Category Archives: Health

A Painful Mixture

Bee venom is complex with at least 10 polypeptides present. I posted last time about the pain inducing effects of melittin. What do the other peptides do? Like melittin, apamin, mast-cell degranulating peptide, and a PLA2-related peptide caused inflammatory responses … Continue reading

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Plague Update

Bubonic plague has been present in the United States since the beginning of the 20th century but is confined to arid areas in states west of the Mississippi. After an uptick in plague cases (over a dozen) in California in … Continue reading

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Zika Update January 2017

Zika Virus is becoming old news that drops from public consciousness. However, Zika is still in the US and is still being locally transmitted in Florida despite spraying and efforts at eradication. Florida has the second highest number of reported … Continue reading

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Living With Restricted Use Pesticides

The Amarillo Globe News has reported tragic deaths of 4 children after exposure to phosphine gas. Phosphine is a toxic gas that inhibits cellular respiration; it acts at the same enzyme target site as cyanide.  Pesticide formulations for phosphine release … Continue reading

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Zika In Texas Update

This week (12/14/16) the CDC issued a travel alert for Brownsville & Cameron County, TX. Since the first Zika case in this area was documented on the last week in November, additional Zika virus cases been reported in 4 people and the … Continue reading

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Zika Transmission in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported on November 28, 2016 the first documented case of Zika transmission in Texas from Cameron County along the Mexican border. A woman tested positive for Zika virus in urine but not blood indicating … Continue reading

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Living With Chlorpyrifos

Chlorpyrifos has been historically one of the most widely used pesticides in the US. The risk of the acute affects of chlorpyrifos are acceptable if the product is used according to directions. However, there is increasing evidence that chlorpyrifos use … Continue reading

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