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Compounds in desert creosote bush could treat giardia and 'brain-eating' amoeba infections
(University of California - San Diego) Researchers at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California San Diego and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that compounds produced by the creosote bush, a desert plant common to the Southwestern United States, exhibit potent anti-parasitic activity against the protozoa responsible for giardia infections and an amoeba that causes an often-lethal form of encephalitis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What Conditions is Erythema Nodosum Associated With?
Patient Presentation A 12-year-old male came to clinic with a history of 3-4 days of painful bruising on his shin and lower arms. He had Streptocococcal pharyngitis diagnosed by rapid strep testing approximately 4 weeks previously and had taken all of his amoxicillin antibiotic per his parents. He had recovered without any problems until 3-4 days ago when his legs and arms started to have painful bruises along the shins and lower arms. They were raised, red/purple and painful mainly in the center of the lesions. He denied pain elsewhere nor any fever (Tmax was 99.5F), chills, sweats, weight loss, joint stiffness, abdomina...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 24, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

How many protozoa are in the water we drink?
(FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) Researchers from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) have analyzed drinking water and detected oocysts of Cryptosporidium and cysts of Giardia, two protozoa that cause outbreaks of diarrhea in humans. The levels detected are very low and do not represent a health risk; however, according to the study, the ubiquity of these parasites and the inefficiency of conventional water treatment in reducing them may present a public health issue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

TECHLAB(R) Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance To Market E. HISTOLYTICA QUIK CHEK(TM) To Aid Clinicians In The Diagnosis Of Amebiasis Caused By The E. Histolytica Parasite
E. HISTOLYTICA QUIK CHEK™ and GIARDIA/CRYPTOSPORIDIUM QUIK CHEK™ Provide a definitive diagnosis in parasite screening BLACKSBURG, Va., June 13, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- TECHLAB,® Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer o... Diagnostics, FDA TECHLAB, E. HISTOLYTICA QUIK CHEK, Amebiasis, E. Histolytica (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - June 13, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Giardiasis may be a disease of the ecology of the GI tract
Colonization by the human and animal parasite, Giardia, changed the species composition of the mouse microbiome in a way that might be harmful, report researchers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 20, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Giardiasis may be a disease of the ecology of the GI tract
(American Society for Microbiology) Colonization by the human and animal parasite, Giardia, changed the species composition of the mouse microbiome in a way that might be harmful. The research is published in Infection and Immunity, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 20, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Impending Water Crisis Could Affect Your Health
Most Americans take clean water for granted.We turn on the tap and safe water to drink, bathe in, and cook and clean with comes out of the faucet.But according to a new study, there’s a growing water affordability problem on the horizon that could soon make water scarcer and more costly.The fallout has the potential to be devastating to public health in the United States.The true cost of waterUtility companies actually take a loss on the cost of water.However, between individual households’ water bills and government subsidies, they have historically made enough money to keep operating their businesses while al...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Giardia: guidance and data
This guidance was updated in January 2017 when Giardia data for England and Wales from 2006 to 2015 was added, and text and graphs from epidemiology section were removed. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clean water-treatment option targets sporadic outbreaks
(University of Cincinnati) Environmental and biomedical engineer David Wendell, an associate professor in the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and Applied Science, developed a protein-based photocatalyst that uses light to generate hydrogen peroxide to eliminate E. coli, Listeria, and potentially protozoa like giardia and cryptosporidium from drinking water. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 5, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Look What I Got On Summer Vacation – Giardia!
Discussion People often don’t think that developed countries have parasitic diseases but this is not true. The major parasitic infections endemic in the United States can be thought of as: Intestinal parasitic infections Seen throughout the US but especially in the northern states during the summer Often occur through recreational water use Cryptosprodiosis, Dientamoebiasis and Giardiasis are the most common. Neglected tropical diseases Seen especially in the southern states (especially Texas) and are linked to extreme poverty Chagas disease, Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, Toxocariasis, and Toxoplasmosis are the most co...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 18, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Look What I Got On Summer Vacation – Giardia!
Discussion People often don’t think that developed countries have parasitic diseases but this is not true. The major parasitic infections endemic in the United States can be thought of as: Intestinal parasitic infections Seen throughout the US but especially in the northern states during the summer Often occur through recreational water use Cryptosprodiosis, Dientamoebiasis and Giardiasis are the most common. Neglected tropical diseases Seen especially in the southern states (especially Texas) and are linked to extreme poverty Chagas disease, Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, Toxocariasis, and Toxoplasmosis are the most co...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 18, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

[Feature] The Truest Test
Over the past few years, there has been a surge in studies that intentionally infect volunteers with a wide variety of pathogens to test novel drugs and vaccines. The so-called "human challenge model" has a long and checkered past that began with 18th century experiments by smallpox vaccine developer Edward Jenner and later fell under intense scrutiny when they were conducted by Nazi doctors, military researchers, and academic scientists working with prisoners. Today, challenge experiments follow strict ethical guidelines, minimize risks to volunteers at every turn, and face increased scrutiny from regulatory age...
Source: ScienceNOW - May 19, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Jon Cohen Source Type: news

Should Ondansetron Be Used for Acute Gastroenteritis?
Discussion Acute gastroenteritis (AGE) is a common illness worldwide and is “…defined as a decrease in the consistency of stools (loose or liquid) and/or an increase in the frequency of evacuations with or without fever or vomiting….” It is one of the most common reasons for seeking medical care and hospitalizations. In Europe, rotavirus and noroviruses are two of the most frequent viral agents causing AGE and Campylobacter and Salmonella are the most common bacterial AGE causes. For parasitic infections Giardia, and Crytosporidium are most common parasitic infections in Europe. Recommendations f...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - August 24, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Intestinal parasites are common cause of diarrhea in cats: Giardia may be transmitted to humans
Diarrhea in cats can have several causes, with infections from single-cell intestinal parasites being a common explanation. Researchers studied nearly 300 cats in order to assess the presence and prevalence of parasitic species in Austria. The most common causative agents were Giardia. One species of Giardia that was found may also be transmissible to humans. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 17, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Diarrhea in cats
(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) Diarrhea in cats can have several causes, with infections from single-cell intestinal parasites being a common explanation. Researchers from the Vetmeduni Vienna, studied nearly 300 cats in order to assess the presence and prevalence of parasitic species in Austria. The most common causative agents were Giardia. One species of Giardia that was found may also be transmissible to humans. The results of the study were published in the journal Parasitology Research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 17, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

SURVEILLANCE SUMMARIES: Giardiasis Surveillance — United States, 2011–2012
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 1, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Researchers: your guide to hitting the headlines
Boffins, are you having trouble communicating the fruits of your labour to a wider audience? Have you spent five thankless years going through stool samples in an attempt to find new treatments for giardiasis only to have your work written up as a single paragraph on page 34 of the Rochdale Observer? Well, worry no more. Drawing on decades of journalistic experience, the Behind the Headlines team has drawn up the definitive guide to getting your work featured prominently on News at Ten. Simply follow the 10 tips below and before you know it you’ll be talking p-values with Phil and Holly on ITV's This Morning. &...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Special reports Source Type: news

Mussels on California Coast contaminated with giardia transmitted from land-based sources
(American Society for Microbiology) The pathogen Giardia duodenalis is present in mussels from freshwater run-off sites and from areas where California Sea Lions lounge along the coast of California, according to a team of researchers from the University of California, Davis. One of the G. duodenalis strains found is known to infect humans; the two others occur mostly in dogs and other canids. 'Thus, the detection of these assemblages implies a potential public health risk if consuming fecally contaminated water or uncooked shellfish,' says coauthor Woutrina Smith. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 31, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Giardia Linked to Long-term Risk for IBS, Chronic Fatigue Giardia Linked to Long-term Risk for IBS, Chronic Fatigue
A new, prospective cohort study has found that previous Giardia infection may increase the risk of developing irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue, even years after infection. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - August 20, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Researchers: your guide to hitting the headlines
Boffins, are you having trouble communicating the fruits of your labour to a wider audience? Have you spent five thankless years going through stool samples in an attempt to find new treatments for giardiasis only to have your work written up as a single paragraph on page 34 of the Rochdale Observer? Well, worry no more. Drawing on decades of journalistic experience, the Behind the Headlines team has drawn up the definitive guide to getting your work featured prominently on News at Ten. Simply follow the 10 tips below and before you know it you’ll be talking p-values with Phil and Holly on ITV's This Morning. &...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Special reports Source Type: news

You can catch giardia by drinking British water, through 'foreign' parasite giardia lamblia
More than 50,000 people are thought to be infected by Giardiasis — the disease caused by the tiny parasite giardia lamblia — in Britain every year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 10, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Updated Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children Released
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announce the release of the updated Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children. The guidelines were simultaneously published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal (PIDJ).   Selected key updates to the guidelines include the following: Greater emphasis on the importa...
Source: AIDSinfo At-a-Glance: Offering Information on HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention, and Research, A Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - November 6, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers find parasitic worms limit the effects of giardia, and vice versa
If the idea of hookworms makes you shudder, consider this: Those pesky intestinal parasites may actually help your body ward off other infections, and perhaps even prevent autoimmune and other diseases. Studying members of the Tsimane, an indigenous population in the lowlands of Central Bolivia, UC Santa Barbara anthropologists Aaron Blackwell and Michael Gurven found that individuals infected by helminths - parasitic worms - were less likely than their counterparts to suffer from giardia, an intestinal malady caused by a flagellated protozoa... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Source Type: news

News From The Journal Of Clinical Investigation: May 24, 2013
Malnutrition exacerbates Giardia infection in mice Giardia is a common parasite that frequently infects young children in the developing world. It is commonly encountered through contaminated food, soil, or water. The parasite lives inside the intestines and can cause severe diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems and Giardia infection has been associated with developmental growth delays. Because the majority of infected individuals do not experience symptoms and frequently are infected with other pathogens, it is unclear if endemic Giardia directly stunts growth... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

JCI early table of contents for May 24, 2013
(Journal of Clinical Investigation) The following release contains summaries, links to PDFs, and contact information for the following newsworthy papers to be published online, May 24, 2013, in the JCI: Modulating the immune system to combat metastatic cancer; new fluorescent tools for cancer diagnosis; malnutrition exacerbates Giardia infection in mice; and many more. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 24, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news