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2009-03-31 09:24:06

Targeting mosquito larval populations may be an effective intervention to help control malaria in urban situations, a study published yesterday suggests. The research, conducted in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania, has re-opened the debate on whether malaria can be controlled with larvicides, insecticides which kill mosquitoes in their water-borne larval stages of development. Malaria is one of the world's deadliest diseases, killing over one million people each year, mainly young...

2009-03-25 14:30:15

A third bald eagle chick broke out of its shell Wednesday at a Virginia botanical garden. Biologists watching the eagles and chicks at the Norfolk Botanical Garden had been worried about the vitality of the third chick because it poked its first hole on Sunday, The Virginian-Pilot reported. Most chicks emerge completely within 24 hours, but this one waited almost three days. Stephen Living, a biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, wrote in his blog that the...

2009-03-20 00:52:52

Prenatal exposure to the insecticide DDT may play a role in the increased obesity of women, Michigan State University researchers said. More than 250 mothers who live alone and eat fish from Lake Michigan were studied for their exposure to DDE -- a breakdown of DDT. The study, published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, analyzed DDE levels of the women's offspring. The mothers are part of a larger cohort of Michigan fish eaters along Lake Michigan who were recruited in...

2009-02-06 07:28:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) continues to provide assistance to the people of Zimbabwe, who are in the midst of an expanding humanitarian crisis. An ailing economy, food shortages and the cholera epidemic have left the people of Zimbabwe in danger of other health risks. USAID, through the President's Malaria Initiative, is supporting emergency Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) to shore up gaps in the country's usually...

2008-12-16 15:26:52

Researchers say sea lions and seals living off the coast of Southern California are contaminated by high levels of DDT and PCB. The research by California State University, Long Beach suggests waste laden with pesticides and chemicals continues to poison marine life off the Palos Verdes Peninsula's White Point, more than 30 years after the dumping was halted. The report said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figures show more than 9 million cubic meters of sediment contaminated with about...

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2008-11-19 09:30:00

The use of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) to protect children from malaria has risen six-fold in the past seven years, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust. Despite this success, however, 90 million children still do not have access to this simple protective tool, and remain at risk from the life-threatening disease. Malaria kills nearly a million people in Africa every year. For over 15 years it has been known that sleeping under a net treated with an insecticide can...

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2008-09-22 09:30:00

A new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, said the global burden of malaria remains enormous. The report noted that access to malaria control interventions, especially bed nets in Africa, increased sharply between 2004 and 2006, according to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday. The report cited WHO as saying that dramatic increases in funding and intense momentum toward reducing the malaria burden in recent years, there is a...

2008-09-19 09:00:08

Global burden of malaria control remains enormous, says WHO GENEVA, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- The global burden of malaria control remains enormous as many countries still lack sufficient resources to tackle the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday. Worldwide 247 million people were infected with malaria in 2006, and 881,000 died of the disease in the same year, the UN agency said in its World Malaria Report 2008. In Africa only 125 million people were protected by...

2008-08-18 21:00:24

By ERIK ROBINSON USGS scientist Jim Kaiser holds a juvenile osprey on the Willamette River on July 16. Ospreys are tested to determine the health of a river because they eat the fish, and pollutants will accumulate in the birds. USGS scientist Jim Kaiser runs tests on a juvenile osprey in July. The raptors are tolerant of short-term disturbances by scientists. People strolling along Vancouver's Waterfront Trail may have noticed a curious sight earlier this summer. Three people in a...

2008-07-11 15:00:38

By KARIN KAPSIDELIS Be careful what you let in your home, says a researcher who studies indoor air and dust contamination. "It ends up being part of your environment," said Julia Brody, executive director of the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Mass. "You end up breathing it, and it gets on your hands." It's a tough problem for consumers to deal with, she said, because products are not always labeled with the chemicals they contain. She recommends using natural fibers such as wool for...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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