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Making Room For The Grandchildren

Posted: September 28th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A Grandparent’s Guide to Poison Prevention

By Tony “Grandman” Burda and Grazina Janeliauskaite

Two recent developments have spurred us to address the importance of diligent poison prevention by grandparents of small children. On September 9 2010, the PEW Research Center released a report entitled “Since the Start of the Great Recession, More Children Raised by Grandparents.”  This report revealed a surprising statistic that one out of ten children in the United States lives with a grandparent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau data, 41% of those children who live with a grandparent are also being raised primarily by that grandparent. Most notably, there was a sharp jump of 6% between the years 2007-2008 which corresponded to the first year of the Great Recession. Therefore, we feel the need to reach this burgeoning caregiver population with the message of being proactive about poison prevention and safety, is timely, relevant and compelling. Read more »


Ways To Deal With Unwelcome Fall House Guests

Posted: September 21st, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

How to safely use rat and mouse poison

By Tony Burda, DABAT and Grazina Janeliauskaite, Pharm.D. Student

Along with the cooling of outdoor temperatures and the chill in the wind at this time of year we all like to come inside to a nice, warm, cozy home and have a pleasant beverage or snack. But we are not the only ones who have that very same thought in mind. During the brisk fall season, rodents such as mice and rats, are looking to close up their summer nests, pack their bags and make their way into your home through the narrowest of cracks whether you like it or not…EEEK! Read more »


National Take-Back Initiative

Posted: September 20th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

 

 

On September 25, 2010, the DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. Read more »


The Truth About E-Cigarettes: A Potential Poisoning Hazard

Posted: September 14th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Tony Burda DABAT and Sheri VanOsdol Pharm.D.

Recently the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) received a call from a parent whose toddler ingested some contents of an e-cigarette cartridge containing nicotine.  We could find very little information addressing the accidental poisoning potential of these products in children, so we thought we’d share some information with you based on our findings. 

Electronic cigarettes or “e-cigarettes” are battery-powered tubes that heat liquid nicotine stored in a cartridge, into an inhalable vapor that looks and tastes like smoke from a regular cigarette.  These products are touted to be “safer” alternatives to cigarette smoking.  Often imported from other countries and distributed by multiple e-cigarette companies, they are marketed under various proprietary names.  These products are not currently regulated by the FDA, and their long-term safety has not been demonstrated.  Read more »


The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Posted: September 7th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Male enhancement, dietary supplements and the risk of heart arrhythmias

I don’t know if I chose this subject because it would allow me the opportunity to write about ‘male enhancement’ as I approach the recommended age of my first colonoscopy; or if it is it because the authors of an article implicating Enzyte  as a source of potential cardiac arrhythmias are from my adopted hometown of Chicago; or perhaps it is the Tox Nerd in me that is fascinated by drugs that prolong the QT interval (try saying that 10 times fast).  Either way, while a blog on a supplement for male enhancement will probably induce eye-rolling –especially from my wife — it’s imperative that we are aware of the effects of the drugs and supplements we put into our bodies. Read more »