Could a Large-Scale Zika Outbreak Occur in the United States?

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By Josh Lancette While recent news cycles in the United States largely have been dominated by election coverage, the threat of Zika remains a concern both locally and globally, with a recent outbreak in Brownsville, Texas, a study finding more than half of Brazilian women are avoiding pregnancy because of Zika, and the CDC sending […]

Reduced Numbers of Deer can Lead to Fewer Lyme Disease Cases

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Since white-tailed deer serve as the primary host for the adult blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) — the vector for Lyme disease — scientists have wondered whether reducing the number of deer in a given area would also mean fewer cases of Lyme disease. Now, after a 13-year study was conducted, researchers in Connecticut have found […]

X-rays Can be Used to Sterilize Mosquitoes

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Since the 1950s, scientists have used radiation to sterilize insects, which are then released into the wild to mate, but no offspring are produced. Known as the sterile insect technique (SIT), this insect-control method has traditionally relied on gamma rays to sterilize the insects. However, due to concerns about terrorism, gamma-ray irradiators have become increasingly […]

Removing Head Lice Eggs with Ordinary Conditioner is Just as Effective as Using Special Products

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Eggs from head lice, also called nits, are incredibly difficult to remove. Female lice lay eggs directly onto strands of hair, and they cement them in place with a glue-like substance, making them hard to get rid of. In fact, the eggs are glued down so strongly that they will stay in place even after […]

Bed Bugs Grow Faster in Groups

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Researchers have previously observed that certain insects — especially crickets, cockroaches, and grasshoppers — tend to grow faster when they live in groups. However, no research has ever been done on group living among bed bugs until now. A new study published in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Medical Entomology called “Group […]