• Bayer to halt future U.S. sales of insecticide

    Friday, 3:42 PM

    The logo of Bayer AG is pictured at the Bayer Healthcare subgroup production plant in WuppertalCHICAGO (Reuters) - The agricultural unit of German chemicals company Bayer AG will halt future U.S. sales of an insecticide used on more than 200 crops after losing a fight with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the company said on Friday. Bayer will stop sales of flubendiamide, marketed in the United States as Belt, although farmers and retailers will continue to be allowed to use their existing supplies of the insecticide, the company said in a statement. (Reporting by Tom Polansek; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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  • Exclusive: In Florida Zika probe, federal scientists kept at arm's length

    Friday, 3:31 PM

    Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, BrazilThe state of Florida, the first to report the arrival of Zika in the continental United States, has yet to invite a dedicated team of the federal government's disease hunters to assist with the investigation on the ground, health officials told Reuters. While Florida has a strong record of battling limited outbreaks of similar mosquito-borne viruses, including dengue and chikungunya, the risk of birth defects caused by Zika adds greater urgency to containing its spread with every available means, they say. Other states have quickly called in CDC teams to help track high-profile diseases.

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  • Non-celiac 'wheat sensitivity' is an immune disorder, too

    Friday, 2:23 PM

    By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - People who feel ill after eating wheat but who don't have celiac disease may finally have a biological explanation for their symptoms, a new study suggests. Researchers from the U.S. and Italy found that people who claim to have "wheat sensitivity" do have biological reactions to gluten proteins in wheat, rye and barley. It's just that the reactions are different from what's seen in people with celiac disease, which is also triggered by gluten.... read more