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Answering the call in a public health emergency

Posted: March 29th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Mr. Yuk and the limitation of the symbol.  Poison centers embrace their traditional service in helping mothers and other care givers care their little loved ones when they may have ingested a potentially harmful substance; 50% of the calls that the Illinois Poison Center receives involve children 5 and under.  Poison centers however do so much more. Read more »


“These Darn Safety Caps Are A Pain In The…”

Posted: March 22nd, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

I can bet most of us have probably cursed and moaned while struggling to open a container with a “child-resistant” cap.  Have you ever wondered how these enclosures came to be and if they’re really beneficial in preventing child poisonings? Since March is Illinois Poison Prevention Month, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to educate you on the history and benefit of child resistant closures.   Read more »


IPC: Providing Toxicology Consults in Illinois

Posted: March 15th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
Cardiologist:  a specialist in the structure and function and disorders of the heart
Neurologist:  a medical specialist in the nervous system and the disorders affecting it
Nephrologist: a physician who specializes in diseases of the kidneys.
Medical Toxicologist: a specialist on the care of patients exposed to potentially hazardous or poisonous substances

The practice of medicine is an increasingly complex academic discipline, and much like raising a family, sometimes it ‘takes a village’ of specialists to provide the best, most timely care available.  Read more »


The Latest Buzz about Kids, Teens and Caffeinated Energy Drinks

Posted: March 8th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

If that second cup of coffee you just had doesn’t keep you awake tonight, here’s something that might.  A recent issue of Pediatrics reviewed the effects of caffeine and energy drinks on children, adolescents, and young adults and found several concerning conclusions.

Did you know that over 500 new energy drink products were marketed worldwide in the last year? Also, did you know that these products are NOT regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? Because of this lack of regulation, there is no maximum dose of caffeine in energy drinks. These products can contain high amounts of caffeine, a nervous system stimulant that is commonly found in your morning coffee, tea, and soft drinks.  While caffeinated products may claim to increase exercise endurance and improve mood and memory, they are not without adverse effects, especially at higher doses.   Read more »


It’s Illinois Poison Prevention Month!

Posted: March 1st, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Poisoning still remains a very serious public health problem in the United States. People encounter poisonous and toxic substances in their homes, communities, and work environments every day. Did you know unintentional poisoning deaths are the #1 cause of injury-related deaths for children ages 18-36 months and the 2nd leading cause of injury-related deaths for U. S. adults?  Last year the IPC handled over 92,000 calls.  Approximately 52% of those calls were regarding children age 5 and under.  As part of our mission to reduce the incidence and injury of poisoning in our communities, the IPC uses the signature month of March to further spread the message of poison prevention to families and communities across Illinois. Read more »