Vidyya Medical News Service
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Volume 5 Issue 298 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Oct-2003
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NIH launches NIHSeniorHealth.gov
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today launched NIHSeniorHealth.gov, a new talking web site with formats and topics tailored to the needs of older people. The senior friendly site takes advantage of techniques developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) designed to encourage older people to use the Internet, and this site in particular, as a resource for the best information on health and medical research.  more

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Information for patients and practitioners: Facts about ricin
Depending on the route of exposure (such as injection), as little as 500 micrograms of ricin could be enough to kill an adult. A 500-microgram dose of ricin would be about the size of the head of a pin. A much greater amount would be needed to kill people if the ricin were inhaled (breathed in) or swallowed.  more

 


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Case definition: Ricin or Abrin inhalation
Inhalation of ricin or of abrin, a closely related toxin, typically leads to cough and respiratory distress followed by pulmonary edema, respiratory failure, and multisystem organ failure. Weakness and influenza-like symptoms of fever, myalgia, and arthralgia may also be reported.  more

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Case definition: Ricin or Abrin ingestion
Ingestion of ricin (or abrin, a closely related toxin) typically leads to profuse vomiting and diarrhea, which may or may not be bloody, followed by hypovolemic shock and multisystem organ failure. Weakness and influenza-like symptoms of fever, myalgia, and arthralgia may also be reported.  more

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Emergency response card: Information for first responders (Ricin)
Agent-specific identification, medical symptoms, prevention & personal protective equipment, fire fighting, sampling & analytical methods, decontamination, spillage disposal, packaging & labeling information for first responders and for you to download.  more

 
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