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2009-07-15 10:54:02

Heavy rains in South Florida have resulted in one of the worst mosquito seasons in recent years, an insect expert says. Joseph Marhefka, a mosquito control manager in Broward County, Fla., said heavy June and July storms resulted in increased mosquito populations that have prompted thousands of complaints from South Florida residents, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday. ''It's one of the worst seasons and busiest seasons I've seen in the last 10 years," Marhefka said. The heavy rainfall helped...

2009-06-30 08:48:04

A study published this week in the open access journal PLoS Medicine finds no evidence to suggest that a controversial antidote recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to treat patients poisoned with highly toxic insecticides improves their chance of survival. The results may even add weight to existing concerns about pralidoxime, the treatment recommended by the WHO, by suggesting that it could be harmful in patients who have deliberately poisoned themselves with...

2009-06-04 12:02:45

 The cause of Parkinson's disease (PD), the second most frequent neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease, is unknown, but in most cases it is believed to involve a combination of environmental risk factors and genetic susceptibility. Laboratory studies in rats have shown that injecting the insecticide rotenone leads to an animal model of PD and several epidemiological studies have shown an association between pesticides and PD, but most have not identified specific pesticides...

2009-06-02 06:40:00

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Valent BioSciences Corporation announced today the national launch of Pramex(TM) Net, a new product to protect consumers from mosquitoes and other flying insects. Pramex Net is the first Long Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN) available in the United States. These durable nets are pre-treated with insecticide and are the ideal choice for outdoor enthusiasts and international travelers who seek protection from biting mosquitoes, houseflies and other...

2009-05-11 15:45:59

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revoked all regulations permitting small amounts of the residue of carbofuran in food. The EPA's Monday decision was hailed by the American Bird Conservancy as marking a huge victory for wildlife and the environment. The action involves a pesticide sold under the name Furadan by the FMC Corp. The EPA said the toxic insecticide does not meet current U.S. food safety standards. The EPA said its ruling will eliminate residues of carbofuran in food,...

2009-04-07 09:51:10

A U.S.-led study suggests insecticides that would kill just older mosquitoes would be a better way of controlling malaria. Pennsylvania State University Professor Andrew Read said such an approach would be a more sustainable way of controlling the disease and might lead to evolution-proof insecticides that never become obsolete. Each year malaria kills about a million people, but many of the chemicals used to kill the insects become ineffective, the scientists said, since repeated exposure to...

2009-04-07 08:41:20

Killing just the older mosquitoes would be a more sustainable way of controlling malaria, according to entomologists who add that the approach may lead to evolution-proof insecticides that never become obsolete.Each year malaria -- spread through mosquito bites -- kills about a million people, but many of the chemicals used to kill the insects become ineffective. Repeated exposure to an insecticide breeds a new generation of mosquitoes that are resistant to that particular...

2009-03-16 08:17:00

WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Crop Protection Research Institute: WHAT: The Crop Protection Research Institute (CPRI) will release the results of a just completed, comprehensive study on the value of insecticides in U.S. crop production. The study documents how insecticides have protected the yields of numerous crops in the U.S. since their introduction to American agriculture more than a hundred years ago. Most notably, the findings...

2008-11-13 18:00:11

U.S. scientists studying 10 of the world's most popular approved pesticides say, when combined, the chemicals caused 99 percent mortality in tadpoles. University of Pittsburgh researchers said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved pesticides, when mixed together, can decimate amphibian populations even if the concentration of the individual chemicals is within limits considered safe. Such "cocktails of contaminants" are frequently detected in nature, the scientists said,...

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2008-09-30 16:05:38

Insecticide malathion initiates chain reaction that deprives tadpoles of food source, indirectly killing them at doses too small to kill them directly The latest findings of a University of Pittsburgh-based project to determine the environmental impact of routine pesticide use suggests that malathion"”the most popular insecticide in the United States"”can decimate tadpole populations by altering their food chain, according to research published in the Oct. 1 edition of Ecological...


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