Posted: June 26th, 2012 | Tags: amygdalin, health rumors, Illinois Poison Center, ipc blog, oxygenation therapy, quackery, sodium bicarbonate therapy, toxicology | No Comments »
Some MORE Medical Treatments to Avoid like the Plague!
We hope you enjoyed our Toxicological Quackery Part 1 blog posted earlier this month. In Part 2 we will continue by giving more procedures that you should definitely avoid due to potential for serious injury.
1. LAETRILE (Vitamin B-17 or amygdalin)
Amygdalin is a chemical derived from various pits and seeds such as from the apricots, peaches, applea, cherries etc. For many years this chemical has been reported to prevent and treat various cancers as well as AIDS, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and multiple sclerosis. Read more »
Posted: March 27th, 2012 | Tags: experts, Illinois, Illinois Poison Center, Illinois Poison Prevention MOnth, ipcblog, mr.yuk, Staff, toxicology | No Comments »
We’ve come to the final segment of our four-part “Meet the IPC Expert” 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 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 at times, a bit humorous! We invite you to get to know your poison center experts… Read more »
Posted: February 8th, 2012 | Tags: 1800-222-1222, Cook County Stroger Hospital, education, Illinois Poison Center, partnership, poisonous mushrooms, prevention, toxicology, Toxikon, University of Illinois | 2 Comments »
…A Unique Medical Partnership: Toxikon and the Illinois Poison Center
What happens if:
Someone is stung by a lionfish?
Eats a poisonous mushroom in the forest preserve?
Drinks a Lava Lamp?
Swallows too many iron pills?
These are all examples of problems that the partnership of the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) and the Toxikon Consortium have handled. Toxikon, based at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital is a partnership with the University of Illinois and the IPC. Read more »
Posted: January 24th, 2012 | Tags: 1800-222-1222, AAPCC, certification, CSPI, Illinois Poison Center, Illinois Poison Prevention MOnth, IPC Staff, National Poison Prevention Week, PIP, poisoning, toxic exposures, toxicology, www.illinoispoisoncenter.org | No Comments »
No, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) is not a clandestine arm of the CIA, FBI, or KGB. However, it is staffed by a team of well qualified “SPIs” around the clock. So, what exactly is a SPI you ask? Read more »
Posted: August 23rd, 2011 | Tags: adolescents, back to school, deaths, drugs, medications, pain, parents, prescription, teens, toxicology | No Comments »
23 percent of teens report taking prescription pain relievers not prescribed to them.
As a medical toxicologist, I see the effects of prescription pain medication abuse in teens and young adults on a daily basis. As a parent of a 10 and 12 year old, I worry about their future, peer pressure, and possibly their own involvement with medication abuse in junior high and high school.
Prescription drug abuse, especially narcotic medications, continues to be an ongoing and increasing problem in the U.S. Read more »
Posted: May 17th, 2011 | Tags: AAPCC, California, children, H1N1, Illinois Poison Center, name, poison prevention, Support IPC, toxicology | 1 Comment »
That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.
Evolving technology, demographics, and regulatory changes are all expanding the type and scope of services that Poison Control Centers have historically provided. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the limitations of the Mr. Yuk logo; we are not “just the place that Mom’s call” anymore.
Last year, the IPC received about 36,500 calls on children 5 and under. We provided triage and treatment recommendations that allowed families to treat a stunning 96% of these kids at home without an expensive or stressful trip to the ER. Hmmmm, maybe that sounds like the place that mom’s call after all. Read more »
Posted: April 19th, 2011 | Tags: antidote, Casino Royale, History, Illinois, James Bond, poison, prevention, sexy, toxic, toxicology | No Comments »
Antidotes are sexy. We see it in James Bond and Indiana Jones movies: the hero has been slipped a lethal poison (usually, while wearing a tuxedo) and just in the nick of time swallows a vial of mysterious liquid that allows him to continue to save the day.
(Watch the poisoning scene in James Bond Casino Royale)
The word antidote can be described as the opposite or antonym of ‘poison.’ It comes from the Greek word antidoton, meaning ‘to give against’. A common misconception about antidotes is that every poison has one. Read more »
Posted: March 15th, 2011 | Tags: Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, consult, Doctors, emergency, hospital, Illinois Poison Center, nurses, poison specialist, prevention, snake, specialty, story, toxicology | 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 »
Posted: November 9th, 2010 | Tags: army, care, child, exposures, Iraq, Mosul, organic lead, soliders, toxicology, veteran day, virginia | 2 Comments »
In observance of Veteran’s Day (11/11) we invite you to take a journey into the life of one soldier’s remarkable experience while deployed overseas in Mosul, Iraq.
Shortly after finishing my fellowship in medical toxicology, I began an active duty commitment with the United States Army. Within eight months I was deployed to the 47th Combat Support Hospital (CSH, pronounced “cash”) in Mosul, Iraq. My primary role was an emergency medicine physician, working in the ER caring for soldiers, local nationals, and occasionally insurgents. Unless injured from combat operations, our CSH didn’t provide medical care for Iraqi civilians. Occasionally we made exceptions to provide compassionate care for children who needed our help. As a toxicologist, I didn’t have many cases in Iraq. There was an occasional scorpion sting but not much else…
Life was fairly simple: take care of patients, exercise, read, sleep- then repeat daily. We joked that it was like the movie “Groundhog Day,” where every day seemed to be a repeat of the day before. Frequent incoming mortar fire kept most of us military rookies from sleeping well at night; often feeling on-edge, waiting for the next round of mortars to hit. Read more »
Posted: June 8th, 2010 | Tags: answers, butter, call center, children, confidential, grandma, IPC, syrup of ipecac, toxicology | 2 Comments »
By Erin Pallasch, PharmD and IPC call center specialist
We all know that when something really frightening happens to a child, the first person we are most likely to turn to for advice is Grandma. Whether it is our real grandmother or a friend/relative surrogate grandmother, she is always available with soothing words and the best advice that she has been doling out since we were babies ourselves. But while Grandma always has the best intentions, and is great to help calm us down, is Grandma really a poison specialist? Read more »
Posted: February 9th, 2010 | Tags: Poison Center, poison control, toxicology | No Comments »
I get asked this a lot when people find out I work for the Illinois Poison Center. There is an intense fascination with the sorts of things that are called into a poison center. These questions come in conversation, e-mail and the internet. As an example, our very first Twitter response was “What is the craziest call you have ever gotten?” Read more »