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2010-05-29 07:45:00

Finding a tick usually involves a squeamish self-examination -- carefully rubbing fingertips through the scalp, meticulously scanning the body, and groaning "eyeww" if a little bloodsucker is discovered. Now, there's a new way to find the pesky, disease-laden critters -- via satellite! University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate students Nathan Renneboog and Stephen Firsing are pioneering the new technique as part of a NASA program called DEVELOP. They've been using satellite images of...

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2010-05-06 12:05:00

Researchers said on Thursday that one child was born with syphilis every hour in China in 2008, as new money from the country's growing economy fuels the world's fastest-growing epidemic of the disease. According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, syphilis almost wiped out China 50 years ago, but it is now the most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease in Shanghai. The researchers said that female sex workers and homosexual men are driving the infection rate, and...

2010-05-05 14:36:00

NEW YORK, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients Medical, a leading integrative and holistic medical center in New York City, is supporting National Lyme Disease Awareness month by providing patients with valuable tips to prevent the disease, as well as education on the best treatment options available. "Prevention is always the best cure. Minimize your risk of exposure to the disease-causing bacterium transmitted through ticks by wearing protective clothing when you are in tall grass or densely...

2010-04-28 09:10:00

Researchers on the sidelines tell thousands of sufferers that chronic Lyme doesn't exist; no viable alternative explanations given BETHESDA, Md., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite years of controversy, an antitrust lawsuit by the Connecticut Attorney General, and nine months of review, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) double downed on its own controversial Lyme disease treatment guidelines with a status quo decision critics call "highly suspect." "It's a sad...

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2010-02-25 14:47:35

A domestic ecological mystery Stories of environmental damage and their consequences always seem to take place far away and in another country, usually a tropical one with lush rainforests and poison dart frogs. In fact, similar stories starring familiar animals are unfolding all the time in our own backyards "” including gripping tales of diseases jumping from animal hosts to people when ecosystems are disrupted. This time we're not talking hemorrhagic fever and the rainforest. We're...

2010-02-16 09:13:59

A team led by PhD researcher Dr Colleen Lau from the School of Population Health http://www.sph.uq.edu.au/ , has discovered the disease, known medically as leptospirosis, was traditionally a concern for males working in the agricultural and livestock industries, as it is contracted from contact with the urine of host animals. Ms Lau said recreational exposure and international travel have emerged as increasingly important sources of infection over the past decade. "Many of the areas with a...

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2010-01-15 10:04:21

Infectious Diseases Spreading West Nile virus.  Hantavirus.  Lyme disease.  All are infectious diseases spreading in animals, and in humans.  Is our interaction with the environment somehow responsible for the increase in incidence of these diseases? A joint National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health program -- ecology of infectious diseases (EID) -- supports efforts to understand the underlying ecological and biological mechanisms behind...

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2009-12-03 13:52:02

The extinction of plant and animal species can be likened to emptying a museum of its collection, or dumping a cabinet full of potential medicines into the trash, or replacing every local cuisine with McDonald's burgers. But the decline of species and their habitats may not just make the world boring. New research now suggests it may also put you at greater risk for catching some nasty disease. "Habitat destruction and biodiversity loss," "” driven by the replacement of local species by...

2009-12-01 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Since the announcement of her diagnosis with Lyme disease in February 2009, actress Parker Posey has kept a low profile about her battle with the illness. Now the actress is revealing something about the state of her health and battle, which ultimately took a decidedly alternative holistic course, while throwing support behind a thought-provoking new documentary which parallels her own experience with the illness, Rethinking Cancer. The new documentary...

2009-11-30 20:52:40

For the first time, research elucidates the cellular structure of syphilis pathogen A team of scientists from The Forsyth Institute, the University of Connecticut Health Center, the CDC and the Wadsworth Center, have used state-of-the-art technology to elucidate the molecular architecture of Treponema pallidum, the bacterium which causes syphilis. The previously unknown detailed structure of the bacteria can now be shown in three dimensions. This provides the first real image of the pathogen...


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2012-04-02 20:35:58

The White-footed Mouse, (Peromyscus leucopus), is a species of rodent native to North America. Its range extends from Ontario, Quebec, Labrador and the Maritime Provinces (excluding Newfoundland) south to the southwestern United States and Mexico. In Texas this creature is known as the Woodmouse. The adult of this species measures 3.5 to 3.9 inches in length, not counting the tail, which can measure an additional 2.5 to 3.8 inches. It weighs typically about an ounce. It has a maximum life...

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2011-04-28 14:53:28

Treponema pallidum is a species of spirochaete bacterium with subspecies that cause treponemal diseases such as syphilis, bejel, pinta and yaws. Since the organism has a waxy coat around it won't accept the gram stain. The Dieterle stain is used to detect the bacterium. It is detected by serology, including nontreponemal, Rapid plasma regain, and treponemal antibody tests. It is a motile spirochaete that is generally acquired by close sexual contact. It can also be transmitted to a...

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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