Medications

Clove oil: Ideal weapon against mosquitoes

The effectiveness of eugenol—an eco-friendly, plant-based insecticide that is mainly extracted from cloves—in killing the larvae of mosquitoes can be greatly enhanced by the addition of chemicals called synergists, says ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Pesticide linked to chronic kidney disease

A commonly available pesticide has been associated with an increased risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in a University of Queensland study.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Common pesticide may have made the Zika epidemic worse

Before COVID, there was Zika. In 2015, the number of babies born in Brazil with small heads and brains—a condition known as microcephaly—suddenly increased dramatically. The severe deformities left the children disabled ...

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Pesticide

A pesticide is a substance or mixture of substances used to kill a pest. A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substance intended for: - preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest. A pesticide may be a chemical substance, biological agent (such as a virus or bacteria), antimicrobial, disinfectant or device used against any pest. Pests include insects, plant pathogens, weeds, molluscs, birds, mammals, fish, nematodes (roundworms), microbes and people that destroy property, spread or are a vector for disease or cause a nuisance. Although there are benefits to the use of pesticides, there are also drawbacks, such as potential toxicity to humans and other animals. FAO has defined the term of pesticide as:

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