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
Mayo Clinic Minute: Pregnancy and toxoplasmosis
Toxoplasmosis is a disease that results from an infection from one of the most common parasites. So common in fact that it might be in your home right now. People can be exposed to this parasite from infected cat feces, and exposure is especially risky for people who are pregnant.In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases specialist, explains the risks and what moms-to-be can do to keep their… (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 18, 2022 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news
Nigeria: Malaria - Federal Govt Targets 10% Reduction in Prevalence, Mortality By 2025
[Leadership] The minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said the ministry targets a parasite prevalence of less than 10 per cent or reduce mortality attributable to malaria to less than 50 deaths per 1000 live births by the year 2025. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 30, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news
‘Potentially devastating’: Climate crisis may fuel future pandemics
‘Zoonotic spillovers’ expected to rise with at least 15,000 instances of viruses leaping between species over next 50 yearsThere will be at least 15,000 instances of viruses leaping between species over the next 50 years, with the climate crisis helping fuel a “potentially devastating” spread of disease that will imperil animals and people and risk further pandemics, researchers have warned.As the planet heats up, many animal species will be forced to move into new areas to find suitable conditions. They will bring their parasites and pathogens with them, causing them to spread between species that haven ’t inter...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 28, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Oliver Milman Tags: Environment Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news
Microplastics in Seawater May Harbor Parasites
Laboratory experiments find that Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia can congregate on microplastic beads and fibers, suggesting they might make their way into and around the world ’s oceans by... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - April 26, 2022 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news
Malaria: Parasite DNA in Blood May Help Predict Drug Resistance Malaria: Parasite DNA in Blood May Help Predict Drug Resistance
Drug-resistant malaria ' is just an airplane flight or two away from non-endemic places like Canada and the United States. 'Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news
Toxoplasma gondi infection and aggression in autistic children - Hamid N, Azizy B, Hamidinejad H.
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasmosis is an infectious disease caused by the obligatory intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii. The main aim of this study was to evaluate a possible relationship between aggression in autistic children with infection by T. gondii. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 24, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
Consumer Health: First vaccine to prevent malaria
World Malaria Day will be observed Monday, April 25, which makes this a good time to learn more about this potentially fatal disease and the first vaccine to prevent it. Malaria is caused by a single-celled parasite of the genus Plasmodium. The parasite is transmitted to humans most commonly through mosquito bites. The malaria parasites enter the bloodstream and travel to the liver. When the parasites mature, they leave the liver and infect red blood cells. Because the… (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 22, 2022 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news
Britons have suffered from WORMS since the Bronze Age
Oxford researchers analysed ancient skeletons in an effort to establish the size and scale of parasitic worm infections in the UK over the course of history. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Migrants and Health Workers Play Complex ‘Game’ on Europe’s Fringes
Viraj from India, in a squat where he has been living for three months near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia. He hopes to join family in Italy. February 2022. Credit: Chiara LuxardoBy Sara PerriaBihać, Bosnia, Apr 19 2022 (IPS) Responding to several shouts Viraj emerges from the ruins of his shelter in northwest Bosnia. He is originally from India but is now squatting near Bihać in what remains of a house abandoned since the 1990s Balkans war. “I was in the bathroom,” says Viraj – although there is no such facility. The building doesn’t even have windows, just gaps exposed to a freezing wind. Collapsing walls are patc...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 19, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sara Perria Tags: COVID-19 Crime & Justice Europe Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau IPS UN Bureau Report Source Type: news
Drugged Water: A New Global Pandemic Hiding in Plain Sight?
Credit: WHOBy Baher KamalMADRID, Apr 13 2022 (IPS) People around the world are unknowingly being exposed to water laced with antibiotics, which could spark the rise of drug-resistant pathogens and potentially fuel another global pandemic, warns a new report. The study, elaborated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), found that, globally, not enough attention is being focused on the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance with most antibiotics being excreted into the environment via toilets or through open defecation. Already in 2015, 34.8 billion daily doses of antibiotics were consumed, with up to 90 perce...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 13, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Development & Aid Environment Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news
Namibia: Scabies Patients Resort to Traditional Remedies
[New Era] Some patients infected by the disruptive outbreak of scabies skin disease that has mostly affected the northern regions have resorted to traditional home remedies. Scabies is a parasitic infestation in which tiny Sarcoptes scabies mites burrow under the skin and cause intense itching. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 12, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Effect of Early Treatment with Ivermectin among Patients with Covid-19, New England Journal of Medicine
A new clinical trial, conducted by a partnership between academics and clinicians in Brazil and Canada, found that anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin does not reduce the risk of hospitalisation for patients with COVID-19. The peer-reviewed study also showed ivermectin treatment did not help with various other health measures related to the virus such as viral clearance after a week, speed of recovery or risk of death. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 31, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
WormBase ParaSite is hiring
Got a passion for parasitic worm genomics? Join our team! We’re hiring a bioinformatician at University of Glasgow. The succesful applicant will work on a range of data analysis, data integration, curatorial and community-engagement activities for WormBase ParaSite (WB-PS). This will include driving annotation improvements within WB-PS by developing new workflows, and enabling updates from the research community. The post is available either for an experienced bioinformatician or a less experienced bioinformatician that wants to further develop their skills. For more information and to apply click here. (Source: WormBase)
Source: WormBase - March 30, 2022 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Ranjana Kishore Tags: brief communication news positions available Wormbase Parasite Source Type: news
Wealthy Nations, Corporate Titans ’ False Promises of Fair COVID-19 Recovery Exposed, How Africa’s Inequality Deepened
Alice Atieno relies on sack farming outside her shanty in the sprawling Kibera Slums in Nairobi, Kenya. COVID-19 reversed gains made in poverty reduction, and the unequal access to vaccines has deepened global inequality. Credit: Joyce Chimbi/IPS By Joyce ChimbiNairobi, Kenya, Mar 29 2022 (IPS) Even as COVID-19 brought Africa’s already fragile health care and economic systems to the brink, wealthy states colluded with corporate giants to dupe people with empty slogans and false promises of a fair recovery from the ongoing health pandemic, a newly released report by Amnesty International report finds. The global human ri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 29, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Chimbi Tags: Africa COVID-19 Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations #VaccineInequity IPS UN Bureau IPS UN Bureau Report Vaccines Source Type: news