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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 03/19/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun. 1. Captured Burmese pythons will slither home in a straight line for many miles. (Learn more at Discovery) 2. A photographer has a way of making sick kids’ dreams come to life. (Learn more at Huffington Post) >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter 3. Some bad fats may not be so bad for us after all. (Learn more at AARP) 4. California, Berkeley claims it has hired the first university Wikipedian-in-residence.  (Learn more at Library …

He Helped Solve the Mystery of Lyme Disease

Posted on 09/23/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the 1970s, a cluster of cases of unexplained severe joint pain and swelling was breaking out in a small three-township area in Connecticut, as a 1976 New York Times article detailed. Fortunately, the mysterious affliction soon came to the attention of a team of Yale University medical researchers headed by rheumatology chief Dr. Stephen E. Malawista, who passed away on Sept. 19 at age 79 in Hamden, Conn. Malawista and his colleagues — Dr. Allen C. Steere and Dr. …

A Simple Way to Repel Mosquitoes: Try a Fan

Posted on 07/17/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you don’t like those stinky bug sprays with DEET, but you also don’t like being a mosquito buffet, here’s a simple, low-tech, no-chemical way to deter those little suckers from your backyard: An electric fan. I couldn’t believe it either, but a 2003 Michigan State University study found that a fan blowing air can mess up mosquitoes’ flying ability. It also helps blow away the carbon dioxide we humans exude, which apparently attracts mosquitoes like frat boys to free …