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On May 31, 2017, the Toxicology Service of the Children's Sanatorium was finished its activities. We continue this page as Latin American Portal of Toxicology.
March 2019 Newsletter: See

 Majority of oral medications available contain ingredients that can affect sensitive individuals

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Inactive ingredients in pills and capsules may cause allergic, adverse reactions. sciencedaily.com. March 13, 2019. Summary: The majority of oral medications available to consumers contain ingredients that can affect sensitive individuals.

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Posted by jcp on Sábado, marzo 16 @ 00:00:00 ART (4 reads)

 Study among the first to suggest moderate drinking harms, rather than protects, heart health

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Moderate alcohol consumption linked with high blood pressure. sciencedaily.com. March 7, 2019. Study among the first to suggest moderate drinking harms, rather than protects, heart health. Summary: A study of more than 17,000 US adults shows that moderate alcohol consumption -- seven to 13 drinks per week -- substantially raises one's risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to new research.

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Posted by jcp on Domingo, marzo 10 @ 00:00:00 ART (14 reads)

 Different types of microplastics in the peninsular coastal Mediterranean, in Spain

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Por arriba mar calmo, por abajo...plásticos (Photo: SerTox)

PE, PP and PS: The most abundant type of microplastics in Mediterranean coastal waters. eurekalert.org. February 28, 2019. Effects of the plastic civilization. Polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene are the most abundant microplastics in the Mediterranean coastal waters, according to a new study published by the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin -by the experts Miquel Canals, William P. de Haan, and Anna Sànchez-Vidal, from the Consolidated Research Group on Marine Geosciences of the Faculty of Earth Sciences of the University of Barcelona.

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Posted by jcp on Viernes, marzo 01 @ 00:00:00 ART (15 reads)

 Why Tetra Paks are not Sustainable

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Leyenda en un tetrabrick: ¡Consumo preferente no es lo mismo que fecha de caducidad! (Photo: Sertox )

Why Tetra Paks aren’t Green (even though they’re recyclable). treadingmyownpath.com. September 11th, 2014. Tetra Paks are the cartons you find in the shops that are used to package milk, juice and various other liquids. You can also find products like chopped tomatoes packaged in this way. These containers allow food to be protected from contamination by bacteria and other microbes, meaning products can sit on the shelf for months without going bad. Once they’re used, Tetra Pak assure us that they can be recycled.

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Posted by jcp on Jueves, febrero 28 @ 00:00:00 ART (38 reads)

 Long-term fate of Agent Orange and dioxin TCDD contaminated soils and sediments in Vietnam hotspots

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Toxic byproducts of Agent Orange continue to pollute Vietnam environment, study says. eurekalert.org. February 27, 2019. During the Vietnam War, United States aircraft sprayed more than 20 million gallons of herbicides, including dioxin-contaminated Agent Orange, on the country's rain forests, wetlands, and croplands. Agent Orange defoliated the thick jungle vegetation concealing Viet Cong fighters and destroyed a portion of the country's food crops, but it was primarily the dioxin contaminant that harmed so many Vietnamese and U.S. military personnel.

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Posted by jcp on Jueves, febrero 28 @ 00:00:00 ART (13 reads)

 When parents abuse prescription opioids, their teenagers may follow their example, study

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Too Often, Opioid Abuse Runs in the Family, Study Shows. By Amy Norton. consumer.healthday.com. February 25, 2019. When parents abuse prescription painkillers, their teenagers may follow their example, a new study finds.

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Posted by jcp on Miércoles, febrero 27 @ 00:00:00 ART (12 reads)

 A potent neuroprotective chemical in Eriodictyon californicum may be usefull for Alzheimer

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Native California medicinal plant may hold promise for treating Alzheimer's. sciencedaily.com. February 20, 2019. Salk scientists identify possible healing compound in Yerba santa. Summary: The medicinal powers of aspirin, digitalis, and the anti-malarial artemisinin all come from plants. A discovery of a potent neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory chemical in a native California shrub may lead to a treatment for Alzheimer's disease based on a compound found in nature.

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Posted by jcp on Viernes, febrero 22 @ 00:00:00 ART (69 reads)

 Children exposure to chemicals emitted from the home environment, study

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Children carry evidence of toxins from home flooring and furniture. eurekalert.org. February 17, 2019. Vinyl flooring and fire retardant furniture foam apparently to blame. Children living in homes with all vinyl flooring or flame-retardant chemicals in the sofa have significantly higher concentrations of potentially harmful semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in their blood or urine than children from homes where these materials are not present, according to a new Duke University-led study.


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Posted by jcp on Lunes, febrero 18 @ 00:00:00 ART (26 reads)

 Changes in genes are associated with greater subjective and behavioral motivation for alcohol

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Heavy drinking may change DNA, leading to increased craving for alcohol. sciencedaily.com. January 29, 2019. Genetic vicious cycle may reinforce risky drinking behavior.Summary: Binge and heavy drinking may trigger a long-lasting genetic change, resulting in an even greater craving for alcohol, according to a new study.

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Posted by jcp on Jueves, febrero 14 @ 00:00:00 ART (48 reads)

 Cannabis use in adolescence linked to risk of depression, anxiety and suicidality in young adulthood

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Cannabis use in teens raises risk of depression in young adults. eurekalert.org. February 13, 2019. Cannabis use among adolescents is found to be associated with increased risk of depression and anxiety in adulthood.  While there has been a lot of focus on the role of cannabis use in psychosis, there has been less attention on whether cannabis use is associated with an increased risk of common mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

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Posted by jcp on Jueves, febrero 14 @ 00:00:00 ART (62 reads)

 What works to help teens that get hooked on vaping to quit

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As Millions of Teens Get Hooked on Vaping, What Works to Help Them Quit? By Dennis Thompson. consumer.healthday.com. January 31, 2019. E-cigarette use is surging among American teenagers, with millions of kids flirting with nicotine addiction by regularly vaping.

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Posted by jcp on Domingo, febrero 03 @ 00:00:00 ART (19 reads)

 Study about microplastics in marine mammals stranded around the British coast

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Agua sin plásticos: ¿sólo en los acuarios? (Photo: SerTox)

Plastic in Britain's seals, dolphins and whales. eurekalert.org. January 31, 2019. Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain's shores. Researchers from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) examined 50 animals from 10 species of dolphins, seals and whales - and found microplastics (less than 5mm) in them all.

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Posted by jcp on Viernes, febrero 01 @ 00:00:00 ART (36 reads)

 Is there an effective herbal treatment for anxiety?

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Herbal treatment for anxiety: Is it effective? .mayoclinic.org. January 28, 2019. Is there an effective herbal treatment for anxiety? Answer From Brent A. Bauer, M.D.


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Posted by jcp on Miércoles, enero 30 @ 00:00:00 ART (29 reads)

 Up to one-third of pregnant women do not believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus, study

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Some pregnant women don't believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus. sciencedaily.com. January 21, 2019. Summary: Up to one-third of pregnant women do not believe cannabis is harmful to their fetus, according to a new review.

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Posted by jcp on Martes, enero 22 @ 00:00:00 ART (21 reads)

 A reciprocal model of pain and substance use, study

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Pain and substance abuse interact in a vicious cycle. eurekalert.org. January 14, 2019. Experiencing pain can motivate individuals to use substances and might make it harder to quit.  Pain and substance use interact in a vicious cycle that can ultimately worsen and maintain both chronic pain and addiction, according to a research team including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

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Posted by jcp on Martes, enero 15 @ 00:00:00 ART (82 reads)

 Limited retention of wildfire-derived PAHs and trace elements in indoor environments, study

Wildfire: Fort McMurray homes have normal levels of indoor toxins. sciencedaily.com. January 14, 2019. Summary: Researchers have examined dust from homes in Fort McMurray, Alta., for evidence of harmful toxins left in the aftermath of the devastating 2016 wildfire.

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Posted by jcp on Lunes, enero 14 @ 00:00:00 ART (17 reads)

 An interview with an expert in microplastics

How dangerous is microplastic? .eurekalert.org. January 10, 2018. Dr. Natalia Ivleva discusses her research into the analysis of microplastic. 

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Posted by jcp on Jueves, enero 10 @ 00:00:00 ART (29 reads)

 Understanding links among opioid use, overdose, and suicide, study

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Opioids fueled a doubling of suicides and overdoses in the US. sciencedaily.com. January 7, 2019. Summary: Turning the tide demands improvements to pain care, mental health care and medication-assisted opioid addiction care. Suicides and drug overdoses kill American adults at twice the rate today as they did just 17 years ago, and opioids are a key contributor to that rise, according to a new review and analysis. Reversing this deadly double trend will take investment in programs that have been proven to prevent and treat opioid addiction.

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Posted by jcp on Lunes, enero 07 @ 00:00:00 ART (20 reads)

 Benefits to health of children of reducing air pollution

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A mountain of evidence on air pollution's harms to children. sciencedaily.com. December 20, 2018. Summary: A new study organizes the available scientific evidence on the effects of air pollution on children's health. The article is the first comprehensive review of the associations between various fossil fuel combustion pollutants and multiple health effects in children in the context of assessing the benefits of air pollution and climate change policies.

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Posted by jcp on Jueves, diciembre 20 @ 00:00:00 ART (39 reads)

 Self-report and urine drug tests among primary care patients on buprenorphine, study

Urine drug testing may be important in early phases of addiction treatment. sciencedaily.com. December 20, 2018. Summary: A new study shows that urine drug testing can be a useful tool to treat patients with opioid use disorder in a primary care setting.

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Posted by jcp on Jueves, diciembre 20 @ 00:00:00 ART (7 reads)





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 Trivia # 351: Bauhinia forficata

Toxicological trivia from September 02, 2016: Bauhinia forficata, commonly known as Brazilian orchid tree, Pata de Vaca,  is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is native to Argentina, Brazil and Peru.Its flowers are white and pinkish, and is similar to an orchid. Deciduous leaves are lobed and the name "pata de vaca" resemble the imprint of a hoof there. It timber, known as false mahogany advantage, although its most widespread use is as a medicinal plant. In this sense, they have been well studied by their properties as:
a) Hypoglycemic and diuretic;
b) It is also used as an astringent, healing and antiseptic;
c) Both previous assertions are correct.




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