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Study: Animals and humans eat clay to rid toxins

(Medical Xpress) -- The phrase "eat dirt" takes on a whole new meaning when used by biologists, who have widely observed that humans, birds and mammals all engage in geophagy. A new Cornell study concludes that in humans, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Specialized mosquitoes may fight tropical disease

Scientists have made a promising advance for controlling dengue fever, a tropical disease spread by mosquito bites. They've rapidly replaced mosquitoes in the wild with skeeters that don't spread the dengue virus.

Medical research

Body location plays part in scratching pleasure

An itch is just an itch. Or is it? New research from Gil Yosipovitch, M.D., Ph.D., professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and a world-renowned itch expert, shows that how good scratching an itch feels ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

A new picture of dengue's growing threat

Research published today in Nature Microbiology paints a startling new picture of where dengue, the world's fastest-growing mosquito-borne virus, will spread to put more than 6 billion people at risk toward the end of the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Man dies after parasitic worms invade lungs

(HealthDay)—A Vietnamese immigrant in California died of a massive infection with parasitic worms that spread throughout his body, including his lungs. They had remained dormant until his immune system was suppressed by ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Searching the web for dengue

Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Google.org have found web-based search data to be a viable source of information for early detection and monitoring of outbreaks of dengue, an emerging mosquito-borne virus found ...

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