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Bed bugs in the US and other stories . . .

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5773 (Published 05 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5773

Info-epidemiology and the bed bug

What bugs America, bugs Google. Since the well publicised return of bed bugs to US hotels, Americans have done increasing numbers of Google searches about them. A study (J Med Entomol 2015, doi:10.1093/jme/tjv158tjv158) using Google Trends found a massive spike in searches in 2011, followed by seasonal waves over the next years, which show little sign of abating. There has been a decrease in searches using terms like “hotel” but an increase in terms like “exterminator”, so the authors conclude that there continues to be an epidemic of bites from Cimex lectularius.

Altitude and Alzheimer’s

The mountain life is traditionally associated with wisdom and health, and this is confirmed by a study of the association between death from Alzheimer’s dementia and altitude in California (JAMA Psychiatry …

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