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[Policy Forum] Policy reforms to update chemical safety testing
Toxicological evaluation of chemicals and newly emerging substances, such as engineered nanomaterials, is essential to protect human health and the environment (1). Traditional approaches for chemical safety assessment often use high-dose animal studies, human exposure estimates, linear dose extrapolations, and uncertainty factors to determine the circumstances under which human exposure is safe. But in 2016, major bipartisan reform of the antiquated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the United States embraced a new paradigm emerging across the globe (2). This paradigm, relying largely on nonanimal, alternative testin...
Source: ScienceNOW - March 9, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Andre E. Nel Tags: Chemical Regulation Source Type: news

Call It What It Is: Climate Cover-Up, Not Climate Denial
Today’s remarks by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt that human activity is not “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see” should effectively bring an end to the term formerly known as “climate denial.” Dear media: Call it what it is—a climate cover-up. As our nation’s top official sworn into office to ensure, “national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information,” Pruitt’s statement on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” raises some troubling questions on his ability to carry out his agency’s man...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 9, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

This Chemical Turned Water Pink in a Canadian Town. But We Actually Need It
Water turned pink in a small Canadian town this week after a faulty valve allowed the disinfectant potassium permanganate to seep into the water supply. The color looks alarming, but the chemical actually plays an important role protecting the water we drink from everything from minerals to invasive species. Water treatment facilities typically add potassium permanganate early in their process at the time of untreated water intake, according to the EPA. The chemical reacts with iron and manganese in the water to form solids that are filtered out later in the water treatment process. Water is typically also treated with a c...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - March 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized Canada Environment onetime Source Type: news

Ammonia's surprising role in cardiovascular health tracked in mice, human cells
Coronary artery disease is caused by plaque buildup in the vessels that deliver blood to the heart. Narrowed or blocked coronary arteries can result in a heart attack or sudden cardiac death. A study has now revealed that ammonia plays an important role in maintaining cardiovascular health. Researchers say that non-toxic amounts of the gas could help prevent coronary artery disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 9, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Yale team captures images of pathogens ’ tiny ‘syringes’
Salmonella and many other bacterial pathogens use a nano syringe-like device to deliver toxic proteins into target human cells. Now scientists at Yale and University of Texas Medical School- Houston have used cryo-electron tomography to reveal the molecular structure of this device, which is about 1/1000th the width of a human hair. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - March 9, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Yale News Source Type: news

Patient-Centred Care; The Past, The Present, The Future
In a few days, the best of the industry will assemble to share case studies about patient centricity ateyeforpharma Barcelona. It is invigorating that this event has become the gold-standard for exchange. In true,'Patient Polemic'fashion, therefore, I'd like to keep pushing my industry colleagues; because  beyond the ‘buzzwords’ of patient centricity, healthcare companies must be relentless in their determination to keep breaking boundaries and create systems that build trust in pharma and encourage relationships between patients and pharma. We have moved on from establishing the importance of patient...
Source: EyeForPharma - March 9, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Emma D ' arcy Source Type: news

Ammonia's role in cardiovascular health tracked in mice, human cells
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Coronary artery disease is caused by plaque buildup in the vessels that deliver blood to the heart. Narrowed or blocked coronary arteries can result in a heart attack or sudden cardiac death. A study at the University of Missouri School of Medicine revealed that ammonia plays an important role in maintaining cardiovascular health. Researchers say that non-toxic amounts of the gas could help prevent coronary artery disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 9, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Final Results of Landmark Imatinib Study in CML Show Long-Term Benefit
The final, long-term analysis of the landmark IRIS study showed that imatinib ’s efficacy persists over time in patients with CML, and no unacceptable late toxic or cumulative effects were observed. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - March 8, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Tags: Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Hematologic Malignancies & Lymphoma News Source Type: news

Celyad obtains FDA approval to initiate the NKR-2 CAR T cells THINK trial in the USA
IND (Investigational New Drug) approval triggers the initiation of the THINK trial in the U.S. Rosewell Park (NY) and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – UPMC (PA) approved and ready to enroll patients. No toxic event in the other patients enro... Biopharmaceuticals, Oncology, FDA Celyad, NKR-T (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - March 8, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Muscle Composition Metric May Help Predict Chemo Toxicity Muscle Composition Metric May Help Predict Chemo Toxicity
An experimental metric that measures muscle composition may be able to predict which patients are most likely to experience chemotherapy-related side effects.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - March 8, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Ingestion of white spirit resulting in perineal skin burns: a case report and review of the literature - Vanhoucke J, Buylaert W, Colpaert K, De Paepe P.
In the literature, possible systemic effects on health of inhalation or ingestion of white spirit are well described. Only a few case reports discuss the toxic skin effects that can occur following massive ingestion. Ingestion of large amounts of white spi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 8, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Monsanto Denies Wrongdoing In Cancer Claim Related To Glyphosate Exposure
SAN FRANCISCO - Monsanto Co. on Feb. 21 filed an answer in California federal court, arguing that the personal injury case brought against it related to glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, contending that the allegations against the company are "vague and conclusory and comprise attorney characterizations" about a product that "repeatedly has been found to be safe to humans and the environment by regulators in the United States and around the world" (In Re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2741, N.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge Cancels Oral Argument To Settle Jurisdictional Issue In 1 Flint Water Case
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A federal judge in Michigan on Feb. 17 issued an order canceling oral arguments in a case brought by residents of the city of Flint, Mich., who seek damages for injuries from exposure to lead-contaminated drinking water, ruling that the court is "obligated to examine" the subject matter jurisdiction of the case (Tamara Nappier v. Richard Snyder, et al., No. 16-636, W.D. Mich.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Michigan Civil Rights Agency: Flint Water Crisis Was Result Of 'Systemic Racism'
DETROIT - The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) on Feb. 17 issued a report in which it said the "disparate response" to the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich., was the result of "systemic racism that was built into the foundation and growth of Flint, its industry and the suburban area surrounding it" and said the state should establish a "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" to deal with racial discrimination. (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge: Tainted Groundwater Case Valid; Damages Allowed Against Some Defendants
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Louisiana on Feb. 21 partially granted and partially denied motions to dismiss claims brought by a class of residents who contend that Chevron USA Inc. and related companies are liable for contaminating their groundwater with naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM), ruling that the plaintiffs have a valid strict liability claim but do not have a claim for punitive damages against all defendants (Joseph Robertson, et al. v. Chevron USA Inc., et al., No. 15-00874, E.D. La.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

World Health Organization Documents On Glyphosate Not Protected, Monsanto Says
SAN FRANCISCO - Monsanto Co. on Feb. 9 filed a brief in California federal court arguing that the documents it seeks in a subpoena of nonparties in a glyphosate-injury lawsuit are not property of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC); therefore, they should be turned over to the company (In Re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2741, N.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Company: Jury Trial Brief In Groundwater Case Relies On 'Misrepresentations'
FRESNO, Calif. - A dry cleaning company on Feb. 10 filed a brief in California federal court arguing that the city of Visalia, Calif.'s brief seeking a jury trial in a lawsuit brought by a couple seeking remediation costs associated with tetrachloroethylene (PCE) contamination of groundwater "relies on a series of misrepresentations to support its argument" (Viola Coppola, et al. v. Gregory Smith, et al., No. 11-cv-01257, E.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge: Seattle's Case Against Monsanto Valid; PCB Design Defect Claim Dismissed
SEATTLE - A federal judge in Washington on Feb. 22 dismissed one cause of action but ruled that the majority of claims brought by the city of Seattle against Monsanto Co. for allegedly contaminating its groundwater with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were valid (City of Seattle v. Monsanto Company, et al., No. 16-cv-00107, W.D. Wash.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Halliburton: Discovery, Trial Schedule Should Be Changed; Plaintiffs 'Misleading'
OKLAHOMA CITY - Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (HESI) on March 1 filed a brief in Oklahoma federal court, arguing that the district court should modify a scheduling order to extend the discovery deadline and change the date of trial plaintiff selection in a collection of lawsuits brought by residents who allege that the company is liable for their injuries by the alleged presence of perchlorate in the aquifer that supplies their drinking water (Albin Family Revocable Living Trust, et al. v. Halliburton Energy Services Inc., No. 16-910, W.D. Okla.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

1st Circuit Panel: Review Of Ruling In Drinking Water Case 'Not In Order'
BOSTON - A panel of the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 14 ruled that residents who contend that a company contaminated their drinking water with perfluorooctanoic acid (known as C8) cannot appeal a ruling of the district court that denied their motion to remand the case to New Hampshire state court (Kevin Brown, et al. v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, No. 16-8055, 1st Cir.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge Denies Oil Rig Explosion Plaintiff's Request To File Evidence Under Seal
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on Feb. 13 denied a man's motion to file photographs under seal as part of the evidence record in an oil rig explosion injury lawsuit, concluding that the pictures were identical to, or "cumulative of," photographs that had already been included in the record (Natto Iyela Gbarabe v. Chevron Corporation, No. 14-173, N.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge Approves Dismissal Of Drinking Water Case Amid Document Dispute
SPOKANE, Wash. - A federal judge in Washington on Feb. 27 issued an order approving a settlement in a lawsuit brought by an environmental group that sought declaratory relief for alleged violations of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in relation to documents pertaining to an investigation of groundwater contamination on Native American lands (Friends of Toppenish Creek v. U.S. Department of Health& Human Services, et al., No. 16-3013, E.D. Wash.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Company: Drinking Water Case Preempted By Federal Law, And Claims Are 'Moot'
LOS ANGELES - Pacific Gas& Electric Co. (PGE) on Feb. 24 filed its answer to a groundwater contamination complaint in California federal court, contending that the court lacks jurisdiction because the claims are preempted by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the claims are moot (Carolyn Bolin, et al. v. Pacific Gas& Electric Company, No. 16-676, C.D. Calif.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

3M: Groundwater Case Fails; Any Alleged Injuries Stem From Acts Beyond Control
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - On Feb. 24, 3M Co. filed its answer to a lawsuit brought against it for groundwater contamination, in which it denies any liability and argues that the claim fails because the company has "not caused or contributed to an imminent and substantial endangerment to health or the environment" (Tennessee Riverkeeper Inc. v. 3M Company, et al., No. 16-1029, N.D. Ala.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Groups: EPA Emergency Action Needed For Lead Contamination In East Chicago, Ind.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A collection of community groups, the NAACP and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on March 2 filed notice of petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeking emergency action to abate "the imminent and substantial endangerment" to East Chicago, Ind., posed by lead contamination of drinking water. (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Texas High Court: Lower Court Should Decide If ExxonMobil Should Clean Up Site
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Supreme Court held Feb. 24 that a lower court judge should determine if a landowner can seek an order requiring ExxonMobil Corp. to remediate two sites where it conducted oil drilling and production operations, finding that the issue was not properly raised on appeal (ExxonMobil Corporation v. Lazy R. Ranch, LP, et al., No. 15-0270, Texas Sup., 2017 Tex. LEXIS 210). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
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$20M Lead-Based Paint Injury Case May Proceed, Judge Says
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A federal judge in New York on March 1 ruled that residents who seek $20 million for lead-based paint poisoning injuries allegedly sustained when they rented an apartment have a private right of action and the case may proceed (Sabrina Fuller v. Chandrakalli Sukhnandan, No. 16-2038, E.D. N.Y.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29063). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Panel Reverses, Says Statute Of Limitations Expired On Lead-Based Paint Case
ALBANY, N.Y. - A New York appellate panel on March 2 reversed a trial court ruling and determined that a lead-based paint poisoning lawsuit against a landlord couple should be dismissed on grounds that the statute of limitations had expired on the claim (Violet Vasilatos v. William Dzamba, No. 523286, N.Y. Sup., App. Div., 3rd Dept.; 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 1581). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
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Pennsylvania Drinking Water Bill Mandating Lead Tests Referred To Committee
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania General Assembly on Feb. 28 referred to committee a bill that would give power to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to appropriate money to provide safe drinking water by testing public water systems for lead. (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge Reverses, Says Benefits Denied To Veteran Based On Flawed Medical Opinion
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on Feb. 27 reversed and remanded a ruling by the Board of Veterans Appeals that denied a veteran's claim for benefits from exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam, concluding that the board failed to provide an adequate statement of its reasons for relying on the opinion of the medical examiner in the case (Joyce M. Carter v. David J. Shulkin, No. 16-1192, Vet. Clms.; 2017 U.S. App. Vet. Claims LEXIS 250). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge Reverses, Remands Agent Orange Ruling, Says Cancer Connection Could Exist
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on Feb. 28 reversed and remanded a ruling by the Board of Veterans Appeals that denied a veteran's claim for full benefits related to prostate cancer that he contended was caused by his exposure to Agent Orange while in Vietnam (Chester McNeil Jr. v. David J. Shulkin, No. 16-1447, U.S. App., Vet. Clms.; 2017 U.S. App. Vet. Claims LEXIS 263). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
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Judge Sets Aside, Remands Ruling That Denied Agent Orange Benefits
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal judge in the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals on Feb. 22 set aside a ruling by the Board of Veterans Appeals that denied benefits to the widow of a soldier who had been exposed to Agent Orange, concluding that the medical opinion on which the denial of benefits was based relied on the opinion of an independent medical examiner who did not adequately explain her conclusion (Atta L. Corbiser v. David J. Shulkin, No. 15-2505, Vet. Clms.; 2017 U.S. App. Vet. Claims LEXIS 214). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
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War's 'toxic stress' on Syrian children detailed in report
Syria's children are overwhelmingly suffering "toxic stress" from the country's brutal civil war, with possible long-term effects on their psychological and physical health, a report by a children's welfare group concludes. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Syrian children show symptoms of 'toxic stress' after 6 years of war, report says
Six years of violence and bloodshed have spawned a mental health crisis among Syria's children, the charity Save the Children says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Here Are Some Scary Things That Can Happen To You In A Hospital
After heart disease and cancer, the third greatest cause of death in America is medical mistakes, according to Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Martin Makary. Makary, who says medical screw-ups claim the lives of at least 250,000 people a year, has urged the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to add medical errors to its annual list of the leading causes of death. His analysis was published in The BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal, last May ― and he probably shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for the CDC to act. A spokesman for the CDC agrees that medical errors are important and merit a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Metabolic syndrome: Toxicology's next patient
A rise in caloric consumption combined with a decrease in physical activity has contributed to a boom of metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 6, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Tox Tunes #109: I Killed Robert Johnson (The Stone Foxes)
More myths and legends are attached to the life of Robert Johnson (1911 – 1938) than surround any other American blues artist. It’s said that he sold his soul to the devil down at a Mississippi crossroads in return for the ability to play guitar with a technique that musicians like Eric Clapton are still trying to replicate. It’s said that his death at age 27 established a precedent for other great American musicians who also died at that same age, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Al “Blind Owl” Wilson. And it is said that Johnson was poisoned with strychnine in Greenwoo...
Source: The Poison Review - March 6, 2017 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical american delta blues i killed robert johnson nux vomica sonte foxes strychnine tox tunes Source Type: news

Is red hair gene linked to increased risk of Parkinson's?
Conclusion This study looked at the role the red hair gene MC1R plays in the brains of mice. The findings suggest the gene has a part to play in keeping certain nerve cells in the brain alive. The cells in question are those that die off in Parkinson's disease and cause the condition's characteristic movement problems. These findings in mice are likely to need further investigation in human cells and tissue in lab studies. Exactly what causes brain cells to die, causing Parkinson's disease, is unknown. As with many conditions, it's thought both genetic and environmental factors could play a role. Research like th...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Genetics/stem cells Source Type: news

5 Questions on Breast Cancer
In black patients with breast cancer, what type of treatment attenuated aggressive recurrent rates? What percentage of women with early-stage invasive breast cancer report at least one severe/very severe toxicity? Test your knowledge in our latest quiz. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - March 5, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Debra Hughes Tags: Quiz Source Type: news

Could omega-3 foods help cut damage caused by pollution?
Researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered that toxic particles can penetrate through the lungs into other organs, including the brain and testicles. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Proteomic, toxicological and immunogenic characterization of Mexican west-coast rattlesnake (Crotalus basiliscus) venom and its immunological relatedness with the venom of Central American rattlesnake (Crotalus simus) - Segura A, Herrera M, Mares FR, Jaime C, S ánchez A, Vargas M, Villalta M, Gómez A, Gutiérrez JM, León G.
The venom of the Mexican west-coast rattlesnake (Crotalus basiliscus) was characterized for its protein composition, toxicological profile and immunogenic properties. This venom is composed of 68% Zn(2+)-dependent metalloproteinases (SVMPs), 14% phospholip... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

Toxicodynetics in nordiazepam and oxazepam overdoses - Sacre L, Ali SM, Villa A, Jouffroy R, Raphalen JH, Garnier R, Baud FJ.
We report the toxicodynetics in mono-intoxications with oxazepam and nordiazepam. METHODS: Cases of oxazepam or nordiazepam overdoses collected a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Suicide attempts by exposure to toxic agents registered in a Toxicological Information and Assistance Center in Fortaleza, Cear á, Brazil, 2013 - Gondim AP, Nogueira RR, Lima JG, Lima RA, Albuquerque PL, Veras MD, Ferreira MA.
OBJECTIVE:: to describe cases of suicide attempts by exposure to toxic agents registered by the Toxicological Information and Assistance Center in Fortaleza, Cear OBJECTIVE:: á, Brazil. METHODS:: this is a descriptive study using secondary data of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

WHO responds to reported use of chemical weapons agents in East Mosul, Iraq
3 March 2017 – Following the reported use of chemical weapons agents in East Mosul, Iraq, WHO, partners and local health authorities have activated an emergency response plan to safely treat men, women and children who may be exposed to the highly toxic chemical. Since 1 March, 12 patients including women and children with respiratory symptoms and blistering have been received for treatment by a referral hospital in Erbil according to local health authorities. Of these, 4 patients are showing severe signs associated with exposure to a blister agent. WHO and partners are working with health authorities in Erbil ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 3, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

The Best Instagram Accounts To Follow For Yoga
Maybe you’re already into yoga. Maybe you think it’s not your style. The truth is that yoga is for everyone ― no matter your size, age or religious preference. Don’t believe us? Scroll through our favorite yoga Instagram accounts. They’ll inspire you to hit the mat and reap the health benefits of the practice, which include reduced stress, increased physical activity and and lower risk of chronic disease. Check out the list below: Colleen Saidman Yee, @colleensaidman  Eka para sirsasana. One foot to head seat. This is a great party trick. But, be careful. You really...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sustainable, high energy density battery created
Researchers announce the development of a novel low cost, rechargeable, high energy density battery that makes the widespread use of solar and wind power possible in the future. It is based on manganese dioxide (MnO2), an abundant, safe and non-toxic material. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 3, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Persian Gulf jellyfish (Cassiopea andromeda) venom fractions induce selective injury and cytochrome C release in mitochondria obtained from breast adenocarcinoma patients - Mirshamsi MR, Omranipour R, Vazirizadeh A, Fakhri A, Zangeneh F, Mohebbi GH, Seyedian R, Pourahmad J.
This study was conducted to investigate whether fractions of jellyfish Cassiope andromeda venom, could selectively induce toxicity on mitochondria isolated from cancer tissue of patients with breast adenocarcinomas. METHODS: Firstly, we ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

Asbestos exposure is still making people sick
Researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are struggling to understand why younger populations continue to suffer asbestos-related medical issues despite efforts to reduce exposure from the toxic mineral. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Omega-3 oils could tackle damage caused by air pollution, research shows
Exclusive New research indicates the benefits of eating omega-3 fatty acids, but also that pollution particles can penetrate the lungs into many organs, including testiclesSupplements of healthy fats could be an immediate way of cutting the harm caused to billions around the world by air pollution, according to emerging research.However, the research also shows air pollution particles can penetrate through the lungs of lab animals into many major organs, including the brain and testicles. This raises the possibility that the health damage caused by toxic air is even greater than currently known.Continue reading... (Source:...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 3, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Tags: Pollution Health Cities Environment Society Medical research Science World news Source Type: news

Clinicians Should Be Alert for Hand Sanitizer Toxicity, Study Suggests (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Andr é Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS The U.S. National Poison Data System received over 70,000 reports related to hand sanitizer exposures among children aged 12 years and younger from 2011 through 2014, … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - March 2, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news