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Kids at risk for lead poisoning don't get necessary testing
In the first population-based study of its kind, researchers from the University of Michigan Health System's Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit found that only 53.9 percent of children in Medicaid with elevated blood lead levels identified through screening got the necessary follow-up testing to prevent lead poisoning, and of those children, nearly half still had elevated blood lead levels. (2005-05-10)

New York City reports decline in childhood lead poisoning
Though childhood lead poisoning remains a serious problem in NYC, the number of new cases identified in 2006 marks the lowest level in more than a decade. (2007-06-15)

'Pulling' bacteria out of blood
Magnets instead of antibiotics could provide a possible new treatment method for blood infection. This involves the blood of patients being mixed with magnetic iron particles, which bind the bacteria to them after which they are removed from the blood using magnets. The initial laboratory tests at Empa in St. Gallen have been successful, and seem promising. (2016-12-07)

Chronic lead poisoning from urban soils
Chronic lead poisoning, caused in part by the ingestion of contaminated dirt, affects hundreds of thousands more children in the United States than the acute lead poisoning associated with imported toys or jewelry. Could treating contaminated soil with water prevent this public health scourge? (2008-08-19)

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)

Lead poisoning could reduce gene expression in humans
Scientists have unveiled a correlation between high blood lead levels in children and methylation of genes involved in haem synthesis and carcinogenesis, indicating a previously unknown mechanism for lead poisoning. (2020-08-07)

Chinese slimming capsules
Taking herbal food supplements is certainly not free of risk. Since 2005, the poison emergency centers in the German cities of Freiburg and Goettingen have registered a total of 17 patients with health problems after taking Chinese slimming capsules. The pharmacologist Dieter Mueller and his coauthors describe the documented cases of poisoning in the current edition of Deutsches Aerzteblatt International. (2009-04-08)

UK recommendations on the availability of common painkillers are being contravened
U.K. recommendations concerning the availability of the common painkiller paracetamol are apparently being contravened, suggests a study in Postgraduate Medical Journal. In September 1998, U.K. legislation on pack sizes came into effect in a bid to curb the 200 odd deaths attributable to paracetamol poisoning every year in England and Wales. The drug is highly toxic to the liver if taken in excess amounts. (2006-08-02)

New study reveals poisoning exposures in Australian schools
New research from the University of Sydney has found poisoning exposures in children and adolescents while at school are relatively common and appear to be increasing, highlighting the need for more robust prevention measures. (2020-11-02)

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)

Males and under 30 at greatest risk of hospital admission for drug related poisonings
Poisonings from recreational drug and alcohol use account for 9 percent of all poisoning-related hospital admissions, says a new University of Sydney study revealing that males and people under 30 are at greatest risk. (2015-12-16)

Over half of UK toddler deaths from unintentional drug poisoning due to methadone
Methadone, the medicine used to help heroin addicts kick their habit, is the most common cause of unintentional fatal poisoning from prescribed drugs among UK toddlers, finds research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2016-05-16)

Scientists sequence complete genome of E. coli strain responsible for food poisoning
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have produced the first complete genome sequencing of a strain of E. coli that is a common cause of outbreaks of food poisoning in the United States. Although the E. coli strain EDL933 was first isolated in the 1980s, it gained national attention in 1993 when it was linked to an outbreak of food poisoning from Jack-in-the-Box restaurants in the western United States. (2014-08-29)

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)

Voyages of discovery or necessity?
Fish poisoning, or ciguatera could be the reason that New Zealand, Easter Island, and possibly, Hawaii in the 11th to 15th centuries became colonized by masses of migrating Polynesians. (2009-05-18)

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)

New antidote for smoke-related cyanide toxicity shows promise
Smoke inhalation is the major cause of death in fire victims due to cyanide poisoning. However, new research presented at CHEST 2012, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, shows that a new antidote, cobinamide, may help reverse the effects of cyanide toxicity. (2012-10-22)

Can olive leaf extract attenuate lead-induced brain injury?
These findings, published in the Neural Regeneration Research, initially reveal the action mechanism underlying olive leaf extract treatment for lead poisoning, and provide scientific evidence and theoretical basis for development and utilization of olive leaf in boosting the body antioxidant capacity and discharging foreign bodies. (2013-09-14)

Simple new method holds great promise for treating carbon monoxide poisoning quickly and easily
A new treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning which can be applied by paramedics even while en route to a hospital may save thousands of lives. (2000-06-14)

Eating wild, foraged mushrooms can result in liver failure or death as misidentification is common
Foraging and eating wild mushrooms can result in liver failure and even death because mistaking toxic mushrooms for edible varieties is common, illustrates a case published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2015-07-13)

Selling smaller packs of painkillers slashes suicide risk
Selling paracetamol and other painkillers in smaller pack sizes has slashed rates of suicide and damage to the liver from paracetamol poisoning, concludes a study on (2004-10-28)

Food poisoning bacteria prefer duck to beef on meat factory surfaces
The food poisoning bacterium Listeria could survive on surfaces in meat processing factories if certain other bacteria are present, scientists heard today at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting being held this week at Trinity College, Dublin. (2008-09-09)

Severe lead poisoning in children: Causes and risk factors
Although national and local policies have reduced the prevalence of lead poisoning in the United States, severe cases still occur. Whereas, exposures at blood lead levels (BLLs) as low as 5 μg/dL have been associated with long-term irreversible cognitive deficits, more severe exposures at BLLs ?45 μg/dL can result in organ damage and death. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers identified sources of exposure and assessed outcomes for children with severe lead poisoning. (2016-10-19)

Discovery of new bacteria complicates problem with salmon poisoning in dogs
Researchers have identified for the first time another bacterium that can cause symptoms similar to 'salmon poisoning' in dogs -- and may complicate the efforts of Pacific Northwest pet owners to keep their dogs protected and healthy. (2016-11-03)

New concept of fuel cell for efficiency and environment
The Center for Nanoparticle Research at the Institute for Basic Science has succeeded in proposing a new method to enhance fuel cell efficiency with the simultaneous removal of toxic heavy metal ions. (2015-01-05)

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)

Condor lead poisoning persists, impeding recovery, says CU-UCSC study
The California condor is chronically endangered by lead exposure from ammunition and requires ongoing human intervention for population stability and growth, according to a new study led by the University of California, Santa Cruz, and involving the University of Colorado Boulder. (2012-06-25)

Study finds an increase of children accidentally poisoned with pharmaceuticals
Pharmaceutical poisoning remains a common childhood injury, despite years of concerted prevention efforts, such as improved safe guards on packaging. Over half a million children are exposed to pharmaceuticals each year. A new study soon to be published in The Journal of Pediatrics attempts to understand this growing problem to aid in the progress of reducing the number of childhood injuries due to pharmaceutical poisoning. (2011-09-16)

Codeine misuse in Australia reduced by prescription-only changes
The move to prescription-only codeine in Australia has seen a 50 percent reduction in the monthly rate of codeine-related poisoning calls and halved codeine sales, finds new research led by the University of Sydney. (2019-10-02)

Youths who survive self-poisoning continue to be at risk of suicide for years
Teenagers who are hospitalized after intentionally poisoning themselves are at a significantly increased risk of dying by suicide in the following decade, according to a study to be presented Saturday, April 25, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego, and published at the same time in The Lancet Psychiatry. (2015-04-25)

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)

Forensic research extends detection of cyanide poisoning
Researchers have found a new biomarker for cyanide poisoning, which may extend its detection window in death investigations by weeks if not months. (2012-02-01)

Paracetamol poisonings up
In 2003, the painkiller paracetamol became available in Switzerland in tablets with a higher dose of the active ingredient. This correlates with an increase in cases of paracetamol poisoning in the country, as a data analysis by ETH researchers shows. (2020-10-28)

Routine screenings uncover hidden carbon monoxide poisoning
A study by Rhode Island Hospital emergency physicians suggests that screening all ER patients for carbon monoxide poisoning is a simple yet potentially life-saving practice. (2008-02-13)

Queen's leads water-tight training in India
A team of scientists at Queen's University has been chosen to lead a top research and training program to prevent groundwater poisoning in India. (2009-07-28)

Liverpool scientists uncover how E.coli became lethal
A University of Liverpool scientist has discovered how the food poisoning bug E.Coli 0157 became deadly to humans. (2005-04-04)

Long-term effects of carbon monoxide poisoning are an autoimmune reaction
Delayed brain damage occurs in half of patients with a serious case of CO poisoning. The physiological causes of this delayed decline were not well understood until now. A team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine report in PNAS that CO causes profound changes in myelin basic protein, a major protein constituent of myelin, the protective sheath surrounding neurons. They showed that the CO-induced changes in MBP set into motion an autoimmune response. (2004-09-03)

Deadly remedy: Warning issued about Chinese herbal medicine
A herbal preparation prescribed by a Chinese herbal medication practitioner in Melbourne for back pain resulted in life-threatening heart changes, prompting a team of intensive care and emergency physicians to call for appropriate patient education by practitioners who prescribe complementary medications. (2014-08-28)

Feta cheese made from raw milk has natural anti-food-poisoning properties
Eating Feta cheese made from raw milk in small seaside tavernas when you are on holiday in Greece could be a good way to combat food poisoning, according to researchers speaking Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the Society for General Microbiology's 162nd meeting being held this week at the Edinburgh International Conference Center. (2008-04-02)

New first-aid method could prevent brain damage in patients exposed to carbon monoxide
A new first-aid method of treating carbon monoxide poisoning could prevent brain damage in patients by delivering more oxygen to the brain than the standard treatment, according to a study by physicians at the Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network (UHN). (2002-12-03)

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