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Treating Rhabdomyolysis: What Clinicians Should Know Treating Rhabdomyolysis: What Clinicians Should Know
With the rise of extreme sports and intense workouts, here are the telltale signs of exertional muscle damage that warrants immediate medical attention.Medscape Orthopedics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Article Source Type: news

Gym warning: Working out too hard can cause this life-threatening condition
GYM workouts are encouraged to be intense, but pushing your body too far and over-exerting your muscles can trigger a life-threatening condition - rhabdomyolysis. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why spin class has been putting people in the hospital
People who work themselves too hard during workouts like spin classes have been going to the hospital for a condition called rhabdomyolysis. This is when the muscles break down and release a harmful protein into the bloodstream that can cause kidney failure. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As Workouts Intensify, a Harmful Side Effect Grows More Common
Newbies to spin classes can land in the emergency room, as doctors say they are seeing more of the rare but dangerous rhabdomyolysis. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ANAHAD O ’ CONNOR Tags: Rhabdomyolysis (Muscle Disease) Exercise Muscles Bicycles and Bicycling American Journal of Medicine SoulCycle LLC Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Rhabdomyolysis: Causes, symptoms, and treatment 

Rhabdomyolysis is when skeletal muscle tissue deteriorates. This may cause kidney failure. In this article, learn how to diagnose and treat rhabdomyolysis. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Blood / Hematology Source Type: news

Statins side effects 'have been overstated', says study
Conclusion This is a complex study that provides a plausible explanation for the difference in reports of adverse effects of statins in RCTs and observational studies, some of which have suggested as many as 1 in 5 people get side effects from statins. However, we need to be aware of some limitations and unanswered questions: When people knew they were taking statins, they were more likely to report muscle pain than those not taking statins. But they were less likely to report muscle pain than in the first phase of the study, when they didn't know whether they were taking statins or placebo. We don't know why this is. ...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Statins side effects 'have been overstated,' says study
Conclusion This is a complex study that provides a plausible explanation for the difference in reports of adverse effects of statins in RCTs and observational studies, some of which have suggested as many as 1 in 5 people get side effects from statins. However, we need to be aware of some limitations and unanswered questions: When people knew they were taking statins, they were more likely to report muscle pain than those not taking statins. But they were less likely to report muscle pain than in the first phase of the study, when they didn't know whether they were taking statins or placebo. We don't know why this is. ...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Clinical Pearl: Elevated Liver Enzymes and Rhabdomyolysis
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - April 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Clinical Pearl Source Type: news

Severe Rhabdomyolysis After Long-term Simvastatin Therapy Severe Rhabdomyolysis After Long-term Simvastatin Therapy
This case demonstrates that side effects of statins may occur even after a long, uneventful period of therapy, and highlights the need to be alert to potential drug-drug interactions.Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal Article Source Type: news

Lymphangitis from Scolopendra heros envenomation: the Texas redheaded centipede - Essler SE, Julakanti M, Juergens AL.
Envenomation by Scolopendra heros, the Texas redheaded centipede, can present variably. Although transient pain and erythema are often treated conservatively, complications may include cellulitis, necrosis, myocardial infarction, and rhabdomyolysis. We pre... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 19, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

Rhabdomyolysis Symptoms and Causes
Title: Rhabdomyolysis Symptoms and CausesCategory: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 1/28/2011 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General)
Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General - January 12, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Patient Trapped Kneeling for 18 Hours has More than Leg Ischemia
You and your partner respond to a private residence for a fall. You’re met at the door by the patient’s son, who reports that he found his father on the floor this morning after no one answered the door. Patient Assessment You find the patient on the ground in a kneeling position. He’s awake, alert and oriented with no complaints besides, “I’m unable to get up.” Upon further questioning, you determine that he had a mechanical fall 18 hours earlier (with no prodrome, i.e., early sign of disorder or disease) that caused him to collapse onto his knees. He lives independently and was unable ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 1, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jaclyn A. Gadbois, MD, EMT-P Tags: Patient Care Source Type: news

Rhabdomyolysis
(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - November 15, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Levofloxacin-induced Rhabdomyolysis: A Case Report Levofloxacin-induced Rhabdomyolysis: A Case Report
This case of a man presenting with levofloxacin-induced rhabdomyolysis highlights the need to be vigilant for this rare, but potentially life-threatening complication of quinolones.Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

What Causes Hyperphosphatemia?
Discussion Constipation is a common problem in general pediatrics and its causes are numerous. It can cause acute and recurrent abdominal pain and is a cause of abdominal distention. Patients who are young, whose presentations are other than routine or who had complications should be invested for underlying causes of their constipation. This patient had undergone some evaluations in the past for constipation but because of the presentation of sepsis a more rigorous evaluation was undertaken. The differential diagnoses of the following can be found here: constipation, acute abdominal pain, recurrent abdominal pain, and abdo...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 12, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Sickle cell trait and health concerns in Army soldiers
Soldiers with sickle cell trait didn ’t have an elevated risk of death. They did have an increased risk, similar to older soldiers and some other groups, of a condition called exertional rhabdomyolysis. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rhabdomyolysis
Title: RhabdomyolysisCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 4/7/2009 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General)
Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General - August 10, 2016 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

A case of mushroom poisoning with Russula subnigricans: development of rhabdomyolysis, acute kidney injury, cardiogenic shock, and death - Cho JT, Han JH.
Mushroom exposures are increasing worldwide. The incidence and fatality of mushroom poisoning are reported to be increasing. Several new syndromes in mushroom poisoning have been described. Rhabdomyolytic mushroom poisoning is one of new syndromes. Russula... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

A rare autopsy case of traumatic rhabdomyolysis associated with intermittent assault - Chiba F, Makino Y, Motomura A, Inokuchi G, Ishii N, Torimitsu S, Hoshioka Y, Abe H, Yamaguchi R, Hashimoto M, Sakuma A, Nagasawa S, Saito H, Yajima D, Iwase H.
Traumatic rhabdomyolysis generally occurs after severe blunt trauma and is acute in onset, associated with severe disease, and potentially lethal. Accordingly, diagnosis of traumatic rhabdomyolysis in patients without massive subcutaneous or intramuscular ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

How Sore Should You Be After a Workout?
We’ve all heard the adage “no pain, no gain,” but how much truth is there to that mantra? It depends. Pain during or immediately following exercise, for one, is typically bad news. But soreness that comes several hours after your workout is usually a good thing. Check in with your body during and after your workouts by asking, “Am I feeling pain – or am I feeling like my muscles are working and that’s making me tired?” The two are very different. Pain is a warning signal that something is not right with your body; tiredness and soreness are signs of using a muscle to its full capac...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 13, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Methadone for fun sake… kidneys are at stake!!! - Chaudhari S, W.hedkar K, Popis-Matejak B, Baumstein D.
Acute renal failure from rhabdomyolysis is a well-established clinical entity; however, rhabdomyolysis exclusively caused by the ingestion of methadone requiring hemodialysis is very uncommon. With a similar mechanism to opiates, methadone can cause rhabdo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Fatal toxic myocarditis induced by paraphenylene diamine: a case report - Jedidi M, Hadj MB, Masmoudi T, Adelkarim SB, Mlayeh S, Dhiab MB, Souguir MK.
Para phenyl diamine (PPD) is an aromatic amine derivative of Aniline that is widely used as a cosmetic product, particularly in hair dye preparations. PPD acute poisoning leads to respiratory distress, rhabdomyolysis, muscle necrosis and renal failure. Car... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Colchicine-induced rhabdomyolysis: an autopsy case - Arslan MN, Özgün A, Daş T, Kumru D, Sam B, Koç S.
Colchicine is derived from Colchicum autumnale and Gloriosa superba and is used to treat acute gout and familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). Musculoskeletal adverse effects range from myopathy to rhabdomyolysis. An 18-year-old woman, with a 2-year history o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Tourniquets in Field Management of Active Bleeding
This study was groundbreaking. First, it was a prospective study; second, it found a complication rate of 1.7% limited to nerve palsies. These updated findings on complications of the device have helped to allay prior fears of morbidity that deterred tourniquet use. Following suit, the civilian community conducted its own research. Yielding low complication rates and high potential benefits, this research bolstered the recommendation for aggressive early tourniquet use.7 Mirroring the wave of change in military protocols, by 2012 some large metropolitan areas began equipping ambulances with commercial tourniquets and ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 6, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elisabeth White, MD Tags: Major Incidents Trauma Source Type: news

New drug 'effective' for those with intolerable statin side effects
Conclusion The main results of this study relate to the lipid-lowering effects of two alternative non-statin medications. However, it highlights the muscle-related adverse effects that can occur with statins. The study is carefully designed and has many strengths, including: a washout period between drugs to remove any residual effects double-blind design throughout so people didn't know what they were taking sufficient duration for each phase of the study (10 and 24 weeks) to allow effects to develop a good sample size – the researchers calculated beforehand how many people would need to be recruited to...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medication Older people Source Type: news

Some People Really Can't Take Statins For High Cholesterol, Scientists Prove
You can't write a story about the lifesaving benefits of the cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins without getting comments like this one, from reader Bill Hayman, on my story yesterday: I cannot take Crestor or Zetia or any form of statin drug! I can barely walk with any statin drug. My legs become painful and so weak, they feel like rubber. Several years ago, I used Lipitor and had four pancreatic attacks until I stopped the Lipitor. Or this, from reader James Leedy: People should be warned of side effects. Doctors should listen to patients . I have taken statins for several years. I had extreme muscle pains all t...
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 3, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Matthew Herper Source Type: news

Evaluation of Heat Stress, Heat Strain, and Rhabdomyolysis During Structural Fire Fighter Training
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. 09/2015This 34-page report by the Health Hazard Evaluation Program evaluates the risk of heat-related illness and rhabdomyolysis, the breakdown of muscle tissue, to cadets and instructors during fire fighting training. It found that environmental conditions, core body temperatures, and heart rates often exceeded guidelines during strenuous activities. It recommends scheduling strenuous training during cooler parts of the day/year, and educating fire fighters on heat-related illnesses and rhabdomyolysis. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Challenging return to play decisions: heat stroke, exertional rhabdomyolysis, and exertional collapse associated with sickle cell trait - Asplund CA, O'Connor FG.
CONTEXT: Sports medicine providers frequently return athletes to play after sports-related injuries and conditions. Many of these conditions have guidelines or medical evidence to guide the decision-making process. Occasionally, however, sports medicine pr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Fatal rhabdomyolysis after torture by reverse hanging - Pollanen MS.
PURPOSE: Reverse hanging (also known as "strappado" or Palestinian hanging [so labeled because this punishment was used by Europeans against locals during the Crusades]) is a form of positional torture where the victim is suspended for a prolonged period o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Severe bupropion overdose and ECMO: two great saves
ChaNaWiT/shutterstock.com 3.5 out of 5 stars Two Cases of Refractory Cardiogenic Shock Secondary to Bupropion Successfully Treated with Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrance Oxygenation. Heise CW et al. J Med Toxicol 2016 Feb 8 [Epub Ahead of Print] Abstract This awesome, exciting paper from Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix describes two teenagers with severe bupropion overdose who survived refractory cardiac arrest after veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO): Case 1: A 15-year-old girl was brought to hospital after ingesting up to 90 150-mg bupropion tablets. She had a seiz...
Source: The Poison Review - February 12, 2016 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical burpropion ECMO extracorporeal membrane oxygenation Source Type: news

Dystonia not dystopia: effects of the legal high, 'Clockwork Orange' - Mackey HE, Hawksley O.
A 27-year-old man presented to hospital after smoking a legal high named 'Clockwork Orange'. He suffered dystonia, acute kidney injury, rhabdomyolysis, lactic acidosis and a troponin rise. He was treated with procyclidine and intravenous fluids. L... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - December 19, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

TASER(®) electronic control device-induced rhabdomyolysis and renal failure: a case report - Gleason JB, Ahmad I.
Many law enforcement agencies around the United States are employing the use of TASER(®) electronic control devices (TASER(®) International Inc.) to subdue combative suspects. Since its inception the TASER(®) has had a temporal association with reports ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - November 15, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Patient’s Urine Color Means More Than Dehydration
Colt is a freshman at the local university. He appears to be in fairly good health and looks physically fit. The dorm resident assistant called EMS because Colt hasn’t been feeling well for several days. Today he stayed in bed and missed all of his classes, which is unusual behavior for him. Colt is lying in bed and responds to your questions appropriately. He appears to be oriented but lethargic. When asked how he feels, Colt responds by saying his whole body hurts and, even though he’s been working out fairly aggressively, he feels he just keeps getting weaker. His pulse is strong at 60 bpm, blood pressure is...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 2, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dennis Edgerly, EMT P Tags: Genitourinary Gynecology Renal Columns Patient Care Source Type: news

Rhabdomyolysis from statins: What's the risk?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - October 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Case report: seizures after exposure to 25B-NBOMe (N-Bomb)
Blue Batman pills (25C-NBOMe) 3 out of 5 stars Beware of blotting paper hallucinogens: severe toxicity with NBOMes. Isbister GK et al. Med J Aust 2015 Sep 21;203:266-267 Reference The NBOMe series of drugs are substituted phenethylamines. They act as agonists at both the 5-HT2A receptors and the α-receptors. Because of these actions they can cause both hallucinations (5-HT2A effects) and the sympathomimetic toxidrome (α effects.) Since these drugs are so potent, they are often sold in the form of impregnated blotter paper and misrepresented as LSD. Street names include N-Bomb, Wizard, Smiles, and Blue Batm...
Source: The Poison Review - September 24, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical 25B-NBOMe hallucinogenic stimulant n-bomb Source Type: news

Apple Watch Saves Life Of Tabor Academy Football Player
MARION (CBS) – Apple’s new watch is being called a life-saver at Tabor Academy in Marion. Paul Houle, 17, a senior nose tackle on Tabor’s football team, said he had just finished practice last week when he began to feel pain in his back and chest. “My Apple watch, which I bought three days earlier, I tested my heart rate on it. It was about 145 for about 2 hours after the practice had ended,” he told WBZ-TV. Paul Houle’s Apple watch. (WBZ-TV) He immediately contacted his trainer who checked his heart rate manually and then immediately rushed him to the hospital. He was later diagnosed wi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Business Health Local News Syndicated Local Tech Apple Watch Marion Paul Burton Tabor Academy Source Type: news

Case report: use of ECMO in colchicine poisoning
Colchicum autumnale (Autumn crocus) 3.5 out of 5 stars Extracorporeal life support in the treatment of colchicine poisoning. Boisramé-Helms J et al. Clin Toxicol 2015;53:827-829. Abstract Colchicine toxicity occurs roughly in 3 phases. During the initial 24 hours, severe gastrointestinal symptoms — nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea — can cause hypotension and shock if fluid losses are not adequately replaced. During the second phase, severe toxicity can manifest with pancytopenia, sepsis, rhabdomyolysis, and renal failure. In addition, within days after ingestion, patients can develop cardiogenic shock...
Source: The Poison Review - September 11, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical autumn crocus colchicine poisoning colchicum autumnale ECLS ECMO extracorporeal life support extracorporeal membrane oxygenation Source Type: news

6 Healthy Habits That You Might Be Overdoing
SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Linda Melone Taking any action to an extreme — even a healthy one — can have negative consequences.   Striving to lose weight becomes unhealthy if it turns into an eating disorder, for example. Exercising until you develop an injury or a serious health issue such as rhabdomyolysis (when muscle tissue breaks down and releases into the blood) can be life-threatening. Other, less extreme, examples can also work against your goal of creating healthier habits and a healthy body. Here are six ways that common, good practices can sometimes work against you: 1. You load up on healthy fa...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A case of paraspinal muscle rhabdomyolysis in a 22-year-old male after ingesting a supplement containing higenamine - Jeter J, Dezee KJ, Kennedy L.
Rhabdomyolysis is a painful and potentially life-threatening injury in which muscle breaks down in response to an insult. In this case report, we describe the clinical course of a 22-year-old man who developed paraspinal muscle rhabdomyolysis and possible ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 22, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Rhabdomyolysis in 114 patients with acute poisonings - Mousavi SR, Vahabzadeh M, Mahdizadeh A, Vafaee M, Sadeghi M, Afshari R, Balali-Mood M.
BACKGROUND: Rhabdomyolysis is a clinical and biochemical syndrome, which is observed in some patients with acute chemical and/or pharmaceutical poisonings. We aimed to investigate rhabdomyolysis in patients with acute poisonings due to different chemicals,... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A case report about skinny jeans sparks media frenzy
Conclusion This study describes a case where the combination of squatting for a prolonged period while wearing skinny jeans seems to have led to severe ankle weakness. With this kind of one-off event, it is difficult to be absolutely certain what causes it, but doctors look at the circumstances around the event and see what might explain it. They concluded that it was the extensive squatting that probably started the problem off, but once the woman's legs started to swell the jeans probably made it worse. Given the fact that many people wear skinny jeans and this is the first report of this kind of severe problem, it is l...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Neurology Source Type: news

Hair dye poisoning and rhabdomyolysis - Bokutz M, Nasir N, Mahmood F, Sajid S.
Hair dye ingestion is a rare cause of toxicity in Pakistan. We are presenting the case report of a 55 year old male who presented with accidental hair dye ingestion and developed laryngeal oedema requiring emergent tracheostomy. He had also developed aspir... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

A fatal outcome due to pulmonary hemorrhage following Russell's viper bite - Palangasinghe DR, Weerakkody RM, Dalpatadu CG, Gnanathasan CA.
Russell's viper (RV) envenomation causes local effects, coagulopathy, thrombosis, rhabdomyolysis, acute kidney injury, and neurological manifestations. Although coagulopathy and endothelial destruction causing local and mucosal surface bleeding is known, i... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 19, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

Severe reactions to “Spice” on rise, some associated with drug MAB-CHMINACA
AB-CHMINACA 3 out of 5 stars In vitro and in vivo human metabolism of the synthetic cannabinoid AB-CHMINACA Erratico C et al. Drug Test Analysis 2015 Apr 12 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract The New York Times reported today on the recent dramatic increase in emergency department visits related to use of synthetic cannabinoids (call colloquially, but somewhat inaccurately, “Spice”). This phenomenon has been seen in many states, especially Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and New York. According to reports, patients often present with agitation, delirium, and hallucinations. Medical complications have...
Source: The Poison Review - April 25, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical CHMINACA spice synthetic cannabinoid Source Type: news

Poisonous birds: what’s new
3 out of 5 stars Poisonous birds: A timely review. Ligabue-Braun R, Carlini CR. Toxicon 2015 Mar 31;99:102-108. Abstract It was just over two decades ago that Dumbacher et al published their landmark paper describing the presence of the alkaloid batrachotoxin (BTX, “frog poison”) in the skin and feathers of three species of Pitohui bird in New Guinea. This toxin binds to voltage-gated sodium channels maintaining them in the open position. This action causes depolarization of nerves and myocardial cells. This may serve the bird by acting as a “chemical defense” against l...
Source: The Poison Review - April 21, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical batrachotoxin bird catharidin coturnism hoopoe pitohui bird poison quail rhabdomyolysis spur-winged goose toxicity Source Type: news

27 fatalities from laboratory-confirmed exposure to PMMA (“Dr. Death”)
4 out of 5 stars Deaths from exposure to paramethoxymethamphetamine in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada: a case series. Nicol JJE et al. CMAJ Open. 2015 Jan 13;3(1):E83-9 Full Text From June 2011 through April 2012, 27 deaths in the Canadian provinces of Albert and British Columbia were attributed to the hallucinogenic stimulant para-methoxy-N-methylamphetamine (PMMA) as the primary toxic agent based postmortem examination and toxicology results. PMMA is so dangerous that it is known on the street as “Death” and “Dr. Death.” This paper constitutes a retrospective review of those cases based on r...
Source: The Poison Review - April 18, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Best of TPR Medical alberta bath salt british columbia canada death dr. death ecstasy fatality hyperthermia mdma PMMA serotonin syndrome synthetic designer drug Source Type: news

How Long Do Creatine Kinase Levels Remain Elevated After Exercise?
Discussion Acute rhabdomyolysis is an emergency that can cause acute renal failure (especially acute tubular necrosis caused by myoglobinemia) and electrolyte abnormalities. Common presenting findings are dark urine, myalgia and muscle weakness. Milder episodes can go unnoticed. Acute exertional rhabdomyolysis or unrecognized muscle injury can occur in underconditioned persons and even trained athletes who increase their exertion or exercise. Being unaccustomed to the ambient conditions such as heat, humidity and sun can also increase fluid loss and the risk of muscle injury. An overview and differential diagnosis of rhab...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 13, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Creatine Phosphokinase (CPK) Test: Facts & Information
Creatine phosphokinase or, ‘CPK,’ is an enzyme found in high concentrations in a person’s muscles where it facilitates a person’s muscle contraction. CPK is also referred to as, ‘creatine kinase,’ or, ‘CK.’ A doctor might check a person’s CPK when they are concerned a person has experienced muscle damage or breakdown. In a rare condition called, ‘rhabdomyolysis,’ extreme muscle breakdown floods a person’s blood with CPK and additional chemicals in their muscle cells. Some of these are toxic to a person’s kidneys, making the condition a dangerous ...
Source: Disabled World - March 17, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Health and Disability Source Type: news