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University of Arizona research on scorpion antivenom published in NEJM
Youngsters suffering severe nerve poisoning following a scorpion sting recover completely and quickly if a scorpion-specific antivenom is administered, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Arizona and reported in the May 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (2009-05-13)

Protein protects brain against compound in lead poisoning, liver disease
Scientists have discovered that a protein known as PEPT2 protects the brains of mice from a naturally occurring but potentially toxic compound present in lead poisoning and in a class of liver diseases that can cause serious neurological complications. (2007-12-06)

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)

Regular breakfast helps reduce lead poisoning in children
It is known that fasting increases lead absorption in adults and consequently regular meals and snacks are recommended for children to prevent lead poisoning. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Environmental Health demonstrates that having a regular breakfast is associated with lower blood lead levels in children. (2011-03-31)

Salmonella's sweet tooth predicts its downfall
For the first time UK scientists have shown what the food poisoning bug Salmonella feeds on to survive as it causes infection: glucose. Their discovery of Salmonella's weakness for sugar could provide a new way to vaccinate against it. The discovery could also lead to vaccine strains to protect against other disease-causing bacteria, including superbugs. (2009-05-19)

Toxic food trend continues to worry US public
In the past year there have been several high profile recalls of toxic foods, from spinach to canned green beans, pet food to chili. A new book (2007-08-28)

University of Minnesota and start-up to develop antidote to cyanide poisoning
Cyanide poisoning is often fatal and typically affects victims of industrial accidents, terrorist attacks, or structural fires. Based on research conducted at the Center for Drug Design at the University of Minnesota, start-up Vytacera Pharma Inc. will develop and market Sulfanegen, a treatment for cyanide poisoning. (2012-02-09)

Drug overdoses in young people on the rise
In American adolescents and young adults, death rates from drug poisoning, particularly from opioids, have sharply increased over the last 10 years, according to new research in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. (2019-04-25)

Florida EMS and fire vehicles to stock Cyanokit 5g antidote for cyanide poisoning
The Florida Department of Health, Office of Emergency Operations, will stock Cyanokit 5g antidote for cyanide poisoning in the state's emergency medical service and fire vehicles through a federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security. (2008-05-29)

Lehigh University professor receives Astellas Award for arsenic groundwater remediation efforts
Arup K. SenGupta, Ph.D., a professor of civil, environmental and chemical engineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., has been chosen to receive a 2009 Astellas USA Foundation Award. The award, administered by the American Chemical Society, is given to individuals who have made significant scientific research contributions that improve public health through their work in the chemical and related sciences. (2009-12-10)

Sharp rise in UK teen poisonings over past 20 years, particularly among girls
There has been a sharp rise in the overall number of teen poisonings over the past 20 years in the UK, particularly among girls/young women, reveals the largest study of its kind published online in the journal Injury Prevention. (2016-05-16)

Method of attempted suicide influences risk of eventual suicide
The method that people use to attempt suicide has a large influence on the risk of later completed suicide, according to a new study published on bmj.com today. (2010-07-13)

Solar industry responsible for lead emissions in developing countries
A study by Chris Cherry, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, and Perry Gottesfeld of Occupational Knowledge International found that solar power heavily reliant on lead batteries has the potential to release more than 2.4 million tons of lead pollution in China and India. (2011-08-31)

Scientists reveal how organisms avoid carbon monoxide poisoning
Scientists have discovered how living organisms -- including humans -- avoid poisoning from carbon monoxide generated by natural cell processes. (2011-09-20)

Researchers trace toxins from algal blooms through the marine food web in Monterey Bay
Researchers studying a bloom of toxic algae in Monterey Bay last summer found the algal toxin domoic acid in anchovies, sardines, and krill, all key species in the marine food web. While there were no reports of adverse effects on wildlife from this particular bloom, the findings raise concerns about the potential effects of the toxin on a wide range of marine mammals and birds. (2001-01-09)

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)

Cannabis poisonings in children linked with drinking and illicit drug use
Most cannabis poisoning incidents involving children resulted from the intentional use of cannabis combined with alcohol, illicit drugs and/or medication, new research suggests. (2020-06-10)

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)

Is the American public at increased risk for food poisoning?
Walking into a fast food restaurant or a seafood diner could be a high risk proposition. Most people would scoff at that notion but for 8,000 Americans last year, eating contaminated food led to death. (2002-07-29)

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)

Copper-bottomed guarantee for safe shellfish in restaurants
Putting brass where your money is could be a guarantee of safety according to researchers looking at the dangers of eating raw fish and shellfish in seafood restaurants, scientists heard today at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting being held this week at Trinity College, Dublin. (2008-09-09)

The ones that get away
Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) have found evidence that particles of lead solder used in plumbing may have sickened two Greenville, N.C., children, in one case at a child's home and in the other case, at a private daycare center. (2006-06-29)

Predictable, preventable and deadly: Carbon monoxide poisonings after storms
Severe weather events, such as summer hurricanes, tornadoes, and winter snow storms often result in widespread and prolonged power outages, interrupting essential household functions, including home heating. An emergency medicine physician addresses the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning associated with furnaces and generators used in such conditions. (2018-09-26)

Adaptation to life in cattle may be driving E. coli to develop harmful features
Research led by Kyushu University finds that E. coli from cattle share widespread genetic similarities with those that cause food poisoning in humans, indicating that the traits that are harmful to humans may emerge to improve survival in the bovine intestine. (2019-08-22)

'Herbal cleanser' found to be cause of cardioactive steroid poisoning
A case report from the Annals of Emergency Medicine describes a woman who experienced acute cardioactive steroid poisoning after ingesting an herbal product marketed for its (2003-02-26)

E-cigarette nicotine refill cartridges pose danger for toddlers
The safety of nicotine refill cartridges used in electronic cigarettes needs to be improved to prevent toddlers accidentally swallowing the contents and potentially coming to serious harm, warn doctors in Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2014-09-08)

Childhood deaths from poisonings have decreased sharply since Mr. Yuk was created 35 years ago
He was born 35 years ago with a face only a parent could love - a scowling green frown that has protected millions upon millions of curious children worldwide against poisoning dangers. Mr. Yuk, the internationally recognized poison prevention symbol, turns 35 just in time for national Poison Prevent Week (March 19 - 25). He was created at the Pittsburgh Poison Center (PPC) at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1971. (2006-03-20)

Study finds homicidal poisoning rising, more likely in infants and elderly
Homicidal poisonings are rare but on the rise -- and infants are the most common victims -- according to a new University of Georgia study that aims to raise awareness of this often overlooked crime. (2009-05-07)

Accidental overdose with Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) carries a greater risk of death
New research published in the latest issue of Critical Care shows that patients who are admitted to hospital because of accidental poisoning with acetaminophen (paracetamol) are at greater risk of liver failure and death than those whose take an overdose intentionally. This is because people who poison themselves accidentally often attend hospital much later and are more likely to be alcohol abusers, two factors that greatly increase the chances of death. (2002-04-03)

Fall in deaths involving painkiller co-proxamol after drug withdrawn in UK
During the six years following the withdrawal of the analgesic co-proxamol in the UK in 2005, there was a major reduction in poisoning deaths involving this drug, without apparent significant increase in deaths involving other analgesics. These are the findings of a study by Keith Hawton of the University of Oxford, UK, and colleagues and published in this week's PLoS Medicine. (2012-05-08)

Machine learning models identify kids at risk of lead poisoning
Machine learning can help public health officials identify children most at risk of lead poisoning, enabling them to concentrate their limited resources on preventing poisonings rather than remediating homes only after a child suffers elevated blood lead levels, a new study shows. (2020-09-16)

Scientists find a salty way to kill MRSA
Scientists have discovered a new way to attack Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The team, from Imperial College London, have revealed how the bacteria regulates its salt levels. (2016-08-16)

The burden of food related ill health in the UK
The UK's poor dietary habits are costing its health service an annual £6 billion - three times as much as the financial toll from smoking - reveals research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2005-11-14)

New potential cause of Minamata mercury poisoning identified
One of the world's most horrific environmental disasters--the 1950 and 60s mercury poisoning in Minamata, Japan--may have been caused by a previously unstudied form of mercury discharged directly from a chemical factory, research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has found. (2020-02-13)

MSU scientists develop more effective method of predicting lead-poisoning risk
As health departments across the United States seek a better way to determine which children should be tested for lead poisoning, a method created by Michigan State University scientists has proven to be more accurate and cost-effective than current strategies. (2010-03-02)

Children with high blood lead levels often do not receive follow-up tests
Only about half of children who had an abnormal blood lead level screening had follow-up blood testing, according to an article in the May 11 issue of JAMA. (2005-05-10)

Inconsistent EPA regulations increase lead poisoning risk to kids, study finds
As new lead protection rules from the Environmental Protection Agency move toward finalization, research shows that tens of thousands of children are at increased risk under the current set of inconsistent standards. (2020-08-06)

Length of time to rid homes of lead hazards unacceptable, researchers say
The length of time it can take to rid homes of lead hazards is (2007-02-05)

The dioxin poisoning of Victor Yushchenko -- methods needed for routine analysis of metabolites of the poison TCDD
An article published online first tracks the science behind the poisoning of Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko in 2004, and concludes that routine analytical techniques are needed to test for metabolites of TCDD so that appropriate treatment can be given. The article is written by Professor Jean Saurat, Swiss Center for Human Applied Toxicology, and University Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland, and colleagues. (2009-08-04)

Steep rise in self-poisonings in children and adolescents
Self-harm from self-poisoning in children and adolescents is not only increasing but starting at a younger age, finds new research by University of Sydney and the NSW Poisons Information Centre. The study found there were more than 33,500 self-poisonings in young people in Australia from 2006 - 2016, with a 98 per cent increase over this time. (2019-02-20)

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