At Least 72 People Got Sick After Swimming at a Minnesota Campground, Officials Say
A Minnesota campground seems to be behind an apparent outbreak of water-borne parasitic illness, public health officials said. Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) officials confirmed last week that three people tested positive for cryptosporidiosis after visiting Shades of Sherwood Campground in Zumbrota. (One person also tested positive for E. coli.) In an update posted Friday, MDH officials said they have identified 72 people with symptoms consistent with cryptosporidiosis or E. coli, though most of these illnesses have not been laboratory-confirmed. Cryptosporidiosis is typically contracted after ingesting water that h...
Source: TIME: Health - August 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Minnesota onetime Source Type: news

Artist paints the stomach-churning inch-long parasitic worms that were living in his eyeballs  
Ben Taylor, an Australian-born painter who now resides in the UK, was infected with  Loa loa filariasis after a visit to rural Gabon, central Africa, in 2013. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eating Raw Veggies Linked to Meningitis From Rat Parasite Eating Raw Veggies Linked to Meningitis From Rat Parasite
Rat lungworm infection has spread from Asia to 8 US states. In half the US cases, exposure was via raw vegetables harboring a larval stage of the parasite, which is carried by snails.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

A new, highly effective and selective molecule is developed to fight malaria
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) In tests with mice and in vivo culture, molecule designed in Brazil was capable of killing Plasmodium resistant strains and reducing the number of parasites in the bloodstream by 62 percent without attacking cells of the host organism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 9, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Decoding parasitic plant genomes
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Source: ScienceNOW - August 9, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Zahn, L. M. Tags: twil Source Type: news

Infectious disease experts confirm immigration from Latin America bringing wave of infectious "Chagas disease" into California
(Natural News) In the first large-scale survey in the United States of its kind, experts have found that around 1.24 percent of Latin American-born residents living in Los Angeles are infected with the Chagas disease. This is a parasitic infection only found in the Americas and is associated with an increased risk of life-threatening heart... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teenager battles chronic fatigue after parasite burrowed into her eye
Skye Wheeler, 19, from Cambourne, Cornwall, endures unrelenting exhaustion and excruciating pain that has left her confined to her small bedroom. She became unwell at 14. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

My host is my castle
(Harvard University, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) Bat flies have been studied in a variety of contexts, including host associations and specificity, how bat ecology and roosting biology affects parasitism, and how fly morphology functions to allow coexistence of species on bat individuals and populations. Laboulbeniales associated with bat flies have been recently rediscovered. Studies since 2015 have revealed many new hosts, host associations, and undescribed taxa. These trends hint at the true diversity of these unique fungi. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 8, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How to identify lice bites
Lice are external parasites that live on the skin. Most lice are harmless to overall health, but they do cause tiny bites, which can be bothersome. In this article, learn how to identify lice by sight and by the part of the body affected. We also describe the difference between lice bites and bed bug bites. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Source Type: news

New detection method helps coffee farmers fight back against microscopic parasites damaging their crops
(Natural News) Coffee plants, which are used to create one of the most sought-after drinks around the globe, are being attacked by parasites. However, scientists are looking into a detection method that can help farmers protect their crops. While the microscopic worms exist in various soil samples from coffee farms, they’re immediately spotted because of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What May Be In Your Salad Or Wrap From Here? The Cyclospora Parasite
Cyclospora cayetanensi in lettuce and carrots has affected salads sold by McDonald's as well as salads and wraps sold at Trader Joe's, Kroger, and Walgreens. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Creepy life-threatening parasites straight out of science fiction – only they’re real: Tips for avoiding these 6 nightmares
(Natural News) It’s easy to avoid dangerous confrontations with large wild animals such as bears and elephants, but what if the danger is lurking just underneath your very skin? Parasites are among the many microscopic organisms that can penetrate our skin and feed off our flesh and blood. Some of these organisms are so tiny,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

California salad source ID'd in tainted McDonald's lettuce
Nearly 400 people in 15 states sickened by parasite in an outbreak connected to salads sold by the fast-food chain (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Image of the Day: Puppet Master
Researchers study the mechanistic effects of behavioral changes caused by parasites in fruit flies. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 3, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Image of the Day Source Type: news

Parasite infections with multiple strains are more harmful to vertebrate hosts
(Purdue University) The incredible amount of genetic diversity in parasites means humans are often infected with multiple strains, which could make infections worse and increase the prevalence of the parasite over time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 3, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Field test for dog Leishmania exposure evaluated
(PLOS) Dogs infected with Leishmania infantum, a parasite transmitted by the sand fly Phlebotomus perniciosus, are at risk for spreading leishmaniasis infections to humans. A new test, described and evaluated this week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, provides an easier-than-ever way to test dogs for exposure to P. perniciosus sand flies, and could be used in monitoring the effectiveness of sand fly control efforts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

WATCH: Health alert issued for salads containing beef, pork and poultry
USDA officials said products distributed by Caito Foods may be contaminated with a parasite causing intestinal illness. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: WNT Source Type: news

New Ebola Species; 100 Years of Flu; Grocery Store Parasites
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of infectious diseases (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - August 1, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Transforming Food Systems: Today ’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Challenges
This report looks at all the impacts of the value chain, from farm to fork to disposal, including effects on livelihoods, the environment, and health. It identifies theories and pathways for transformational change in government, business, farming, and consumer contexts while providing a framework for evaluation that supports the comprehensive, universal and inclusive assessment of eco-agri-food systems.Recognizing the interlinkages, in terms of impacts and dependencies that food systems have with our economies, societies, health, and environment is a crucial first step. Using the report’s Framework and its language ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Alice Lloyd Tags: Biodiversity Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Global Green Economy Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Wraps, salads recalled due to parasite concern
Feds warn that some food items sold nationwide containing romaine lettuce could be tainted with cyclospora (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health alert issued for salads, wraps from Kroger, Trader Joe's, Walgreens due to parasite concern
Consumers have been warned by federal health officials not to purchase over two dozen salad and wrap products available in major grocery chains due to concerns about possible parasite contamination. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Parasite found in wraps and salads sold at Trader Joe's and Walgreens
The products, distributed by Indianapolis-based Caito Foods, were found to be contaminated with cyclospora, which causes 'explosive diarrhea' up to six weeks after consuming it. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Salads and Wraps Sold at Kroger and Trader Joe ’s May Have Been Contaminated By a Parasite
Salads and wraps sold at major grocery chains may have been contaminated by an infectious parasite, according to a public health alert. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) warned consumers on Monday to stay away from certain beef, pork and poultry salads and wraps sold at stores including Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Gordon Food Service and Walgreen’s. Romaine lettuce used in these products may have been tainted by Cyclospora, a parasite that can cause gastrointestinal illness, according to FSIS. The salads and wraps in question were produced by Indianapolis-based Caito...
Source: TIME: Health - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime Recalls Source Type: news

Foodborne Parasite Tied to Eating Raw Centipedes
(MedPage Today) -- Chinese offer first report of'rat lungworm'infection through multi-legged bug consumption (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - July 31, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Parasite Could Be in Salads and Wraps, USDA Warns
The current warning is linked to chopped romaine lettuce. Caito Foods’ lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, notified the company that the produce was being recalled. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wraps, salads recalled due to parasite concern
Feds warn that some food items sold nationwide containing romaine lettuce could be tainted with cyclospora (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Image of the Day: Medicinal Millipedes
Certain lemurs in the forests of Madagascar eat millipedes to protect themselves from parasitic infections of the gut. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - July 31, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Image of the Day Source Type: news

How chronic infections can outsmart the immune system
(Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS) Second leading cause of death by parasitic infection, visceral leishmaniasis takes advantage of a mechanism to sustain the infection. Professor Simona St ä ger and her team at INRS have shown that damage from chronic inflammation induces the death of white blood cells essential to eliminating the parasite. The findings published in Cell Reports have the potential to lead to treatment and bring to light a phenomenon that may be shared by other chronic infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Global Health: Maybe You Were Thinking About Eating Raw Centipedes. Don ’ t.
Dried or powdered centipedes are used in Chinese traditional medicine. But uncooked specimens may contain a parasite that infects the brain, scientists report. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Alternative and Complementary Medicine Insects Parasites American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene China Guangzhou (China) Centipedes lungworm Source Type: news

If You're Tempted to Eat Raw Centipedes, Don't
MONDAY, July 30, 2018 -- Eating raw centipedes never sounds like a good idea, but for two people in China it turned out to be downright dangerous. In a new case report, doctors say the people became infected with a foodborne parasite called rat... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 30, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Madagascar's lemurs use millipedes for their tummy troubles
(Springer) Madagascar's red-fronted lemurs may have a secret weapon from nature's medicine cabinet: millipedes. This is according to a study led by Louise Peckre of the German Primate Center at the Leibniz Institute for Primate Research in Germany. Peckre and her colleagues believe that lemurs chew on millipedes to treat and prevent conditions such as itching or weight loss which are caused by parasites that might live in and around their guts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 30, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Researchers in China link dangerous foodborne pathogen to centipedes
(Burness) A dangerous foodborne parasite typically found in snails and other mollusks was detected in two patients in a Chinese hospital and traced to their consumption of raw centipedes, according to a new case report published today by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 30, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Everything you need to know about the McDonald's salad parasite outbreak
Nearly 300 people have been infected by a parasite in McDonald's salads. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Another 123 contract 'explosive diarrhea' from McDonald's salads
McDonald's has not yet identified the offending ingredient, since infections had been linked to all four salads on the menu. The parasite causes vomiting and diarrhea a week or even a month after eating. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How a cat parasite can change your personality
A new study finds a link between being infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii and displaying riskier, more entrepreneurial behavior. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychology / Psychiatry Source Type: news

How a parasite from cat poop can reduce your fear and maybe make you an entrepreneur
A new study links a parasite found in cat feces with the risk-taking behaviors of entrepreneurs. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

If You Want To Start Businesses, Will This Cat Poop Parasite Help?
A study found an interesting relationship between exposure to Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that can be found in cat feces, and entrepreneurship. But beware. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 26, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Uganda:Youth On a Mission to Make Malaria Testing Easy
[Monitor] Across the country, in many health facilities, malaria is diagnosed using blood tests after a patient is suspected of having the disease. Usually, the extracted blood is carefully examined in the laboratory under a microscope to check for plasmodium parasites that cause malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mosquito screening useful in monitoring lymphatic filariasis re-emergence
(PLOS) To ensure elimination of the Wuchereria bancrofti, a parasitic roundworm that causes lymphatic filariasis, public health workers must follow up mass drug administration with careful monitoring for recurrence. To that end, a study published this week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases analyzes the effectiveness of mosquito screening as a tool to gauge parasite presence. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 26, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Teen's foot infected with hookworm after friends bury him in sand
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Michael Dumas, 17, from Memphis Tennessee, contracted a parasitic worm while on a mission trip in Florida that left him with gaping wounds all over his feet. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: People with cat-borne parasite more likely to be business-oriented
A mind-controlling parasite found in cat feces increases a person's likelihood of studying business and going into entrepreneurial-related careers, a study found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can a cat-poo parasite turn you into a millionaire?
Scientists have discovered that people infected with toxoplasmosis are more go-getting. But that doesn ’t mean we should all be trying to catch itName: Toxoplasma gondii.Location: All over the place.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Cats Biology Health & wellbeing Pets Animals Life and style Science Source Type: news

Parasite from pet cats makes people more likely to start a business
Researchers from the University of Colorado found people who are infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, spread by pet cats, are 1.4 times more likely to study business at university. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This cat-borne parasite might just make you more entrepreneurial
(University of Colorado at Boulder) Infection from the globally prevalent parasite Toxoplasma gondii may increase a person's likelihood of pursuing entrepreneurial and business-related activities, new University of Colorado Boulder research finds. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 25, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

UCLA biologist works to create a new field, merging the sciences and architecture
How do spaces affect us, and animals? UCLA biologist Noa Pinter-Wollman had the idea that we can learn from the way animals use space, and, with several colleagues from the U.S., England and France, she is launching an effort to create a new field of study. Her goals are ambitious.Does she hope her research will lead to better homes, better offices and better communities?“Of course,” said Pinter-Wollman, an expert on ants, spiders and how environments influence collective behavior. “Who doesn’t? I want to know how collective behaviors emerge; what causes them, and how they can be improved.”It ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 24, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Protease inhibitors may increase risk of death in people with HIV and heart failure
Ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitors associated with doubled risk of hospital readmission and cardiovascular death Related items fromOnMedica Stroke rate higher in HIV patients £30 million to tackle antimicrobial resistance Single-dose malaria drug eliminates parasite from liver Ibuprofen not a safe alternative to antibiotics for uncomplicated UTIs Too few women take part in many CVD clinical trials (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 24, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Regulating Invasive Species
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) have introduced bicameral legislation, the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2018, that would give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) greater authority to “regulate nonnative species and prohibit them from being imported or sold in the United States.” Presently, more than 200 species have been listed as “injurious wildlife,” a designation given by the USFWS to species considered harmful to wildlife and natural resources in the United States. These species cannot be imported into the country or sold without...
Source: Public Policy Reports - July 23, 2018 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Single-dose malaria drug eliminates parasite from liver
Tafenoquine signifies 'one of the most significant advances in malaria treatment in the past 60 years' Related items fromOnMedica RCGP backs O ’Neill’s call for investment in new antimicrobials Drug-resistant TB set to become more dominant Malaria cases rise sharply Poor quality and fake drugs threaten global efforts to control malaria More action needed to treat TB (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

These foods linked to ongoing outbreaks might make you sick
US health officials are warning people to avoid certain foods due to ongoing unrelated outbreaks of intestinal infections caused by bacteria, viruses and even parasites lurking in some of our food. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Dogs and Humans Love Each Other More Than Anyone Else
This is excerpted from TIME How Dogs Think: Inside the Canine Mind, now available at retailers and on Amazon. You speak dog better than you think you do. You may not be fluent; that would require actually being a dog. But if you went to live in a dogs-only world, you’d be pretty good at understanding what they’re saying. You can tell a nervous yip from a menacing growl, a bark that says hello from a bark that says get lost. You can read the body language that says happy, that says sad, that says tired, that says scared, that says Please, please, please play with me right now! Think that’s not a big deal?...
Source: TIME: Science - July 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized onetime psychology Source Type: news