: Adults aged>65 years are susceptible to intentional and unintentional poisoning, with contributing factors that include polypharmacy, comorbidity, susceptibility to medication error, and gaps in research. Although toxicologists are often tasked w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

A case of Morvan's syndrome associated with heavy metal poisoning after ayurvedic drug intake - Mohanakkannan S, Perumal SR, Velayudham S, Jeyaraj KM, Arunan S.
Morvan's syndrome is an autoimmune disorder of peripheral and central nervous system mediated by VGKC antibody. Here we report a case of Morvans syndrome who presented 1 month after ayurvedic drug intake. She presented with symptoms of peripheral nerve hyp... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Potion or Poison? Kombucha - Martini N.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Retrospective evaluation of adult poisoning cases admitted to emergency department of a University Hospital in Turkey - Sungur S, Bilge U, Acar N, Unluoglu I.
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate demographic, etiological, clinical features, and prognosis of poisoning cases applied to a tertiary emergency department retrospectively. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The recordings of poisoning cases aged 18 years old and... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Toxicity of muscimol and ibotenic acid containing mushrooms reported to a regional poison control center from 2002-2016 - Moss MJ, Hendrickson RG.
BACKGROUND: Amanita muscaria (AM) and A. pantherina (AP) contain ibotenic acid and muscimol and may cause both excitatory and sedating symptoms. Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are not classically described but have been reported. There are relatively few r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Deliberate self-poisoning with a lethal dose of pentobarbital with confirmatory serum drug concentrations: survival after cardiac arrest with supportive care - Druda DF, Gone S, Graudins A.
We report a case of recovery from lethal pentobarbital deliberate self-poisoning with confirmatory serum drug concentrations. CASE REPORT... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Characteristics of tianeptine exposures reported to the National Poison Data System - United States, 2000-2017 - El Zahran T, Schier J, Glidden E, Kieszak S, Law R, Bottei E, Aaron C, King A, Chang A.
Tianeptine (marketed as Coaxil or Stablon) is an atypical tricyclic drug used as an antidepressant in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. In the United States, tianeptine is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for medical use and is an unsc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The burden of acute pesticide poisoning and pesticide regulation in Korea - Ko S, Cha ES, Choi Y, Kim J, Kim JH, Lee WJ.
This study aimed to estimate the burden of acute pesticide poisoning and to determine its trend with recently implemented pesticide regulations. METHODS: Disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) were calculated as the sum of years of life... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

The unapproved antidepressant that's poisoning people
From 2014 through 2017, there was an increase in US poison control calls related to the intentional abuse and misuse of tianeptine, an unapproved antidepressant drug, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report on Thursday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mushroom poisoning epidemiology in the United States - Brandenburg WE, Ward KJ.
Ingestion of wild and potentially toxic mushrooms is common in the United States and many other parts of the world. US poison centers have been logging cases of mushroom exposure in The National Poison Data System (NPDS) annual publications for over 30 yea... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Fatal poisoning by ingestion of Taxus Baccata leaves - Pilija V, Djurendic-Brenesel M, Miletic S.
In this report we describe a first suicide case in Serbia related to ingestion of Taxus baccata leaves. A 30-year old woman was found dead, and the green plant material in a plastic bag was found near her bed. Autopsy revealed dark green needle-like leaves... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Germs Gaining Resistance to Hand Gels in Hospitals
This family of bacteria account for a tenth of hospital-acquired bacterial infections worldwide, and are the fourth and fifth leading cause of blood poisoning in North America and Europe, respectively. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Court declines to hear appeal in wife's cyanide death case
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a former University of Pittsburgh medical researcher convicted in what prosecutors say was the cyanide poisoning death of his wife (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Acute organophosphate poisoning: 17 years of experience of the National Poison Control Center in Serbia - Slavica V, Dubravko B, Milan J.
Based on human toxicity studies, by appropriate regulatory decisions, the number of organophosphates (OP) on Serbian market has reduced significantly over the last two decades, followed by a gradual decrease in the number of poisonings by organophoshates, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Sepsis Trust dentistry campaign
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition previously known as blood-poisoning and septicaemia. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Chipotle slumps 9 percent after Ohio outlet linked to food poisoning complaints
More than 100 people said they had fallen sick after eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurant in Ohio, sending shares of the burrito chain down as much as 9 percent on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Chipotle slumps nine percent after Ohio outlet linked to food poisoning complaints
At least 140 people said they had fallen sick after eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurant in Ohio, sending shares of the burrito chain down as much as 9 percent on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Chipotle slumps eight percent after Ohio outlet linked to food poisoning complaints
At least 140 people said they had fallen sick after eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurant in Ohio, sending shares of the burrito chain down 8 percent in early trading. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Clinical perspective of herbal poisoning in emergency room - Bavuno ğlu I.
In recent years, there is an increase in herbal product consumption, since herbal products are presented as harmless under the mask of the term "natural". It is obviously seen in the clinical evaluation of the intoxication cases that the most plant exposur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Secondary disasters and toxicological effects of fire - Bulut M.
A disaster is a serious disruption of the functioning of a community. Secondary disasters often occur following the destructive disasters, such as flood, fire, explosion and diffuse of poison gas, etc. Harmful substances enter the body via respire, contami... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Mushroom poisoning - Kara BA, Dedeo ğlu AE.
Just like in our country mushroom poisoning (mushroom toxicity) is considerably prevalent and it is commonly encountered throughout the world. Different types of toxins found in mushroom may cause serious and severe poisoning and rapid death. Mushroom toxi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Sarin as a chemical warfare agent and its cultural impacts - Çevik FE, Türkmen Z, Kirbaş D.
Chemicals that are found in solid, liquid or gas form and harm the living creatures due to its chemical properties are called chemical warfare agents. Chemical warfare agents are the chemicals with high toxicity potential that are used for the purposes of ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

At least 24 in Colorado suffer carbon monoxide poisoning
At least 24 were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning at a weekend gathering in northern Colorado after a generator used at a taco stand outside the venue leaked exhaust into the building (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

27 in Colorado treated for carbon monoxide poisoning
Twenty-seven people have been treated for carbon monoxide poisoning at a weekend event in northern Colorado building after a generator used at a taco stand outside the venue leaked exhaust into the building (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Acute copper sulfate poisoning resulting from dermal absorption - Park KS, Kwon JH, Park SH, Ha W, Lee J, An HC, Kim Y.
We report a Korean worker who experienced dermal exposure to a hot copper sulfate solution at his workplace and developed severe acute copper sulfate poisoning. A 53-year-old male worker, who was employed in a lead smelter for 5 years, slipped, and his rig... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Hair loss: evidence to thallium poisoning - Yang G, Li C, Long Y, Sheng L.
In clinical practice, thallium poisoning is very hard to diagnose, because it is a very uncommon disease and its clinical manifestations are extremely complicated. In the present study, we investigated a case of a 53-year-old man who was hospitalized for p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Plant poisoning in childhood: a snowberry intoxication - Neveu J, Ribet C, Dubois MA, Reynoard JP, Simon N, Giovannini-Chami L.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

A survival case of intravenous paraquat intoxication: A case report - Chen CW, Wu YH, Chien SC, Lin JC.
RATIONALE: Paraquat, an agent highly toxic to humans and animals, is a widely used herbicide and also commonly used for suicide attempts in Taiwan. The most common route of intoxication is oral ingestion, and parenteral poisoning is respectively rare. PATI... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Opium addiction as new source of lead poisoning: an emerging epidemic in Iran - Nakhaee S, Mehrpour O.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

PCR-RFLP method for rapid discrimination of toxic plants involved in food poisoning - Shinozaki J, Kazuma K, Satake M, Kondo K, Konno K.
Food poisoning caused by natural toxins, especially poisonous plants, is characterized by severe symptoms and a relatively high mortality rate. Therefore, rapid and accurate identification of the causative agent is extremely important. From plant toxin foo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Application of metabolomic tools for studying low molecular-weight fraction of animal venoms and poisons - Klupczynska A, Pawlak M, Kokot ZJ, Matysiak J.
Both venoms and poisonous secretions are complex mixtures that assist in defense, predation, communication, and competition in the animal world. They consist of variable bioactive molecules, such as proteins, peptides, salts and also metabolites. Metabolom... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news