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Lyme disease now, EEE could soon follow

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Professor Sam Telford spoke with Boston 25 about mosquitoes and ticks and risk of related vector-borne disease this summer, emphasizing the need for repellant.

deer tick

How Does COVID-19 Compare with the Flu?

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

A Cummings School expert on influenza and infectious disease shares what we might expect to see as the new coronavirus continues to spread—and how to stay safe

Reduce Mosquito Exposure on the Farm

Friday, August 30th, 2019

A viral illness primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is fatal in more than 90% of infected horses.

Grey Percheron mare showing her pretty eye with mosquito on eyebrow.

New medicine could be a game-changer for people, pets with diabetes

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Boston 25 News Dr. Orla Mahony spoke with Boston 25 News (Fox affiliated channel) about a new potentially game-changing clinical trial for diabetic dogs that provides an ultra-long lasting insulin shot. Watch the clip here: https://www.boston25news.com/news/new-medicine-could-be-a-game-changer-for-people-pets-with-diabetes/953475285

Backyard Chickens and the Risk of Lead Exposure

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Urban dwellers need to take precautions to prevent their egg layers from bringing the heavy metal into the food chain
When Teresa McGowan and her husband first bought their Somerville, Massachusetts, home in 2004, one of the first things they did was test the soil in their yard for lead. It was a recommendation from local gardeners, who knew that produce grown in contaminated soil can be dangerous.

Research has shown that lead is a potent neurotoxin, associated with reduced IQ, attention-related behavior problems, and poor academic achievement in children exposed to it through food or environmental factors.