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Angel's trumpet is a hallucinogenic plant commonly cultivated as an ornamental in the southeastern United States. Consumption of any part of the plant may result in severe anticholinergic toxicity. In past years, toxicity has largely resulted from accidental ingestion, but in 1994 there was a ten-fold increase in the number of reported ingestions throughout(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple risk factors for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) have been described, including omission of insulin therapy and clinical conditions known to increase counterregulatory hormones. Recently, substance abuse has been identified in patients with DKA. We observed many cases of DKA in cocaine users, although the association between cocaine use and(More)
OBJECTIVES Intravenous methylprednisolone (IVMP) infusions have been associated with adverse cardiovascular effects. Inconsistent monitoring practices in a pediatric hospital led to questions about patient safety and allocation of nursing resources. This study describes vital sign changes in children and monitoring practices related to IVMP. METHODS This(More)
Pneumococcal meningitis is a common infection in adults for which penicillin has long been the drug of choice. Optimal treatment has recently become controversial, however, owing to an alarming increase in the number of penicillin-resistant isolates. The authors report a representative case of meningitis caused by such an organism, and provide a discussion(More)
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