Health Risks of Black Henna Tattoos

The Florida Health Department is issuing advisory against the use of Black Henna tattoos, with the onset of spring break season, according to the Outbreak News blog. Henna is not naturally black in color, and is usually a reddish powder that turns brown when water is added and it is allowed to stand for a while. To induce the black color, a pigment, called para-phynelenediamine … Continue reading Health Risks of Black Henna Tattoos

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Mystery Illness Strikes People Blind, then Dead in Nigeria

A strange illness has claimed at least 25 lives  in OdeIrele in Irele local government area of Ondo State of Nigeria, according to several news reports (Sahara Reporters, Daily Post). The disease, which seems to have ravaged the area in the past ten days or so, affected all the hospitalized patients simultaneously. While news reports have stated at least 25 deaths, how many people were affected … Continue reading Mystery Illness Strikes People Blind, then Dead in Nigeria

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Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in Canada

Fourteen crew members of a Panamanian ship have been taken ill after suffering from food poisoning attributed to Ciguatera fish. For more, information here is the report: The Star. This food poisoning is causes by Ciguatoxins, which are some of the most potent sodium channel openers known in nature. Ciguatoxins are formed in the body of fish that feed on dinoflagellates like Gambierdiscus toxicus. These dinoflagellates … Continue reading Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in Canada

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