She Recorded That Heartbreaking Turtle Video. Here ’s What She Wants Companies Like Starbucks to Know About Plastic Straws
When marine biologist Christine Figgener filmed her team removing a plastic straw stuck in a sea turtle’s nose in August 2015, she says she had no idea how much it would resonate with the world. She also had no idea nearly three years later, the video would help galvanize a larger movement, which now includes companies like Starbucks and American Airlines, to eliminate plastic straws from our day-to-day lives. The 34-year-old marine conservation biologist, who is currently finishing her Ph.D at Texas A&M University, says she was “celebrating” last week after several companies followed Starbucks’...
Source: TIME: Science - July 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sophia Rosenbaum Tags: Uncategorized onetime Pollution Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What causes head lice?
Head lice have existed on humans for thousands of years. These otherwise harmless parasites can cause itchiness and discomfort. In this article, learn about the causes of lice, which groups of people are most at risk, and what treatments are available. We also explore symptoms and when to see a doctor. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Source Type: news

McDonald ’s Salads May Be Behind a Parasitic Illness Outbreak in Illinois and Iowa
McDonald’s salads may be to blame for a parasitic illness outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in Illinois and Iowa, according to public health officials. Since mid-May, Illinois alone has seen more than 100 cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the parasite cyclospora, according to an announcement from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Iowa is experiencing a similar outbreak, according to a statement from the Iowa Department of Public Health. McDonald’s salads may be the culprit in both states, according to the announcements. Twenty-nine people in Illinois and at least 15 ...
Source: TIME: Health - July 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Western medicine is ill-equipped to handle parasites: Standard treatments are ineffective and often lethal
(Natural News) A study published in the journal Nature Communications revealed that sleeping sickness, clinically known as African trypanosomiasis, not only affects the circadian rhythm but may also impact a wide range of important body functions. According to the experts, the disease can be transmitted through the bite of the tsetse fly. The scientists added that that condition... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

McDonald's pulls salads from 3,000 restaurants after parasite sickens dozens
An outbreak of cyclospora linked to McDonald's salads has sickened at least 61 people in seven states, federal health officials said Friday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

McDonald ’ s Removes Salads Linked to Intestinal Parasite Outbreak in Midwest
Iowa and Illinois have recorded more than 100 cases of cyclosporiasis, which causes nausea and fatigue. McDonald ’ s has stopped selling salads at about 3,000 locations. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MATTHEW HAAG Tags: Food Contamination and Poisoning Lettuce Salads Parasites McDonald's Corporation Illinois Iowa Midwestern States (US) cyclosporiasis Source Type: news

McDonald ’s Salads May Be Causing Parasite Outbreak in Some States
(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) — Health officials in Illinois and Iowa are investigating an increase in people becoming sick from a parasite that causes intestinal illness. The Illinois Department of Public Health said in a news release Thursday that it has received confirmation of about 90 cases of cyclosporiasis, which is caused by the Cyclospora parasite. The Iowa Department of Public Health, in its own release, said it has identified 15 cases linked to the same illness and parasite. Both departments say there appears to be a link to consumption of McDonald’s salads. The departments say McDonald’s is also investi...
Source: TIME: Health - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Time Tags: Uncategorized onetime public health Source Type: news

McDonald ’ s Salads Linked to Intestinal Parasite Outbreak in Midwest
Iowa and Illinois have recorded more than 100 cases of cyclosporiasis, which causes nausea and fatigue. McDonald ’ s has stopped selling salads at about 3,000 locations. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MATTHEW HAAG Tags: Food Contamination and Poisoning Lettuce Salads Parasites McDonald's Corporation Illinois Iowa Midwestern States (US) cyclosporiasis Source Type: news

McDonald's salad suspected in parasite outbreak
Fast-food giant removing salads from thousands of locations after reports of intestinal illnesses (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

McDonald ’ s Salads Linked To More Than 100 Cases Of Foodborne Illness
By Debra Goldschmidt, CNN (CNN) — The Illinois and Iowa health departments are investigating outbreaks of a parasite that causes intestinal illness and might be linked to McDonald’s salads, both states confirmed. Illinois is reporting 90 cases since mid-May. Iowa is reporting 15 cases since late June. File photo (Photo Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images) The cyclospora parasite causes intestinal illness as a result of consuming contaminated food or water. Symptoms can begin a week or more after consuming the parasite. They include diarrhea and frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements, according to ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Consumer Health News Local TV McDonald's Source Type: news

Illinois, Iowa officials look into rise in parasitic illness
Health officials in Illinois and Iowa are investigating an increase in people becoming sick from a parasite that causes intestinal illness (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Yale researchers identify target for novel malaria vaccine
(Yale University) A Yale-led team of researchers have created a vaccine that protects against malaria infection in mouse models, paving the way for the development of a human vaccine that works by targeting the specific protein that parasites use to evade the immune system. The study was published by Nature Communications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study describes enzyme's key role in immune response to Chagas disease parasite
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) A study shows that the expression of PI3Kγ protein increases during infection by T. cruzi, an essential response in avoiding excessive inflammation and controlling parasitemia. Heart tissue analyses involving human patients who developed cardiopathy in the disease's chronic stage also provided results. The next challenge is to devise treatment for Chagas using molecules capable of modulating the cellular signaling pathway mediated by PI3Kγ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

More than 100 ill from parasite possibly linked to McDonald's salads
The Illinois and Iowa health departments are investigating outbreaks of a parasite that causes intestinal illness and might be linked to McDonald's salads, both states said Thursday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fatty Fare a Fave for 'Otzi the Iceman'
The wild meat consumed by Otzi was eaten fresh or perhaps dried. The presence of toxic bracken particles could be due to Otzi taking bracken as a way to treat intestinal problems caused by parasites, or by using the leaves to wrap food. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Image of the Day: Uncovered
Researchers discover cells in the early life stage of the Schistosoma mansoni parasite that contribute to adults' reproductive systems. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - July 12, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Image of the Day Source Type: news

Targeting fish parasites for a healthier aquaculture industry
EU-funded marine scientists are fighting fish parasites in farmed fish by developing new strategies and technologies to prevent their spread and ensure high-quality seafood for consumers. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - July 12, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Eradication genomics--lessons for parasite control
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - July 12, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Cotton, J. A., Berriman, M., Dalen, L., Barnes, I. Tags: perspective Source Type: news

Tracking parasite decline
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Source: ScienceNOW - July 12, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Alderton, G. Tags: twis Source Type: news

What you should know about Rocky Mountain spotted fever
A Wisconsin woman has died of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in what?Wisconsin health officials?have confirmed is the first documented death from the infection in the state. "Rocky Mountain spotted fever is an uncommon but very serious tick-borne illness that can lead to death if untreated," says Dr. Bobbi Pritt,?a parasitic?diseases expert at Mayo Clinic. It [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - July 12, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

NIH researchers identify sequence leading to release of malaria parasites from red blood cells
Findings could inform the development of new antimalarial drugs. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - July 11, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Dodder genome sequencing sheds light on evolution of plant parasitism
(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) To gain insight into the evolution of dodders, and provide important resources for studying the physiology and ecology of parasitic plants, the laboratory of Dr. WU Jianqiang from the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, combined PacBio sequencing and Illumina transcriptome sequencing technology to obtain a high-quality genome of the dodder Cuscuta australis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 11, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Finding a weak link in the frightful parasite Schistosoma
(Morgridge Institute for Research) Researchers at the Morgridge Institute for Research shed light on the complex life cycle of Schistosoma, a parasite responsible for sickening hundreds of millions of people in the developing world. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 10, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

In the Loop: The art of finding beauty in dreadful, wonderful parasites
Bobbi Pritt, M.D., spends her work hours identifying and diagnosing infectious diseases. In her free time she celebrates their beauty by creating bug-related artwork and blogging about parasites.?? You can talk about the art and science of medicine. But few live it out quite like?Bobbi Pritt, M.D.?The art-major-turned-parasitologist is director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - July 10, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Long term use of some pesticides is killing off dung beetle populations
New research led by scientists at the University of Bristol has uncovered that long-term use of some pesticides to treat cattle for parasites is having a significantly detrimental effect on the dung beetle population. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - July 9, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research; Faculty of Science, Faculty of Science, School of Biological Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

Certain antibodies against a sugar are associated with malaria protection
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) Certain type of antibodies againstα-Gal- a carbohydrate expressed by many organisms including the malaria parasite- could protect against malaria, according to a new study led by ISGlobal, an institution supported by 'la Caixa' Foundation. The results, published in Scientific Reports, indicate that a-Gal is an interesting candidate to include in future vaccines against malaria and other infectious diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Long term use of some pesticides is killing off dung beetle populations
(University of Bristol) New research led by scientists at the University of Bristol has uncovered that long-term use of some pesticides to treat cattle for parasites is having a significantly detrimental effect on the dung beetle population. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 9, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Sleeping sickness: Pathogens camouflage themselves with sugar
(German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ)) It has long been known that the pathogens causing sleeping sickness evade the immune system by exchanging their surface proteins. But now scientists at the German Cancer Research Center have found an additional parasite strategy to escape the immune system: they confuse the defense system with sugar. The sugar chains on the coat protein prevent the binding of protective antibodies and thus increase the pathogenic properties of the unicellular pathogens. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 9, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Del Monte Recalls Vegetable Trays, Cyclospora Parasite Outbreak Affects Over 200
If you want to tell your kids a bedtime story that somehow involves explosive diarrhea, tell them about the life cycle of Cyclospora cayetanensis which can cause cyclosporiasis. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

CDC: Over 200 Ill From Parasite Outbreak, Del Monte Recalls Vegetable Trays
If you want to tell your kids a bedtime story that somehow involves explosive diarrhea, tell them about the life cycle of Cyclospora cayetanensis which can cause cyclosporiasis. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

More than 200 people ill from parasite in Del Monte vegetable tray recall
An outbreak of cyclosporiasis has sickened 212 people in four states since May, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Seven of those individuals have been hospitalized. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research suggests new vaccine candidates for malaria
(American Society for Microbiology) Researchers have shown that higher levels of Plasmodium falciparum antibodies are protective against severe malaria in children living in Papua New Guinea. Children who have higher levels of antibodies to a specific short amino acid sequence in the malaria parasite, P. falciparum, have much lower rates of clinical and severe malaria. This amino acid sequence, an antigen, is similar among P. falciparum strains elsewhere in the world, suggesting that this antigen would make a good target for a malaria vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bayer builds out pet health line with licensing agreement
Bayer Animal Health GmbH will create new products for pets through a license agreement. On Thursday, Bayer Animal Health and Tokyo-based Mitsui Chemicals Agro Inc. signed a global license agreement to develop and commercialize a line of anti-parasite products for pets, based on Mitsui's patents. The companies did not disclose the terms of the agreement. "This license agreement combi nes the strong science base within Bayer with innovative chemistry from (Mitsui)," Dr. Sabine Bongaerts, head of drug… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 5, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Compound in trendy goji berries could treat deadly tropical diseases
Researchers from Cardiff University found that the compound attacks the coating of the parasites responsible for the life-threatening infections schistosomiasis and  fascioliasis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Compound in trendy goji berries could treat two deadly tropical diseases
Researchers from Cardiff University found that the compound attacks the coating of the parasites responsible for the life-threatening infections schistosomiasis and  fascioliasis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Everything you need to know about ascariasis
Ascariasis occurs when a parasitic roundworm infects a person's small intestine. It may not cause symptoms initially, but an extensive infection can lead to dangerous gastrointestinal blockages. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of ascariasis here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Tropical Diseases Source Type: news

A promising new tool to measure antibodies against malaria
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) Antibodies against multiple Plasmodium falciparum proteins (or antigens) can be measured using a simple, accurate and reproducible assay that requires very small amounts of blood. In a series of recently published articles, a team led by ISGlobal -- an institution supported by 'la Caixa' Foundation -- reports the development and optimisation of several 'quantitative suspension array' assays (qSAT) that could help assess natural and vaccine-induced responses to malaria and other parasites. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 3, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Doctors Discover Parasitic Worm in Woman ’ s Face Doctors Discover Parasitic Worm in Woman ’ s Face
A woman in Moscow spent 2 weeks photographing a strange lump in her face that moved from place to place.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

A new twist on how parasites invade host cells
(CNRS) Researchers from CNRS, INSERM and the Universit é Grenoble Alpes have decoded the mechanisms used by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii to enter the cells of a host. Using high-resolution, high-speed imaging, they identified a unique process by which the parasite closes the 'entry door' it creates in order to enter and inhabit a host cell. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 2, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Ethiopia:Resisting Antimicrobial Resistance
[Ethiopian Herald] Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the resistance of a microorganism (bacterium, fungus, virus, or parasite) to a drug that was originally effective in treating infections caused by that microorganism. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 29, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Image of the Day: Protector
A newly described parasitic wasp is named after Daenerys Targaryen from the book series A Song of Ice and Fire and TV show Game of Thrones. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - June 29, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Image of the Day Source Type: news

Why July Is the Most Dangerous Month To Go Swimming
Just in time for swimming season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new report on disease outbreaks associated with swimming in rivers, lakes and oceans. Between 2000 and 2014, public health officials in 35 states, plus Guam, reported a total of 140 disease outbreaks associated with swimming in untreated recreational waters — mainly at beaches and bodies of water in public parks, the report says. These outbreaks led to 4,958 illnesses and two deaths. The vast majority of outbreaks with a confirmed cause were linked to gastrointestinal pathogens such as norovirus, Shigella and E. coli. ...
Source: TIME: Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Bumblebees Fare Better in the City Than in the Countryside
Urban colonies had more offspring, survived longer, and hosted fewer parasites. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - June 27, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

First malaria-human contact mapped with Nobel Prize-winning technology
(Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) Melbourne scientists have taken a significant step toward developing a new vaccine for malaria, revealing for the first time an 'atomic-scale' blueprint of how the parasite invades human cells.Using the Nobel Prize-winning technology cryo-EM (cryo-electron microscopy), the researchers mapped the previously hidden first contact between Plasmodium vivax malaria parasites and young red blood cells they invade to begin the parasites' spread throughout the body. The discovery was published today in Nature. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Newly discovered Xenomorph wasp has alien-like lifecycle
(University of Adelaide) A University of Adelaide PhD student has discovered a new species of wasp, named Xenomorph because of its gruesome parasitic lifecycle that echoes the predatory behaviour of the Alien movie franchise monster. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The beauty of crab blood parasites: Winner of 2018 Research as Art awards announced
(Swansea University) Seventeen stunning images, and the fascinating stories behind them - such as analysing owls' daily diet, a dream about getting the blame unfairly, and how to tell which fish are the most devious -- have today been revealed as the winners of the 2018 Research as Art Awards. The overall winner is " Crab blood and collaborations " , a microscope image of crab blood, which shows what the researchers describe as " the beauty of the crystalline blood cells and jewel-like parasites " . (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bumblebees thrive in towns more than countryside
Urban bumblebees have better access to food, allowing them to produce more offspringBumblebee colonies fare better in villages and cities than in fields, research has revealed.Bumblebees are important pollinators, but face threats including habitat loss,climate change,pesticideandfungicide use andparasites. Now researchers say that bumblebee colonies in urban areas not only produce more offspring than those on agricultural land, but have more food stores, fewer invasions from parasitic “cuckoo” bumblebees, and survive for longer.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 26, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Bees Science Environment Insects Animals Wildlife UK news Source Type: news

In search of biomarkers to detect patients with latent 'Plasmodium vivax' infection
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) Proteins derived from the latent liver stage of Plasmodium vivax can be detected in small extracellular vesicles that circulate in blood, according to a study led by ISGlobal, an institution supported by 'la Caixa' Foundation. The results pave the way for identifying patients with asymptomatic infections, an essential requirement to stop parasite transmission. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 26, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news