Questions tagged [toxicity]

Questions related to being poisonous; relating to or caused by poison(s).

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Why/how are some drugs nephrotoxic?

I want to know the (more or less) exact mechanism by which specific nephrotoxic medications damage the kidneys. For some drugs it seems relatively intuitive that they interfere with the function of ...
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Are there any health risks with regular, long term use of anti-perspirant?

Is there any evidence that the chemicals used should be a cause for concern? Do any active ingredients enter the blood stream and is there any risk to damage to your pores?
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Should I be worried about glyphosate exposure?

There has been a lot of discussion in the media lately about glyphosate (Roundup) and what some see as a huge risk of exposure to a possibly carcinogenic chemical. Some examples: The Real Reason ...
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Why can't one overdose on zinc by eating zinc-rich food such as oysters?

I've come across the following statement: Although some foods contain zinc well above the UL of 40 mg per day, no cases of zinc poisoning from naturally occurring zinc in food have been reported. ...
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Is it harmful to write on yourself with pen ink?

If so, what are the chemicals present that make it toxic? I imagine it depends on the pen. Specifically, I'm asking about bic pens and sharpies, but I'm curious in general.
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What are the health hazards of using laundry detergent to wash dishes?

I've used laundry detergent many times to wash my dish prior to eating. Sometimes I washed the mug with it as well. I was not very cautious about the fact that it was meant to clean only laundry and a ...
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Do synthetic fabrics pose a health risk?

Background I've seen a large number of health blogs that describe Polyester, Rayon, Acrylic, and Nylon, as harmful or toxic (usually due to chemicals used during the manufacturing process). Some ...
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Potential for sodium aluminosilicate to cause aluminium toxicity

Being an aluminium-based compound, is it conceivable that anticaking agent (554) could cause acute aluminium toxicity in excessive quantities? Apparently 0.3% of aluminium is absorbed by the GI tract ...
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Is drinking 'radioactive carbon-14' safe?

How safe is drinking radioactive carbon-14 during urea breath test?
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Swallowed very little and porous plastic parts. Might it be dangerous?

I ate something with my headphones on, and after eating I noticed that the ear speaker lose their covering film. I noticed as after lunch I touched them and had little black particles of the cover in ...
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Holding HD Platters above a fire - is it safe?

I already did this for a short <= 30s durations about 6 times to my old HD platters (the mirror-like CD/DVD disk) + immediatelly pouring cold water over it. After the fact I realized that it may ...
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How can I mitigate the risk of toxic compounds leeching from a water bottle?

Wikipedia says that: Research is ongoing as to whether plastic water bottles can leach hazardous chemicals into the water, especially when heated. And I know it's now fashionable for vendors to ...