Demystifier: The Dirt on DEET

The biting bugs of summer bring with them the risk of serious illness and mild annoyance. While DEET, or N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, is a good repellent, its safety is regularly called into question. In May a Duke University study found prolonged applications of DEET caused neurological damage in rats, but the author noted that sparing and infrequent use of it on people--for weekend camping trips or outdoor barbecues--could be harmless. The Environmental Protection Agency says DEET is safe if used properly. So, what's properly?

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DEET Most experts agree that for adequate protection, adults need no...

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