Log in to search using one of your social media accounts:

 

This Could Be The Worst Tick Season In Years. Here's What You Need To Know.
Tick season is upon us, and it’s shaping up to be a real doozy. Scientists predict 2017 will bear the highest number of ticks in recent years, with a jump in reported cases of tick-borne illnesses in some regions of the U.S. Ticks are thriving thanks to a recent explosion of the white-footed mice population, which carry Lyme disease, Powassan virus and other tick-borne illnesses. Meanwhile, warmer winters caused by climate change are allowing ticks to remain active longer and carry diseases into new regions of the U.S. Experts suggest people living in regions where these diseases are most prevalent ― the North...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 5, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Lyme Disease Cases Are Rising In The Midwest
Cases of Lyme disease in Michigan have risen dramatically in recent years, and a new study links that trend to larger and more widespread tick populations. Researchers collected data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on 1,057 Lyme disease cases diagnosed between 2000 and 2014, and aligned them with a new analysis of tick distribution across the state. Results showed that not only did the number of yearly infections in the state increase significantly over the 15-year period, but so did the number of counties where ticks had been seen, or found to be established. And the number of infected people may...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Elimite (Permethrin) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - September 26, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Over-the-counter head lice treatments are likely to fail
A recent review on head lice treatments available in the United States described a marked decline in the effectiveness of permethrin/synergized pyrethrins (collectively pyrethroids), likely due to resistance arising from widespread and indiscriminate use over 30 years. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Over-the-counter head lice treatments are likely to fail
(Wiley) A recent review on head lice treatments available in the United States described a marked decline in the effectiveness of permethrin/synergized pyrethrins (collectively pyrethroids), likely due to resistance arising from widespread and indiscriminate use over 30 years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 6, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

What You Need To Know About Mosquitoes And Your Health This Summer
Avoiding mosquitos this summer is about more than preventing itchy bumps. It’s about preventing serious disease. Americans in certain parts of the U.S. should be on higher alert than usual about mosquitos because of the ongoing Zika virus epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean, experts say. And while the highest risk zones are in Florida and Texas, more of the U.S. may be at risk.  The world’s scientists generally agree that the mosquito-borne virus can cause severe birth defects like microcephaly. And scientists such as Anthony Cornel, a medical entomologist at the University of California, Davi...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mosquito-Borne Viruses, Zika and Pregnancy
This study suggests that the risk of microcephaly is especially high with a Zika infection during the first trimester of pregnancy. Teams of scientists from CDC are now in Brazil, where the connection was first identified, working with local health officials to conduct the first large-scale investigation into Zika and microcephaly. That research will take time. We now know that when a woman becomes infected with rubella, also known as German measles, during her first trimester of pregnancy, her baby has up to an 80 percent chance of being born with a wide range of birth defects -- including deafness, eye defects, heart de...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Best Natural Mosquito Repellent for Zika Virus
I’ve hacked my way through a lot of jungles. I also live and practice medicine in South Florida. So I’m pretty familiar with mosquitoes. Apart from the itchy bumps and skin irritation that even a “normal” bite brings, mosquitoes can spread malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, West Nile virus and, of course, the Zika virus. The problem is that Western medicine’s answer to the Zika public health scare is to kill off mosquitoes with man-made poisons that are far more dangerous than the virus. Governments in a number of countries, including the U.S., are now even thinking about bringing back DDT,...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - March 17, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Natural Cures zika virus Source Type: news

What Pregnant Women Should Know About Zika Virus
On Monday, the World Health Organization declared a "public health emergency of international concern" due to the cluster of birth defects potentially linked to Zika virus.   No one is probably more concerned about this connection than the world’s pregnant women, especially those who are living in an area where there is ongoing Zika virus transmission. While the virus’ symptoms (fever, headache, joint pain, conjunctivitis) are no cause for alarm and rarely require hospitalization, the disease is suspected of causing severe birth defects like microcephaly, when a baby is born with an abnormally sm...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

What you need to know about Zika virus
Follow me at @JohnRossMD Last week, the government of El Salvador gave what might be the strangest public health advice of all time: don’t get pregnant for the next two years. Officials in Colombia, Ecuador, and Jamaica have also warned women to avoid pregnancy, although only for the next several months. The reason for these unusual recommendations? An outbreak of Zika virus, currently raging in 21 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Samoa, and Cape Verde. Until recently, Zika was an obscure virus, confined to equatorial Africa and Asia, an...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - February 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Ross, MD, FIDSA Tags: Children's Health Family Planning and Pregnancy Infectious diseases Prevention Safety Source Type: news

Zika virus
From the desk of Katie Faragher, CPNPKatie Faragher, CPNPWhat is Zika virus?Zika virus is spread to humans through mosquito bites.  Twenty percent of people infected with the virus become ill.  The most common symptoms of Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.  Less common symptoms include muscle pain and headache.  The time of exposure to the virus to symptoms is unknown, but thought to be a few days to a week.  Symptoms typically last several days to a week.  Treatment is supportive care and infected people are not contagious.There is no vaccination or prophylactic medicat...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - January 26, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Pregnant Women Shouldn't Travel To Countries With Zika Virus, CDC Says
People traveling to Central America and South America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean, should take special precautions against mosquito bites because of an outbreak of Zika virus, a previously rare disease that may be linked to serious birth defects. Pregnant women should consider avoiding the region, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised. The CDC on Friday issued a "Level 2" travel notice for Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, as well as the Caribbean islands Haiti and M...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

All I Want for Christmas Is Mosquito Repellent: Avoid Becoming a Victim of Chikungunya Virus
As thousands of Americans flock to the sun, sand and warm waters of the southern states of America, the Caribbean and South and Central America, almost everyone is aware that protection from the sun can be easily achieved applying lotions with a high SPF rating. Of course, many will choose a dark tan over their skin's health, but at least they're making a decision knowing the consequences. Unfortunately, the vast majority of travelers to southern destinations do not know that unless they apply an effective mosquito repellent from dawn to dusk -- and use other repellents and protections throughout the day and night -- they ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global warming may affect pesticide effectiveness
The effectiveness of permethrin, an important mosquito-fighting insecticide, may be impaired by global warming, according to a recent study. People involved in mosquito-control efforts should take temperature into account when choosing a pest-control product. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 1, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Global warming may affect pesticide effectiveness
(Entomological Society of America) The effectiveness of permethrin, an important mosquito-fighting insecticide, may be impaired by global warming, according to a recent study in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Don’t pull your hair out over head lice
So-called “super-lice” are big news now, just in time for children to go back to school. While that news may be somewhat overblown, as any parent who has been through one will tell you, a lice infestation can be a time-consuming and worrisome health issue. One of the bigger concerns for parents is that if their child is diagnosed with lice, they will have to stay home from school or daycare, something that recent guidelines have stated is NOT the case. Here are six important facts about lice to keep in mind: Anyone can get lice. Lice are not related to cleanliness. Anyone can get lice if they are in prolonged...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 7, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: All posts Health & wellness Dr. Susan Laster lice Source Type: news

What To Do If Your Child Has Head Lice
BOSTON (CBS) — Head lice is the most common condition passed from child to child, other than the common cold, and as many as 1 in 4 elementary school children has been infested at a given time. Anyone who has a child with lice knows how difficult they are to get rid of and one reason is that over-the-counter medications used to treat them are becoming less and less effective. In fact, experts recently announced that 25 states, including Massachusetts, now have head lice resistant to topical creams and lotions like permethrin. One good thing is that lice do not carry disease, so even though a nuisance, they are not go...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall lice Source Type: news

Drug-Resistant Head Lice In At Least 25 States, Report Finds
BOSTON (CBS) – Drug-resistant head lice are now in 25 states, including Massachusetts, according to new research. Related: What To Do If Your Child Has Head Lice The findings, presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston Tuesday, show that people have been treating the bug with over-the-counter medications for so long that the lice have become immune to it. “We are the first group to collect lice samples from a large number of populations across the U.S.,” researcher Kyong Yoon said. “What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of ge...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen American Chemical Society Dr. Mallika Marshall lice Source Type: news

Tick-ing Time Bomb: Lyme Disease Conquers New Territory
In the summer of 1975 a group of children who often played together developed an unusual flu-like illness with severe joint pain. They were diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). All of them lived in a small town at the mouth of the Connecticut River called Lyme. The story of their disease contains all the elements of a good novel; mystery, loss, blood, empathy, indifference, conflict, controversy and conspiracy, truth and fiction. Doctors suspect JRA when they see kids with persistent joint pain or swelling, unexplained skin rashes, and fever associated with swelling of lymph nodes or inflammation of internal...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 Essential Facts About Lyme Disease
By Allison Pohle for Everyday Health Every year, U.S. state health departments report about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the CDC says the true number of cases in the United States could be ten times as high. Lyme disease is transmitted to humans from tick bites. The ticks that transmit the disease are most active from April to September, which means spring and summer are the prime times for infection. With the right steps, and regular tick checks, however, you can prevent Lyme disease. Here are 10 things you should know about this tickborne disease: 1. You can on...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Here's What You Need To Know About Ticks
Bad news: Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne illness, has more than doubled over the past 20 years. In 1995 there were just over 10,000 cases of Lyme disease reported. By 2013 there were over 25,000 confirmed cases and over 35,000 possible cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  While Lyme disease is curable with antibiotics when caught in early stages, if untreated, the illness can cause permanent and potentially devastating complications, from memory loss to chronic joint inflammation to heart arrhythmia. Know Your Risk While Lyme disease is the most famous illness t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Here's What You Need To Know About Ticks
Bad news: Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne illness, has more than doubled over the past 20 years. In 1995 there were just over 10,000 cases of Lyme disease reported. By 2013 there were over 25,000 confirmed cases and over 35,000 possible cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  While Lyme disease is curable with antibiotics when caught in early stages, if untreated, the illness can cause permanent and potentially devastating complications, from memory loss to chronic joint inflammation to heart arrhythmia. Know Your Risk While Lyme disease is the most famous illness t...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 27, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Ticks can transmit a new Lyme-like disease
There are several good reasons to keep ticks off your body. One is that they are creepy and suck your blood. Another is that they can transmit 14 different diseases—not just Lyme disease. A report published online this week in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine describes the newest tick-borne disease in North America, which is caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia miyamotoi. The microbe was first identified in Japan in 1995. The first report of it infecting humans came from Russia in 2011. Cases began appearing in the northeastern United States in 2013. Borrelia miyamotoi is a spiral-shaped bacterium that is r...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - June 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard LeWine, M.D. Tags: Health Prevention Borrelia miyamotoi Lyme disease ticks Source Type: news

Lice Shouldn't Keep Kids From School, Doctors Say
By: Rachael Rettner Published: 04/27/2015 04:30 AM EDT on LiveScience Head lice are annoying, but they don't actually make people sick, and children with the condition should not be kept away from school, according to new guidelines from a leading group of pediatricians. The guidelines, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, say that although head lice can cause itching, they are not known to spread disease, and the insects are not very likely to spread from one child to another within a classroom. Rather, it is usually direct head-to-head contact that spreads lice. For this reason, "no healthy child should be ex...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ActiveGuard mattress liners reduce bed bugs' ability to lay eggs, study finds
Entomologists have found that bed bugs exposed to permethrin-impregnated ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are significantly less likely to take bloodmeals and to lay eggs -- even in pyrethroid-resistant populations. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 1, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Judge: FIFRA Does Not Preempt Permethrin Exposure Case; Evidence 'Sufficient'
PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on June 24 denied defense motions to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a couple that claims that its exposure to permethrin in an insecticide caused them personal injuries on grounds that the couple provided evidence that was sufficient to state a claim for damages (Steven Gucciardi, et al. v. Bonide Products Inc., et al., No. 12-932, E.D. Pa.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85509). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - July 2, 2014 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Permethrin-Impregnated Underwear for Body Lice in Homeless Shel...Permethrin-Impregnated Underwear for Body Lice in Homeless Shel...
Although effective for brief control of body lice, permethrin-impregnated underwear appears to increase the resistance of body lice to the insecticide, researchers from France report. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines - December 17, 2013 Category: Dermatology Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

"Super lice" pops up in Pittsburgh kids: How to get rid of bugs
Over-the-counter meds with permethrin often treat head lice but one expert warns increasing number of cases need something stronger (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Optimal Treatment for Head Louse InfestationOptimal Treatment for Head Louse Infestation
This study compares two commonly used treatments for head louse infestation, dimeticone liquid gel and permethrin creme rinse. Which proved more effective? BMC Dermatology (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines - July 12, 2013 Category: Dermatology Tags: Dermatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Attacking Permethrin-Resistant Anopheles Gambiae, The Principal Vector Of Malaria
Resurgence of malaria has been attributed, in part, to the development of resistance by Anopheles gambiae, a principal vector of the disease, to various insecticidal compounds such as Permethrin. Permethrin, a neurotoxicant, is widely used to impregnate mosquito nets. An alternative strategy to control mosquitoes is the use of Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (Bti) because there is no observable resistance in the field to the bacterium. Bti kills mosquitoes by targeting cadherin molecules residing in the midgut epithelium of larvae of the insect... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Tropical Diseases Source Type: news

Summary Judgment Denied To Termaticide Manufacturer In Pennsylvania Injury Suit
PHILADELPHIA - The manufacturer of a permethrin termaticide named in a personal injury lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was denied summary judgment on Jan. 15 because, the presiding judge concluded, the lawsuit was timely filed under the applicable Ohio statute (Steven Gucciardi, et uxor v. Lowe's Co. Inc., et al., No. 12-932, E.D. Pa.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5754; See 6/5/12, Page 14). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - January 23, 2013 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Prestium Pharma Launches Elimite™ Cream
Elimite™ Cream (Permethrin) 5% is a Prescription Medication for the Treatment of Scabies(PRWeb January 16, 2013)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/1/prweb10327612.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - January 17, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news