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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
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Dr Mark Porter gives listeners the low-down on what the medical profession does and doesn't know. Each week an expert in the studio tackles a particular topic and there are reports from around the UK on the health of the nation - and the NHS.
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Bed bug (Cimex lectularius)
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Insects

In this episode of Case Notes, Dr Mark Porter finds out all about insects that can injure our health. 

He visits the Medical Entomology Centre in Cambridge where he hears about the latest ways to combat itch-making insects such as headlice and bed bugs.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a potentially serious, but normally treatable infection caused by Borrelia bacteria spread through tick bites.

Mark hears from Stella Huyshe Shires who was bitten by a deer tick near her home in rural Devon.

Like many people who develop Lyme disease, she wasn't diagnosed with the condition until she'd suffered the symptoms (which include joint pains and chronic fatigue) for several years.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs, which bite and suck blood from humans, sometimes causing itching and swelling, are making a comback. 

Infestations fell to an all time low in the sixties in the UK thanks to aggressive fumigation with DDT, but the bug has staged a major comeback – both at home, and in guest houses and hotels.

Anna Lacey joins two pest control control officers outside a block of flats in Westminster to find out more about how to get rid off bed bugs.

Head Lice

At this time of year as many as 1 in 12 primary school children will have head lice.

A headlice infection can affect a whole household, and parents are always anxious about how to get rid of them.

Growing resistance among lice means that pesticides have become less effective.

Manual removal of the lice – the so called wet combing technique using conditioner or essential oils – can work but is time consuming and needs to be repeated regularly to catch the lice as they hatch and grow.

There is a now a new range of products which coat the lice and smother them which are also effective.

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