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Chemical Compound Could Mask Human Smells From Mosquitoes
2013-09-10 10:01:54

[ Watch the Video: Masking Our Scent So We Don’t Get Bit ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Mosquitoes are arguably the most dangerous insects on Earth, but researchers from the USDA’s Mosquito and Fly Unit in Gainesville, Florida are currently working on a new form of protection against the blood-sucking, disease-carrying pests. In research presented at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, research chemist Dr....

2013-09-03 23:28:17

Head lice outbreaks are very common at the beginning of the school year. Lice Tamers wants to help parents and schools take the guess work out of lice detection so kids can get treated quickly, and parents can breathe a sigh of relief. Melville, NY (PRWEB) September 03, 2013 As summer comes to a close and kids return to school, they may be carrying more than just books. Head lice outbreaks are very common at the beginning of the school year, but often go undetected or even worse, are...

2013-08-30 23:19:16

Keeping you informed about head lice. Lice Troopers can help solve all your lice problems. Miami, FL (PRWEB) August 30, 2013 If you run a child care facility, camp, or school, chances are you will encounter head lice at some point. Regular screening for head lice is wise, and when lice are discovered, children should be sent home and not readmitted until the lice problem is taken care of. School nurses and other personnel can check for lice, but this can keep them from other, more...

2013-08-28 23:03:30

Grand Opening of ‘Lice Troopers’ salon will feature complimentary lice checks. Miami, FL (PRWEB) August 28, 2013 Lice Troopers, the all-natural head lice removal service is proud to announce the opening of their first South Florida location in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida at 1005 Kane Concourse, Bal Harbor, FL 33154. To celebrate the grand opening of Lice Troopers, their full-service lice removal salon, complimentary head lice checks will be given to anyone that suspects they may have...

Barber Pole Worm Genome Provides Essential Platform To Understand Drug Resistance In Worms
2013-08-28 12:59:38

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Researchers have identified five enzymes that are essential to the survival of a parasitic worm that infects livestock worldwide and is a great threat to global food security. Two of these proteins are already being studied as potential drug targets against other pathogens. The team sequenced the genome of Haemonchus contortus, or the barber pole worm, a well-studied parasitic worm that resides in the gut of sheep and other livestock globally. This genome...

2013-08-27 23:29:29

National Pediculosis Association Sponsors the 28th Annual Head Lice Prevention Campaign Newton, MA (PRWEB) August 27, 2013 CombFirst! is the National Pediculosis Association’s (NPA) 28th annual back-to-school National Head Lice Prevention Campaign. The National Pediculosis Association®, Inc. (NPA) is a 501 c 3 non-profit volunteer organization, including scientific advisors. Initiated in 1985 with House Joint Resolution 223, September kicks off NPA’s educational campaign to...

2013-08-14 23:02:18

A novel study featured in The Journal of Parasitology compared two lakes in the Adirondacks that are only 2.5 kilometers apart. The research showed that significant differences in parasitism can occur, depending on their ecological history. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) August 14, 2013 Every body of water differs in its ecological makeup, species of underwater organisms, and parasitic communities. However, differences in parasitic communities for the same species of native fish in adjacent...

2013-07-25 23:27:27

There were 66 confirmed deaths from the West Nile virus last year from mosquitoes' bites. People are looking for solutions to a problem that can be fatal. Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) July 25, 2013 A simple solution to keep the mosquitoes away is by turning on a fan. Mosquitoes are very light weight and are easily over-powered by fans. A more permanent fix is to plant lemon grass. This grass is beautiful looking and contains citronella oil; a strong scent that makes it hard for mosquitoes to...

2013-07-16 23:22:25

Celebrate National Picnic Month by creating a pest-free environment to keep family and friends safe from mosquitoes, ticks and noxious weeds that cause West Nile virus, Lyme disease, severe allergic reactions, and more. Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 16, 2013 July is National Picnic Month and a great time to combine family, friends, and food with outdoor games and sunshine. Whether it’s hosting an impromptu picnic in the backyard or taking sandwiches to the kid’s ballgame, picnics...


Latest Parasitology Reference Libraries

Pork Tapeworm, Taenia solium
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The pork tapeworm (Taenia solium), also known simply as a tapeworm, is a species of parasitic worm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species infects pigs and humans in many areas of the world including Africa, Southern Europe, Asia, South America, and some areas of North America. This species can cause cysticercosis in its larval stage, which is one of the major causes of seizures in humans. The pork tapeworm can reach an average body length between 2 to 3 meters, but...

Paragonimus westermani
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paragonimus westermani is a species of fluke, or flatworm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species is abundant in South America and Asia and affects the lungs of humans and other hosts. It was first discovered in 1878 in Europe after two Bengal tigers died. In 1879, Ringer found this species in the lungs of a human. Manson and Erwin von Baelz identified the sputum and eggs separately in 1880, after which Manson asserted that a snail was most likely the worm's...

Echinococcus multilocularis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Echinococcus multilocularis is a species of tapeworm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. It is one of a few worms that cause echinococcosis, a disease that affects many canid species including wolves, coyotes, foxes, jackals, domesticated dogs. Humans can also contract this disease. Adult members of this species can reach an average length of .2 inches, and like other species of tapeworm, its body is segmented by three proglottids. Its head, or scolex, is equipped with...

Trichinella spiralis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Trichinella spiralis, sometimes known as the pork worm, is a parasite within the Nematoda class. It can be found in pigs, rats, humans, and bears. This worm causes trichinosis in humans, most often from consuming undercooked pork. This species is the smallest within its class, reaching an average body length of .16 centimeters. Females are twice as large as males, displaying a sexual dimorphism. The reproductive organs of females are unique to the species in that the front end holds developed...

Guinea Worm, Dracunculus medinensis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis) is a species of roundworm with the Nematoda phylum. This species is once ranged throughout Asia and Africa, including the west coasts of Africa in Guinea. Although it is not present in this range anymore, the species retains its common name. It was identified in this area by Carl Linnaeus, who discovered the parasite in many merchants along the coast. Its scientific name was also given due to a large population in one area, called Medina. Dracunculus...

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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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