Invasive shrimp-sucking parasite continues northward Pacific expansion
(Florida Museum of Natural History) Researchers have identified an invasive blood-sucking parasite on mud shrimp in the waters of British Columbia's Calvert Island. The discovery represents the northern-most record of the parasite on the West Coast and is likely an indication of its ability to spread without human transport. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 17, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Food poisoning warning: Six commonly eaten foods that could cause sickness and diarrhoea
FOOD poisoning occurs when a person consumes foods contaminated with bacteria, viruses or parasites, and symptoms can prove very unpleasant. Knowing what foods are most likely to cause food poisoning could help you avoid sickness - here are six to be wary of. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Dantu Blood Group protects against malaria - and how all humans could benefit
(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) The secret of how the Dantu genetic blood variant helps to protect against malaria has been revealed for the first time by scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the University of Cambridge and the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya. The team found that red blood cells in people with the rare Dantu blood variant have a higher surface tension that prevents them from being invaded by the world's deadliest malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tips to avoid food poisoning during COVID-19
The upcoming Labor Day weekend may be the unofficial end to summer cookouts and barbecues. It's also a good reminder that food safety should be a priority to keep you and your family safe from infection.  There are many sources of disease-causing germs that can cause a foodborne illness, including bacteria, viruses and parasites. The [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 3, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Navigating Safely Through The Pandemic
By Stephen LeahySep 2 2020 (IPS-Partners) Having reported on SARS, Ebola, Bird Flu (H5N1) outbreaks, as well as writing about efforts to combat HIV, I was horrified by what was going on in Wuhan, China last Jan mainly because of how fast this new SARS-CoV-2 virus spread. By early Feb it seemed likely there’d be a global pandemic and by the end of Feb I started to freak out as the pandemic took hold. I’ve never been to Wuhan or China nor seen anyone who had; and I hadn’t travelled any where recently. It was nearly impossible for me to have encountered the virus but that didn’t keep me from getting si...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stephen Leahy Tags: Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

Investigating host tolerance to genes that jump
(University of Houston) Believe it or not, your genes are 50% parasite, and opportunistic at that. They tend to jump onto sperm and egg cells to replicate in the next generation, a process that can devastate an egg or sperm cell. A University of Houston evolutionary geneticist, armed with a new $1.8 Million grant, is now trying to determine how reproductive cells can persist despite this damage from parasites. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mosquito immune system mapped to help fight malaria
(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) Scientists have created the first cell atlas of mosquito immune cells, to understand how mosquitoes fight malaria and other infections. Researchers from the Sanger Institute and collaborators discovered new types of mosquito immune cells, including a rare cell type that could be involved in limiting malaria infection. The findings offer opportunities for uncovering novel ways to prevent mosquitoes from spreading the malaria parasite to humans and break the chain of malaria transmission. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Transforming the Global Economy or Parachuting Cats into Borneo?
Credit: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)By Lawrence SurendraBANGKOK, Thailand, Aug 24 2020 (IPS) The COVID 19 Pandemic continues relentlessly. Deaths approaching a million globally, 22 million infected and growing. Brazil, India, the US and Russia accounting for almost 50% of the total cases in the world. Medically the promise of a vaccine is given as signs of hope; what surprises awaits us when such a vaccine is available, would be another story. Economically, to address the uncertainty and the grim future ahead, the UN, some governments and even Joe Biden the US Presidential hopeful, are waving ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lawrence Surendra Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

In times of ecological uncertainty, brood parasites hedge their bets
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) Some birds lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species and let the host parents raise their young. A new study finds that in times of environmental flux, these brood parasites 'diversify their portfolios,' minimizing the risks of their unorthodox lifestyle by increasing the number and variety of hosts they select as adoptive parents. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Meet hedge fund managers of avian world
(Washington University in St. Louis) New research from Washington University in St. Louis finds that brood parasites living in more variable and unpredictable habitats tend to parasitize -- or squat and drop their eggs in -- the nests of a greater variety and number of hosts. The study is published Aug. 21 in Nature Communications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 21, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

World Mosquito Day: Mosquitoes carry viruses and parasites that can cause severe illness
Mosquito bites are the itchy bumps that appear after mosquitoes use their mouthparts to puncture your skin and feed on your blood. The bump usually clears up on its own in a few days. Occasionally a mosquito bite causes a large area of swelling, soreness and redness. This type of reaction, most common in children, [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - August 20, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Biomedical scientists piece together how medication paralyzes parasitic worms
(Iowa State University) A new study upends the widely held belief that a medication used to treat lymphatic filariasis doesn't directly target the parasites that cause the disease. The research shows the medication, diethylcarbamazine, temporarily paralyzes the parasites. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 18, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Death by asphyxiation caused by Ascaris lumbricoides case report - Herbstein JA, Breglia GA, Rodrigues Paquete CA, Vega A.
This is the presentation of a finding during an autopsy carried out on a 4-year old girl at the Judicial Morgue of Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires, Argentina, who died as a result of complications of a massive ascariasis, a parasitic infestation caused by As... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

The flax wilt agent has been sequenced
(St. Petersburg State University) Fusarium wilt is a nasty but common disease affecting economically important crops such as banana, cotton, flax, canola, melons, onions, potato and tomato. The release of the complete genome sequence is a milestone in comparative genomics studies of fungal parasites; it contributes to the global efforts aimed at elimination of plant disease outbreaks by aiding in engineering of new resistant crops varieties. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 14, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The flax wilt agent has been sequenced
(Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University) Researchers teamed up to sequence and assemble genome of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lini, a highly destructive fungal parasite infecting flax. The results of the study were published in the Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 14, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Sputnik review – smart Soviet-era sci-fi chiller
The alien is the least of the horrors in Egor Abramenko ’s mostly gripping suspense, set in a dour 80s army facility with an unwanted visitor‘We sent two into space. Three came back.” At first, no one notices the extraterrestrial stowaway when a Soviet rocket lands back on Earth; the creature is tucked out of sight, getting comfy in the oesophagus of one of the two astronauts on board. But it makes itself known at a medical facility, slithering out of the man’s mouth, expanding, before chomping on the brains of a nurse. Russian director Egor Abramenko makes his feature debut with this mostly grippin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 12, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Cath Clarke Tags: Film Culture Space Thrillers (film) Science fiction and fantasy films Source Type: news

Modelling parasitic worm metabolism suggests strategy for developing new drugs against infection
(eLife) Scientists have revealed a way to eradicate parasitic worms by stopping them from using alternative metabolism pathways provided by bacteria that live within them, according to new findings published today in eLife. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Save The Whales. Save The Tigers. Save The Tapeworms?
Scientists say parasites are important parts of ecosystems, but many are at risk of extinction. So, they're calling for a parasite conservation movement.(Image credit: Chelsea Wood) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lauren Sommer Source Type: news

Malaria in Africa: Parasite 'resistant to artemisinin'
Scientists in Rwanda find cases of resistance to artemisinin, a frontline drug used to treat malaria. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No air, no problem: How parasites switch to life without oxygen inside host
(University of Toronto) The discovery of unique molecular mechanics allowing parasitic worms to thrive in the guts of one billion people opens the door to new treatments that are safe for the host. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 5, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Malaria: Parasite resistance to artemisinin derivatives now affecting Africa
(Institut Pasteur) Resistance to artemisinin, the main component of the current antimalarial treatments recommended by WHO, is already widespread in South-East Asia, but it had not previously been described in Africa. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur recently detected the emergence and spread of malaria parasites capable of resisting artemisinin derivatives for the first time in Rwanda. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 4, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New studies show how to save parasites and why it's important
(University of Washington) An international group of scientists published a paper, Aug. 1, 2020, in a special edition of the journal Biological Conservation that lays out an ambitious global conservation plan for parasites. A separate paper also found that the responses of parasites to environmental change are likely to be complex, and that a changing world probably will see both outbreaks of some parasites and a total loss of other parasite species. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 1, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Bed bug bites: Have you been bitten by the critters? The signs to look out for
BED bugs could be invading your space. The small parasitic insects can make their way into your home from secondhand furniture, or hitch a ride from luggage and backpacks. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH researchers discover new set of channels connecting malaria parasite and blood cells
Discovery provides new target for anti-malaria treatments. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - July 30, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

NIH researchers discover new set of channels connecting malaria parasite and blood cells
(NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions have discovered another set of pore-like holes, or channels, traversing the membrane-bound sac that encloses the deadliest malaria parasite as it infects red blood cells. The channels enable the transport of lipids--fat-like molecules--between the blood cell and parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. The parasite draws lipids from the cell to sustain its growth and may also secrete other types of lipids to hijack cell functions to meet its needs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infe...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Your brain parasite isn't making you sick -- here's why
(University of Virginia Health System) The new discovery could have important implications for brain infections, neurodegenerative diseases and autoimmune disorders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bed bugs: The main warning signs indicating you may have an infestation
BED bugs are parasites easily picked up on trains, planes and in hotels, spreading into one's home. Generally, it takes at least seven weeks for a bed bug to grow from an egg to an adult. What are the main warning signs that you could have a bed bug problem? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hundreds Sickened by Parasite in Bagged Salad
The salads were made by Fresh Express at a plant in Illinois and may be contaminated with cyclospora. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The big gulp: Inside-out protection of parasitic worms against host defenses
(Morgridge Institute for Research) A team of developmental biologists at the Morgridge Institute for Research has discovered a means by which schistosomes, parasitic worms that infect more than 200 million people in tropical climates, are able to outfox the host's immune system. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Return of the zombie cicadas: WVU team unearths manipulative qualities of fungal-infected flyers
(West Virginia University) Cicadas infected with the parasitic fungus Massospora unknowingly engage in trickery with their fellow insects, resulting in effective disease transmission, according to West Virginia University-led research. Massospora manipulates male cicadas into flicking their wings like females - a mating invitation - which tempts unsuspecting male cicadas and infects them. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 27, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

More than 600 people in 11 states get infections linked to bagged salad
The number of people sickened by a parasite linked to bagged salad mixes has gone up to 641 cases in 11 states, federal health officials said. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study identifies spread of bee disease via flowers
(Cornell University) One in 11 flowers carries disease-causing parasites known to contribute to bee declines, according to a Cornell University study that identifies how flowers act as hubs for transmitting diseases to bees and other pollinators. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 23, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

More flowers and pollinator diversity could help protect bees from parasites
(Imperial College London) Having more flowers and maintaining diverse bee communities could help reduce the spread of bee parasites, according to a new study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 22, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Ultra-small, parasitic bacteria found in groundwater, moose -- and you
(Forsyth Institute) In research first published as a pre-print in 2018, and now formally in the journal Cell Reports, scientists describe their findings that Saccharibacteria within a mammalian host are more diverse than ever anticipated. The researchers also discovered that certain members of the bacteria are found in the oral cavity of humans, the guts of other mammals, and in groundwater. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 21, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Parasitic worm venom evades human immune system
(University of California - Riverside) The National Institutes of Health granted a $1.8 million Outstanding Investigator Award to Adler Dillman, a UC Riverside parasitologist, so he can shed light on the mystery of worm infections that escape detection by human immune systems. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What Are Some Pediatric Oncological Emergencies?
Discussion Pediatric cancers in the US number about 12,000 per year. After injury, it is the second leading cause of death in children and adolescents. Cancer presentations vary widely, but often begin with non-specific symptoms that continue or progress depending on the location and tumor type. Patients can present with oncological emergencies especially if there are mechanical obstruction such as superior vena cava syndrome or cerebral herniation. More commonly are infections due to immunosuppression. Cancer treatment also causes its own myriad of problems that clinicians need to be aware of to diagnosis and treat, but a...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 20, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

In This Bolivian City, Hard-Hit by the Pandemic, a Fake —and Toxic—Coronavirus Cure Proves Popular
(COCHABAMBA, Bolivia) — Long lines form every morning in one of the Bolivian cities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic as desperate people wait to buy small bottles of chlorine dioxide, a toxic bleaching agent that has been falsely touted as a cure for COVID-19 and a myriad of other diseases. The rush in the city of Cochabamba to buy a disinfectant known to cause harm to those who ingest it comes even after the Bolivian Health Ministry warned of its dangers and said at least five people were poisoned after taking chlorine dioxide in La Paz, the capital. Dr. Antonio Viruez, who is treating the five at a hospital...
Source: TIME: Health - July 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Diego Cartagena and Paola Flores / AP Tags: Uncategorized Bolivia COVID-19 News Desk wire Source Type: news

Pesticides speed the spread of deadly waterborne pathogens
(University of California - Berkeley) Widespread use of pesticides can speed the transmission of the debilitating disease schistosomiasis, while also upsetting the ecological balances in aquatic environments that prevent infections, finds a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The infection, which can trigger lifelong liver and kidney damage, affects hundreds of millions of people every year and is second only to malaria among parasitic diseases, in terms of its global impact on human health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: Dangerous parasite controls host cell to spread around body
(Indiana University School of Medicine) Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered new information about how a dangerous parasite takes control of a patient's cells as it spreads throughout their body, an important finding that could help in the development of new drugs to treat this infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Two new species of parasite discovered in crabs -- discovery will help prevent infection of other marine species
(Swansea University) Two new species of parasite, previously unknown to science, have been discovered in crabs in Swansea Bay, Wales, during a study on disease in the Celtic and Irish Seas.Both species are emerging pathogens, and were discovered infecting the common shore crab, so they could potentially have damaging effects on fisheries and other marine species. The researchers' discovery will help inform measures to reduce this risk. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 15, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Peninsula biotech spins out parasite-fighting drugs to biotech legends' startup
A Peninsula biotech company is supplying a set of parasite-fighting preclinical compounds to a startup created by one of the scientists who co-founded the company more than two decades ago. Kainomyx Inc. — launched by a Stanford University-connected team including scientist Jim Spudich, a winner of the prestigious Lasker Award — is targeting malaria, leishmaniasis and other parasitic diseases. Spudich was one of the founders of Cytokinetics Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTK), which is taking an equity stake… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 13, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Getting a grasp on India's malaria burden
(Kyoto University) A new approach could illuminate a critical stage in the life cycle of one of the most common malaria parasites. The approach was developed by scientists at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) in Japan and published in the Malaria Journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

This Scientist Is Searching For A Vaccine To World ’s Second-Most Devastating Parasite
Amanda Elyssa Ruiz, a PhD student at Brown University, is looking for potential vaccines to protect against schistosomiasis, a disease that impacts over 250 million people every year, making it the second most socio-economically devastating parasitic disease after malaria. #globalsouthscience (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 2, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Andrew Wight, Contributor Tags: Science /science Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Leadership /leadership ForbesWomen /forbeswomen Editors' Pick editors-pick Decision Maker decision-maker Source Type: news

👉 Satanic Priest compares Black Lives Matter to "maggots and parasites" trying to create a "new species of human". My bad, it was a Catholic Priest via Hvper.com
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Source: Reuters: Health - July 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Malaria's secret to surviving in the blood uncovered
(The Francis Crick Institute) New research from the Francis Crick Institute has found how the malaria parasite protects itself from toxic compounds in red blood cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 30, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How Deforestation Helps Deadly Viruses Jump from Animals to Humans
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post How Deforestation Helps Deadly Viruses Jump from Animals to Humans appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Environment Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Bagged salad sickens 122 people in 7 states
The recalled salad is contaminated with cyclospora ​, a parasite that can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, and fatigue. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Resident parasites influence appearance, evolution of barn swallows
(University of Colorado at Boulder) Researchers think that local parasites are influencing why barn swallows in Europe, the Middle East and Colorado are choosing their mates differently. Their new research finds that these parasites could be playing an important role in changing the traits displayed to attract mates early in the process of the creation of new species. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 24, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Cyclospora Outbreak In 7 States Linked To Bagged Salad Mixes: What You Need To Know
The CDC issued an alert today about an outbreak of the parasitic infection, Cyclospora, linked to bagged salad mixes. Diarrhea and fatigue from the infection can last for many weeks. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation business pharma Source Type: news

Researchers Latch Onto the Leech's Genome
FRIDAY, June 19, 2020 -- A mainstay of 18th-century medicine -- the lowly leech -- has made something of a comeback in the 21st century. That's largely due to powerful blood thinners the parasitic worm secretes naturally. Now, genetic research could... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 19, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news