Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards
Publication date: May 2008
Among the topics covered in this issue is an investigation into the potential health risks of exposure to toxins found in the hairs of a new species of caterpillar which is colonising parts of England. Some people have reported symptoms after being in contact with the caterpillars.
The report also reviews two recent cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in London and highlights the health risks to emergency services as well as the importance of inter-agency coordination and media communication.
One article reveals changing attitudes to herbal medicines in light of a recent publication which highlights their potential health risks. These medicines are not subject to the same controls as pharmaceutical medicines and some herbal medicines do produce deleterious symptoms.
Among the topics being discussed on day two of the Chemical Conference are: the identification and reuse of derelict land, risk assessment of human exposure to chemicals and community involvement in radon surveys.
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Last reviewed: 19 August 2010