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Garlic used to purge pests

TAYLOR, B.C.—Folklore says a bulb of garlic will repel a vampire, but a northwestern B.C. community believes the pungent vegetable is the answer to fighting a smaller but equally blood-thirsty pest.

The District of Taylor has approved a pilot project to apply an environmentally-friendly but potent garlic solution to several areas around town in hopes of wiping out mosquitoes.

Effort to curb overuse of antibiotics amid cold, flu seasons

WASHINGTON It’s cold season and the miserable trudge in seeking antibiotics because their mucus turned green, or the cough has nagged for weeks.

Despite years of warnings, doctors still overprescribe antibiotics for acute respiratory infections even though most are caused by viruses that those drugs cannot help.