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December 2018 Edition
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Safe Use of Artificial Snow
Artificial snow comes in powders and spray-on aerosols. In most small exposures, neither type is likely to cause severe problems, but swallowing the powder or spraying the aerosol directly onto the skin or into the eyes can cause symptoms.  Learn more...
Can Poison Hemlock Be Deadly?
Poison hemlock is a deadly plant that looks dangerously similar to other edible plants. Modern day exposures are often the result of plant misidentification.  Learn more...
I Swallowed a Cherry Pit!
Although the seeds of stone fruits naturally contain cyanide, small unintentional ingestions generally do not cause harm. However, swallowing, crushing, or chewing the seeds should be avoided.   Learn more...
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Proper use of fire extinguishers is generally safe; however, there is some risk for mild respiratory, skin, or eye irritation. Use in areas with poor air flow, use with intent to harm someone, or intentional inhalation can produce serious toxicity.  Learn more...
Benefits and Side Effects of Indapamide
Indapamide appears to be better than many other drugs at controlling high blood pressure while lowering the risk of heart failure. However, indapamide can sometimes cause patients to become dehydrated and lose potassium. Learn more...
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