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2012-05-21 12:34:51

Georgetown doctors test milk thistle to counter amanitin toxins in the liver On September 12, 2011, a Springfield, Virginia man arrived at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) in the early stages of liver failure. The man had mistakenly eaten poisonous mushrooms, handpicked from his yard. He would be the first of four patients in the course of two weeks to seek treatment at MGUH for mushroom (amanitin) poisoning. Their clinical course, management, and outcomes were presented today...

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2011-03-05 11:05:00

Dinosaurs squashed them with impunity. Thousands of species that lacked culinary appreciation have turned up their noses at them. And a study based on advanced DNA analysis has shown that this shameful indifference went on for 129 million years.Finally, however, one animal species came along that would learn to appreciate this particular fungus with almost a global reverence "“ homo sapiens. Thus was born the human affection for the morel "“ for millions of people around the...

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2009-05-25 06:02:33

A toxin contained within a certain species of mushroom causing the deaths of seven people in Japan in recent years has been identified by scientists, Reuters reported. In a Monday publication of Nature Chemical Biology, the researchers wrote that they pinpointed the poisonous compound in the mushroom, Russula subnigricans, and verified its toxicity by having mice ingest it.  Cycloprop-2-ene carboxylic acid, the perpetrating toxin, only contains four carbon atoms.  "We ascertained...


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