Aug 15, 2005 Issue
CDC Recommendations on Lead Poisoning in Refugee Children [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released recommendations on identifying and treating lead exposure in refugee children.

Feb 15, 2004 Issue
Poisoning, Envenomation, and Trauma from Marine Creatures [Article]

In the course of their clinical work or during leisure activity, family physicians occasionally may encounter patients with injuries from marine creatures. Poisoning, envenomation, and direct trauma are all possible in the marine environment. Ciguatera poisoning can result from ingestion of predator...

Feb 1, 2004 Issue
AAP Releases Policy Statement on Poison Treatment in the Home [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a statement about poisoning in the home. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), approximately 1.2 million children younger than six years ingest a poisonous substance each year.

Sep 1, 2002 Issue
Treatment of Ethylene Glycol Poisoning [Article]

Ingestion of ethylene glycol may be an important contributor in patients with metabolic acidosis of unknown cause and subsequent renal failure. Expeditious diagnosis and treatment will limit metabolic toxicity and decrease morbidity and mortality. Ethylene glycol poisoning should be suspected in an ...

Apr 15, 2002 Issue
Recognition and Management of Acute Pesticide Poisoning [Article]

Most poisonings from pesticides do not have a specific antidote, making decontamination the most important intervention. For maximal benefit to the patient, skin, eye, and gastric decontamination should be undertaken while specifics of the poisoning are being determined. As in most illnesses and inj...

Apr 1, 2002 Issue
Venomous Snakebites in the United States: Management Review and Update [Article]

Venomous snakebites, although uncommon, are a potentially deadly emergency in the United States. Rattlesnakes cause most snakebites and related fatalities. Venomous snakes in the United States can be classified as having hemotoxic or neurotoxic venom. Patients with venomous snakebites present with s...

Dec 1, 2001 Issue
CDC Updates Interim Guidelines for Anthrax Exposure Management and Antimicrobial Therapy [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an update to guidelines for anthrax exposure. The update includes the susceptibility patterns of Bacillus anthracis isolates, and provides interim recommendations for managing potential threats and exposures and for treating anthrax.

Nov 15, 2001 Issue
CDC Issues Guidelines on Illnesses Associated with Intentional Release of Biologic Agents [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a report on the investigation of recent cases of anthrax exposure. Interim guidelines for postexposure prophylaxis for prevention of inhalational anthrax and other information to assist epidemiologists, physicians and laboratory personn...

Aug 1, 2000 Issue
Lightening the Lead Load in Children [Article]

More than 4 percent of preschool-aged children in the United States have blood lead levels above 10 microg per dL (0.50 pmol per L), and these levels have been associated with a decline in IQ. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocates the use of a screening questionnaire to identify l...

Feb 15, 1998 Issue
Occupational Lead Poisoning [Article]

The continued occurrence of occupational lead overexposure and lead poisoning in the United States remains a serious problem despite awareness of its adverse health effects. Lead exposure is arguably the oldest known occupational health hazard. It is a particularly insidious hazard with the potentia...

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