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THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Bedbugs have a long history, all the way back to the dinosaur age, a new study says.

British researchers said bedbugs evolved more than 100 million years ago and were around when dinosaurs were in charge.

"To think that the pests that live in our beds today evolved more than 100 million years ago and were walking the Earth side by ...

THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An Asian tick newly introduced into the United States has the potential to infest a wide swath of the country, researchers say.

It could carry numerous diseases that threaten humans with it.

The Asian longhorned tick "could spread all the way from the Gulf Coast to southern Canada," said study author Ilia Rochlin, an entomologist w...

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With their keen sense of smell, dogs can track down bombs and drugs, but new research suggests they can also sniff out malaria in people.

If confirmed by further studies, canines might someday be used to help spot malaria early, when treatment is most effective.

The study included two dogs -- a Labrador retriever and a Labrador-Golde...

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes carrying malaria parasites, but scientists report they have discovered compounds that might keep mosquitoes from spreading the sometimes deadly disease.

"Current anti-malarial drugs can cure a person of the disease, but that person is still infectious to mosquitoes, and can therefore still cause someone el...

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A low-cost blood test can identify pregnant women with the parasitic infection toxoplasmosis, researchers report.

People typically acquire the Toxoplasma gondii parasite by eating undercooked contaminated meat or through exposure to infected cat feces. And an infected pregnant woman can pass it to her fetus.

The transmission...

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Eating raw centipedes never sounds like a good idea, but for two people in China it turned out to be downright dangerous.

In a new case report, doctors say the people became infected with a foodborne parasite called rat lungworm after they ate raw centipedes.

The parasite is found in certain parts of the United States.

Ra...

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds may be synonymous with summertime fun, but they also can be breeding grounds for dangerous germs that could make you violently ill.

In some cases, they can even lead to death, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

And of all the outbreaks from waterborne germs between 2000 and 2014, one-third...

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine going to the mirror and finding a small translucent worm crawling across the surface of your eye.

The first of many.

That's what happened to an avid 26-year-old outdoorswoman from Oregon, who recently became the first human ever infected by a type of eye worm previously seen only in cattle.

For days, the woman's lef...

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An outbreak of multidrug-resistant malaria in southeast Asia likely stems from two mutations of the malaria-causing parasite that combined a decade ago, according to new research.

The parasite and mutations, carried by mosquitoes, spread rapidly in the region for five years before the malaria outbreak became apparent, the researchers said.

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TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Organized sports provide a wide range of benefits for children and teens. But there's a risk of infections if certain safety measures aren't followed, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns.

"Joining an athletic team is a fun, physically challenging and healthy way for kids to practice teamwork and sportsmanship, bu...

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids love to play in sandboxes, and it helps them develop motor and social skills.

But have you ever considered what kind of germs might be lurking in that communal sand?

Sandboxes can be breeding grounds for bacteria, parasites and other infectious germs, whether brought in by animals using them as litter boxes or by kids interactin...

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's spread by an insect that's often called the "kissing bug." And now, the parasitic infection know as Chagas disease is prevalent in the United States, new research shows.

Investigators tested nearly 5,000 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County in California. They found that 1.3 percent had Chagas disease, which can cause lif...

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bed bugs have been making other creatures' lives miserable a long time -- scientists report they've found the oldest known remains of relatives of bed bugs in a cave in southern Oregon.

The specimens of three species from the genus Cimex are between 5,100 and 11,000 years old, the researchers said. They were found in a cave near Paisle...

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What is scabies? This is probably the itchiest disease you can get. Even its name comes from a Latin word meaning "to scratch," and you're likely to be doing lots of that. Scabies is a condition caused by microscopic parasitic mites (or bugs) that burrow under your skin and produce a red rash, along with severe itching. The disease is often transmitted through sexual contact, but you can get ...

Chagas disease -- a serious infection that may lead to heart disease and even death -- doesn't get much attention in the United States. Most people have never even heard of it. But in Latin America, this infectious illness is both a major threat and a high priority for health officials. In 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an all-out assault on the disease in hopes of erasing it b...

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