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New Carbon Monoxide Sensor Developed For Occupational Use
A new inexpensive, accurate carbon monoxide (CO) sensor and monitoring system has been developed by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Quantum Group Incorporated. With some 19,000 deaths a year from CO poisoning, the device provides a simple method to assess workplace risk. (1999-05-17)

Breakthrough On Microbial Disease Published In Science
In a major breakthrough in the treatment and prevention of infectious disease, researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have found a way to disarm microbial pathogens with the discovery of a (1999-05-07)

May/June 1999 Table Of Contents
Table of Contents of articles published in the May/June 1999 issue of Public Health Reports. (1999-05-02)

TV Medical Dramas Have Enormous Responsibility For Educating Viewers On Medical Matters
Events depicted in television medical dramas can influence viewers' behaviour and therefore producers must ensure that the clinical information they portray is accurate. (1999-04-09)

Residential Dust Control Fails To Reduce Blood Lead Levels In Children
Dust control -- one of the cornerstones of preventing children's exposure to lead in the home -- is ineffective in reducing blood lead levels, according to a Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati study published in the April edition of (1999-04-05)

A Quick DNA Test Seeks Out A Dangerous Bacteria That Lurk In Food
Every year millions of people come down with food poisoning caused by Campylobacter. Now these numbers could be dramatically cut thanks to the first simple test for the bacterium developed by US government researchers. Scientists have also developed a scanner than can detect the bug on cattle carcasses. (1999-02-24)

Chelation Therapy May Alter Immune System
A commonly used drug for reducing toxicological effects of lead poisoning, DMSA, may alter the immune system, a Cornell University study of pregnant rats and their offspring has found. (1999-02-22)

A Disease Last Seen In The 1950's Has Struck Again
Minamata disease, a debilitating illness of the nervous system caused by mercury poisoning, has reared its ugly head again. Symptoms of the disease, first seen in the 1950's in Japan, are showing up in fishing villages of the Amazon rainforest. It is unclear whether it comes from gold mining or the leaching of mercury from soils following deforestation. (1999-02-03)

Major Gaps Exist In Food-Safety Surveillance, CSPI Charges
In their report (1999-01-22)

A Woman's Egg Can Be Freezer Friendly, If You Go Easy On The Salt
Human eggs don't freeze well. But researchers in New Jersey say they have overcome the problem by abandoning the idea that the eggs should be frozen in a solution resembling body fluids. They have obtained high survival rates by using a solution of choline ions instead of saline. (1999-01-13)

Candles with lead wicks emit lead into the air
Some candles on the market today are made with wicks that have either lead or lead cores that emit potentially dangerous levels of lead into the air. (1998-10-06)

Science Article Criticizes Federal Policy Regarding Lead Exposure And Children's Health
Federal policies regarding residential lead poisoning favor the lead industry or economic concerns at the expense of children's health, according to an article by a physician from Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati in the September 11 edition of the journal Science. (1998-09-10)

Pioneers Of Chemistry At Convention Center
The lead chemist examining the long-hidden artifacts of the historic cruise ship Titanic and the scientist known as the father of the hydrogen bomb are among a host of researchers discussing their cutting edge work at the Industry Pavilion of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, during the Society's national meeting here Aug. 23-27. (1998-08-24)

Shellfish Toxin Study Provides Possible Clue To Cystic Fibrosis Therapy
Scientists studying how a toxin in shellfish causes diarrhea in humans today reported that they have discovered a mechanism that may help treat cystic fibrosis. The toxin, okadaic acid, is produced by algae upon which shellfish feed. The symptoms of cystic fibrosis arise from there being a genetic block of a major pathway of salt and fluid secretion. (1998-07-21)

Deliberate Self Harm Is An Overlooked Tragedy In The Developing World
Sri Lanka's high incidence of suicides (40 per 100,000 each year), especially in the young (two-thirds are under 30), is due to the toxicity of the poisons commonly used, rather than a real intent to die, find Dr Michael Eddleston et al from universities in Oxford and Colombo. (1998-07-10)

China And USGS--Working Together On Environmental Issues
Esophageal cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in China. The USGS and the National Cancer Institute are working with Chinese officials in Henan province to determine if a relationship exists between the type of coal being used in homes here and the high rates of esophageal cancer. (1998-06-23)

High-pressure Oxygen Therapy Could Offer Widespread Benefits
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy offers enough promise for treating victims of stroke and other debilitating traumas and diseases of the central nervous system to warrant in-depth scientific studies, a medical researcher said today. (1998-05-11)

Measures To Prevent Accidental Child Poisoning
Novartis Consumer Health advise parents on preventing accidental child poisoning from medicines whilst the University Hospital in Nottingham the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh say that the only way to ensure all liquid medicines are supplied in child resistant containers is to introduce appropriate legislation. (1998-05-08)

Drugs Account For 80% Of Poisoning Deaths Nationwide, Which Have Increased 25% In The Last Ten Years
A study conducted by researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)--which analyzed data on poisoning injury deaths--revealed that 80% of these deaths are drug- related. Poisoning was ranked as the third leading cause of injury mortality, following deaths from motor vehicle traffic injuries and firearm injuries. (1998-05-04)

Patients Who Have Attempted Suicide Do Not Always Receive Adequate Care
In a four week study of four teaching hospitals, 458 patients attended for deliberate self-poisoning. The authors found that despite the guidelines issued by the Department of Health, almost half of the patients studied did not receive a specialist psychosocial assessment. They suggest that such cases have a low medical and psychiatric priority amongst hospital staff. (1998-03-13)

$3 Million From Defense Department Will Fund Next Phase Of UT Southwestern's Gulf War Syndrome Research
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas has received $3 million from the Department of Defense for research that will led to testing and treatment for veterans suffering from what has been termed Gulf War syndrome. (1997-10-03)

New Mechanism To Explain Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Identified
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have discovered a novel biochemical mechanism for carbon monoxide poisoning, the leading cause of poison-related deaths in the United States. This discovery may someday apply to clinical approaches for dealing with CO exposure. The findings challenge the textbook definition of CO toxicity. (1997-09-25)

First Salmonella Vaccine For Poultry To Be On The Market Soon
A biologist at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a live vaccine that should greatly decrease the incidences of food poisoning and deaths in humans infected by salmonella bacteria. Roy Curtiss III, Ph.D., has genetically engineered the first U.S. oral salmonella vaccine to be given to poultry. (1997-08-01)

Time To B. Cereus About Hot Chocolate Vending Machines--Report Of An Outbreak
Health officials at the Minneapolis Department of Health report on an outbreak of food poisoning from contaminated machines that dispense hot chocolate. Seven of 39 vending machines tested in the city were contaminated, of these, two had levels of B. Cereus sufficient to cause illness (1997-05-01)

New Sensor Provides First Instant Test For Toxic E. coli Organism
Researchers have developed a sensor that, for the first time, can instantly detect the presence of toxic E. coli bacteria. Contamination by this bacteria is responsible for recent illnesses and deaths in the United States involving fruit drinks and fast-food hamburgers, a massive outburst of food poisoning in Japan, and a current outbreak in Scotland that is linked to 10 deaths. (1996-12-10)

They Call Him The "Turtle Man"
Louisiana Sea Grant microbiologist's research is leading to new ways to eliminate salmonella among the turtle populations, and may one day lead to their availability again in pet shops in the U.S. It also might help scientists develop ways to deal with other infections bacteria that harm poultry and livestock (1996-10-10)

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