FDA-approved anti-parasitic drug ivermectin can kill the coronavirus within 48 hours, reports new study
(Natural News) An anti-parasitic medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can be used against the Wuhan coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), reports a new study. Australian researchers discovered that ivermectin, a semi-synthetic drug commonly used to treat head lice, scabies, ascariasis and other parasitic infections, can effectively kill SARS-CoV-2 within 48 hours in culture. “We found that... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NexGard COMBO for cats EMA marketing authorization
Boehringer Ingelheim receives EMA marketing authorization  for NexGard® COMBO, the first isoxazoline-based full endectocide for catsThe product features a triple action formula that includes esafoxolaner – the newly developed form of afoxolaner - combined with eprinomectin and praziquantel.This innovative broad spectrum topical parasiticide is easy and convenient for cat owners.It kills a wider range of parasites than any other product on the market, covering core external parasites like fleas and ticks as well as internal parasites, including tapeworms. (Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News)
Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News - January 12, 2021 Category: Research Source Type: news

The COVID-19 Virus Is Mutating. What Does That Mean for Vaccines?
As we enter the second year of living with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus is celebrating its invasion of the world’s population with yet more mutated forms that help it to spread more easily from person to person. One, first detected in the U.K. in December, has already raised alarms about whether the COVID-19 virus is now escaping from the protection that vaccines just being rolled out now might provide. The variant has also been found in the U.S. Already, U.K. officials have tightened lockdowns in England, Scotland and Wales, and over the holidays, more than 40 countries banned travelers from the region ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Study reveals structure of protein and permits search for drugs against neglected diseases
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) Discovery by Brazilian scientists paves the way for the study of more potent molecules capable of directly destroying parasites underlying elephantiasis and cutaneous leishmaniasis, with fewer adverse side-effects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Treatment-resistant depression that recovered after Toxoplasma gondii treatment: a case report - Ozkan Y, Sapmaz S, Sen S, Ozturk M, Kandemir H.
Toxoplasma Gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite which may infect all nucleated cells. Studies conducted in adult patients show that toxoplasmosis may be related to psychiatric diseases and there is a correlation between Toxoplasma Gondii and schizo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

How Mutations In Malaria Parasite Might Affect Pregnant Women & Children The Most
Researchers discovered how new forms of gene amplification within the genome of this parasite could potentially enhance resistance to the SP preventative treatment for malaria. The researchers warn this may encourage the evolution of new resistant strains. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 31, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anuradha Varanasi, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

New mutations in malaria parasite encourage resistance against key preventive drug
(PLOS) In the ongoing arms race between humans and the parasite that causes malaria, Taane Clark and colleagues at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) report that new mutations that enhance resistance to a drug used to prevent malaria in pregnant women and children are already common in countries fighting the disease. The new results are published Dec. 31 in PLOS Genetics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 31, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Multiple mosquito blood meals accelerate malaria transmission
(PLOS) Multiple bouts of blood feeding by mosquitoes shorten the incubation period for malaria parasites and increase malaria transmission potential, according to a study published Dec. 31 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Lauren Childs of Virginia Tech, Flaminia Catteruccia of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 31, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A rechargeable zinc-air battery based on zinc peroxide chemistry
Rechargeable alkaline zinc-air batteries promise high energy density and safety but suffer from the sluggish 4 electron (e–)/oxygen (O2) chemistry that requires participation of water and from the electrochemical irreversibility originating from parasitic reactions caused by caustic electrolytes and atmospheric carbon dioxide. Here, we report a zinc-O2/zinc peroxide (ZnO2) chemistry that proceeds through a 2e–/O2 process in nonalkaline aqueous electrolytes, which enables highly reversible redox reactions in zinc-air batteries. This ZnO2 chemistry was made possible by a water-poor and zinc ion (Zn2+)–rich ...
Source: ScienceNOW - December 31, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sun, W., Wang, F., Zhang, B., Zhang, M., Küpers, V., Ji, X., Theile, C., Bieker, P., Xu, K., Wang, C., Winter, M. Tags: Chemistry, Materials Science r-articles Source Type: news

Top 7 supplements and superfoods for de-stressing while strengthening immune defenses during these tumultuously-political and germ-paranoid times
(Natural News) Are you ready to release bodily and mental tension? Are you in need of that now? Most of us are. What’s your first line of defense against parasites, bacteria, viruses, corrupt news and rude people? Maybe you need to combat depression and anxiety, instead of “letting them happen” to you. Or still, maybe,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Get relief from diarrhea with wild tea leaves
(Natural News) Osyris quadripartita, commonly known as wild tea plant, is a member of the sandalwood (Santalaceae) family, which is composed of flowering plants that are partially parasitic to other plants. In Africa, the wild tea plant is widely used in traditional medicine. Its leaves, for instance, are used to treat malaria in Ethiopia and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gut cells sound the alarm when parasites invade
(University of Pennsylvania) When the parasite Cryptosporidium enters the body, it's cells in the intestines that first recognize the invader, triggering an early immune response, according to a new study led by a team from the University of Pennsylvania. A leading cause of diarrheal disease in young children globally, the parasite generates an inflammatory response beginning in the intestines that exacerbates the effects of malnutrition. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Genetic engineering without unwanted side effects helps fight parasites
(University of Zurich) Modified CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing scissors are enabling researchers at UZH to make alterations to the genetic material of single-cell organisms that are indistinguishable from natural mutations. This method is making it possible to develop a (harmless) experimental live vaccine for the widespread parasite Toxoplasma gondii. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 23, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Bed bugs: The Cimex lectularius parasite may be hiding in your house
BED BUGS hide in cracks and crevices around your home, coming out at night to feed on human blood. Signs of an infestation can be easily missed, so what should you watch out for? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bedbugs: New strange odour, exoskeleton and spots on mattress are signs to look out for
BEDBUGS are stealthy parasites, but they do leave clues behind. Odour and evidence found on the sheets could be warnings you have bedbugs in your midst. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A protein has been identified as a potential therapeutic target for leishmaniasis vaccines
(Universidad Complutense de Madrid) According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), leishmaniasis causes between 20,000 and 30,000 deaths a year, and there is currently no vaccine for humans. A research team led by the Complutense University of Madrid has described the mechanism by which the Leishmania parasite avoids detection: through the SHP-1 protein, which is responsible for basic cellular functions. The finding positions this protein as a potential therapeutic target for the development of vaccines against the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fan mussel larval dispersal for the future of an endangered species
(University of Barcelona) Fan mussel populations -the biggest bivalve mussel in the Mediterranean- are endangered due to the severe parasitosis caused by the protozoan Haplospridium pinnae since 2016. Now, a study published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science reveals the fan mussel would express a certain natural ability to recover thanks to the dispersal in the marine environment of larvae from populations which are not affected by the pathogen. These populations would be crucial for the future of the species. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 11, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Cataloging nature's hidden arsenal: Viruses that infect bacteria
(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) A new approach for studying phage-bacteria interactions will help scientists study the intricate offensive and defensive chemical tactics used by parasite and host. These microscopic battles have implications for medicine, agricultural research, and climate science. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 10, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Red propolis could be used to treat schistosomiasis
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) In vitro studies and experiments with mice show that the natural extract was more effective than the only drug available to combat this parasitic disease (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 7, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Study suggests metabolism influences parasite's resistance to drugs
(eLife) New insight on how a parasite can resist current therapies has been published today in the open-access eLife journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Consumer Health: How long are leftovers safe to eat?
Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is caused by harmful organisms, such as bacteria, viruses and parasites, in contaminated food. Symptoms of food poisoning, which can start within hours of eating contaminated food, often include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Fortunately, most cases of food poisoning can be prevented with proper food preparation and cooking, and [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 26, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Undercover parasites
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Source: ScienceNOW - November 19, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Alderton, G. Tags: twil Source Type: news

Divergent impacts of warming weather on wildlife disease risk across climates
Disease outbreaks among wildlife have surged in recent decades alongside climate change, although it remains unclear how climate change alters disease dynamics across different geographic regions. We amassed a global, spatiotemporal dataset describing parasite prevalence across 7346 wildlife populations and 2021 host-parasite combinations, compiling local weather and climate records at each location. We found that hosts from cool and warm climates experienced increased disease risk at abnormally warm and cool temperatures, respectively, as predicted by the thermal mismatch hypothesis. This effect was greatest in ectothermi...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 19, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Cohen, J. M., Sauer, E. L., Santiago, O., Spencer, S., Rohr, J. R. Tags: Ecology, Medicine, Diseases, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

Extremely rare parasitic crustacean discovered in museum shark collection
(Hokkaido University) Scientists have discovered an extremely rare species of cymothoid from the mouth of a museum specimen of a deep-sea shark caught from the East China Sea, suggesting its wide distribution around the globe. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 17, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Parasite infection discovery could assist mental health treatments
(University of Leeds) New research into how a common parasite infection alters human behaviour could help development of treatments for schizophrenia and other neurological disorders. T. gondii currently infects 2.5 billion people worldwide and causes the disease Toxoplasmosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Parasitic worms offer 'the missing link' on the dual nature of a key immune regulator
(University of Pennsylvania) By studying two models of parasite infection, the University of Pennsylvania's De'Broski Herbert and colleagues filled in crucial gaps about the activity of the signaling molecule IL-33 that is critical to asthma, allergies, and other diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa: Covid-19 Might Have Reversed the War Against a Serious Parasitic Disease
[The Conversation Africa] The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the clock back by years in the fight against other diseases. It has interrupted research, trials and other efforts to ease the public health burden. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 11, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Southern Africa: As the Malaria Season Begins, Covid-19 Complicates the Picture
[The Conversation Africa] Two of the nine global public health awareness days are associated with malaria: World Malaria Day, observed on 25 April, and World Mosquito Day, which commemorates the discovery by Sir Ronald Ross on 20 August 1897 that Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria parasites to humans. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 6, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

When malaria parasites trick liver cells to let themselves in
(Instituto de Medicina Molecular) A new study led by Maria Manuel Mota, group leader at Instituto de Medicina Molecular, now shows that malaria parasites secrete the protein EXP2 that is required for their entry into hepatocytes. These findings, published today in the scientific journalNature Communications, open a new avenue for prophylactic anti-malarial strategies, since blocking or decreasing the infection of the liver can prevent the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Plants communicate at a molecular level
(University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) Working together with researchers from the University of T ü bingen, the University of Troms ø , the UC Davis and the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, biologists from Friedrich-Alexander Universit ä t Erlangen-N ü rnberg (FAU) have discovered how tomato plants identify Cuscuta as a parasite. The plant has a protein in its cell walls that is identified as 'foreign' by a receptor in the tomato. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 4, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Death from below: the first video of a parasitic wasp attacking caterpillar underwater
(Pensoft Publishers) A previously unknown species of Japanese parasitic wasp was observed and filmed to dive underwater to parasitize moth caterpillars. This is the first known case of such behaviour for the subfamily Microgastrinae. The unique video is featured in the original description of the species, named Microgaster godzilla, because its emergence out of the water reminded the scientists of the Japanese iconic fictional monster Godzilla. The study was published in the open-accessJournal of Hymenoptera Research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 4, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

UC researchers pioneer more effective way to block malaria transmission in mosquitoes
(University of California - Irvine) Employing a strategy known as 'population modification,' which involves using a CRISPR-Cas9 gene drive system to introduce genes preventing parasite transmission into mosquito chromosomes, University of California researchers have made a major advance in the use of genetic technologies to control the transmission of malaria parasites. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins Researchers engineer tiny machines that deliver medicine efficiently
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Inspired by a parasitic worm that digs its sharp teeth into its host's intestines, Johns Hopkins researchers have designed tiny, star-shaped microdevices that can latch onto intestinal mucosa and release drugs into the body. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Worm War
Chelsea Wood, a University of Washington parasitologist and this month's Scientist to Watch, gives an overview of her research on schistosomiasis in Africa. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - November 1, 2020 Category: Science Tags: Videos Source Type: news

Chelsea Wood Tracks Parasites Around the World
The University of Washington parasite ecologist aims to understand how humans have changed the diversity and abundance of the enigmatic and misunderstood organisms. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - November 1, 2020 Category: Science Tags: Scientist to Watch Source Type: news

Parasitology - Bringing the locals onboard
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit ä t M ü nchen) A new study examines local perceptions of Chagas disease in a region where the infectious agent is endemic. The results underline the need to take social and cultural factors into account in campaigns designed to curb infectious diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Progress Toward Global Eradication of Dracunculiasis, January 2019-June 2020
This report describes global progress towards eradicating dracunculiasis, also known as Guinea worm disease. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 29, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Parasitic Diseases Guinea Worm Disease [Dracunculiasis] Source Type: news

Exposure to suboptimal doses of antimalarial drugs could, under certain circumstances, increase mala
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) Exposure to suboptimal doses of the antiparasitic drug artemisinin could increase the sexual conversion rate of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, thereby increasing the probability of transmission, according to a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by " la Caixa " Foundation. The findings, published ineLife, may have public health implications, particularly in the context of mass antimalarial drug administration campaigns. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Israeli donkeys found to have two parasites that can infect humans
One finding was that exposure to both parasites may have been the result of poor sanitation (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Webinar Series: Resources for Natural History Collections in a New Virtual World
Recognizing the rapid changes happening within museum communities and the efforts being made throughout the community to adapt to these changes, iDigBio is organizing a webinar series, entitled Adapting to COVID-19: Resources for Natural History Collections in a New Virtual World. The webinar series aims to help provide insight into how different groups and institutions are adapting to life in a quickly evolving world. AIBS, the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC), and the Natural Science Collections Alliance contributed to the planning of these programs. The next two webinars will be held...
Source: Public Policy Reports - October 26, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

A Malaria Mystery, Partly Solved: What Happens When the Rains End?
A study in Mali suggests that malaria parasites hide out during the dry season by altering the properties of red blood cells. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Malaria Parasites Mosquitoes Immune System Spleen Nature Medicine (Journal) Africa your-feed-health your-feed-science Source Type: news

Nigeria: Malaria Parasites in Nigeria Are Genetically Diverse - a Danger but Also a Useful Tool
[The Conversation Africa] Malaria is one of the world's most dangerous parasitic disease and a major public health challenge, especially in Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Emily in Parasite Instagram page mixes Lily Collins, Bong Joon Ho
The creators of the Instagram page tell EW why they mixed Lily Collins' 'Emily in Paris' with 'Parasite.' (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Don't let the media win this election
(Natural News) The mainstream media have always skewed left in the modern era, but that didn’t mean they were parasitic vampires who fed on the misfortune of others. When Ronald Reagan — the most conservative modern president  elected prior to Donald Trump — was wounded by a would-be assassin’s bullet in 1981, the media reported the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Peptides+antibiotic combination may result in a more effective treatment for leishmaniasis
(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) A combination of peptides and antibiotics could be key to eliminating the parasite causing leishmaniasis and avoiding the toxicity to people and animals caused by current drugs. The study, coordinated by researchers at the Universitat Aut ò noma de Barcelona opens the door to new, more effective treatments against this disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

High Tech, Low Labour?
KJ Ong is an independent researcher on technology and the co-founder of Data Democrasea, an initiative that advocates for knowledge, justice, and equality at the frontier of tech in the developing world. By KJ OngKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 15 2020 (IPS) In the glitzy Dolby Theater in Hollywood Heights, with stars dressed in hundred thousand-dollar garbs, Parasite—a film about inequality, class tension and the fault lines of capitalism—won big. I couldn’t help but recall South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s earlier 2013 film, Snowpiercer. KJ OngStarring a rugged Chris Evans, the positively demonic ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: KJ Ong Tags: Arts Crime & Justice Global Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Remnants of ancient parasites could be shaping our response to coronavirus
(University of Colorado at Boulder) Why are some people more resilient to viruses than others? One scientist, motivated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has proposed an intriguing answer: Exposure to ancient parasites by our ancestors forever altered our genome, shaping the varied responses of our immune systems today. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A parasite's bilious defense
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Source: ScienceNOW - October 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Smith, O. M. Tags: twis Source Type: news

South Korea Approves Phase 1 Trials of COVID-19 Anti-Parasite Drug South Korea Approves Phase 1 Trials of COVID-19 Anti-Parasite Drug
Drugmaker Daewoong Pharmaceutical said on Monday that it had received regulatory approval in South Korea for Phase 1 clinical trials of its anti-parasitic niclosamide drug to treat COVID-19 patients.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - October 13, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Scientists shed new light on mechanisms of malaria parasite motility
(eLife) New insight on the molecular mechanisms that allow malaria parasites to move and spread disease within their hosts has been published today in the open-access eLife journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news