School's out for the summer

Test Your Summer Poison IQ

Just when you thought school was out for the summer!  Well, school may be out, but it is never too late for a quick quiz. Grab a pencil and paper and see how well you do. Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait long for the answers- they are just a click away. Good luck!!   1) You find your toddler sucking on the end of a tube of pain-relieving cream for the sunburn you got yesterday; what should you do? A. Nothing,
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Sick child

You Ate What?!

Calls concerning food poisoning are in the top ten received at the Washington Poison Center.  In fact, last year my friends in the call center got almost 1900 calls about food-related concerns. That is over 5 calls a day!  Think about how many people did not call the poison center! Did you call when you got sick after visiting your relatives? The most common form of food poisoning is bacterial.  Symptoms consistent w
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How does Mr. Yuk celebrate?

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day and I am going to celebrate!  “How” you ask, “does a big green dude celebrate St. Patrick’s Day”?  Just like everyone else– with feasting, drinking, shamrocks, limericks and (because I don’t want to get pinched) wearing green. Let’s just look at my list and make sure I got it all covered. ♣ I’m having corned beef for dinner so I called my friends at the Poison Center at 800-222-1
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Will I Still Give My Grandkids Apple Juice?

There has been a lot of controversy lately about the safety of apple juice.  Specifically about contamination with arsenic, and predisposing children to ill health effects, like diabetes.  Here are a few bullet points I think are important to note: Arsenic is always in the environment and everyone has been exposed to it, however most arsenic exposures are to non toxic forms of arsenic.  Serious arsenic poisoning is r
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American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes month. The American Diabetes Association reports that 26 million children and adults in America are living with diabetes, and another 79 million are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. And, if we don’t do something about it, the American Diabetes Association estimates that by 2050, 1 in 3 Americans will be diabetic. You can do something about this by  maintaining a healthy
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