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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.

Heart drugs during breast cancer treatment may help women avoid cardiac problems, study finds

ORLANDO, Fla. Many cancer treatments have a dark side — they can damage the heart. New research suggests this risk might be lowered in women with breast tumors if they take a heart drug as a preventive measure during their cancer care.

Movember charity campaign seeks to draw more men with moustaches to cause

TORONTO Seth Glick was inspired by moustaches grown by his friends when he decided to ditch his razor for charity, but his reasons for sporting a “mo” cut even deeper.

“Unlike other charities, it wasn’t one run or one event ‚Äî it was the whole month,” said the Edmonton-based realtor, who has participated in the annual Movember campaign for six years.