Tox Tuesday: 2016 U.S. drug death statistics released

U.S. drug overdose statistics for 2016 are now available. Approximately 64,000 lives were lost to overdoses throughout the year, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s an increase of 23% from 2015, when roughly 52,000 people died of overdoses.

The New York Times reports that this is the first […]

How milk banks keep donated breast milk safe for babies, part 1

Like the generous individuals who donate blood, bone marrow or organs, those who donate breast milk can improve the lives of those in need — in this case, premature babies and other newborns with health issues, like allergies or digestive problems, that might depend on donated breast milk.

In 2009, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, […]

The growing popularity of oral fluid drug testing

While nobody exactly enjoys bringing up their own body fluids in the workplace, drug testing is an important part of keeping a work environment safe and productive. Not only that, but in a world where opioid usage has reached epidemic levels, screening for illegal substances helps protect everyone involved from the dangers of drug abuse.

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Wednesday Links

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Animal Science

Hair spacing keeps honeybees clean during pollination – Science Daily

With honeybee colony health wavering and researchers trying to find technological ways of pollinating plants in the future, a new Georgia […]

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Agriculture

A-Z on Mycotoxins: which mycotoxins are we dealing with? This section gives you an update on the different mycotoxin groups and which mycotoxin species fall under each group. Also, the occurrence per […]

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Food Safety

“Health risk’” warning over fall in food safety checks – BBC Food hygiene inspections in the U.K. have fallen by 15% since 2003, research shows — with experts warning of risks […]

You have been warned: Stay away from these deadly toxins

When it comes to deadly poisons many people often think of cyanide, arsenic or strychnine as some of the most dangerous ones out there. However, a recent article points out that although these poisons are well known, there are several others that have been deemed the most deadly.

The LD50 (lethal dose, 50%) is the […]

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Animal Science

DNA testing of livestock offers look under hide – Rapid City Journal A $25-a-head test can help cattle producers find out how their livestock will pass along economically important […]

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Food Safety

Salmonella-tainted cucumbers kill 2 people and sicken 339 others, CDC says – Los Angeles Times The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a total of 341 people were affected across […]

Tox Thursday: Spice-related illnesses, deaths continue to rise

Emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and calls to poison control centers have all drastically spiked this year as a more dangerous variation of the popular drug known as Spice, has found its way into several countries and even claimed the lives of some naive users. In fact, cases which involve Spice alone or in combination with […]