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Small Dogs Prove Susceptible to Flea Poison

Warning that the powerful poisons can endanger dogs and cats, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will require new instructions and labeling for flea products

March 18, 2010 — Marla Cone and Environmental Health News

Message to Mosquitoes: Urine Trouble

In a study in the American Journal of Physiology--Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, researchers report a novel method for killing disease-carrying mosquitoes: interfere with their urination...

March 10, 2010

Another reason vitamin D is important: It gets T cells going

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a rapidly expanding inventory of ailments—including heart disease, cancer and the common cold. A new discovery demonstrates how the vitamin plays a major role in keeping the body healthy in the first place, by allowing the immune system's T cells to start doing their jobs. 

In order for T cells to become active members of the body's immune system, they must transition from so-called "naive" T cells into either killer cells or helper cells (which are charged with "remembering" specific invaders)...

March 7, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Mosquitoes, Not Birds, Made West Nile National

A study in the journal Molecular Ecology looked at West Nile Virus spread versus bird migration patterns and mosquito movement and concluded mosquitoes, not birds, were probably the primary vector for taking the disease coast to coast in just five years...

March 5, 2010

A bushel of facts about the uniqueness of human pubic hair

Like many people, I ask myself continuously about some of life’s biggest mysteries. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Why do we have those strangely sparse, wiry little hairs growing around our genitals—hair that is singularly different from all the other hair on our bodies?...

March 1, 2010 — Jesse Bering
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