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  • Girl Catches Rare Bone Infection From Kitten

    Girl Catches Rare Bone Infection From Kitten

    A teen girl’s kitten turned out to cause much more trouble than usual. In a new case report this month, doctors in Portugal describe how the cat likely transmitted an usually mild germ that caused the girl to develop a serious and rare bone infection. Thankfully, once the infection was identified and treated, the girl…


  • An Invasive Brain-Infecting Worm Has Made Its Way to Georgia

    An Invasive Brain-Infecting Worm Has Made Its Way to Georgia

    A parasitic brain-infecting roundworm primarily spread by rats and snails is planting down roots in more parts of the U.S., research this week suggests. Scientists appear to have confirmed the presence of the parasite within local rodent populations in the state of Georgia. While human cases are considered rare, these worms can also infect and…


  • Mosquitoes Have Mixed Feelings About Soap, Study Finds

    Mosquitoes Have Mixed Feelings About Soap, Study Finds

    Mosquitos and the humans they feed on seem to have something in common: a discerning palate for soap. In a new study this week, scientists have found that female, blood-sucking mosquitos are drawn to certain kinds of soaps commonly used by people while repelled by others, though sometimes in unexpected ways. The findings might eventually…