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How Do You Like Wild Mushrooms, Stir-Fry or Tomato Sauce?

Posted: October 30th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Fall is a great time of year; color changes on the leaves, brisk cool breezes, and the smell of newly lit fireplaces on evening walks.  Here in Illinois, many people spend autumn Sunday’s watching football or carving pumpkins as part of their fall rituals.  Fall is also the time of year when many cases of severe mushroom poisoning may occur in North America.  In the past few weeks, the media has reported multiple incidents of people being harmed by wild mushrooms. Read more »

Don’t Be Foggy-Headed About Dry Ice Safety!

Posted: October 23rd, 2012 | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Fall brings us the fun- filled day of Halloween! It is the perfect time for candy, pumpkins, spooky costumes and even a little magic or fog!  Do you know what creates this spooky fog?  It is none other than dry ice! Read more »

More on Mercury and Fish Consumption During Pregnancy

Posted: October 16th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

On June 5, the IPC published a blog regarding the mercury content in fish. In the blog, the FDA recommended that people may want to limit their consumption of fish with high mercury content, especially women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, nursing mothers, and young children.  This is because the high levels of mercury found in some fish can have harmful, brain-damaging effects in a fetus. However, fish high in omega-3 fatty acids has also been shown to help fetal brain development. So what should a pregnant woman do? Read more »

Help Keep the IPC Phones Ringing

Posted: October 10th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Help Keep the IPC Phones Ringing!

Use iGive for your everyday and holiday online shopping

Want in on a secret on how to give away money and not have it cost you anything?  The answer is to use iGive for your online shopping trips. With just a wave of the mouse or a tap or two on the keyboard, every dollar you spend will earn bucks for the IPC. That’s right. Not a dime more out of your own pocket if you shop online through the iGive program.      Read more »

Kernels of Truth about “Popcorn Lung”

Posted: October 6th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Perhaps you heard the recent news story about a man who was awarded millions of dollars in damages after developing a pulmonary condition called “popcorn lung”. The man developed this condition after eating two bags of microwave popcorn every day for ten years. So what is popcorn lung and is microwave popcorn safe to cook and eat? Read more »