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  • Giardia organism
    Pesky pooch parasite: giardia
    Fall has arrived and seasoned Seattleites know this means a return to the dreary gray and rain. Sometimes referred to as “Rain City”, one would expect to find quite a few puddles here. And puddles can mean a greater risk for a...
  • Regrowing Feathers After Giardia
    Giardia infection & feather plucking: A first-hand account
    When a domesticated parrot begins plucking out feathers, more often than not owners think it is due to stress, but a parasite called giardia could be to blame. In a previous article, I wrote about the giardia parasite, infection symptoms,...
  • Giardia infection and feather plucking in parrots
    Giardia infection and feather plucking in parrots
    In many cases, causes of feather plucking in domesticated parrots are somewhat of a mystery. In an unknown percentage of cases, though, the problem is giardia.What is feather plucking?All parrots will lose feathers of the course of their lifetime...
  • MSR Dromlite
    How to Stay Hydrated on Long Hikes
    Drinking plenty of water is a no-brainer on long hikes. Many choose to use reservoir bladders like Camelback to carry up to 3 quarts – their limit. If you are going on significantly long hikes, 3 quarts may not be enough. On most backcountry...
  • Entamoeba histolytica trophozoite
    Arthritis drug, Auranofin, may be effective against amebiasis and Giardia
    A common rheumatoid arthritis (RA) drug may prove effective in treating two common protozoan parasites found worldwide.Researchers from UC San Diego School of Medicine, UC San Francisco and Wake Forest School of Medicine say the 25-year-old RA...
  • Spring water
    Is that spring water you found on your hike safe to drink?
    It is tempting, you drove all that way from Tucson to go hiking, have been at it all day, and you come upon a spring along your hike. The thought of a cool drink of water sounds great. But should you drink from a mountain spring?Some people swear...
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