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Call for a unified approach to preventing suicides and other self-injury deaths
Self-injury mortality (SIM) has surpassed diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, prompting researchers to call for a new unified approach to SIM prevention. (2018-08-27)

Researchers target protein that protects bacteria's DNA 'recipes'
In a new study, University of Rochester biologists describe some of the unique characteristics of the protein Dps, which protects bacteria like E. coli and makes it so resilient. This could lead to more targeted antibiotics to fight urinary tract infections, food poisoning, and Crohn's disease. (2018-08-21)

Study examines salmon poisoning disease in grizzly bears
Salmon in the northwestern continental US often carry a fluke containing bacteria that can produce a deadly disease in bears called salmon poisoning disease (SPD). (2018-07-05)

Kitchen towels could contribute to the growth of potential pathogens that cause food poisoning
Researchers from the University of Mauritius have shown that factors such as family size, type of diet, multi-usage of towels, among other factors, impact the growth of pathogens on kitchen towels, potentially causing food poisoning. The research is presented at ASM Microbe, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, held from June 7-11, 2018 in Atlanta, Ga. (2018-06-09)

Study examines sickness absence from work among abstainers, low-risk drinkers and at-risk drinkers
In a recent study, people who reported not drinking any alcohol over several years were absent from work due to illness more often than low-risk drinkers. (2018-06-06)

Organic insect deterrent for agriculture
Traditional insecticides are killers: they not only kill pests, they also endanger bees and other beneficial insects, as well as affecting biodiversity in soils, lakes, rivers and seas. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed an alternative: A biodegradable agent that keeps pests at bay without poisoning them. (2018-06-06)

One in 10 parents say their child has gotten sick from spoiled or contaminated food
Few parents are using some simple strategies to protect kids from food poisoning outside the home, such as at a potluck or restaurant, according to a new report from C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan. (2018-05-21)

Astonishing effect enables better palladium catalysts
The taste of the chocolate cake's icing should not depend on whether it is served on a porcelain or a silver plate. Similarly, for chemical reactions on the surface of large precious metal grains, the substrate (the so-called support) should not play a crucial role. Experimental studies performed at TU Wien led to surprising findings. Chemical processes on palladium grains, which are also used for exhaust gas catalysts, changed significantly when they were placed on specific support materials. (2018-05-15)

Machine learning flags emerging pathogens
A new machine learning tool that can detect whether emerging strains of the bacterium, Salmonella are more likely to cause dangerous bloodstream infections rather than food poisoning has been developed. The tool, created by a scientist at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and her collaborators greatly speeds up the process for identifying the genetic changes underlying new invasive types of Salmonella that are of public health concern. (2018-05-08)

Solanine in potatoes: Green and strongly germinating potato tubers should be sorted out
Following a case of poisoning caused by a potato dish, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment is reminding people about the correct handling of potatoes. Glycoalkaloids, of which solanine is an important derivative, are natural ingredients of the potato, but the ingestion of higher amounts of glycoalkaloids can lead to poisoning in humans. (2018-04-27)

Multiple sclerosis may be linked to sheep disease toxin
Exposure to a toxin primarily found in sheep could be linked to the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) in humans, new research suggests. (2018-04-22)

Study paves way for healthier and more robust eggs
An eggshell is made up of both organic and inorganic matter that contains calcium carbonate. One of the important findings of the study was that the nanostructure was closely linked to the presence of osteopontin, a protein which is also found in bones. (2018-04-17)

Fermentation byproduct suppresses seizures in nerve agent poisoning
A compound found in trace amounts in alcoholic beverages is more effective at combating seizures in rats exposed to an organophosphate nerve agent than the current recommended treatment, according to new research published in eNeuro. (2018-04-16)

Increased risk of unnatural death to people with epilepsy found
A new study has shown that people diagnosed with epilepsy in England and Wales are at increased risk of dying from suicide and accidents. Though the risks of unnatural death for people with epilepsy are still low, they are significantly higher than the general population says Dr. Hayley Gorton from The University of Manchester. (2018-04-09)

Oxycodone use shifts in Australia after tamper-resistant versions introduced
After the introduction of tamper-resistant oxycodone in Australia, dispensing rates for higher-strength formulations decreased for people younger than 65 years, but there was no change in older adults, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2018-03-26)

Four kinds of algal toxins found in San Francisco Bay shellfish
Researchers monitoring San Francisco Bay for algal toxins have found a surprising array of different toxins in the water and in mussels collected from the bay. Four different classes of toxins, including one produced in freshwater environments, occur regularly throughout the bay, according to a study led by UC Santa Cruz researchers. (2018-03-12)

Saliva plays a role in the body's defense against traveler's diarrhea
Researchers have identified a protein in saliva (histatin-5) that protects the body from traveler's diarrhea. The findings, available online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, may lead to the development of new preventive therapies for the disease. (2018-03-08)

Bacteria-eaters to prevent food poisoning?
Bacteria-killing viruses could be employed not just in health care, but also in the food industry, a study conducted at the University of Helsinki indicates. The researchers have been investigating the possibility of utilising phages in eradicating foodborne pathogens and preventing food poisoning (2018-02-20)

Scientists have discovered a new type of Botox
A new source of the botulinum neurotoxin was discovered by Canadian and American scientists in a strain of animal gut bacteria known as Enterococcus faecium. The neurotoxic protein is known for its paradoxical ability to remove wrinkles yet cause botulism, a potentially fatal illness associated with food poisoning. (2018-01-26)

An emergency response to Canada's opioid overdose crisis
To help address the opioid overdose epidemic, Canada should develop a regulated program to distribute opioids and prevent deaths, argues a commentary in CMAJ. (2018-01-15)

Health Department IDs 10 outbreaks of foodborne illness using Yelp reviews since 2012
The NYC Health Department announced that since 2012, 10 outbreaks of foodborne illness were identified through a computer system jointly created with Columbia University's Department of Computer Science. Launched in 2012, the computer system tracks foodborne illnesses based on certain keywords that appear in Yelp restaurant reviews. This strategy has helped Health Department staff identify approximately 1,500 complaints of foodborne illness in New York City each year, for a total of 8,523 since July 2012. (2018-01-10)

Gut reaction: Repeated food poisoning triggers chronic disease
Small bacterial infections that may go unnoticed and which the body easily clears without treatment, such as occurs during mild food poisoning, nevertheless can start a chain of events that leads to chronic inflammation and potentially life-threatening colitis. (2017-12-21)

Risk of chocolate poisoning in dogs peaks at Christmas, warn experts
Experts are warning of a 'significant peak' in the risk of chocolate poisoning in dogs over the Christmas period as households stock up on festive treats. (2017-12-20)

Four-fold jump in deaths in opioid-driven hospitalizations
Death rates in people hospitalized for opioid-related conditions in the United States have quadrupled since 2000. Worst toll seen among patients who were low-income, white, under age 65 and on Medicare, likely due to disability. Total number of opioid-driven hospitalizations has remained relatively stable but the severity of opioid misuse that sends patients to the hospital has increased. (2017-12-04)

Emergency department visits for self-inflicted injuries increase among young US females
Emergency department visits for self-inflicted injuries among young females increased significantly in recent years, particularly among girls 10 to 14. (2017-11-21)

Imported candy at top of contaminated food list in California
Following a state law mandating testing, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued more alerts for lead in candy than for the other top three sources of food-borne contamination combined, according to the first analysis of outcomes of the 2006 law by researchers at UC San Francisco and CDPH. (2017-10-26)

Lead fishing tackle may be threatening loon populations
A new study published in the Journal of Wildlife Management reveals the devastating effects of lead fishing tackle on loon populations. (2017-10-12)

Why poison frogs don't poison themselves
Poison frogs harbor some of the most potent neurotoxins we know, yet scientists have long wondered -- how do these frogs keep from poisoning themselves? With a new paper published in the journal Science, scientists are a step closer to resolving that head-scratcher. And the answer has potential consequences for the fight against pain and addiction. (2017-09-21)

The 'paradox' of poisonous frog resistance against their own toxins explained
Researchers are now equipped with additional insight into how poisonous frogs may have evolved resistance against their own toxins, thanks to the results of a new study. (2017-09-21)

Contribution of opioid-related deaths to the change in life expectancy in the US
Between 2000 and 2015 in the US, life expectancy increased overall but drug-poisoning deaths, mostly related to opioids, contributed to reducing life expectancy, according to a study published by JAMA. (2017-09-19)

The body's own fat-metabolism protects against the harmful effects of sugar
Researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, have discovered that the fat-metabolism in the cells takes place simultaneously with a detoxification of the harmful substances from the blood sugar, which can avert the damage that can in turn lead to age-related diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer's and cancer. This indicates that we have a detoxification system which we were not previously aware of. (2017-09-15)

How did the Franklin expedition crew die? U-M professor analyzes sailors' mouths for clues
A University of Michigan dentistry professor drew upon his expertise in oral health in developing a new theory to help explain the deaths of the famed Franklin naval expedition crew, a mystery that has captivated historians for more than 150 years. (2017-08-14)

The Lancet: Highly hazardous pesticides: Bans not secure storage
Global policies on access to highly hazardous pesticides - commonly ingested in acts of self-poisoning and suicide in rural Asia - should focus on national bans, rather than safe storage, according to two studies in The Lancet and The Lancet Global Health journals. (2017-08-11)

Scientists in China identify way to treat nerve damage caused by insecticides and chemical
New research has uncovered a potential new therapy for the currently untreatable delayed neuropathy caused by acute exposure to insecticides or chemical weapons that attack the nervous system. The study, published in the open-access journal Cell Discovery, identifies a new biological mechanism responsible for the neuropathy, as well as the drugs to treat it. (2017-08-01)

'No solid evidence' for biopesticide-diarrhea link
A report commissioned by EU food regulators wrongly linked a highly effective biopesticide with diarrhea in humans, an expert says. (2017-07-17)

Are people 'rolling the dice' when it comes to food safety?
A new study, conducted by a team of UK based researchers led by the University of Liverpool known as the ENIGMA Project, has revealed the levels of bad behaviours in UK kitchens which increase the public's risk of getting food poisoning. (2017-06-29)

Multifunctional catalyst for poison-resistant hydrogen fuel cells
A Kyushu University-led collaboration developed a catalyst that can oxidize both hydrogen and carbon monoxide in fuel cells. As a result, their catalyst is resistant to poisoning by the contaminant carbon monoxide in commercial hydrogen gas, which is a common limitation of current fuel cell catalysts. The action of the multifunctional catalyst resembled that of two enzymes: a hydrogenase and carbon monoxide dehydrogenase. This catalyst is promising for use in high-performance hydrogen fuel cells. (2017-06-22)

Increase in ciguatera fish poisoning cases in Europe
Fish is a healthy diet, it supplies important omega-3 fatty acids and trace elements like iodine and selenium. However, eating fish caught in certain regions can sometimes also have its risks. In Bavaria, there have recently been reports of multiple cases of diarrhoea, vomiting and cold pain following consumption of imported deep-frozen fish. The symptoms are typical signs of ciguatera -- one of the most frequent fish poisonings worldwide caused by ciguatoxins in edible fish. (2017-06-16)

Engineering a new cancer detection tool
E. coli may have potentially harmful effects but scientists in Australia have discovered this bacterium produces a toxin which binds to an unusual sugar that is part of carbohydrate structures present on cells not usually produced by healthy cells. This structure is a known tumor antigen leading scientists to develop a new cancer detection tool. (2017-06-07)

Lupin seeds: Health impairments possible with bitter taste
For several years now, lupin seeds have been used increasingly to produce foods such as gluten-free bakery produce and pasta, as well as diet products for people with milk protein allergies. Lupin seeds or beans are also consumed as snacks in some European and North African countries. Depending on the botanical species and geographical origin of the lupins, their seeds can contain bitter quinolizidine alkaloids. (2017-06-01)

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