Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy a refreshing ice tea . . .

April 1, 2014, 9:46 pm

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Multiple Poisonings with Sodium Azide at a Local Restaurant. Schwarz ES et al. J Emerg Med  2014 Apr;46:491-494.

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This is an interesting report describing at incident in April 2010 in which 5 persons came down with symptoms of sodium azide poisoning after drinking ice tea from the same self-serve urn at a local restaurant. All patients recovered.

Unfortunately, this …

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Tox Tunes #80: Weed Head Woman (Champion Jack Dupree)

March 30, 2014, 2:53 pm

The great boogie-woogie blues pianist Champion Jack Dupree (?1908 – 1992) got his nickname from the fairly successful boxing career that preceded his taking up music as a career. According to wikipedia, after being encouraged by Joe Louis he entered 107 fights, winning the Golden Gloves and other championships.

Although he was originally from New Orleans, Dupree did much …

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Complications associated with lipid emulsion therapy

March 28, 2014, 6:32 pm

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Complications Following Antidotal Use of Intravenous Lipid Emulsion Therapy. Levine M et al. J Med Toxicol 2014 Mar;10:10-14.

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Known complications of intralipid administration include pancreatitis, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and interference with laboratory tests. While these complications can be seen when intralipid is administered for parenteral nutrition, there is interest concerning to what extent they occur when lipid …

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Dutch marijuana trade, German meth, and more! Tox on the Web

March 26, 2014, 5:34 pm

The politics and economics of marijuana in the Netherlands: The above piece from PBS NewsHour makes the point that the illogical patchwork system controlling the market for recreational cannabis in the Netherlands is nothing like the comprehensive regulation being instigated in Colorado and Washington state. HT @erowid)

Must-read: Meth in Germany: A recent issue of Der Spiegel has an extensive …

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ED discharge prescriptions for opioid analgesics increased 49% from 2005 to 2010

March 25, 2014, 5:40 pm

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Rising Opioid Prescribing in Adult U.S. Emergency Department Visits: 2001-2010. Mazer-Amirshahi et al. Acad Emerg Med 2014 Mar;21:236-243.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called prescription drug overdose “the fastest growing drug problem in the United States” and an “epidemic.” Most physicians are astounded when first informed about the extent of this problem.

Test your knowledge: How …

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TPR Podcast Episode #3: Kaboom! – Exploding Toxicology

March 23, 2014, 7:47 pm

Most poisons get absorbed systemically and cause havoc in various biochemical and physiological operations. Some are caustics or irritants that can damage skin or mucosa. Very few explode, In episode 3 of the TPR podcast, we cover those that can go kaboom, along with the dreaded jalaproctitis. And, of course, we have a puzzler — the first correct answer will win a $10 Amazon gift certificate.

To view the show notes, click “Read More” below.

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Cases of ADHD are skyrocketing: epidemic or conspiracy?

March 19, 2014, 2:50 am

Data suggest that cases of ADHD are skyrocketing. One in nine children receive the diagnosis by age 18, and 70% of these are prescribed stimulants or other medications. Dr. William Graf, professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Yale, told the New York Times “These are astounding numbers. I’m floored.”

But things are about to get worse. Under new criteria published …

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Was Beethoven’s deafness caused by lead toxicity?

March 16, 2014, 10:47 pm

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Lead and the Deafness of Ludwig Van Beethoven. Stevens MH et al. Laryngoscope 2013 Nov;123:2854-2858.

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Beethoven was 27 when he first experienced tinnitus and high-frequency hearing impairment. These symptoms progressed slowly until the famous incident in 1824 when the composer, attending the first performance of his Ninth Symphony, he was not able to hear the thunderous applause that …

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Imagine

March 15, 2014, 7:37 pm

With the SMACC Gold conference starting in just 3 days, the excitement is building and there is music in the air in Queensland.  All power to FOAMed!

The above bit of FOAMaoke is from Simon Carley and the St. Emlyn’s blog.…

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