Monday, 1 March 2010

Mr Spock and Drug Reactions

Mr Spock had green blood, humans have a completely different physiology to Vulcans and normally have red blood. Unless we suffer a very rare adverse drug reaction when taking Sumatriptan.

This can cause sulfhemoglobinemia, which is when blood changes to green as a result of sulphur integrating itself within the haemoglobin molecule

Because this is a very rare condition I shall remember it.

But moving on, this blog is not here so that I can disover how my mind works.

When is 1500 deaths more important than 200o death? It is likely that these figures are wrong, but the point I want to make is that more people die from adverse drug reactions in the Uk then from MRSA. However because you can take pictures of doctors not washing there hands and it can give simpler headlines more resources are given to preventing MRSa then adverse drug reactions


  1. Hm, is someone revising blood biochemistry atm? :P

    Yeah, you're right, the Daily Mail can't fly into a rage over adverse drug reactions but it can over dirty wards.

  2. Nah, just got mentioned in a lecture! An interesting example to illustrate a point