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Mosquitoes May Fly Well In The Rain, But They Fail In The Fog
2012-11-19 15:41:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers have determined that despite their amazing ability to fly in the rain, mosquitoes fail miserably while trying to fly in heavy fog. Scientists reported at the 65th meeting of the American Physical Society's (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics that just like airplanes, the blood-sucking insects are grounded when fog thickens. "Raindrop and fog impacts affect mosquitoes quite differently," Georgia Tech researcher...

2012-10-24 07:31:39

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking for a business with enormous upside potential, where customers seek you out and gladly pay your fee? Consider becoming a nit picker. Doing what you ask? Picking...well...nits. Getting rid of nits (lice eggs) and their spawn is a fast-growing business these days, according to Katie Shepherd, founder of Lice Solutions in West Palm Beach, Florida. She noted that in the past two years the number of lice removal companies around the...

2012-10-04 06:27:09

BEL AIR, Md., Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading parasitologists with the nonprofit Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC, www.PetsandParasites.org) say the risk of Lyme disease will increase this fall. According to the organization's Fall 2012 CAPC Lyme Disease Forecast - only the second such Forecast ever issued - the disease will continue to spread southward through the United States and expand significantly along the West Coast. (Photo:...

2012-10-01 02:30:26

SAO PAULO, Brazil, October 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Oxitec, the UK Biotech company pioneering an innovative new approach to combating Dengue fever, joined a UK trade mission to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro last week led by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron. Oxitec is a UK science export success story: it is collaborating with Brazilian companies to transfer new technologies developed in the UK to fight dengue fever. Dengue fever is a growing global problem and a major...

2012-09-27 06:28:53

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hair Angels, A Professional Head Lice Removal Service announced the Grand Opening of their new head lice removal salon in Pasadena, California. In honor of their opening, free head lice screenings will be offered through the month of December. The salon is located at 259 Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, Pasadena, Ca. 91107. Salon or in-home treatment is available 7 days a week, by appointment only, and can be scheduled by calling (877)...

Red Queen Or Red King
2012-09-24 10:52:18

In relationships based on mutuality, the number of individuals involved can determine the rate at which species evolve The relationship between species determines how rapidly they evolve. Parasites and their hosts coevolve more rapidly, and partners in a mutualistic relationship can evolve more slowly. But this view is obviously too simplistic. The rate of evolution in a mutualistic relationship does not depend only on the type of interactions, but also on the number of individuals...

2012-09-20 06:31:40

WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- It will take more than the worst drought in decades to significantly reduce the threat of mosquito-transmitted diseases such as heartworm disease, warns an entomologist speaking on behalf of the American Heartworm Society (AHS). (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120920/CG77864-a) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120920/CG77864-b) According to Tanja McKay, PhD, an entomologist from Arkansas State University, pet owners...

2012-09-08 23:03:56

As children return to home after a long day at school, they may be carrying with them more than just pencils and books. Head lice, or as some researchers now refer to them, "super lice", because of their resistance to traditional treatment methods, are becoming increasingly difficult to eradicate. Read how one nurse practitioner on Long Island is helping parents fight the battle against these unwelcome house guests at Lice Tamers Head Lice Treatment Center. Huntington Station, NY (PRWEB)...

2012-09-05 23:00:53

Lice Connection's Head Lice Removal Specialist Offers Tips for Staying Lice Free This School Year Mount Kisco, NY (PRWEB) September 04, 2012 It´s no coincidence that September is Head Lice Awareness Month. And with good reason. As children head back to school from a summer of camp, all day play dates and mega sleepovers, the number of cases of head lice rises. That´s because head lice, tiny parasitic insects that live on the scalp, are most commonly transferred through head to...

Bees That Go 'Cuckoo' In Nests Of Other Bees
2012-08-31 12:08:39

5 new species of cuckoo bees from the Cape Verde Islands The biota of island archipelagos is of considerable interest to biologists. These isolated areas often act as 'evolutionary laboratories', spawning biological diversity rapidly and permitting many mechanisms to be observed and studied over relatively short periods of time. Such islands are often the places of new discoveries, including the documentation of new species. The Republic of Cape Verde comprises 10 inhabited islands...


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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