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2009-08-17 16:30:00

The four-day testing period the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commonly uses to determine safe levels of pesticide exposure for humans and animals could fail to account for the toxins' long-term effects, University of Pittsburgh researchers report in the September edition of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

2009-08-11 07:00:00

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Vestaron Corporation today announced that it has completed a corporate name change from Venomix, Inc. to Vestaron Corporation.

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2009-08-05 10:40:00

A study released on Wednesday warned that one of the world's most common insect repellents acts on the central nervous system in the same way as some insecticides and nerve gases.

2009-08-04 19:11:53

DEET, the active ingredient in many insect repellents, has been found to be neurotoxic in insects and mammals, French researchers reported Tuesday. Because of their finding, researchers are saying more investigations are needed quickly to either confirm or dismiss potential neurotoxicity to humans, the researchers said in a news release. We've found that DEET is not simply a behavior-modifying chemical but also inhibits the activity of a key central nervous system enzyme, acetycholinesterase,...

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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.

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.

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.

2009-05-11 15:45:59

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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...


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