Ghana: GHS Begins Nationwide Deworming Exercise Among 1.9m Basic School Children
[Ghanaian Times] The Ghana Health Service (GHS)yesterday began a nationwide deworming exercise among basic school children to reduce the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 23, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What in the world is antimicrobial resistance?
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week is observed Nov. 18 –24. This year's theme is "Preventing antimicrobial resistance together." Antimicrobials are medicines used to prevent and treat infections in humans, animals and plants. Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites resist the effects of available antimicrobial medica tions. This makes it easier for infectious diseases to spread and to cause more severe illnesses and deaths. In the U.S., the most pressing concern is a growing resistance to… (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 21, 2022 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Mystery parasites on zombie ant fungus identified
Around the world, a parasitic fungus transforms ants into "zombies." (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 18, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dangerous Parasite That Can Infect People Now Found in U.S. Foxes
THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2022 -- A rare parasitic disease that has long been documented in Europe seems to have taken root in the United States. Researchers in Vermont are reporting on two human cases of the disease, called alveolar echinococcosis (AE),... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 17, 2022 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Africa: Malaria in Africa - Why Most Countries Haven't Beaten It Yet
[The Conversation Africa] Malaria remains one of the most devastating parasitic diseases affecting humans. In 2020 there were around 241 million cases and 672,000 malaria-related deaths. This is a sharp increase from 2019. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 5, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New data buoy hopes for promising malaria vaccine —but questions remain
A new vaccine against malaria showed promising preliminary results in a large trial in four African countries, boosting hopes that an additional tool may soon be available to help control the deadly disease. The vaccine, named R21/Matrix-M and developed by researchers at the University of Oxford, produced similarly impressive results in a small trial last year , but the current study posed a stiffer test of its protection. Initial data from the trial, reported yesterday at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting in Seattle, suggest the vaccine had an efficacy higher than 70% in...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 3, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Cutting-edge lab work  cracks a medical mystery
A deep dive into Kenneth Hobby's DNA yielded a correct diagnosis and relief from disabling pain. Kenneth Hobby assumed his fever, fatigue, and aching pains in May 2018 were from another bout of malaria. He was on one of his frequent visits to Zambia in southern Africa, where the mosquito-borne parasite is common. But anti-malaria drugs didn't help, and soon Kenneth had such disabling pain that he could barely walk. It wasn't malaria. After two… (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 3, 2022 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Antibody weapon against malaria shows promise in Africa
A new way to prevent malaria that showed promise in 9 U.S. volunteers deliberately exposed to parasite-laden mosquitoes last year has now shown its mettle in a real-world situation in Africa. A study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that a single dose of lab-produced monoclonal antibodies can protect recipients from infection for up to 6 months during Mali’s intense malaria season. Monoclonal antibodies are expensive to produce and can be cumbersome to administer if they are infused straight into the bloodstream. That makes some researchers skeptical that the new one...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 1, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Parasite cleanses are ‘modern snake oil.’ Experts explain why.
Scientists argue it’s highly unlikely that you have intestinal parasites. But even if you do, a home remedy won’t do much, they say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 31, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perry Santanachote Source Type: news

What Causes Anal Itching?
Discussion Pinworms are caused by the parasite Enterobius vermicularis. Humans are the only known reservoir and are infected by fecal-oral transmission of eggs or indirectly such as through contaminated clothing or bedding. It is commonly seen in children and can easily pass to family members, plus people can become easily reinfected. The incubation period is usually 1-2 months and eggs can survive outside humans for 2-3 weeks. Adult worms migrate at night from the anus to the perianal skin and vulvar areas causing anal or vulvar itching. The itching can cause sleep problems and scratching can cause secondary bacterial inf...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 31, 2022 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Africa: Killing Two Birds With One Stone - New Research Shows How Cancer Drug Could Fight Malaria
[allAfrica] Harare -- Malaria is the world's most important and deadly tropical mosquito-borne parasitic disease, according to the United Nations, killing a child under five every 75 seconds, and making it an urgent public health priority for the world. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 28, 2022 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: The Unusual Ways Viruses and Parasites Use Their Cell Membranes to Spread - and How Scientists Are Fighting Back
[The Conversation Africa] Cell membranes make up the exterior of all cells and are a basic structure found in most living organisms. But they can also help parasites survive in the human body, play an important part in cancer growth and enclose and protect deadly viruses, including the one that causes COVID. Scientists are looking to understand how bilayers (cell membranes with two layers) work and whether they can be used to develop new drugs to combat infections. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 28, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

To thwart the next pandemic, ‘swientists’ hunt for flu viruses at U.S. hog shows
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Source: ScienceNOW - October 27, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Stories from a medieval graveyard: worms, wounds, and wonky toes – podcast
Crushed by a cart, infected with parasitic worms and painful bunions caused by pointy shoes. These might sound like curses you ’d wish on your worst enemy, but a group of researchers have discovered they were probably a part of normal life in medieval Cambridge. Across several archaeological sites, the team have excavated and analysed hundreds of bones to uncover the accidents and afflictions of people in the middle ages.In this Halloween special, Madeleine Finlay hears from Nicola Davis as she takes a trip to Cambridge to investigate what old skeletons can reveal about the lives of those in centuries gone byContinue rea...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 27, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Presented and produced by Madeleine Finlay with Nicola Davis, sound designed by Tony Onuchukwu, and executive produced by Max Sanderson Tags: Science Archaeology Medical research Source Type: news

Brain-eating amoeba kills boy after trip to Lake Mead
A Clark County, Nev., boy was infected by a rare and deadly parasite, possibly in the well-known lake along the Nevada-Arizona border. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maham Javaid Source Type: news