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2008-07-17 15:00:19

By Rosie Schnieder For the Telegraph OK, I surrender. I am defeated and humbled by an entity so heinous ... so horribly inhuman that it plagues me now, even as I write these trembling words. I have fought the good fight, yet mine enemy persists and now I must speak the name of the greatest foe that ever aff licted humanity. More annoying than an overbearing in-law, more persistent than my desire to consume mass quantities of pure milk chocolate, more invasive than 1,000 cell phones in my...

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2008-06-29 19:27:59

Scientists are one step closer to understanding the recent demise of billions of honey bees after making an important discovery about the transmission of a common bee virus. Deformed wing virus (DWV) is passed between adult bees and to their developing brood by a parasitic mite called Varroa destructor when it feeds. However, research published in the July issue of the Journal of General Virology suggests that the virus does not replicate in Varroa, highlighting the need for further...

2008-06-20 00:00:28

A U.S. specialist in healthy indoor environments says parents need to put health first when preparing a nursery for their infant. Steven Hong, of Sylvane Inc., in Roswell, Ga., says fresh paint may look great but lingering fumes can cause nausea, eye irritation or other problems. Paint well ahead of baby's arrival or have the baby sleep in a different room until the paint is fully off-gassed, Hong says. Hong recommends clearing the air frequently to rid the nursery of pollutants from...

2007-09-07 15:00:28

BEDFORD PARK, Ill., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of golfers received quick and very welcome relief from itch mite bites with a surprising natural remedy. Created by Earth's Balance, Golfers Rx provided quick healing to bites that otherwise would have plagued the golfers with a week or more of constant itching. Hundreds of Chicago area residents have been plagued by the microscopic oak leaf gall mite, also known as the itch mite. These tiny mites leave small red, pimple-like bites that...

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2007-04-26 05:25:00

HONOLULU - A tiny mite that has devastated mainland honeybee populations showed up in Honolulu hives for the first time this month and has now been confirmed in bee colonies across Oahu. The infestation by varroa mites has led the state to ask beekeepers to restrict transport of bees around the islands. There are concerns it could threaten the Big Island's thriving queen bee export industry, which has so far tested free of the mites. "This is going to be for us a nightmare," said Michael...

2006-07-25 16:58:33

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Efforts to avoid exposure to house dust mites along with dietary changes in the first few years of life do not prevent asthma in children with a family history of the condition, new research shows. Sensitization to house dust mites, and consumption of diets with low amounts of omega-3 fatty acid (such as found in fish oils) relative to omega-6 fatty acid have been linked to asthma. In a clinical trial, Dr. Guy B. Marks, from the Woolcock Institute of...

2006-02-02 13:20:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Vacuum cleaners with "high-efficiency particulate-air" filters or HEPA filters are no better than basic vacuum cleaners at reducing an individual's exposure to dust mites in the home, a study hints. Regular vacuuming with HEPA vacuum cleaners is recommended to allergy sufferers as a way to reduce the amount of airborne allergy-provoking particles that end up concentrated in carpeted floors. However, a team from the North West Lung Center in Manchester, UK,...

2005-10-05 18:46:16

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - There appears to be an association between birth month and sensitization to house dust mites in asthmatic children, Korean researchers report. Early exposure to high levels of allergy-triggering substances is key to the development of hypersensitivities, Dr. Young Yull Koh, of Seoul National University Hospital and colleagues write in the medical journal Allergy. "In fact," they report, "subjects sensitized to house dust mites have a significantly higher...

2005-08-06 15:40:13

More than fifty percent of the U.S. population tested positive to one or more allergens, according to a large national study. The new findings, based on data from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), shows that 54.3% of individuals aged 6-59 years old had a positive skin test response to at least one of the 10 allergens tested. The highest prevalence rates were for dust mite, rye, ragweed, and cockroach, with about 25% of the population testing positive to...

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2004-12-26 10:30:10

More time indoors spells trouble; simple steps can help HealthDayNews -- Ah, winter: low levels of ragweed, pollen and other outdoor allergens means kids with allergies can finally breathe easier, right? Wrong. For too many children, wintertime means more time spent inside, with higher exposures to indoor allergy triggers such as dust mites, pets and mold, experts say. "They get worse once the windows are shut and the heat goes on," said Dr. David J. Resnick, a professor of pediatrics at the...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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