Sunday, November 27, 2005

When parasites go 'pop'!

Lathering up with topical creams before each swim may no longer be necessary to prevent schistosomiasis, a water-borne parasitic infection that kills an estimated 800,000 people a year. A mix of red cedarwood oil and surfactant--a compound that makes oil spread evenly on the water surface--can kill schistosome larvae by making them swell and explode, according to a new study. More

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