In this special edition episode we talk about ricin and address some of the panic in the press about recent letters being sent to the President and other officials. The whole story involves the KGB, poison beans, tainted mail, Elvis impersonators and ends up in the land that brought us Ed Boyer. Contributors include Matt Zuckerman, Jen Carey, and Ed Boyer. More information on measuring levels can be found here and more information on the infamous Markov case can be found here.
We’ve all taken pictures of cool tox related stuff (think blue hands, poisonous flowers, drug paraphernalia) and we show it to a few friends and hide it away, because it won’t be on the cover of our Christmas Cards. On the flip side have you ever been putting together a talk and wished you had a high res photo of something tox related? Or, for those of us visual learners, maybe a group of photos to mindlessly flip through and get your tox learning on? Well, the solution is here. The Toxicology Flickr Group is open to all comers. Post pics, tag other people’s pics that you think are tox related, download pics for educational purposes, or make the world’s coolest screen saver. Check it out at the Toxicology Flickr Group. And if you see a great photo that you feel could use some explanation, use the comment field to add to the educational experience.
In this episode we talk to Eric Brush about hyperalgesia, when opiate use leads to increased pain. We’ll also talk to Steve Bird about some strategies to use when treating acute pain in patients who chronically use opiates. A must listen for anyone who sees patients on chronic opioids, treats pain in patients with chronic pain, or knows someone who does. A link to Dr. Brush’s article can be found here.