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Much more alcohol

05/01/2008

Abusing hand sanitizer: Alcohol content very high. SW Iowa News. Jan- 5, 2008.The Federal Drug Administration has approved hand sanitizers for use in restaurants and the workplace. It can be found in day cares, hospitals and even portable restrooms.One brand name sanitizer boasts that 99.9 percent of germs are killed with just a small amount. […]


Environmental risks by low-energy light bulbs

05/01/2008

Low-energy bulb disposal warning. BBCnews. Jan.5, 2008..The Environment Agency has called for more information to be made available on the health and environmental risks posed by low-energy light bulbs.  It says because the bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, more information about safe recycling is needed. It also wants health warnings printed on packaging and […]


Cocaine’s vaccine?

03/01/2008

Scientists testing vaccine for cocaine users.theglobeandmail.com.Jan. 2, 2008.Nothing says drug addiction more than a needle and syringe. But that’s exactly what a team of U.S. researchers believes can help cocaine users kick their menacing habit.Two Baylor College of Medicine scientists based in Houston have developed a cocaine vaccine that creates antibodies that bind to the […]


Novel cyanide antidote

29/12/2007

Fast Acting Cyanide Antidote Discovered Cure Likely To Benefit Firefighters, Industrial Workers, Victims Of Terrorism.Medicalnewdtoday.com.Dec. 28, 2007.University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design and Minneapolis VA Medical Center researchers have discovered a new fast-acting antidote to cyanide poisoning. The antidote has potential to save lives of those who are exposed to the chemical namely firefighters, […]


Adverse drug reaction

28/12/2007

Drug reactions ‘kill thousands’.BBCnews.Dec.27,2007.Almost 3,000 people have died in the past three years after suffering serious side-effects or allergies to their medicines, say official figures. More than 13,000 others in the same period had an "adverse drug reaction", but survived with hospital treatment. [ See ] See also related notice: ‘Nose’ detects drug side-effects


Skin patch: Misused!

22/12/2007

FDA issues new safety warning for fentanyl patch.Potent painkiller implicated in hundreds of deaths. SFC, Dec.22,2007.Washington.The government issued a new safety warning Friday for a skin patch containing a potent painkiller that has been implicated in hundreds of deaths, saying the patch poses risks that doctors and patients often fail to understand. The Food and […]


Argyria

22/12/2007

Skin Treatment Turns Man’s Skin Blue . MyFox, Chicago.20/12/07.Don’t adjust your monitor, this man’s skin color really is blue! Paul Karason, a 57-year-old California resident, says his skin started turning blue about 14 years ago. That’s about the same time he began drinking colloidal silver which he believes is a cure-all for everything that ails […]


Worse than tobacco

19/12/2007

Cannabis smoke ‘has more toxins’. BBCnews, Dec.19, 2007.Cannabis is the most commonly used illegal drug Inhaled cannabis smoke has more harmful toxins than tobacco, scientists have discovered. The Canadian government research found 20 times as much ammonia, a chemical linked to cancer, New Scientist said. The Health Canada team also found five times as much […]


Vaccuns fleas

19/12/2007

Study: Yes, Vacuums Kill Fleas. LiveScience. Dec. 17, 2007. Many a housekeeper has long wondered if vacuuming is sufficient to get rid of fleas. Finally, a study shows vacuuming is indeed an effective weapon. Experiments conducted by Ohio State University researchers on the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis)—the most common type of flea plaguing companion animals, […]


Help addicted doctors get better?

19/12/2007

Addicted doctors are allowed to practice. Yahoo, news.Dec 19, 2007.SAN FRANCISCO – Troubling cases in which doctors were accused of botching operations while undergoing treatment for drugs or alcohol have led to criticism of rehab programs that allow thousands of U.S. physicians to keep their addictions hidden from their patients. Nearly all states have confidential […]


Nurses on-the-job exposures to chemicals

18/12/2007

Nurses survey suggests risk from chemicals.ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH,Dec 12,2007.Nurses who are exposed to high levels of chemicals and drugs on the job are more likely to report having asthma, miscarriages and some cancers, according to a survey released today.More than 1,500 nurses nationwide, including a sample from Missouri and Illinois, were asked last year about […]


Lumiracoxib: out

16/12/2007

European Medicines Agency Recommends Withdrawal Of The Marketing Authorisations For Lumiracoxib-Containing Medicines. Medical News TODAY. Dec 14. 2007.The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has recommended the withdrawal of the marketing authorisations for all lumiracoxib-containing medicines, because of the risk of serious side effects affecting the liver. Lumiracoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that belongs to […]


Poisoning deaths: up in US

14/12/2007

Poisonings, suicides fuel rise in U.S. injury deaths.Dec 13, 2007.WASHINGTON (Reuters).The death rate from injury in the United States is rising this decade after declining since the late 1970s, spurred by increases in accidental poisonings and suicides, health officials said on Thursday.The injury death rate nationally increased 5.5 percent from 1999 to 2004 after a […]


Baseball’s steroids use

14/12/2007

Mitchell Report may not have shut door on steroid use.Dec 14, 2007.NEW YORK (Reuters). Commissioner Bud Selig hoped to end Major League Baseball’s steroids era by commissioning the Mitchell Report issued on Thursday, but may have opened the door to more questions about the U.S. game’s troubled past.When judgment day came for assessing the recent […]


Nanotoxicology

12/12/2007

The risk in nanotechnology:A little risky business.Economist.com.Nov 22, 2007.The unusual properties of tiny particles contain huge promise. But nobody knows how safe they are. And too few people are trying to find out.WAVING a packet of carbon nanotubes accusingly at the assembled American politicians during a hearing last month in Congress, Andrew Maynard was determined […]


Perchlorate and breastfeed

10/12/2007

Environmental Toxin Collects in Breast Milk. healthfinder.gov.Dec 07, 2007.Perchlorate can then be passed on to nursing infants, rat study shows. Scientists have discovered the mechanism by which a chemical known as perchlorate can collect in breast milk and cause cognitive and motor deficits in newborns.Used since the 1940s to manufacture explosives and rocket fuel, the […]


With chromium 6

08/12/2007

River runs purple, contaminates Greek town. Reuters, Dec.5, 2007. The river started turning purple 10 years ago, but the people in the small Greek town of Oinofyta who were losing loved ones to cancer never thought of blaming the water.Factories have been dumping waste in the Asopos River for decades and nearby tourist beaches were […]


Very toxic toys

07/12/2007

Lead, Arsenic, Other Harmful Chemicals Found in Popular Toys; Michigan-based Ecology Center Releases Testing Results and Consumer Action Guide at www.HealthyToys.org.Holiday Favorites, Including Hannah Montana & Circo, Contaminated with High Levels of Toxic Chemicals. Dec. 5, 2007. The Ecology Center, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization, today released the results of their testing of 1,200 popular children’s […]


Varenicline: unsafe?

29/11/2007

Drug to stop smoking questioned. BBC News, Nov. 27,2007. A pill to help people stop smoking is under the spotlight amid reports that it can generate suicidal feelings. The UK’s medicines watchdog, the MHRA, is to monitor the situation "closely" after 839 reports of adverse reactions to Champix, licensed last year. [ See ]


‘Adverse incidents’

29/11/2007

One in 10 suffers ‘hospital harm’. BBC News, Nov.29, 2007.Accidents, errors and mishaps in hospital affect as many as one in 10 in-patients, claim researchers. The report in the journal Quality and Safety in Health Care said up to half of these were preventable. Checks on 1,000 cases in just one hospital found examples of […]


Lead contamination in Abra Pampa

27/11/2007

Metal Huasi: An Open Wound in Abra Pampa, Jujuy, Argentina. August 2006.Mines & Communities Website, Metals foundry Metal Huasi operated in Abra Pampa, in the Jujuy Puna (in the extreme north of Argentina, some 10,000 feet above sea level) throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. Lead and other metals from the Pirquitas mine, in the […]


Bromide?

22/11/2007

Unknown illness in Angola – Update. WHO,Nov. 21, 2007.The investigation of an outbreak of unknown origin in Angola has revealed extremely high levels of bromide in plasma sampled from several affected patients. As of 19 November 2007, over 390 cases had been identified and treated at the Municipal Hospital in Cacuaco. About 64% of those […]


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