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Vanderbilt Physicians Seeing Increase in Brown Recluse Spider Bites

The brown recluse spider has a violin-shaped image on its back. Source: Stock photo from CDC image library

Vanderbilt medical toxicologists are reporting an increase in patients seen with brown recluse spider bites this summer. The venomous bites usually heal well if left alone, according to Tennessee Poison Center Medical Director Donna Seger, MD, but there are so many urban legends about these bites, patients frequently apply many treatments before seeking medical advice. [...]

Dangers Of Desert Dust: New Diagnostic Tool For Valley Fever

Graphic shows the lifecycle of coccidioides, the fungal pathogen responsible for Valley fever.
Source: Image courtesy of Arizona State University

On July 5, 2011, a massive wall of dust, (“haboob,” in Arabic), blanketed Phoenix, Arizona, creating an awesome spectacle, (or stubborn nuisance, depending on your perspective). Dust storms are a common occurrence in the arid desert environments of the American Southwest. But windborne dust can be a serious health risk, lofting spores of a sometimes-lethal [...]

Number Of People Susceptible To Painful Mosquito-Borne Virus Increasing, Says Leading Researcher

Stephen Higgs conducts research on mosquitoes in Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute. Source: Kansas State University Photo Services

In just two weeks, the number of Americans infected with the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya has almost doubled and the virus has now been found in mosquitoes in the United States, something that is very concerning to a Kansas State University professor who is a leading researcher of the virus. At least 243 travel-related cases of [...]

Improved Telemedicine System Connects Doctors To Autism Patients In Rural Georgia

Felissa Goldstein, M.D., is the primary doctor using the improved telemedicine system at the Marcus Autism Center. Goldstein uses the system for providing early screening and continuing care for children with autism spectrum disorders. (Source: Marcus Autism Center/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)

To get the best care for her three autistic children, Mandi Larkin would drive three hours from her family’s home in Tifton, GA, to Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta. The drive to and from Atlanta was exhausting. Missed work, missed school and the long drive were constant sources of stress. Today, Larkin’s children receive world-class [...]

Missing Sleep May Hurt Your Memory

The Sleep and Learning Lab in Michigan State University's Department of Psychology studies the relationship between sleep and learning and memory.
Source: G.L. Kohuth

Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine. The study, published online in the journal Psychological Science, found participants deprived of a night’s sleep were more likely to flub the details [...]