January 22, 2011

A Bad Trip They Crave

1 Bath Salts: More Dangerous Than the Name Implies

Bath salts with innocent-sounding names like Vanilla Sky, Ivory Snow or Red Dove have been banned in Louisiana by emergency order after the poison center in that state received more than 125 calls involving exposure from October to December of 2010. Mississippi and Kentucky are also considering a ban of bath salts, says Yahoo News. The problem stems from chemicals methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV ) and mephedrone often contained in bath salts. Snorting, smoking or injecting bath salts can cause paranoia, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and rapid heart rates. Despite the terrifying hallucinations experienced while abusing bath salts, abusers keep trying it to satisfy intense cravings caused by the chemicals.

More at Yahoo News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Hallucinations, Mephedrone, Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, MDPV, Why People Abuse Bath Salts, Dangers of Abusing Bath Salts, Paranoia, Suicidal Thoughts, Rapid Heart Rate, Dangers of Smoking Bath Salts, Health Risks of Snorting Bath Salts, How Abusing Bath Salts Can Kill You, Vanilla Sky, Ivory Snow

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Executions Possibly Disrupted

2 Lethal Injection Drug Discontinued

Hospira Inc., the only U.S. maker of a key lethal injection drug, has stopped production after being unable to guarantee Italian authorities that the drug would not be used to put inmates to death. Hospira had switched manufacture of sodium thiopental from North Carolina to Italy, reports MSNBC. A spokeperson has said that the Italian plant is the only viable facility for production of the lethal injection drug. Several states are already dealing with shortages of sodium thiopental, and Hospira's decision to stop production could delay some executions.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Sodium Thiopental, Hospira Inc, Lethal Injection Drug, Death Penalty Drug, Italy Opposes Lethal Injection Drug Manufacture

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Cause and Effect Still Unclear

3 Cytomegalovirus Tied to Hearing Loss in Kids

Cytomegalovirus (CMV), a common virus that usually does not make most people sick, may be associated with hearing loss in kids if mom is infected while pregnant according to a new study. In this study, 354 kids who were 4 years of age and up who had been tested for CMV and had hearing loss were examined. Thirty-four contracted CMV from their mothers and it was observed that kids who were CMV-positive at birth had more severe hearing loss than kids who were not and were more likely to have hearing loss in only one ear. Researchers did not have any clear answers as to why contracting CMV in utero may cause hearing problems. CMV is known to cause serious problems in babies if the mother contracts it during pregnancy. The next step will be to investigate how CMV causes hearing loss.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Researchers Clone Human Cytomegalovirus

Tags: Cytomegalovirus, CMV, Hearing Loss in Kids, CMV and Hearing Loss

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