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Chemical Weapons (Overview)

Chemical weapons are any weapon that releases chemicals into the air or water supply in order to cause illness or death.


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Who has chemical weapons.?

Who has chemical weapons.?

Assume many do: If any government or crackpot group were to use chemical weapons on their enemies today, the full wrath of all the civilized nations and most of the not-very-civilized nations would come down on them. A single kook could spray a bus with phosgene or a nut cult could kill a few dozen people in a city. These people are crazy but not stupid and realize that this would be self-defeating. ...Read more

Chemical Weapons (Overview)

Chemical weapons are any weapon that releases chemicals into the air or water supply in order to cause illness or death.


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If chemical weapons are all arround us does it mean it's all over?

No: Anyone who would use them on an outside enemy today would bring down the fury of every civilized and almost every not-so-civilized nation. A single kook could spray a bus with phosgene, or a terrorist cell could deploy them in a city at any time and kill at least a few dozen people. But the bad guys know this would self-defeating & i think this is why we haven't seen it. ...Read more

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Can the HIV virus have originated from human experiments with chemical weapons.?

Can the HIV virus have originated from human experiments with chemical weapons.?

No: Hiv is a virus and humans could not have created it with chemicals. It likely spread from primates to humans. ...Read more

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If there's a shooter, and I know where a weapon is, should I get it?

If there's a shooter, and I know where a weapon is, should I get it?

Quick decisions: Grab a weapon only if convenient. If you happen to see a sharp object you can carry while running, grab it. Do not waste time looking for one of these when you could be running. This is only for a worse-case scenario when you are unable to escape the shooters. ...Read more

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What can be used as a weapon in a typical workplace, if there's a shooter inside?

What can be used as a weapon in a typical workplace, if there's a shooter inside?

Look around the room: Look around the room where you're hiding and find anything that you can use as a weapon. It can be a stapler or sharp scissors you find in the teacher's desk, the hot coffee in the kitchen of your office, or anything that is sharp, heavy, or made of glass. Even small thrown objects can delay a gunman if a large group of people work together. ...Read more

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Does russia possess some of the newest and deadliest biological weapons?

Does russia possess some of the newest and deadliest biological weapons?

Probably: The soviet union had a well paid biological weapons development department there is little reason to assume that the break up of the communist system meant the elimination of these programs. The current government is unlikely to publicize such efforts. ...Read more

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Is there an occupation developing viral/biological weapons?

Is there an occupation developing viral/biological weapons?

Of course: In countries with advanced capabilities, this is certainly going on all of the time both for offensive and defensive purposes. Few are likely to publicize or discuss these activities; they remain seriously controlled state secrets. ...Read more

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Should I carry mask in middle east in case of biological weapons?

Should I carry mask in middle east in case of biological weapons?

No: Doubt it would have any benefit against a weaponized biological agent or a neurotoxin. You would need a biohazard set up or specialized mask to work. Thankfully the chance of such an attack is exceedingly small unless you plan on traveling into syria which would be a foolish idea. ...Read more

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What should I do if a student or coworker talks about shooting people or bringing a weapon to school or work?

Remain alert: Report any suspicious activity. You may prevent a disaster by doing so. Many shooters often announce their plans ahead of schedule. Do not take their behavior lightly or as a joke. ...Read more

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Intrusive thoughts, feeling fear for no reason, avoiding places with weapons, waking up at 4 am everyday feeling wired. What could this be?

Intrusive thoughts, feeling fear for no reason, avoiding places with weapons, waking up at 4 am everyday feeling wired. What could this be?

PTSD?: What you are describing are possible symptoms of a trauma disorder. Was there a trauma in the past in which weapons may have been involved? ...Read more

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Should parents ask their teens to tell them about kids with dangerous behavior, drugs, weapons? Should they alert authorities or kids' parents? @drpam

Should parents ask their teens to tell them about kids with dangerous behavior, drugs, weapons? Should they alert authorities or kids' parents? @drpam

Teach: We need to teach our teens that alerting responsible people about dangerous potential is the responsible, safe thing to do.And is not "ratting" on your friends.This is a change to generations of teenage behavior. ...Read more

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Does anyone know or treat a patient with aggressive thyroid cancer that lived on a navy weapons station? I lived on nuclear base. Curious of exposure?

Does anyone know or treat a patient with aggressive thyroid cancer that lived on a navy weapons station? I lived on nuclear base. Curious of exposure?

YES!: Radiation exposure is the only known environmental cause of thyroid cancer. The thyroid is very sensitive to radiation. People who have lived near nuclear reactor disasters have high rates of developing thyroid cancer. That being said, the type of thyroid cancer that develops is usually a less-aggressive type called papillary thyroid cancer. Radiation exposure likely contributed to your cancer. ...Read more

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Im in color guard and had hit my thumb spinning weapon. Its has been 8 hours and the pain hasnt decreased. Theres a bruise and is swollen. Sprained?

Im in color guard and had hit my thumb spinning weapon. Its has been  8 hours and the pain hasnt decreased. Theres a bruise and is swollen. Sprained?

Likely: Try ice pack and NSAID to see if they help. It may take a few weeks for you to fully recover. The pain and swelling may get worse in the next 48 hrs . But if it continues to get worse after that period, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What chemicals are in smoke?

What chemicals are in smoke?

Lots, and lotsa bad.: The Internet has lists of cigarette ingredients, some of which list over 599 ingredients and as many as 7000 chemicals. You'll be surprised to see what's in a cigarette. At least 40 are carcinogenic. http://www.tricountycessation.org/tobaccofacts/Cigarette-Ingredients.html ...Read more

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What are the signs of a chemical imbalance?

What are the signs of a chemical imbalance?

More info needed: Chemical imbalance is not a term that is typically used in the mental health world. Do you mean mental health illness, or disorders like anxiety, depression, bipolar disease? If you are suspecting something is going on, see your primary doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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What are chemical peels?

What are chemical peels?

Exfoliation: Chemical peels removes layers of skin. The strength/chemical determines the depth of the peel. It is generally used to cosmetically removed brown spots, fine lines and sometimes acne scars. ...Read more

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What is chemical pancreatitis?

What is chemical pancreatitis?

Can mean different: Things to different persons. Some docs refer to a chemical pancreatitis as an abnormal elevation in serum pancreatic enzyme testing(amylase/lipase) without clinical signs like nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain(clinical pancreatitis). Some doctors refer to a chemic pancreatitis as pancreatitis that is due to a chemical exposure. I've seen it used both ways. ...Read more

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What is "chemical castration"?

What is "chemical castration"?

Here is ...: Chemical castration is also called medical castration for which medications to block male hormonal effects totally" from testes, which contributes some 95-97% of testosterone effect, and from adrenal glands, which share some 3-5% of testosterone effects. Before the era of this, doctor performs testicular removal to serve the effect +drug to suppress adrenal glands to help men with metastatic P-Ca ...Read more