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Think Extermination Ends Your Bedbug Woes? Think Again

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – Long after you rid your home of unwelcome bedbugs, chemicals they leave behind in their droppings may continue to haunt you, a new study shows. In people, the immune system releases histamines to protect the body. These chemicals help other immune system chemicals to repair damaged cells or fight off germs. But histamines that bedbugs shed can cause rashes and trigger ...

Malaria-Causing Parasite Mutating to Resist Multiple Drugs

Posted 3 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 – An outbreak of multidrug-resistant malaria in southeast Asia likely stems from two mutations of the malaria-causing parasite that combined a decade ago, according to new research. The parasite and mutations, carried by mosquitoes, spread rapidly in the region for five years before the malaria outbreak became apparent, the researchers said. Now, to reduce the risk of the ...

'Bug Bomb' Foggers Still Making People Sick

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 – Improperly used "bug bombs" are making Americans sick – and improved labeling isn't helping, government health officials say. Pesticide foggers are often used indoors to combat insects, such as fleas, cockroaches and bed bugs. But directions must be followed carefully because breathing the spray mist can cause respiratory and gastrointestinal problems. More than 3,200 ...

West Nile Virus May Pose Zika-Like Threat to Fetus

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – Zika may not be the only virus that can harm a fetus, a new study in mice suggests. "We found that West Nile virus and Powassan viruses shared with Zika the ability to infect the placenta and cause fetal death," said senior researcher Dr. Jonathan Miner, who's with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Both of those viruses are spread by the bites of ...

Lone Star Ticks Won't Give You Lyme, But Can Still Make You Sick

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – Contrary to what many people believe, the lone star tick does not spread Lyme disease, researchers report. But it can transmit other diseases. The researchers came to that conclusion after reviewing more than 60 studies published over three decades. "The media coverage of Lyme disease might make many Americans think that a tick bite means only one thing: Lyme disease," ...

A New Way to Thwart Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes

Posted 29 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 – It sounds like science fiction, but researchers say they have taken the first step toward creating female mosquitoes that don't bite and spread disease. They identified 902 genes related to blood feeding and 478 genes linked to non-blood feeding from the mosquito species Wyeomyia smithii. Found in swamps and bogs along the east coast of North America, they are commonly ...

Swatting Teaches Mosquitoes a Lesson They Won't Forget

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Those pesky mosquitoes may be smarter than you thought: Turns out that swatting them away may actually teach them to leave you alone. Researchers found mosquitoes can be taught to associate the odor of a person or animal to a mechanical shock similar to being swatted. Once the pests learn the link, they'll avoid that scent – and their target. "Once mosquitoes learned ...

Dinosaurs Dealt With Pesky Ticks, Too

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 – Dinosaurs probably didn't do "tick checks," but even they had to put up with the blood-sucking critters, a piece of fossilized amber reveals. Researchers say they've found a 100-million-year-old piece of Burmese amber that contained an extinct type of tick grasping a dinosaur feather. It's the first direct fossil evidence that ticks fed on dinosaurs, the scientists ...

Tips for Healthy, Happy Travels

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 – Buying new clothes for an upcoming holiday trip may top your to-do list, but packing the right medications can mean addressing health needs with ease rather than scrambling to find an all-night drugstore in a strange city. Prescription medications are the top priority, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bring enough for a few extra days in ...

Zika Nerve Damage May Stem From Body's Response to the Virus

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – Nerve-related complications of Zika infection may be caused by the immune system's response to the virus, not the virus itself, according to a new study. Zika is spread primarily via the bite of an infected mosquito, but it may also be transmitted by blood transfusion or sexual contact. Most people who become infected don't have any symptoms, but some develop serious ...

Health Tip: Travel Safely With a Child

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Long-distance travel is worrisome enough. But add a child to the mix, and stress levels can only rise. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to make traveling with a child easier: Adjust your child's sleep schedule a few days before departure to minimize jet lag. Once you arrive, encourage the child to play outside during daylight hours to help the child adjust to the time ...

Putting Out the Welcome Mat for Household Bugs

Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 10, – They're pickier tenants than you'd think: Bugs are ideally looking for carpeted, airy, ground-floor residences in wealthier neighborhoods, and pets and even filth aren't really so important. So finds a meticulous new study of the insect life in 50 urban homes in Raleigh, N.C. One surprise: There was a greater diversity of insect species living in the homes of the affluent ...

Bio-Engineered Mosquitoes to be Released In U.S.

Posted 9 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

Bio-engineered mosquitoes will be released in many parts of the United States next year in an attempt to reduce wild populations of mosquitoes that can transmit diseases such as Zika, yellow fever and Dengue fever. The lab-grown male Asian Tiger mosquitoes are infected with bacteria that prevents reproduction, but does not pose a risk to other insects or animals, according to Kentucky-based ...

West Nile's Long-Term Bite: Impact on Brain May Last Years

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – Some people with a history of West Nile virus may show symptoms such as muscle weakness or foggy memory years later, a preliminary study suggests. West Nile is a mosquito-transmitted infection that turned up in North America in 1999. Since then, outbreaks have occurred across the United States each summer – with more than 47,000 reported cases overall, according to the ...

Treeless Tropics, More Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes?

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – Deforestation doesn't just strip the landscape. In tropical regions, it may also lead to more disease-carrying mosquitoes, University of Florida researchers say. "Converting pristine tropical forests into areas for agriculture or other uses creates a habitat for the mosquitoes that transmit human diseases," lead study author Nathan Burkett-Cadena said in a university ...

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