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Poppy seed tea can kill you

A little over a week ago, we posted on the very sad story of the accidental death of a University of Colorado sophomore from ingesting poppy seed tea. The poppy, Papaver somniferum, is the commercial source for prescription narcotic painkillers such as morphine and codeine. The seeds can be had online and in retail stores.…

I’m very proud today to see one of my formative professors, Dr Fulton Crews, quoted extensively in a USAToday article on a new, web-based alcohol awareness initiative, “Rethinking Drinking,” from NIH’s National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Division of Treatment and Recovery Research. While many associate heavy drinking with liver problems, it can…

Yes, this is what happens when two scientists stay home on Valentine’s evening. PharmGirl just fed me the story from CNN about the San Jose high school kid who died yesterday after being taken unconscious from his house on Thursday. The national and local stories indicate that “two pans containing hydrogen sulfide were found on…

I see you – I’ve been there. You’re sitting in the lab the day before New Year’s Eve looking at what you’ve done over the last year – or last six years – and thinking about how you’re ever going to turn this postdoc or extended grad school period into some gainful career. The economy…

When dialing up SiteMeter this morning over the first cup of coffee, I noted an unusually large number of hits coming from Fark.com to my post on a NEJM article detailing lead poisoning cases among marijuana users in Germany. In that article, lead shavings were used to boost dime bags that were “a little light.”…

Melamine and cyanuric acid revisited

This morning’s post from Molecule of the Day reminds me to ask “cyanuric acid question.” With the recent adulterations with melamine of Chinese milk and milk products (like White Rabbit chocolates) and foods with other milk-derived ingredients, we wonder if we will ultimately hear that a compound from fertilizer, cyanuric acid, is part of the…

NIEHS Needs Toxicological Consultant

When one serves on NIH grant review panels, or study sections, one must now register with the US government as a government contractor in order to get reimbursement for hotel and meals, plus the staggering $200 honorarium for each day of the meeting (for which you have spent between two and four weeks of reading,…

Apologies in advance for just this quick link, but the topic is very timely given our highly-read post last week suggesting the repeal/modification of DSHEA, the primary US legislation directing the weak oversight of the dietary supplement industry. Herbal Science International, Inc. and FDA informed consumers and healthcare professionals of a nationwide recall of twelve…

“. . .you got marijuana in my lead.” Two great tastes that do not go great together (with apologies). [Welcome Fark.com readers on 12 Oct 2008 - I comment on the recent story here and you can read our other posts on drugs of abuse here. Thanks for stopping by - APB] A concise but…

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) allows herbal and non-herbal supplements to be sold in the US without demonstration of effectiveness or safety. Despite recent improvements in Good Manufacturing Practices required of supplement manufacturers, these products still pose significant risks to the population simply because the hands of regulatory authorities are…