New insights into immune responses to malaria
(Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) Advanced technologies have been used to solve a long-standing mystery about why some people develop serious illness when they are infected with the malaria parasite, while others carry the infection asymptomatically. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Common Parasite Now Tied to Impaired Cognitive Function Common Parasite Now Tied to Impaired Cognitive Function
Previous research has linked toxoplasmosis to psychiatric conditions. This latest study suggests that the infection may also have a negative impact on cognition.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - July 22, 2021 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Blocking how the malaria parasite suppresses the immune response
(Ohio State University) The parasites that cause severe malaria are well-known for the sinister ways they infect humans, but new research may lead to drugs that could block one of their most reliable weapons: interference with the immune response. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Odile Bain Memorial Prize 2021
: Brilliant early-career scientists in parasitology recognizedResearchers in the field of parasitology celebrated for contributions early in their scientific careersTogether with scientific publisher Parasites& Vector, Boehringer Ingelheim has sponsored the award since its founding in 2014Award serves to foster career growth in parasitology as well as keep memory of parasitologist Odile Bain alive (Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News)
Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News - July 16, 2021 Category: Research Source Type: news

Researchers surprised to find bacterial parasites behind rise of 'super bugs'
(University of Pittsburgh) Contrary to popular belief, early bacterial evolution is not driven by random-point mutations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 16, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Huge study supporting ivermectin as Covid treatment withdrawn over ethical concerns
The preprint endorsing ivermectin as a coronavirus therapy has been widely cited, but independent researchers find glaring discrepancies in the dataThe efficacy of a drug being promoted by rightwing figures worldwide for treating Covid-19 is in serious doubt after a major study suggesting the treatment is effective against the virus was withdrawn due to “ethical concerns”.The preprint study on the efficacy and safety of ivermectin – a drug used against parasites such as worms and headlice – in treating Covid-19, led by Dr Ahmed Elgazzar from Benha University in Egypt, was published on the Research S...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Davey Tags: Medical research Coronavirus Infectious diseases Health Craig Kelly Australia news Science World news Source Type: news

Kenya: UK Aid Cuts Spark Fears Over Parasitic Killer That Stalks the Poor
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Kacheliba, Kenya / Dhaka -- Efforts to halt visceral leishmaniasis - the deadliest parasitic disease after malaria - are threatened by cuts to UK aid funding, say health workers (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 8, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Toxoplasma gondii, suicidal behavior, and intermediate phenotypes for suicidal behavior - Postolache TT, Wadhawan A, Rujescu D, Hoisington AJ, Dagdag A, Baca-Garcia E, Lowry CA, Okusaga OO, Brenner LA.
Within the general literature on infections and suicidal behavior, studies on Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) occupy a central position. This is related to the parasite's neurotropism, high prevalence of chronic infection, as well as specific and non-specifi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Malaria vaccine with live parasites given with cheap drug can give 100% protection against disease
A malaria vaccine that contains live parasites has been found 100 per cent effective in a small-scale trial, when taken alongside a £0.86 drug, a study by the US National Institutes of Health has found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ivermectin treatment in humans for reducing malaria transmission
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Malaria still kills millions. Researchers are excited by a new intervention: giving people a drug which kills mosquitoes that bite them. Incredibly, this is a reality, as the drug ivermectin, widely used for the control of parasite infections such as lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis, appears to do this. With some mosquitoes now resistant to the insecticides used in treated bed nets, this is a potentially important new control measure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 30, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Investigational malaria vaccine gives strong, lasting protection
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Two U.S. Phase 1 clinical trials of a novel candidate malaria vaccine have found that the regimen conferred unprecedentedly high levels of durable protection when volunteers were later exposed to disease-causing malaria parasites. The vaccine combines live parasites with either of two widely used antimalarial drugs -- an approach termed chemoprophylaxis vaccination. A Phase 2 clinical trial of the vaccine is now underway in Mali, a malaria-endemic country. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 30, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Parasites manipulate praying mantis's polarized-light perception, causing it to jump into water
(Kobe University) Researchers have revealed that praying mantis (mantids) infected with parasitic hairworms are attracted to horizontally polarized light that is strongly reflected off the surface of water, which causes them to enter the water. In a world-first, these results demonstrate that parasites can manipulate the host's specific light perception system to their advantage, causing the host to behave in an abnormal manner. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Flesh-Eating Parasites May Be Expanding Their Range As Climate Heats Up
Scientists caution that as the planet warms, more Americans could be exposed to disfiguring varieties of the Leishmania parasite. Overtreatment can be a problem, too, experts warn.(Image credit: Dr. Francis W. Chandler/CDC) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Agostino Petroni Source Type: news

Now just mentioning "ivermectin" gets you banned on YouTube as Big Tech unleashes wholesale censorship of all covid treatments that might save lives
(Natural News) Evolutionary biologist Brett Weinstein recently appeared on an episode of the “Triggernometry” podcast during which he revealed that it is no longer permissible to even mention the word “ivermectin” on YouTube or Facebook. Because the anti-parasitic drug shows promise in treating the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19), Big Tech has decided that, like hydroxychloroquine (HCQ),... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Climate Change Could Fuel the Spread of a Flesh-Eating Parasite Climate Change Could Fuel the Spread of a Flesh-Eating Parasite
Scientists caution that as the planet warms, more Americans could be exposed to varieties of the Leishmania parasite.Undark (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - June 24, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Caused by an Unknown Strain Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Caused by an Unknown Strain
This report describes a case of cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by a previously unknown Leishmania parasite. How was this new strain identified?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Mosquito love songs send mixed message about immunity
(Cornell University) A new Cornell University study of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes investigates how a mating cue called " harmonic convergence " might affect immunity against parasites, bacteria and dengue virus in offspring, which has important implications for trade-offs male mosquitoes make between investing energy towards immunity or investing it on traits that impact mating and fitness. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 24, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Ivermectin: What is new potential at-home coronavirus treatment Ivermectin?
A PARASITE drug is being trialled in the UK for its potential use as an at-home coronavirus treatment. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Malawi: Malawi Launches Campaign to Eradicate Malaria By 2030
[VOA] Blantyre, Malawi -- Malawi's government Tuesday announced a goal to eliminate malaria, a leading cause of death in the country, by 2030. The mosquito-spread parasitic disease accounts for about 15% of Malawi's hospital admissions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - June 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cat-borne parasite Toxoplasma induces fatally bold behavior in hyena cubs
(University of Colorado at Boulder) Best known for its presence in house cats and a tendency to infect and alter the behaviors of rodents and humans, the parasite Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) is also associated with bold behavior among wild hyena cubs and risk of death during interactions with lions, finds new research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 23, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Oxford University explores anti-parasitic drug ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment
Ivermectin resulted in a reduction of virus replication in laboratory studies, the university said, adding that a small pilot showed giving the drug early could reduce viral load and the duration of symptoms in some patients with mild COVID-19. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - June 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Can a drug in nit shampoo help treat COVID?
Routinely used worldwide to combat head lice and the skin parasite scabies and other worm infections, ivermectin works by blocking proteins used by worms to disable the host's immune system. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: UP Expert On What You Need to Know About Food-Borne Risks
[Daily Maverick] Unsafe food that contains harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances causes more than 200 diseases, which is why it is vital that consumers familiarise themselves with the risks that can arise from what they eat, says Professor Elna Buys, Head of the Department of Consumer and Food Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

VIMS study uncovers new cause for intensification of oyster disease
(Virginia Institute of Marine Science) Researchers at William& Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science reveal that intensification of major oyster disease was due to evolving parasite, not just drought as previously thought. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ticks carrying Lyme disease thrive near California coast, study finds
(Natural News) Ticks have been turning up in areas that were once believed to be free of the blood-sucking parasites, according to a study led by researchers from Colorado State University. Published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, it showed that disease-carrying ticks, which were once thought to inhabit woodlands, are also present near Northern California’s coastline. The... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Mosquito smoothie' innovation boosts future malaria vaccine potential
(Imperial College London) A faster method for collecting pure malaria parasites from infected mosquitos could accelerate the development of new, more potent malaria vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Incidents of serious parasitic disease on the rise in Alberta, Canada
(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine& Dentistry) A rare parasitic infection imported from Europe continues to take root in Alberta. The province is now the North American hotspot for human alveolar echinococcosis (AE), which takes the form of a growth in the liver, causing serious and potentially deadly health complications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 17, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Microscopic CCTV reveals secrets of malaria invasion
(Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) State-of-the-art video microscopy has enabled Australian researchers to see the molecular details of how malaria parasites invade red blood cells - a key step in the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

American Psychoanalytic Association promotes anti-white racism, calls "whiteness" a "parasitic-like condition"
(Natural News) Dr. Donald Moss, a white-looking psychoanalyst, has published a paper in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association that says “whiteness” is “a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which ‘white’ people have a particular susceptibility.” Entitled, “On Having Whiteness,” the paper describes whiteness as a condition that one “first acquires” and later “has,” stemming... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breakthrough: Ivermectin inhibits the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein from binding to ACE2 receptors in human tissue
(Natural News) Ivermectin, a common anti-parasite drug, has shown great efficacy in the fight against covid-19. For the first time, medical researchers have documented how ivermectin docks to the SARS-CoV-2 spike receptor-binding domain that is attached to the ACE2 receptor. In this way, ivermectin effectively inhibits viral attachment and replication, assisting a precise antiviral response... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Parasites may accumulate in spleens of asymptomatic individuals infected with malaria
(PLOS) Malaria, a disease caused mainly by the parasites Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, is associated with over 400,000 deaths each year. Previously, the spleen was assumed to mostly play a role in parasite destruction, as it eliminates malaria parasites after antimalarial treatment. A study published by Steven Kho and Nicholas Anstey at Menzies School of Health Research, Australia, and international colleagues, suggests that in chronic P. vivax infections, malaria parasites survive and replicate via a previously undetected lifecycle within the spleen. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malaria parasite's partiality for the spleen
(PLOS) The malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax may accumulate in the spleen soon after infection to a greater extent than its better-known relative P. falciparum, according to new research published by John Woodford of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and colleagues in the open access journal PLOS Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

East Africa: Statement By the Malaria Policy Advisory Group On the Urgent Need to Address the High Prevalence of Pfhrp2/3 Gene Deletions in the Horn of Africa and Beyond
[WHO] Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) have transformed malaria control, enabling better targeting of treatment and improved surveillance. Globally, 2.7 billion RDTs for malaria were sold between 2010-2019, the majority distributed in Sub-Saharan Africa to diagnose P. falciparum (Pf) infection by targeting one of its antigens, histidine-rich protein 2 (HRP2). This current cornerstone of P. falciparum diagnosis is under serious threat as a result of the emergence of parasites not expressing the HRP2 protein (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 31, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Beer byproduct mixed with manure proves an excellent pesticide
(Frontiers) A new study published by the open access publisher Frontiers has demonstrated that beer bagasse and rapeseed cake can be used as effective biodisinfestation treatments to reduce populations of soil parasites and increase crop yields. Researchers demonstrated that using these organic treatments in soils significantly reduced root-knot nematodes and boosted beneficial soil populations, as well as reducing waste from the agricultural industry by incorporating organic by-products as a treatment instead of harmful chemical fumigants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 31, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Omani doctor on a mission to combat antimicrobial resistance
Imagine surviving a severe illness like cancer only to die from an infection caused by germs resistant to antimicrobial drugs. 28 May 2021 The helplessness of being called to the scene too late for patients who were previously on their way to recovery from illness or surgery, drove Dr Amal Saif Al-Maani and her colleagues to lead the race against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) upstream. Since 2015 and for more than 10 years now, they advocated for, developed and implemented a national strategy to control antimicrobial resistance. “As an infectious disease specialist, by the time you get involved, there is nothing...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 30, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Genetic treasure trove for malaria researchers
(King Abdullah University of Science& Technology (KAUST)) Detailed and extensive genome sequencing of a subspecies of rat-infecting malaria parasites should instruct human malaria research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 30, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Babesiosis, a dangerous tick-borne infection that attacks red blood cells, appears to be a growing problem
The disease is most often caused by the tiny parasites and transmitted to humans in warmer months by deer ticks — the same ones that spread Lyme disease. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Alten Schwartz Source Type: news

Atlas of malaria parasite gene activity provides new targets for drugs and vaccines
(Imperial College London) Researchers have mapped in fine detail the genetic changes malaria parasites go through as they prepare to infect people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Parasites as fountains of youth: Study finds infected ants live much longer
(Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) According to the results of a multi-year scientific study, ants of the speciesTemnothorax nylanderi show exceptionally high survival rates when infected with a tapeworm. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 27, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Vaccine target for devastating livestock disease could change lives of millions
(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) The first ever vaccine target for trypanosomes, a family of parasites that cause devastating disease in animals and humans, has been discovered by scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. By targeting a protein on the cell surface of the parasite Trypanosoma vivax, researchers were able to confer long-lasting protection against animal African trypanosomiasis (AAT) infection in mice. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 27, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Conservation success leads to new challenges for endangered mountain gorillas
(University of California - Davis) The first species-wide survey of parasite infections across the entire range of the mountain gorilla indicates new challenges ahead for the endangered species as its population grows. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 25, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How to become 'ant-i-social'
(Arizona State University) In the insect world, there are rare instances of ants shrugging off their societal duties to become free-loading parasites amongst their free-living relatives. Now, in a new study, an international collaboration of researchers teamed up to discover and collect these rare ant social parasites. Together, for the first time, they have obtained and analyzed the full DNA genome sequences of three rare " social parasite " leaf-cutting ant species (called Acromyrmex inquilines) to better understand the differences between them and their respective host species. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 18, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Africa: Malaria Control Needs Longer Lasting Repellents. We're a Step Closer to Finding One
[The Conversation Africa] Malaria is one of the leading causes of illness and death around the world. The disease is primarily caused by the bite of mosquitoes carrying a parasite. In 2019, around 229 million malaria cases were reported with an estimated number of 409,000 deaths. Most of the reported cases occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. Children younger than five years and pregnant women are most prone to malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How plankton hold secrets to preventing pandemics
(University of Colorado at Boulder) Whether it's plankton exposed to parasites or people exposed to pathogens, a host's initial immune response plays an integral role in determining whether infection occurs and to what degree it spreads within a population, new University of Colorado Boulder research suggests. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Scientists design new drug compound to stop malaria in its tracks
(The Francis Crick Institute) Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute and the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis have designed a drug-like compound which effectively blocks a critical step in the malaria parasite life cycle and are working to develop this compound into a potential first of its kind malaria treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sex cells in parasites are doing their own thing
(University of Bristol) Researchers at the University of Bristol have discovered how microbes responsible for human African sleeping sickness produce sex cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 11, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Examining the one-two punch of malaria drugs
(University of Houston) The first-line treatment for deadly malaria is a combination of two drugs. But sometimes those drugs fight each other. A University of Houston researcher is examining their relationship to improve their results and stay a step ahead of the malaria-carrying parasite, a strong survivor, which continues to outsmart new drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

T ΓΌ bingen study raises hope for effective malaria vaccine
(German Center for Infection Research) At the University Hospital of Tuebingen, a clinical trial led by Prof. Dr. Peter Kremsner, Director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine and Dr. Rolf Fendel, Research Group Leaderat the Institute of Tropical Medicine partnered with the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), was able to show that the vaccine, " Sanaria ® PfSPZ-CVac " , which is being developed in Tuebingen together with the biotechnology company Sanaria Inc., provides 77 percent cross-strain protection against malaria parasites. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

200-year old poop shows rural elites in New England had parasitic infections
(Dartmouth College) In the early 19th century in North America, parasitic infections were quite common in urban areas due in part to population growth and urbanization. Prior research has found that poor sanitation, unsanitary privy (outhouse) conditions, and increased contact with domestic animals, contributed to the prevalence of parasitic disease in urban areas. A new study examining fecal samples from a privy on Dartmouth's campus illustrates how rural wealthy elites in New England also had intestinal parasitic infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

200-year-old poop shows rural elites in New England had parasitic infections
(Dartmouth College) In the early 19th century in North America, parasitic infections were quite common in urban areas due in part to population growth and urbanization. Prior research has found that poor sanitation, unsanitary privy (outhouse) conditions, and increased contact with domestic animals, contributed to the prevalence of parasitic disease in urban areas. A new study examining fecal samples from a privy on Dartmouth's campus illustrates how rural wealthy elites in New England also had intestinal parasitic infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 3, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news