Malaria is disease that is caused by parasites that are transmitted through mosquito bites. The World Health Organization estimates that every year, 3.4 billion people are at risk of contracting malaria, 207 million actually contract the disease, and about 627,000 people die of the disease. But now, researchers have come

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Have you ever heard of respiratory syncytial virus? Most people have not and if you've contracted it as an adult, you have likely felt mild cold like symptoms. Newborn babies however have a much more severe reaction to the virus, especially preemies, that results in 160,000 newborn lives claimed each year.  Researchers are using lambs as the next logical

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Recently, bats have had kind of a bad reputation... not surprising, since bats are suspected of being the natural host for the Ebola virus. But bats are actually pretty amazing! So to set the record straight, and to get these guys back in your good graces, here are six reasons

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The last of the mice that made the long journey to space have completed their mission. Last month 20 mice were delivered to the International Space Station for a muscle loss study and a NASA project. These mice in space have completed the mission and their tissues returned, or will be

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Do you exercise and train your horse every evening after work (or school!) then show on Saturday morning? You might want to rethink that routine..... Way back in 1994, researchers in New Zealand showed that environment and routine can have a huge impact on circulating cortisol levels in horses - specifically,

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Allergic dermatitis, a red, irritating, itchy rash, effects many of our beloved pets and is sometimes difficult to treat and can progress into patterns of intense itching and lesions. A veterinarian in Florida, however, is utilizing stem cells from the affected dogs for treatment. Stem cells from the patient are removed, purified, and intravenously administered

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I'm not gonna lie, spiders scare the crap out of me. It can be a completely innocent spider, just sitting there, minding his own business, and I will clear the room trying to get away from it. So when I came across an article about exploding spiders, I wasn't sure

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New York City sewer rats may be able to help in the fight against infectious bacteria and viruses. A new study had scientists trapping  and sampling wild NYC rats where they discovered known bacteria and viruses, some that have never been detected in NYC and some altogether new to science. Of particular note is

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My five year old loves to chase lizards. It is not uncommon for him to grab a lizard only to have the tail break off in his hand. This inquisitive little guy always wants to talk about why this happened and what will happen next. I go into a long talk about

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