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Should You Panic About ‘Parasitic Eye Worms’ or Face Flies?

My second-worst experience thinking about insects in my eyes was a real-life encounter, when I jogged face-first into a cloud of gnats while running on a trail. I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something still in my eye, and hours later I finally extracted a dead(?) gnat from the inner reaches of my […]

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How to Avoid Getting Sick From a Public Pool

If your holiday plans involve a trip to the public pool, you may be interested in a recent warning from the Centers for Disease Control. On Friday, the CDC released a report encouraging Americans to use caution when taking advantage of public pools because of a parasite called cryptosporidium that’s transmitted…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Prevent Getting Hookworms on Your Next Beach Vacation

Is there anything better than digging your toes into the warm sand on some beautiful, exotic beach? Well there is if that beach is riddled with hookworms that hope to burrow into your feet and make their way to your small intestine. If you do a lot of traveling to warm, humid locales, here’s how […]

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Stop Feeding Your Pets Raw Meat

An emerging trend among pet owners is the practice of feeding dogs and cats raw meat. This idea is that we should put our domestic cats and dogs on diets that more closely approximate what they might eat in nature. New research from Europe shows the surprising degree to which germs and parasites can be […]

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