I nearly died from an insect sting. The fear it left was worse than the wound | Beverly Willett

I carried an EpiPen around for years, more as a crutch than a reassurance. Then one day, I forgot it while walking in a field of bee-friendly wildflowers Twenty-six years ago I almost died. My husband and I had rented a house in a seasonal beach community. I was examining the menu outside the towns…

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6 Public Health Victories From The Election You Might Have Missed

Although the surprise outcome of the presidential race overshadowed coverage of the 2016 election, there were some notable public health gains made in states across the country, particularly on the West Coast. States voted to increase taxes on harmful consumer goods like sugar-sweetened beverages and cigarettes, and approved measures to ensure that people in pain…

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Insect Bites Reveal Recovery From Dinosaur Extinction

After an asteroid wiped out the non-avian dinosaurs 66 million years ago, along with much of the rest of the planet, it took a long time for life to recover. Yet new evidence suggests therecovery was substantially quickerin the Southern Hemisphere than in the North. The evidence lies in insect bites on fossilized Patagonian leaves.…

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Scientists Turn One Pathogen Against Another In Fight Against Dengue And Zika

Mosquitoes have been described as the most dangerous animals in the world due to their role in spreading diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikugunya and yellow fever. Hundreds of millions of people are infected every year, leading to many hundreds of thousands of deaths. One of the biggest concerns this year has been the rapid…

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Honey wars: crime and killings in New Zealand’s booming manuka industry

An extraordinary rise in the popularity of manuka honey has led to mass poisonings of bees, thefts, vandalism and beatings It was the day the bees died tens of thousands of them in 300 hives, mysteriously killed. The massacre, as it is being called, happened in the otherwise idyllic landscape of Doubtless Bay in New…

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