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Laundry Detergent ‘Pods’: A new product formulation with unexpected toxicity

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

For years the IPC has received calls involving a child getting into laundry detergent.  Luckily, an unintentional taste of powder or liquid laundry detergent by a child is expected to cause minimal toxicity: throat or stomach irritation at the worst. In fact, most children don’t develop any symptoms at all.  However, over the past couple months we (and the other poison centers in the country) have been seeing a new formulation of laundry detergent that is causing alarming toxicity.   Read more »


Sex, drugs and the Illinois Poison Center

Posted: February 14th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

It is my turn to write the blog and for the past few days, colleagues have been after me to write something kind of sexy, but with a poisoning angle.  The problem is that now that I have qualified to join AARP, I am unsure that I can replicate a summary of sexually transmitted toxins with the same level of confidence as Carol.

So here I am, writing a Valentine’s Day blog, 50 years old, male and unsure of my confidence.  That of course can only mean one thing:  Viagra. Read more »