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VA Group tackles Lyme disease

In Lyme Disease on November 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm

A tick no bigger than a pin-head has put a state task force to work trying to decide what should be done about the growing problem of Lyme disease in Virginia.

The tiny black “deer tick” can produce a rash with a clear center and various painful symptoms that, unless treated fairly soon, can be hard to cure.



Maryland lawyer bites back with bedbug lawsuits

In Bed Bugs on November 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Daniel Whitney has staked his claim on the title of Maryland’s bedbug barrister: Since Sept. 1, the Towson attorney has filed eight lawsuits on behalf of bedbug victims across the state seeking a total of more than $7 million in damages. MORE

Scary Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreading in Asia

In Malaria on November 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Drug resistant mosquito

Countries Must Do More to Prevent Spread of Malaria Parasite Resistant to Powerful Prophylactic in Southeast Asia, WHO Says


Cholera and Dengue Fever: Florida health officials issue warnings of two diseases

In Dengue Fever on November 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm

State health workers say it’s official: Florida is now witnessing incidents of two diseases we haven’t experienced in years, if not decades. “It’s of course important for Floridians in all parts of the state, but especially South Florida,” says Dr. Carina Blackmore with the state’s health department.



Survey: 30% of people would prefer root canal over bedbug problem

In Bed Bugs on November 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Abandoned Mattress in NYC

Zep’s survey showed that 13 percent of respondents say they’ve stopped traveling to hotels or cities with known bedbug problems, and 16 percent claim that they’re consciously avoiding certain establishments out of fear they’ll pick up bedbugs and bring them home. More

Zep talks about bed bugs

In Bed Bugs on November 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm

1 in 10 Americans Touched by Bed Bug Problem More

Bed Bugs the Subject on Capitol Hill

In Bed Bugs on November 19, 2010 at 10:16 am

Lawmakers, government officials and industry leaders filled a room at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, not to talk about tax cuts or election results, but bedbugs, something many in the audience felt was just as important.

“They are virtually unstoppable,” Michael Potter, a bedbug expert from the University of Kentucky, told an auditorium full of people concerned about the resurgent tiny bloodsucker.

It was called the Congressional Bedbug Forum, hosted by Reps. G.K. Butterfield, D-North Carolina, and Don Young, R-Alaska.

“This is probably the only bipartisan bug I know of. They bite anyone and everyone, anywhere,” Young said jokingly.

But bedbugs are no joke to the many who have been bitten by one.  more

Who You Gonna Call? For Bedbugs, an Out-of-Work Actor

In Bed Bugs on November 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm
One bedbug (Cimex lectularius) traumatically i...

Bed bug

For struggling New York actors reduced to waiting tables for a living, there’s finally an alternative career path: bedbug hunter. Ever since the city began suffering from a widespread infestation of the pernicious bugs last year, demand has soared for people to get rid of them. Actors, it turns out, make the perfect bug busters. More

Confirmed 1st case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade County since the 1950’s.

In Dengue Fever on November 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

The Miami-Dade Health Department’s chief epidemiologist says the county hasn’t had a locally acquired case of Dengue since the 1950s. more:

Dengue is spreading in the West


Malaria Drug Old Chinese Herbal Remedy

In Malaria on November 10, 2010 at 11:10 am
Scientists working in a laboratory

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The most effective malaria treatment ever discovered was not developed by a team of scientists in a high-tech lab. It was created using artemisinin, a traditional Chinese herbal remedy that had been used to treat illness for hundreds of years. Now scientist is warning about drug resistanceMore

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