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2010-05-05 08:15:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the Gulf Coast prepares for the environmental impact of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf region poison centers stand ready to answer questions about health concerns related to the spill. Beyond the risk of contamination to seafood, poison centers are prepared to deal with calls related to fumes from the spill, which can cause nausea and dizziness. Poison centers are also prepared to handle calls related to skin contact...

2010-02-10 06:47:00

Reptiles are bred in captivity primarily for their skins, but some restaurants and population groups also want them for their meat. A study shows that eating these animals can have side effects that call into question the wisdom of eating this 'delicacy.' Parasites, bacteria and viruses, and to a lesser extent contamination from heavy metals and residues of veterinary drugs-"“ eating reptile meat can cause several problems to health. This is the conclusion of a study published in the...

2010-01-11 11:25:00

TAU researcher uses scorpion venom to develop a safe and ecologically sound pest control method Scorpions deliver a powerful, paralyzing venom "” a complex cocktail of poisonous peptides "” that immobilize animal prey on the spot. Some of the toxins in this cocktail damage only insects, which is why a Tel Aviv University researcher is harnessing them to create a safe and ecologically sound pesticide. Prof. Michael Gurevitz of Tel Aviv University's Department of Plant Sciences has...

2010-01-07 12:00:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. poison centers answered more than 4.3 million calls in 2008, including nearly 2.5 million calls about human exposures to poison, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers -- up from 4.2 million calls in 2007. Combined, U.S. poison centers together fielded an average of 6,825 calls a day, with more calls coming during warmer months. On average, U.S. poison centers received one call concerning a suspected or...

2009-11-30 11:27:28

For the first time, scientists at The University of Western Ontario have shown that insects exposed to repeated periods of cold will trade reproduction for immediate survival. The study, conducted by Biology PhD candidate Katie Marshall and supervisor Brent Sinclair, has been published online Nov. 25 by the prestigious journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Results showed flies exposed to multiple bouts of cold survived better, but produced fewer offspring.  Past research had...

2009-09-10 15:21:00

MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the largest distributor of healthcare products and services to office-based practitioners, helped prepare more than 2,000 underserved children in 18 North American cities for a great new school year by presenting them with specially selected new outfits and backpacks filled with books and school supplies through the 12th annual Henry Schein Back to School program. In addition, backpacks contained hand...

2009-03-31 11:11:00

In response to media inquiries related to the detainment of some Caterpillar employees at Caterpillar's facility in Grenoble, France PEORIA, Ill., March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- "Caterpillar is hoping this matter can be resolved quickly," said Chris Schena, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for manufacturing operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. "We understand Caterpillar managers in Grenoble are communicating with members of the Works Council today. Our utmost...

2009-01-23 17:58:27

Hordes of caterpillars are destroying crops and vegetation in northern Liberia, posing a threat to food security, the United Nations said. The situation in Liberia is a national emergency and likely will escalate into a regional crisis involving Guinea, Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire, Winfred Hammon, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization representative, said in a news release. The agency has created a task force to assess the situation, prepare an action plan and develop medium- and...

2008-10-13 12:00:17

Better Nutrition Magazine names Natrol(R) Carb Intercept(R) as the "Metabolism And Weight Loss" category winner in the publication's first annual "Best Of Supplements" awards. Better Nutrition, published in print and online at www.BetterNutrition.com, is the country's leading independent health food store magazine. Natrol, Inc. is a premier marketer, manufacturer, and distributor of nationally branded nutritional products. Better Nutrition's "Best Of Supplements" awards will help take...

2008-10-12 06:00:20

By Gary Bogue It definitely feels like fall. Dear Gary: I moved to beautiful Dana Hills, in Clayton, 15 years ago, in order to be next to open space at the base of our majestic Mount Diablo. I treasure the bountiful flora, fauna and assorted beasts here, and I cherish the opportunity for harmonious co-existence, side-by-side, with Nature. I'd like to think most people who reside here have a similar appreciation and respect for wildlife. We're blessed with a wide range of wild birds,...

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Golden Poison Frog, Phyllobates Terribilis
2014-09-12 08:44:46

The Golden Poison Frog, Phyllobates Terribilis, known also as the Golden Frog, Golden Poison Arrow Frog or the Golden Dart Frog, is a poison dart frog that is native to the Pacific coast of Colombia. The optimal habitat of this frog is the rainforest with high rain rates, altitudes between 100 and 200 meters, temperatures of at least 26 degrees Celsius, and relative humidity of 80 to 90 percent. While in the wild, this is a social animal, living in groups of up to six individuals; however,...

Chinese Red-headed Centipede, Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Chinese Red-headed Centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans), also known as the Chinese Red Head, is a species of centipede found in East Asia and Australia. This creature is found typically in damp, moist environments, where it grows to an average length of 8 inches. In ancient Chinese traditions, this species is used for its healing properties. Placing a Chinese red head on a rash or other skin ailment is said to speed up the healing process. This species is known for harboring...

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