Questions on the harmful effects of various substances on the human body, or biological organisms in general.

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Aspartame poisoning: Can it modify aminoacids?

I just accidentally closed a webpage (and did not find it later) which described that somehow, Aspartame poisoning victims had faults in the vital proteins of their body due to the reaction of ...
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Why is methanol toxic?

There are two points of view for the answer of this question: The biological view, the only one that I faced during my research, states that since it can trigger perilous conditions like metabolic ...
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Is Sweetwater, Missouri, named due to water contamination with lead compounds?

Sweetwater Missouri is known for it's mineral resources, particularly rich lead sulphide (galena) deposits. I was curious to find the origin of the name 'Sweetwater' and if it had any connection with ...
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Why is mercury much more toxic when inhaled than injected?

Following wikipedia: Cases of systemic toxicity from accidental swallowing are rare, and attempted suicide via intravenous injection does not appear to result in systemic toxicity,[1] though it is ...
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is there a lead compound that crosses the blood-brain barrier when ingested?

for example mercury oxide has neurotoxic properties but isn't organic so, it isn't soluble in lipids and so doesn't cross the blood brain barrier when ingested, however, methylmercury chloride is ...
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Why does my coffee creamer have titanium dioxide in it and is it safe?

From the manufacturers website of a coconut french vanilla coffee creamer: Ingredients: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (WATER, ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM), DRIED CANE SYRUP, NATURAL FLAVORS, COLORED WITH ...
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How effective is sulfur in detecting mercury vapors

I've read that powdered elemental sulfur will react to the presence of mercury vapor in the air creating red mercury sulfide, and that an open container of sulfur can be used as a means to verify ...
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Is it dangerous to live near lead? [duplicate]

Several month ago, I soundproofed the door of my room with two sheets of lead. Can it be dangerous to live with them for many years? Can lead "decay" in some way and be inhaled? (and what happen when ...
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Harmless & pungent volatile liquid for use in a stage show

If for some stage play/trick we would like to create some surprising effect in which something with a pungent odor has been released, but at the same time need to ensure that thing be absolutely safe ...
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Does hydroxytyrosol have the same neurotoxicity potential as dopamine?

It has the catechol group, and it's the oxidation of the catechol group that makes dopamine produce reactive oxygen species (ROS). Hydroxytyrosol isn't that different from dopamine (the distal N ...
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What is the molecular mechanism of ammonia's toxicity?

How does it damage proteins/lipids/DNA? There seems to be surprisingly little literature on its toxicity.
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Toxicity of a sheet of lead?

I just went camping and someone brought a game from Australia. There was a wooden box with the top made of a thin, soft sheet of lead with a whole in it. The participants then throw coins at the box, ...
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Reduce chlorine gas

I have a simple electrolysis setup which uses aqueous sodium chloride as electrolyte. The problem is that, the setup makes tons of chlorine gas along with hydrogen (I only want hydrogen). I didn't ...
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What sort of lab can determine PAH concentration in a soil or charcoal sample? How difficult is it to do?

Non-chemist here. I'm curious how difficult it is to determine concentration of PAH in a sample of soil or powdered charcoal, or a sample of the two mixed together. What would be involved in doing ...
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Why do different alcohols have different effects on the brain?

I've been trying to understand why different alcohols have different effects on the brain. Methanol is obviously poisonous, apparently because it's converted to formic acid. Because the body seems ...
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Instructions for handling toxic liquids

i would like to know the precautions taken when handling liquids like Trichloroethylene , Tetrachloroethylene ,Dichlormethan ,Mercury. Of the list above which is most toxic.I have seen people handle ...
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reducing chloroplatinic acid to platinium

I need help with understanding inorganic chemistry, if anyone could help I would be so thankful. I am reducing chloroplatinic acid to platinum nano-particles using sodium citrate and a second method ...
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How long burned tobacco smoke remain toxic?

It's hard to evaluate Environmental Tobacco Smoke lifecycle, it can certainly react, be absorbed by organisms, or be diluted in rain, and be emitted again from the ground. But in the end, I'm ...
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what is a clear liquid that attacks cellular respiration

I'm doing a biology assignment and need to find out a clear liquid that attacks cellular respiration. It needs to be toxic and either absorbed through the skin or inhaled.
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Chemical Spill in Charleston, West Virginia

I live in Charleston, WV. On 1/9/2014 we were told not to use our tap water for anything other than flushing the toilet after a storage facility leaked over 7,400 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane ...
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Does my data show quadratic regression in a calibration curve?

This data was taken for my science fair project, and I would like to know the relationship between spectrophotometer absorbance and cell density (taken manually) of algae after a toxicity test. The ...
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At what amount is digesting soap unhealthy?

Several of my friends, when they do the dishes manually, do not rinse the dishes after cleaning but merely dip them in the dishwater and then dry them (using a towel or a dish rack). I myself on the ...
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Perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS) Safety and Toxicity

I was wondering if anyone had any experience with PFBS or PFOS (perflurooctane sulfonic acid)? I am thinking about trying to purchase some of these fluorosurfactants in bulk in order to (hopefully) ...
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How toxic is disilanol?

Silicon has been known to form analogues of organic compounds. For example, silicon with 4 hydrogen atoms forms silane as opposed to methane. This continues up the alkane list, with disilane for ...
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How can silver work as a disinfectant in a bathtub if precipitates in the presence of chloride?

I use a silver based disinfectant in my hot tub. It is in the form of silver nitrate beads. There is chlorine in the tub that I presume becomes chloride ion. Why doesn't the silver form a precipitate ...
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What is the best way to detect the presence of tear gas?

I realise that tear gas can be several different things (Pepper spray / CS Gas / CR gas, PAVA, etc) Is there a good way to detect some or any of these in the air? Ideally using an electronic sensor ...
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Peltier Bismuth-Telluride toxicity

From what I understand, the working agent inside a peltier cooler is Bismuth-Telluride. I've read a toxicity data-sheet regarding Bismuth-Telluride here: ...
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Why are the halogens good disinfectants?

I've been searching around the internet for a while and I know that Chlorine, Bromine and Iodine are used as disinfectants. My question is, what is the property of the halogens that make them ...
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Chemically Speaking, What's Bad About Inhaling Plastics?

I hear about things like dioxin, but I really don't see what's dangerous about plastics-shouldn't you be ble to just breathe it out, or pass it out of your system? How would it cause cancer?
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Aflatoxin versus Benzene, permissible levels

Alfatoxin and benzene are carconogenic, and this is the major concern for low, chronic doses. They are regulated to the few parts per billion level in food. However, according to ...
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Is there any substance that's a 4-4-4 on the NFPA diamond?

A lot of the organometallics are rather... interesting compounds to work with. The most famous (among those who care, anyway) is tert-butyllithium or t-BuLi. It is the textbook example of a pyrophoric ...
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Impact of detergent on internal living tissue?

There was some spirited debate between the members of my chemistry lab today about the theoretical consequences of ingesting a large amount of the detergent Triton X-100 at a 100% concentration. The ...
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Can silica gel beads cause silicosis if crushed?

Can silica gel beads (which I believe are amorphous) when crushed to dust cause silicosis?
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Cyanogenic glycosides and HCN

I'm researching cyanide for a biology project and noted that one of the largest sources of carbohydrates in the tropics is the cassava root -- which I previously researched as a food that contains a ...
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Adulteration of turmeric with Metanil yellow

I read in the local paper that common food products like turmeric can be adulterated. It continued to specify the adulterant which they called metanil yellow. On searching on the Net, I was able to ...
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Calcium carbonate toxicity

I can't make heads or tails of the information on the net — although there seems to be plenty of it, it seems contradictory. Supposedly, calcium carbonate is used in antacids—yet there are warnings ...
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Is the smell coming out from a portable dehumidifier safe?

A portable dehumidifier requires the consumer to plug it into an outlet to regenerate its crystal. When the crystal is thus "regenerated", the indicator will change from pink color to its original ...
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Blue Silica Gel more harmful than the orange ones?

I am currently searching for a portable dehumidifier but notice that most of them come with a indicator that actually using the Blue Silica Gel, which I believe that it may contain Cobalt Chloride. ...
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Mercury, amalgams and mercury compounds [closed]

Mercury is toxic. It forms amalgams and inorganic mercury compounds/salts are available. My question is on toxicity. I am interested in its toxicity, not the mode of action (as it will be part of ...