New Compounds Might Help Stop Spread of Malaria
FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 -- Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes carrying malaria parasites, but scientists report they have discovered compounds that might keep mosquitoes from spreading the sometimes deadly disease. " Current anti-malarial drugs can... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 21, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Co-evolution between a 'parasite gene' and its host
(Aarhus University) A Danish research team has delineated a complex symbiosis between a 'parasitic' noncoding RNA gene and its protein coding 'host' gene in human cells. The study reveals how co-evolution of the host gene and parasite gene has shaped a feedback mechanism in which the parasite gene plays a completely new and surprising part as regulator of the host gene protein production. The breakthrough finding opens an entirely new avenue of research in gene expression. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 19, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Drugs that stop mosquitoes catching malaria could help eradicate the disease
(Imperial College London) Researchers have identified compounds that could prevent malaria parasites from being able to infect mosquitoes, halting the spread of disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Natural flea and tick remedies that avoid exposure to toxic chemicals
(Natural News) When it comes to pet care, fleas and ticks are some of the most annoying problems that you may have to deal with. These parasites spell bad news for your pets – particularly dogs and cats – because they cause diseases, itching, and skin damage and infections. There are different pet care products... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Goji berry extract found to be an effective treatment for two deadly tropical diseases
(Natural News) Goji berries, which are full of nutrients, are a popular remedy. According to a study, the brightly colored berries could also be used to treat two fatal tropical diseases. The research was published in the European Journal of Medical Chemistry. Can goji berries fight the parasites that cause fascioliasis and schistosomiasis? The research centered... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A very special protein synthesis machinery
(ETH Zurich) Sleeping sickness-causing parasites contain an unusual protein synthesis machinery. A team of researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Berne resolved its very special structure for the first time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 13, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

PSU and its spinoff usher antimalarial drug to human trials
An antimalarial drug developed in Portland has begun enrolling patients in its first in-human study. The investigational drug, invented at Portland State University and developed by PSU spinoff DesignMedix, is a modified form of chloroquine, an established antimalarial drug that kills the parasites once they have infected human red blood cells. Many strains of the parasites that cause the deadli est form of malaria have developed resistance to chloroquine, and the parasites can expel the drug before… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

PSU and its spinoff usher antimalarial drug to human trials
An antimalarial drug developed in Portland has begun enrolling patients in its first in-human study. The investigational drug, invented at Portland State University and developed by PSU spinoff DesignMedix, is a modified form of chloroquine, an established antimalarial drug that kills the parasites once they have infected human red blood cells. Many strains of the parasites that cause the deadli est form of malaria have developed resistance to chloroquine, and the parasites can expel the drug before… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 10, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

First case of monkeypox in the UK
Patient should make a full recovery say public health doctors Related items fromOnMedica Common anti-parasitic could be new tool for malaria control UK joins fight against Ebola New insecticide-coated bed net battles malaria One or two doses of HPV jab may be enough Pregnant women urged to have swine flu jab (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Taking the Tapeworms Out of Healthcare
(MedPage Today) -- Is direct primary care the cure for parasitic healthcare entities? (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 7, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Visceral leishmaniasis on the rise in Brazil, study finds
(PLOS) The parasitic disease leishmaniasis is spread to humans through the bites of sandflies, and is endemic in a number of countries, including Brazil. Despite control efforts, the incidence of visceral leishmaniasis -- the most severe form of the disease -- rose in Brazil between 1990 and 2016, researchers have reported in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

GW Researcher investigating link between parasitic infection and bile duct cancer
(George Washington University) Paul Brindley, Ph.D., at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has received more than $1.7 million from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health to investigate the cellular and molecular links between liver fluke infection and bile duct cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Time for a second serving: Garlic and onions reduce the effects of a high-fat diet
(Natural News) For thousands of years, cultures around the world have recognized and utilized the amazing healing benefits of garlic and onions. As far back as 1500 B.C., the Egyptians prescribed garlic to treat a multitude of ailments, including everything from abnormal growths and parasitic infections, to a general feeling of being mentally or physically... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cryptosporidiosis worsened in mice on probiotics
(American Society for Microbiology) In an unexpected research finding infections with the intestinal parasite, Cryptosporidium parvum, worsened in mice that had been given a probiotic. The research was published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 31, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Hybridization may give some parasites a leg up
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Source: ScienceNOW - August 30, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Pennisi, E. Tags: Epidemiology, European News, Medicine, Diseases In Depth Source Type: news

Climate change increasing the prevalence of harmful parasite, warn scientists
A rise in a parasite called liver fluke, which can significantly impact livestock production in farms in the UK and across the world, could now be helped by a new predictive model of the disease aimed at farmers. The tool, developed by University of Bristol scientists, aims to help reduce prevalence of the disease. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - August 29, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research, International; Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Life Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, Faculty of Life Scien Source Type: news

Image of the Day: Hanger-On
Newly identified species of fossilized parasitic wasps were found inside their hosts. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 29, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Image of the Day Source Type: news

The math of malaria
(Emory Health Sciences) A new mathematical model for malaria shows how competition between parasite strains within a human host reduces the odds of drug resistance developing in a high-transmission setting. But if a drug-resistant strain does become established, that same competition drives the spread of resistance faster, under strong selection from antimalarial drug use. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Parasites discovered in fossil fly pupae
(Karlsruher Institut f ü r Technologie (KIT)) Parasitic wasps existed as early as several million years ago. Within a project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), researchers of various disciplines for the first time definitively discovered fossil parasites inside their hosts. The scientists studied fly pupae from old collections using ultrafast X-ray imaging. They found 55 cases of parasitization and described four extinct wasp species that were unknown until now. Their findings are reported in Nature Communications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 28, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Migrating monarchs facing increased parasite risks
(University of Georgia) During their annual migration to wintering sites in Mexico, monarch butterflies encounter dangers ranging from cars and trucks to storms, droughts and predators. A study led by ecologists at the University of Georgia has found evidence that these iconic insects might be facing a new challenge. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New phase proposed in the relationship between figs and wasps
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) A Brazilian researcher describes 129 species of fig tree parasites which compete and even prey upon the fig wasps during the many phases of the fig-wasp mutualism that helped to shape both plant and its pollinator. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UCLA-led study reveals the mechanism that helps malaria parasites take over human red blood cells
Researchers from UCLA and Washington University in St. Louis have discovered the previously unknown mechanism of how proteins from  Plasmodium parasites — which cause malaria — are exported into human red blood cells, a process that is vital for parasites to survive in humans. The finding could pave the way for new treatments for malaria.In the study, published today in Nature, researchers reveal the atomic structure of the Plasmodium translocon of exported proteins, or PTEX, the protein complex that transports these malaria proteins into the red blood cell. The research also provides the first direct...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 27, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

EXP2 protein helps deadliest malaria parasite obtain nutrients during infection
NIH study identifies potential new target for malaria drug development. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - August 27, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

New urine dipstick test detects cause of disease that blinds millions
(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists at Scripps Research have developed a urine diagnostic to detect the parasitic worms that cause river blindness, also called onchocerciasis, a tropical disease that afflicts 18 to 120 million people worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

EXP2 protein helps deadliest malaria parasite obtain nutrients during infection
(NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and other institutions have deciphered the role of a key protein that the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum uses to obtain nutrients while infecting red blood cells. Their study appears in Nature Microbiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

This insect's bite can lead to heart disease
About 300,000 people in the U.S. carry the parasite that causes Chagas disease. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

More than 500 People in 16 States Catch Parasite from McDonald's Salads
  NEW YORK (WABC) -- More people are getting sick after eating McDonald's salads. Officials say the outbreak started in May and was caused by a parasite infection called Cyclosporiasis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has now sickened 507 people in 16 states, including New York and Connecticut. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and body aches. So far, 24 people have been hospitalized. Read more at WABC. Related Article Norovirus Outbreak Can Spread to EMTs and Paramedics (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Barbara Gibbs (WABC) Tags: News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

More than 500 People in 16 States Catch Parasite from McDonald's Salads
  NEW YORK (WABC) -- More people are getting sick after eating McDonald's salads. Officials say the outbreak started in May and was caused by a parasite infection called Cyclosporiasis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has now sickened 507 people in 16 states, including New York and Connecticut. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and body aches. So far, 24 people have been hospitalized. Read more at WABC. Related Article Norovirus Outbreak Can Spread to EMTs and Paramedics (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Barbara Gibbs (WABC) Tags: News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

INRS takes aim at the dreaded tropical disease leishmaniasis
(Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS) Leishmania is a microorganism threatening the health of over 500 million people at risk of crossing its path. Although leishmaniasis, the disease caused by the parasite, has been on the radar of scientists for a long time, the quest for affordable and effective treatment continues. INRS professors Albert Descoteaux and Steven LaPlante have developed a new, cost-effective strategy to rapidly identify molecules capable of eliminating Leishmania. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Parasitic illness caused by 'kissing bugs' is spreading across the US
Chagas disease, spread by bugs that bite near the mouth, has infected 300,000 people in the US and could infect more if doctors don't become better at recognizing it, a new statement warns. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dangerous parasitic disease caused by 'kissing bugs' has sickened 300,000 Americans
Chagas disease, spread by bugs that bite near the mouth, has infected 300,000 people in the US and could infect more if doctors don't become better at recognizing it, a new statement warns. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Man almost goes blind after he was infected with roundworm parasite from eating raw chicken sushi
A Japanese man who ate uncooked chicken sashimi went to hospital with chest pain, where doctors diagnosed him with a parasitic illness which had caused growths to appear in his lungs and liver. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Getting high on worms
(University of California - Riverside) Like mammals, parasitic worms have an endocannabinoid system that may help the worm and the hosts it infects survive by reducing pain and inflammation in the host, according to a discovery by an interdisciplinary research team at the University of California, Riverside. The research, done on a mouse model, identifies cell signaling pathways associated with the endocannabinoid system that could be targeted to develop therapeutic treatments aimed at eliminating worm infection or improving infection outcomes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Image of the Day: All Out War
A new study reports the first-known example of a parasitic love vine tangling with a gall wasp that parasitizes a shared host plant. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 21, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Image of the Day Source Type: news

Blood test detects 95% of cancers including hard-to-spot pancreatic forms of the disease
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that when 10 cancer cells were exposed to the protein produced by deadly malaria parasites, nine bound to it and could be used for diagnosis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Love vine sucks life from wasps, leaving only mummies
(Rice University) Rice University evolutionary biologists have discovered a new trophic interaction -- the first example of a parasitic plant attacking a parasitic insect on a shared host plant. The find is detailed this week in Current Biology and could point to new methods for controlling agricultural pests and perhaps fighting cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ape parasite genomes reveal origin, evolution of leading cause of malaria outside Africa
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) The genome sequences of ape parasites related to Plasmodium vivax, the main source of mosquito-borne malaria outside Africa, provide insights on the origin and early evolution of the human parasite. This finding could have implications for better comprehending and eradicating malaria infection worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Blood Test Spots Parasitic Infection in Pregnant Women
THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 -- A low-cost blood test can identify pregnant women with the parasitic infection toxoplasmosis, researchers report. People typically acquire the Toxoplasma gondii parasite by eating undercooked contaminated meat or through... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 16, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

GW researchers publish review article on developing vaccines for human parasites
(George Washington University) Researchers from the George Washington University published an article in Trends in Parasitology outlining their lessons learned while creating vaccine candidates for hookworm and schistosomiasis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reliable point-of-care blood test can help prevent toxoplasmosis
(University of Chicago Medical Center) A new point-of-care test for the parasite Toxoplasma gondii can be performed with a drop of the mother's blood. The test meets the WHO's criteria. It is sensitive, specific, quick, easy to perform, and inexpensive. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Whole blood test for toxoplasmosis is sensitive, specific
(PLOS) Transmission of toxoplasmosis from mother to fetus can lead to severe congenital problems and fetal death, and tests for the parasitic infection during pregnancy are critical. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have showed the efficacy of a low-cost whole blood test for toxoplasmosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tibetan sheep highly susceptible to human plague, originates from marmots
(PLOS) In the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, one of the region's highest risk areas for human plague, Himalayan marmots are the primary carriers of the infectious bacterium Y. pestis. Y. pestis infection can be transmitted to humans and other animals by the marmots' parasitic fleas. In a new study recently published with PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, researchers determine that Tibetan sheep, who make up about one-third of China's total sheep population, also carry this disease and can transmit it to humans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dozens of holidaymakers visiting Mexico struck down by a parasite that causes explosive diarrhoea
As of 3 August 2018, there were 63 laboratory-confirmed incidents of the parasitic infection. Nearly all of these patients travelled outside of the UK - and 89 per cent of them visited Mexico. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: More Than 400 Sickened by McDonald's Salads
MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 -- The number of confirmed cases of a parasite-caused illness linked to McDonald's Fresh Express Salad Mix is now 436 in 15 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Most of the cases of the parasite... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

At Least 72 People Got Sick After Swimming at a Minnesota Campground, Officials Say
A Minnesota campground seems to be behind an apparent outbreak of water-borne parasitic illness, public health officials said. Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) officials confirmed last week that three people tested positive for cryptosporidiosis after visiting Shades of Sherwood Campground in Zumbrota. (One person also tested positive for E. coli.) In an update posted Friday, MDH officials said they have identified 72 people with symptoms consistent with cryptosporidiosis or E. coli, though most of these illnesses have not been laboratory-confirmed. Cryptosporidiosis is typically contracted after ingesting water that h...
Source: TIME: Health - August 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Minnesota onetime Source Type: news

Artist paints the stomach-churning inch-long parasitic worms that were living in his eyeballs  
Ben Taylor, an Australian-born painter who now resides in the UK, was infected with  Loa loa filariasis after a visit to rural Gabon, central Africa, in 2013. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eating Raw Veggies Linked to Meningitis From Rat Parasite Eating Raw Veggies Linked to Meningitis From Rat Parasite
Rat lungworm infection has spread from Asia to 8 US states. In half the US cases, exposure was via raw vegetables harboring a larval stage of the parasite, which is carried by snails.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

A new, highly effective and selective molecule is developed to fight malaria
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) In tests with mice and in vivo culture, molecule designed in Brazil was capable of killing Plasmodium resistant strains and reducing the number of parasites in the bloodstream by 62 percent without attacking cells of the host organism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 9, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Decoding parasitic plant genomes
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Source: ScienceNOW - August 9, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Zahn, L. M. Tags: twil Source Type: news

Infectious disease experts confirm immigration from Latin America bringing wave of infectious "Chagas disease" into California
(Natural News) In the first large-scale survey in the United States of its kind, experts have found that around 1.24 percent of Latin American-born residents living in Los Angeles are infected with the Chagas disease. This is a parasitic infection only found in the Americas and is associated with an increased risk of life-threatening heart... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news