Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Coffee poisoning

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A prominent Houston doctor charged in shocking coffee poisoning case. CBS News said that the poisoning was done using a sweet-tasting chemical used in antifreeze and medical research.

Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo who is a breast cancer oncologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, was charged with aggravated assault after prosecutors said she poisoned the coffee of Dr. George Blumenschein, a specialist in lung and head and neck cancers at the institution. They were in "a casual sexual relationship," the report said.

However, her attorney denied the allegations and said she was completely innocent.

The alleged poisoning happened on Jan. 27 when the two were alone in the home of Gonzalez-Angulo. She served a coffee that is sweet tasting, when Blumenschein ussualy like it black. She said that the coffee has Splenda.

After drinking the coffee, Blumenschein said that is motor skills were impaired and his speech slurred. He was diagnosed with central nervous system depression, cardiopulmonary complications and renal failure.

A toxicology report by a third expert indicated Blumenschein's acute severe metabolic acidosis "more likely than not" was due to ethylene glycol poisoning. 

Ethylene glycol is present in all M.D. Anderson laboratories, a cancer center research administrator said in the complaint.

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