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Down and Dirty Facts about Lead Contaminants in Soil

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Now that warm weather is here, you are no doubt starting your garden again. One thing you may not have considered is the amount of lead in the soil in your garden. Lead poisoning can cause children to be overly active, inattentive, and even a small amount in a child can lower intelligence and slow nervous system development. A recent expose entitled “Ghost Factories: Poison in the Ground” was published in USA TODAY on April 20, 2012 and it pointed out the seriousness of lead contamination in geographic areas on or near old lead smelters. Lead levels in the soil samples collected by USA TODAY were generally highest in locations like Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia, usually in the areas where industrial sites are or were located. Read more »

Meet the IPC Experts – Part 2!

Posted: March 13th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Happy Illinois Poison Prevention Month

This week we continue our “Meet the IPC Experts” series with the second installment of our four part series.  Our staff of experts answered over 86,000 calls from the general public and healthcare professionals in Illinois last year. In their own words, learn more about their professional background, favorite parts of the job, most interesting cases, and even learn what they enjoy doing outside the poison center. These interviews are, interesting sincere, personal, and a bit humorous at times! We invite you to get to know your poison center experts… 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 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 »

Recollections of the 1982 Chicago Tylenol®-Cyanide Poisonings

Posted: February 2nd, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

By Anthony M Burda Rph, DABAT  aka the Man, the Myth, the Legend

Everyone has a tendency to remember where they were and what they were doing on the day something very significant happened in the world, for example, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the Challenger shuttle went down, or the terrorist attack of 9/11/01.  For those of us in the toxicology world, one incident that stands out is the Tylenol®-cyanide deaths which rattled Chicago and the entire nation back in September 1982. Read more »