Designer drugs and e-cigarettes: free access to emergency medicine articles

Hot-topic articles from Elsevier's Emergency Medicine portfolio

Physicians in the emergency department never know what they're going to encounter – whether it's a patient who has overdosed, victims of an automobile accident, or mountain climbers rescued from sub-freezing temperatures. Meanwhile, treatment regimens are continually evolving and improving.

To help practitioners stay on top of the latest academic research and clinical practices, Elsevier publishes seven peer-reviewed journals in emergency medicine, which feature original research as well as review articles.

We have selected three recently-published hot-topic articles to provide complimentary access to until June 15, 2014. Topics include a new designer drug making the rounds at music festivals, the questionable safety of e-cigarettes, and personality characteristics of mountaineering enthusiasts. [divider]

Designer drugs: 'Intoxication at Burning Man'

The American Journal of Emergency MedicinePatil Armenian, MD, Roy R. Gerona: "The electric Kool-Aid NBOMe test: LC-TOF/MS confirmed 2C-C-NBOMe (25C) intoxication at Burning Man," The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

"Use of designer drugs is increasing, as evidenced by the well-documented rise of synthetic cannabinoids (herbal incense, spice, K2) and synthetic cathinones (bath salts) in Europe and the United States, the pervasiveness of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) in pop culture, and the constant detection of novel compounds with high resolution mass spectrometry techniques," write the researchers.

They examine the case of a 24-year-old female who experienced agitated delirium and "thought she was being attached by invisible assailants" after drinking wine, smoking marijuana and ingesting 3 blotter paper doses of what she thought was a form of LSD.[divider]

Are e-cigarettes safe?

The Journal of Emergency MedicineDarshan Thota, MD, Emi Latham, MD: "Case Report of Electronic Cigarettes Possibly Associated with Eosinophilic Pneumonitis in a Previously Healthy Active-duty Sailor, " The Journal of Emergency Medicine.

"Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are a technology that has been touted as a safe and effective alternative to traditional cigarettes," write the authors. "There is, however, a paucity of literature showing the adverse outcomes of e-cigarettes and a correlation with acute eosinophilic pneumonia (AEP)."

They examine the case of a 20-year-old previously healthy man who was found to develop AEP after smoking an e-cigarettes.[divider]

Do mountain climbers have unique characteristics?

Wilderness & Environmental MedicineErik Monasterio, MBChB, FRANZCP; Yassar A. Alamri, MBChB; Omer Mei-Dan, MD: "Personality Characteristics in a Population of Mountain Climbers," Wilderness and Environmental Medicine.

The researchers write:

Mountaineering and mountain-related sports are growing in popularity and are associated with significant risk of injury. There is a perception that mountaineers possess unique personality characteristics that attract them to the sport. We aim to determine whether there are any identifiable differences between the personality characteristics of experienced mountaineers and a normal control population and to determine whether there is an association between specific personality traits and risk of injury.


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Victoria Howard is a Marketing Communications Manager for Elsevier's Emergency Medicine, Nursing and Social and Economic Medicine journals. She recently joined Elsevier and has past marketing experience with Urban Outfitters corporate and Taylor and Francis Group. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French from Bates College and enjoys spending time with her rescue greyhound, Gemma. She is based in Philadelphia.

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