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The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US 274

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Discovery News reports that the death cap mushroom is now an invasive species on every continent except Antarctica. It is spreading along the East and West Coasts of the U.S. and appears to be moving south into Mexico. 'When someone eats Amanita phalloides, she typically won't experience symptoms for at least six and sometimes as many as 24 hours,' says Cat Adams. 'Eventually she'll suffer from abdominal cramps, vomiting, and severely dehydrating diarrhea. This delay means her symptoms might not be associated with mushrooms, and she may be diagnosed with a more benign illness like stomach flu. To make matters worse, if the patient is somewhat hydrated, her symptoms may lessen and she will enter the so-called honeymoon phase.' Without proper, prompt treatment, the victim can experience rapid organ failure, coma, and death. But good news is on the way. S. Todd Mitchell of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California has treated more than 60 patients with a drug derived from milk thistle. The patients who have started the drug on time (within 96 hours of ingesting the mushroom) and who have still had kidney function intact have all survived. 'When administered intravenously, the compound sits on and blocks the receptors that bring amatoxin into the liver, thus corralling the amatoxins into the blood stream so the kidneys can expel them faster,' says Adams. Still, Mitchell cautions against the 'regular look"'of deadly mushrooms. 'They smell very good and when they're cooked, many patients have described them as the most delicious mushrooms they've ever eaten.'"
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The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US

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  • by Nyder ( 754090 ) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @08:28PM (#46224281) Journal

    Honestly, who is picking up random shrooms and eating them?

    "Hey dude, check this out, a mushroom"
    "I'll give you $10 to eat it"
    "Really? "*mushroom in mouth*" there, done, you owe me $10. Fuck, this tastes great, you should try one"
    "Really? give me one"

    That is how it happens.

  • by Kevin Fishburne ( 1296859 ) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @10:13PM (#46225097) Homepage
    "They smell very good and when they're cooked, many patients have described them as the most delicious mushrooms they've ever eaten."

    Clearly this is proof of Intelligent Design. If I were God I'd definitely place these things everywhere they'd fit just to keep my people on their toes. Nature's land mines.
  • Re:she (Score:5, Funny)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @10:16PM (#46225127) Journal

    That reminds me of the old Borscht Belt joke about the guy who's filling out his social security application and they ask him if he's ever been married.

    He says, "Yes, I was married to first wife for a wonderful 15 years, but tragically she died from eating poison mushrooms. Then, I remarried and my second wife, after eight glorious years died, believe it or not, also from eating poison mushrooms.

    "Then, I married my third wife, and we were together for four years, when she died from a cerebral hemorrhage...

    "Bitch wouldn't eat the mushrooms.".

  • Re:she (Score:4, Funny)

    by Cito ( 1725214 ) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @11:28PM (#46225479)

    Yes, men do not fall for the trap. Women see it and start thinking of all the ways they can cook it in the kitchen. Women are obsessed with kitchens and all things food, look at Eve.

    Men had it made, perfection, immortality, perfect body, great lawn, we could fart and scratch our balls on silky smooth perfect grass in Eden. But Eve comes along her "kitchen obsession" kicks in and she starts bringing back foods to feed Adam, fattening him up, she breaks the rules and Adam has to suffer consequences along side the woman.

    I wouldn't be surprised if many many cavemen died, they returned home with fresh Sabertooth tiger meat, but the woman had tried foraging picking plants "as they do" and feeds caveman poison ivy/oak/sumac and wipes out all Neanderthals!

    She's.... Yup damn she's

    God created misogyny.

    har har :-)

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