Malarial Host-Parasite Clash Causes Deadly Blood Sugar Drop
Scientists say they have finally figured out why some people with severe malaria end up with dangerous hypoglycemia—a condition that starves the parasite into changing tactics from virulence to transmission. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - July 18, 2022 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Public Health Surveillance and Reporting for Human Toxoplasmosis - Six States, 2021
This report describes inconsistencies in the surveillance of the parasitic disease toxoplasmosis. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - July 14, 2022 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Parasitic Diseases Pesticide Illness Surveillance Public Health Toxoplasmosis Source Type: news

Why have Australian honeybees been put into lockdown? Podcast
The varroa mite, a deadly honeybee parasite, has finally found its way into Australia.Varroa destructoraffects every other major beekeeping area in the world, damaging honeybees and transmitting viruses across hives. Now, in a fight to contain the mite, the state of New South Wales has destroyed 1,533 infected hives and implemented a statewide standstill on bee movement. Madeleine Finlay speaks to Dr Cooper Schouten, a beekeper and researcher, about why the mite poses such a threat to honeybees, what it means to put bees into lockdown, and what impacts this biosecurity breech could have.Archive: 7News Australia, WSPA 7News...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Presented and produced by Madeleine Finlay with additional production by Anand Jagatia, sound design by Rudi Zygadlo, and the executive producer was Lorna Stewart Tags: Science Environment Bees Insects Wildlife Australia news Source Type: news

Drug Repurposing Study Could Identify New Mesothelioma Treatments
The next breakthrough in the treatment of malignant mesothelioma may be quietly underway. An international research team based at Temple University in Philadelphia recently identified four drug compounds – already being used safely for noncancerous conditions – that have shown impressive potential for treating mesothelioma. They were part of a novel drug repurposing project aimed at uncovering much-needed options for mesothelioma patients. “Mesothelioma has shown resistance to all current treatments, including immunotherapy. Novel combinations are badly needed now,” Dr. Antonio Giordano, director of Sbarro He...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 6, 2022 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Tags: Clinical Trials/Research/Emerging Treatments Mesothelioma Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: How to ease the itch of mosquito bites
They are a common summer nuisance. Mosquitoes are pesky parasites leaving bite marks that can be unbearable to itch. So what's the best way to stop yourself from scratching? Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute https://youtu.be/m4iapNcv8-Q Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (0:57) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News Network." Read the script. There are millions of mosquitoes swarming this summer, sucking blood and leaving itchy, red bumps on the… (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - July 6, 2022 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

WormBase Parasite launches new release
WormBase ParaSite launches its new release 17 with an exciting list of new/updated genomes and new features: Integration of AlphaFold 3D protein structures for 8 species.Addition of 11 new genome assemblies of which 6 are new species.Annotation updates for 2 genomes.Gene-phenotype associations are now available in our FTP directory.Improvements in the way external gene synonyms are integrated and displayed.Deployment of WebApollo instances for more species to further facilitate community curation. For more information please see the WormBase ParaSite blog. (Source: WormBase)
Source: WormBase - July 5, 2022 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Ranjana Kishore Tags: brief communication new datasets new features news release notes ParaSite Wormbase Parasite Source Type: news

The Giant African Land Snail Has Been Spotted Again in Florida
MIAMI — The giant African land snail, which can grow to the size of a fist and carry a parasite that causes meningitis, was declared eradicated from South Florida last year after a decade-long... #pascocounty #gardener #connoisseurs #southflorida (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 1, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

3 ways to improve your health through your gut microbiome
Bacteria, viruses, yeast and parasites in your gut? It may sound like the stuff of nightmares, but this collection of microbes is actually a health necessity, experts say. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 23, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mites that mate on our faces at night face extinction threat
Study of tiny parasites points to gene loss from adaptation putting them on dead-end evolutionary courseGliding through grease, and protected by our pores, tinyDemodex folliculorummites lead a secretive life within our skin, only emerging at night to mate on our foreheads, noses and nipples. Successful as these sexual encounters are, their days as independent parasites may be numbered.The first ever genome sequencing study of these mites appears to have caught them in the process of transitioning to internal symbionts, entirely dependent on us for their existence. Eventually, this process may even lead to their extinction....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 22, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Linda Geddes Science correspondent Tags: Zoology Science Biology Evolution Genetics World news Source Type: news

Ivermectin for preventing and treating COVID-19
Is ivermectin effective for COVID ‐19? Updated Cochrane review'Ivermectin for preventing and treating COVID ‐19 'Key messagesWe found no evidence to support the use of ivermectin for treating COVID ‐19 or preventing SARS‐CoV‐2 infection. The evidence base improved slightly in this update, but is still limited.Evaluation of ivermectin is continuing in 31 ongoing trials, and we will update this review again when their results become available.  What is ivermectin?Ivermectin is a medicine used to treat parasites, such as intestinal parasites in animals, and scabies in humans. It is inexpensive and is widely used in...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 21, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

Nigeria: Molecular Research Could Help Nigeria Solve a Host of Health Problems
[The Conversation Africa] Our world and everything in it is made up of innumerable tiny molecules. These molecules are the smallest units of chemical compounds or living things. Viruses, bacteria, parasites, plants, animals, humans: each organism is underpinned by molecules. Studying them allows scientists to understand the basic principles and interactions that govern all forms of life. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 14, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How to remove a tick from a human - the ‘safest way’ to get rid of the parasitic bug
TICKS are not always harmful to the ‘host' body they feed on, though they should still be removed if found on your own skin or in your pets fur. Here's how to safely remove this unpleasant bug from a human without medical assistance. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 7, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

It Took 35 Years to Get a Malaria Vaccine. Why? It Took 35 Years to Get a Malaria Vaccine. Why?
The parasite ' s complex biology played a role in the delay, but experts say there was also a lack of urgency and funding.Undark (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 25, 2022 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Tanzania: Fight Against Malaria Intensified As New Laboratory Launched
[Daily News] TANZANIA has beefed up its fight against malaria following launching of genomics laboratory for conducting molecular surveillance including research to monitor changes in parasites population and antimalarial drug resistance. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 21, 2022 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Stonehenge builders ate undercooked offal, ancient faeces reveals
Intestinal parasites recovered from prehistoric rubbish dumps shine light on lives and diet of buildersParasite eggs found in 4,500-year-old human faeces suggest the builders of Stonehenge took part in winter feasts that included the internal organs of animals, researchers have revealed.Stonehenge is thought to have been built around 2,500BC, with evidence suggesting the builders were housed at a settlement known as Durrington Walls, about 2 miles away. The site was predominantly occupied in the winter months, and appears to have been used for between 10 to 50 years.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 20, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Stonehenge Archaeology Anthropology Evolution Biology Science UK news England Source Type: news