Alexander Litvinenko in University College Hospital after being poisoned with a radioactive substance.
The European court of human rights has found the Russian state responsible for Litvinenko’s death by poisoning.
Paraquat’s potentially lethal effects on humans are well known. But our research has found it also causes serious environmental damage.
Alexei Navalny remains in hospital in Germany after he was poisoned in Siberia.
Vladimir Putin is a standard-bearer, rather than a pioneer in the history of Soviet and Russian political assassination.
We’ve heard anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was poisoned with something called a ‘cholinesterase inhibitor’. Here’s what that means.
Navalny has long been targeted by the authorities for his work exposing corruption among Russian officials. But making him a martyr does not seem to help the Kremlin at this point.
Could we treat carbon monoxide poisoning with light?
When people went to their GP asking for painkillers, they weren’t prescribed higher doses of codeine or stronger opioids, as some feared.
When codeine became a prescription only drug in 2018, the number of overdoses dropped, our new research shows. But restricting sales of codeine is only one way to reduce harm from opioids.
Low level carbon monoxide poisoning leads to a wide range of nonspecific but significant symptoms – making it very difficult to detect.
Interdisciplinary research led to the discovery that three historic books were covered in a layer of arsenic.
Hundreds of people have been warned after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was poisoned with Novichok nerve agent.
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Advent calendars, chocolate Santa decorations … there are lots of tempting treats that could make your pooch very ill this Christmas.
Polonium is found naturally in uranium ore.
Polonium’s chemical properties made it the ideal secret weapon for the assassins of Alexander Litvinenko.
The national flower of Zimbabwe, the Glory Lily, is also found in Queensland where it’s more famously known as a noxious weed that’s highly poisonous to humans.
It’s not just Australia’s animals that can be deadly, there are plenty of dangerous plants too.
Why asbestos removal is still on the news.
Asbestos is not a thing of the past, far from it – it’s use is exploding in the developing world and many others are still at risk.
Arthur Conan Doyle himself was also poisoned by heartbreak grass – but this was self-inflicted, and not fatal.
There’s much that Perepilichny could have learned from Arthur Conan Doyle, and him in turn from an ancient king called Mithradates.
Poisoning dingos - Australia’s top predator - is actually decreasing numbers of small native mammals such as bandicoots and…
Nine years after his death, Yasser Arafat’s remains have produced even more questions.
A Swiss forensic report of the exhumed remains of ex-Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat today suggests polonium poisoning may have been the cause of death – but what is polonium, and why is it so deadly…