Concerns raised about mycotoxins in wheat east of Mississippi

Following a rainy season, the wheat harvest east of the Mississippi is behind schedule, meaning it is more subject to deoxynivalenol (DON) than usual, according to Max Hawkins, a nutritionist in Lexington, Kentucky.

Hawkins works with Alltech’s mycotoxin management team, and explains that DON is produced by Fusarium garminareum mold—the same mold that produces Fusarium […]

Tox Wednesday: Barbiturates

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One of the oldest sedatives in use, barbiturates are depressant drugs that cause relaxation and sleepiness. They are often prescribed to patients with sleep disorders and mental illnesses to calm them and induce sleep by depressing the central nervous system.

The history of the drug goes back to 1864 when barbituric […]

Tox Wednesday: Cannabinoids

Pot, hash, skunk, weed, mary-jane, ganja … a rose by any other name would smell, well, pretty much the same. Anyone who has ever been in a forensic laboratory when police bring in a haul of cannabis plants, or walked past certain student dorms will know the distinct smell of the plant. But what […]

Marine toxins halt shellfish harvest at Scottish site

High levels of naturally-occurring toxins at a shellfish harvesting site in Scotland have led to the site’s closure.

About 70 people have reported symptoms that are consistent with diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP), which is caused by the consumption of toxins in the okadaic group. The toxins are produced by the marine dinoflagellates such as Dinophysis, […]