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Health Tip: Preventing Tick Bites

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A bite from an infected tick can cause a number of ills, including Lyme disease. But taking precautions before going outside can help protect you. Here are suggestions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Know where ticks are likely to gather, and try to avoid them. Steer clear of tall, thick vegetation. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and spray clothing with .5 ...

Daffodils, Margaritas and Other Surprise Skin Dangers

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – You probably know to steer clear of poison ivy. But did you know that sipping a Margarita or eating an orange in the sunshine can cause a similar skin rash? That's just one hazard the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) wants you to guard against as winter turns to spring and you spend more time outside. In addition, common flowers and plants, such as chrysanthemums, ...

Could Common Insecticides Be Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids?

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Children exposed to a widely used group of insecticides may be at increased risk for behavioral problems, according to a new study. The insecticides are called pyrethroids. They're used on crops but can also be found in some mosquito repellents and in products used to treat head lice, scabies and fleas, the French research team explained. Like many types of ...

Health Tip: Ward Off Infection From Ear Piercing

Posted 23 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Caring for pierced ears can help keep the piercings clean and prevent infection. Here is advice from the American Academy of Dermatologists: Never touch newly pierced ears without first washing your hands. Don't remove your first pair of earrings for at least six weeks. This helps the holes stay open. A few times each day, gently twist earrings around in your ears. At least once per day, wash ...

Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Confirmed in Eastern National Parks

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Planning a hiking trip in an eastern U.S. national park? Better pack tick repellent – a new study found these parks are home to ticks that carry Lyme disease. Blacklegged ticks – also known as deer ticks – carrying Lyme disease were found in nine national parks: Acadia National Park in Maine; Catoctin Mountain Park and Monocacy National Battlefield in Maryland; Fire ...

New 'Superlice' Resist Most Over-the-Counter Remedies

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – In the war against "superlice," parents appear to be up against a mighty foe – and it's one they'd certainly rather never see in the first place. A new report warns that over-the-counter products have lost much of their effectiveness against the so-called superlice. The good news is that prescription products can still get rid of those creepy critters. Parents should ...

7 Ways to Give Ticks the Slip

Posted 22 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 22, 2016 – While only a few tick species infect people with diseases, the rising popularity of many outdoor activities and the spread of residential developments has upped the odds that one of those creepy parasites might latch on to you. "Luckily, ticks don't fly, jump or fall from the sky," vector-borne disease expert Stephen Wikel said. He's a professor emeritus of medical ...

Study Suggests Aerial Pesticide Spraying Tied to Higher Autism Rates

Posted 1 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 – Children living in an area of New York state that uses aerial pesticides to control mosquitoes have a higher rate of autism than children in neighboring areas, a new study finds. Researchers found that children living in a swampy region in central New York were 25 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with autism or general developmental delay, compared to ...

Fighting Back, Bedbugs Grow a Thicker Skin

Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 – Bedbugs may be developing thicker "skins" that help them resist common pesticides, a new study suggests. This might explain why bedbug populations are increasing worldwide, the researchers added. "If we understand the biological mechanisms bedbugs use to beat insecticides, we may be able to spot a chink in their armor that we can exploit with new strategies," study ...

Head Lice No Cause for Panic, Expert Says

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 7, 2016 – Most parents have at one time or another received the dreaded school notice: a case of head lice has been detected in your child's class. But, an expert says, there's no need to panic. Head lice don't carry diseases or indicate poor parenting or housekeeping, said Dr. Karen Sheehan, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital ...

Average U.S. Home Harbors About 100 Types of Insects, Other Critters

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 – Even if you think you live alone, you may not: A new study finds that the average American shares his or her home with over 100 different species of insects and other "arthropods." Arthropods are invertebrates with exoskeletons – segmented bodies and jointed limbs, and include insects, spiders, centipedes and mites. A team led by Matt Bertone, an entomologist at North ...

Lyme-Causing Ticks Expand Their Range in U.S.

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 – Ticks that transmit Lyme disease are now found in nearly half of all counties in the United States, a much broader swath than was seen in the late 1990s, researchers report. The findings show "that the distribution of Lyme disease vectors has changed substantially over the last nearly two decades and highlights areas where risk for human exposure to ticks has changed ...

Mosquito-Borne Virus May Cause Fatal Brain Infection

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – The mosquito-borne virus chikungunya can cause severe and potentially fatal brain infection in some patients, particularly infants and people older than 65, according to a new report. A 2005-2006 chikungunya outbreak on Reunion Island, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, sickened more than 300,000 people. It also provided the first serious demonstration of the ...

Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology. Even generics have succumbed to ...

Head Lice Now Resistant to Common Meds in 25 States

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Drug-resistant head lice are very likely coming to a school near you, U.S. investigators warn. At least 25 states host lice populations that don't respond to common over-the-counter treatments, a new analysis reveals. Permethrin, part of the pyrethroid class of insecticides, has long been the go-to weapon against head lice, mosquitoes, bedbugs and other insects. But ...

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