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Herbal Antibiotics: An Effective Defense Against Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’

Posted February 2, 2014

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as “superbugs,” are becoming more numerous and more virulent thanks to continuing overuse of antibiotics. Herbal medicine offers an alternative to these increasingly ineffective drugs.

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8 Home Remedies for Relieving Mosquito Bites

Posted July 2, 2013

Mosquitoes are more than just a pain in the … skin. Some are capable of transmitting diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue, filariasis, encephalitis and West Nile virus. People of all ages are at risk, with those over the age of 50 at higher risk for severe infection.

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6 Natural Bug Sprays That Work

Posted June 19, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its latest West Nile Virus national surveillance data for 2012, and it’s not pretty. In 2012, reported cases West Nile Virus were the highest we’ve seen since 2003 and related deaths exceeded the highest we’ve seen since 1999, the year the virus was first detected in the U.S.

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Simple Folk Remedy for Bedbug Bite Protection Rediscovered

Posted April 11, 2013

Not unlike trying to design and build a better mouse trap, researchers in collaboration from UC Irvine and the University of Kentucky are attempting to build a better bedbug trap based on an old Balkan folk remedy for bedbug bite protection that uses kidney bean leaves.

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Forget DEET, Fight Mosquitoes Naturally

Posted February 24, 2013

Forget DEET, because it appears some mosquitoes do. A new study has indicated that some mosquitoes quickly turn up their nose at the toxic insecticide, so it may be time to consider how to fight mosquitoes naturally.

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Bug proof yourself the natural way

Posted November 24, 2012

If the fear of being bit by mosquitoes has made you rely heavily on chemical-based mosquito sprays and coils, it’s better you switch over to natural alternatives. With the rising number of dengue cases in the city, people have become dependent on poisonous insect repellents, causing experts to worry.

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Insect-Repelling Compounds Discovered in Folk Remedy Plant, Jatropha

Posted November 6, 2012

A tip about a folk remedy plant used in India and Africa to ward off bugs has led to the discovery of insect-repelling compounds. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have identified components of Jatropha curcas seed oil that are responsible for mosquito repellency.

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Vitamin B3 May Help Kill Superbugs

Posted August 28, 2012

Nicotinamide, commonly known as vitamin B3, may help the innate immune system kill antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria, the so-called “superbugs”. In lab work done with mice and human blood, researchers found high doses of the vitamin increased the ability of immune cells to kill the bacteria by 1,000 times.

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Natural remedies for bug bites

Posted June 27, 2012

Unless you live in a tropical environment, the winter months usually provide some respite from bites and stings from insects. But when the warmer season hits, it’s bug heaven. Creeping, crawling, flying and otherwise mobile insects are out and about, and often they decide to take a bite out of you, or sting you for seemingly no good reason.

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Natural Ways to Keep Summer Pests at Bay

Posted June 18, 2012

Banishing bugs and other pests is a year-round challenge for homeowners, but this summer, try some natural methods for keeping the little buggers away. The experts at The Family Handyman recommend the following earth- and people-friendly remedies for summer pest problems.

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