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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


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Fukushima radiation poisoning, what health effects?

It depends on where: It is dependent on where you live? Unless you are living in that area, it should not cause you any concern. So tell us more about yourself and why you posed this question? ...Read more

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How long after a radiation exposure do victims start experiencing symptoms of radiation poisoning and begin to die?

Depends: "radiation" is not just one thing or one entity. There are different types of radiation with different routes of exposure, and health effects depend on several things such as the type of radiation, the strength of the radiation, the route of exposure, the proximity to the radiation source, the health status of the person exposed, etc. See http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/acute_radiation_syndrome. ...Read more

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Is it true that the recent autism epidemic is a result of radiation poisoning caused by chernobyl in 1986?

Is it true that the recent autism epidemic is a result of radiation poisoning caused by chernobyl in 1986?

No: We started routinely training pediatricians in developmental pediatrics and changed the definition of autism to include more patients in the early 80's. These two changes probably account for the increased rate of autism diagnoses. ...Read more

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Does radiation poisoning cause birth defects?

Does radiation poisoning cause birth defects?

Yes: It depends on the amount of exposure and the timing in the pregnancy. Early on in the pregnancy, radiation poisoning will likely lead to a miscarriage. Later on in the pregnancy, radiation poisoning can lead to death or growth disturbances or congenital malformations. ...Read more

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What to do about radiation poisoning from weekly-ish CT scans?

What to do about radiation poisoning from weekly-ish CT scans?

There is: nothing you can do about radiation you have already been exposed to. To calculate your theoretical risk, go to xrayrisk.com. Why are you getting weekly CT scans? That is fairly unusual. ...Read more

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Is there any risk of radiation poisoning after myocardial perfusion scan?

No: Radiation poisoning occurs at exposures of 1000 msv and greater ( http://sgoti.Ws/plwzai ). The radiation exposure from a myocardial perfusion scan is around 10 msv and has never been shown to be harmful, although it is recommended to only get medical imaging performed when appropriate in order to minimize any theoretical cumulative risks of radiation. ...Read more

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Can irradiation get rid off food poisoning from e. Coli and salmonella?

Can irradiation get rid off food poisoning from e. Coli and salmonella?

Yes: Irradiating food can stop e. Coli and salmonella, two bacterial causes of food poisoning from contaminated meat and poultry. The bacteria shigella and campylobacter, plus the parasite toxoplasma, can also be stopped by irradiation of food. ...Read more

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Why is radiation bad for us?

Mutations: When ionizing radiation goes through the body it causes electrons to be ejected from atoms, leaving behind free radicals which can damage DNA. DNA damage can cause cell death, mutations from inaccurate repair, or be repaired back to normal. Inaccurately repaired DNA (mutations) can cause a cell to act wildly or grow into a cancer. ...Read more

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Who are specialists in poisoning?

Who are specialists in poisoning?

Toxicologists: Physicians with specialty training in dealing with poisonings are toxicologists. However many physicians, internists, ER docs, pediatricians, family practice, are quite comfortable dealing with many of these issues also. ...Read more

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What is strychnine poisoning like?

What is strychnine poisoning like?

Awful!: ~ 20 minutes after a toxic dose, the body's muscles begin to twitch and spasm, leading to nearly continuous convulsions and then increased body temperature and muscle breakdown. People die after 2-3 hours from eventual paralysis of breathing or exhaustion from continuous convulsions. ...Read more

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Pyaemia is the poisoning of what organ?

Pyaemia is the poisoning of what organ?

The blood: The term refers to the presence in the blood of microorganisms which cause multiple abscesses through the body. The most common cause would be staphylococcus aureus. ...Read more

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What are the signs of naphtha poisoning?

MSDS: Please see the MSDS at this site: http://www.collectioncare.org/MSDS/naphthamsds.pdf Look under "potential health effects". ...Read more

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What are the signs of radioactive poisoning?

What are the signs of radioactive poisoning?

Depends on exposure: If you are seriously exposed, the symptoms will appear within a week and include dizziness, disorientation, weakness, fatigue, hair loss, bloody vomit and stools, poor wound healing, and low-blood pressure. ...Read more

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How to get food poisoning?

How to get food poisoning?

Food Poisoning: Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria (E.coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigells, Staphylococcus Aureus, C. botulinum, Clostridium perfingens, V. cholerae, C. jenui.), viruses ((Norovirus, Rotovirus and Hepatitis A)& toxins in food Ciguatera in tropical fish that have eaten toxic plankton, Shellfish fed on toxic algae, Scromboid in poorly refrigerated dark meat fish,Puffer fish. Some mushrooms > ...Read more

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How to cure food poisoning?

How to cure food poisoning?

Treatment: Treatment of Food poisoning may include oral or intravenous replacement of fluids/ electrolytes. Antibiotics may be needed for bacterial infections. Hospitalization is sometimes necessary. ...Read more

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How does food poisoning spread?

How does food poisoning spread?

By what you eat: Food poisoning doesn't spread from person to person. Rather, bacteria or virus is eaten which causes a reaction in your body. Everyone who eats the same food has similar reaction i.e. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea , abdominal pain, etc. ...Read more

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How can I treat food poisoning?

How can I treat food poisoning?

Symptomatically: For the most part. Although some causes of foodborne gastroenteritis should not be treated with anti-diarrheal meds despite diarrhea because shigella and e. Coli o157 can be made worse. Remember some foodborne diseases are not specifically gastrointestinal such as botulism and amnestied shellfish poisoning and scombroid fish poisoning. ...Read more

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How is food poisoning diagnosed?

How is food poisoning diagnosed?

Clinically: It is usually a clinical diagnosis based on the presentation. Sometimes we will get stool studies depending on the clinical circumstances. ...Read more

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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more