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2008-07-20 09:00:32

By Deb Kelly, The Tribune-Star, Terre Haute, Ind. Jul. 20--For more than 40 years, one of the last and deadliest remnants of the Cold War -- 2.5-million pounds of VX -- has been sitting quietly in carbon steel barrels in Vermillion County, part of a stockpile of chemical weapons the United States has been trying to dispose of for more than a decade. As of the end of this month, the last of that substance will be eliminated, as a three-year neutralization process comes to a close. The...

2008-07-17 00:00:28

By Mary Hopkin, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 16--Workers at the Umatilla Chemical Depot storage have begun moving 8-inch VX-filled artillery shells to the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility. Last month, workers at the facility finished destroying the last of more than 32,000, 155mm VX-filled artillery shells. Now, the plant machinery has been reconfigured to start work on the 8-inch diameter shells. "The work is moving along fairly quickly," said Jim Hackett, an Army...

2008-07-14 21:00:25

By Ashlee Clark, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Jul. 14--The sarin that leaked at the Blue Grass Army Depot Friday should have been destroyed, according to a plan approved in January. But the agency responsible for neutralizing the agent has not even started constructing the facility for the destruction. In January, officials approved a plan that called for the 157 gallons of GB, or sarin, stored at the depot to be drained, neutralized and removed from the facility by May. But...

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2008-07-01 06:10:00

More than a year after they took the hallucinogen found in "magic mushrooms," volunteers in a Johns Hopkins study rated the experience as one of the most meaningful and spiritually important of their lives, researchers reported today. The results suggest that hallucinogenic compounds, long considered taboo after widespread abuse in the late 1960s, represent both an untapped resource to help people cope with trauma, and a scientific tool for exploring human spirituality, the authors said....

2008-06-19 06:00:00

By Dyhouse, Tim An academic report released in March cites chemicals in pesticides, weapons and drugs used to counter nerve gas as causes of a wide variety of ailments reported by Persian Gulf War veterans. "Enough studies have been conducted and the results shared to be able to say with considerable confidence that there is a link between chemical exposure [and the ailments]," Dr. Beatrice Golomb told the (San Diego) Union-Tribune. Golomb, an associate professor at the University of...

2006-08-07 17:05:45

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treatment with galantamine, a drug used to treat Alzheimer's disease, in combination with atropine, protects guinea pigs from lethal doses of the nerve agents sarin and soman and the insecticide parathion, new research shows. The toxic effect of these "organophosphorus" compounds derives from irreversible blockage of an enzyme critical to nerve function. The end result can be seizures and cardiac arrest. At present, atropine and...

2006-08-07 16:11:23

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Alzheimer's pill that helps slow the brain damage caused by the disease may also protect against the effects of nerve gases and pesticides, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. They said the drug, marketed under the name Reminyl and Razadyne, completely protected guinea pigs against the nerve agents soman and sarin, as well as toxic amounts of pesticides. They gave the animals high doses of the poisons and...

2006-08-07 16:03:36

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Alzheimer's pill that helps slow the brain damage caused by the disease may also protect against the effects of nerve gases and pesticides, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. They said the drug, marketed under the name Reminyl and Razadyne, completely protected guinea pigs against the nerve agents soman and sarin, as well as toxic amounts of pesticides. They gave the animals high doses of the poisons and...

2006-07-11 16:52:50

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "Magic mushrooms," used by Native Americans and hippies to alter consciousness, appear to have similar mystical effects on many people, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. At least one team of doctors is already testing whether using them can help terminal cancer patients come to terms with their fates. More than 60 percent of volunteers given capsules of psilocybin derived from mushrooms said they had a "full...

2006-07-11 12:40:35

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "Magic mushrooms," used by Native Americans and hippies to alter consciousness, appear to have similar mystical effects on many people, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. More than 60 percent of volunteers given capsules of psilocybin derived from mushrooms said they had a "full mystical experience." "Many of the volunteers in our study reported, in one way or another, a direct, personal experience of the...


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