You may have joked with your friends about using a tapeworm to lose weight thinking it was a diet of the past but today people are purposely infecting themselves with worms for reasons ranging from weight loss to asthma.
Salvage logging is a way to get a silver lining out of a natural disaster like a wildfire or a hurricane, but how does it change our chances of getting Lyme disease. Learn about the connection between ticks, mice, and fallen logs.
For an unlucky few in the American South, Northern Europe, and Australia one bite from a tick can change everything from the food they eat to the types of cancer medications they can be prescribed. These areas, known for their love of all things meat, are also the home of ticks that can cause a meat allergy so bad it can kill.
We all know that person who never gets a single mosquito bite, while the rest of us get eaten alive. What is there secret? Or secrets? You’ll find it has a lot to do with their particular brand of body odor.
Stomach bot flies live most of their lives inside the stomachs of horses. They have adapted to this harsh environment by breathing is a very strange way. Guest co-host Erin Updyke from "This Podcast Will Kill You" comes on to talk fly infestations.
There is a vaccine for the number one vector-borne disease in the US and Europe, but only for dogs. We explore why there is no Lyme disease vaccine available for humans and how the vaccine certification process is different when you are a dog.
We have been hearing about the development of the malaria vaccine for years but there still isn’t one publicly available. Discover the history of, and current plans for, the RTS,S vaccine, currently our best hope for saving children and babies all over the African continent.
We hate fleas and love our cats but are flea and tick medications safe? Learn about the history of permethrin based medications, how they work on a cellular level, and how to keep your kitty from a potentially fatal overdose.
This is part 2 of a very special crossover with Benjamin Jacobs from Wittenberg to Westphalia Podcast. In this final part we discuss how tiny insects and bad water killed more medieval soldiers than fighting.
This is part 1 of a very special crossover with Benjamin Jacobs from Wittenberg to Westphalia Podcast. In this first part we discuss how the horrible diet of medieval soldiers resulted in serious health concerns.
Urban planning is more than just deciding where to put new roads. This is the first in a two part series on how urban planners work with public health workers to reduce or even prevent disease outbreaks. In this episode we investigate the surprising connection between snails and dams, eye worms and irrigation, and malaria and canals.
Unlike most diseases transmitted by blood feeders, the Zika virus can also be transmitted sexually. Find out how this surprising fact was discovered, what it has to do with the 1975 Nobel prize, and how it shapes public health recommendations.
Insects have studied for many years, but it wasn’t until this year that we began to understand why DEET repels ticks. In the process we find that ticks have a different system of smelling than both humans and insects.