In Brief: Sep. 25, 2000

KID-SAFE PESTICIDES Sometimes it's hard to tell what's worse: mosquitoes, which can carry disease, or DEET-based insect repellents, which can be toxic to children. Capitalizing on the growing interest in DEET-free alternatives, Biorganic Safety Brands has developed a line of ShooBug Repellents that it claims are safe for use around kids and pets. Using extracts of tree and plant oils--most notably cloves--the new products block a neurotransmitter receptor in bugs that doesn't exist in humans.

DANGEROUS OVERTIME When a woman works overtime, guess who suffers. That's right, the husband. Researchers at the University of Chicago report that when married women...

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