Tag: parasitic infections

Parasitic Worms Cause Cancer And Could Help Cure It

Parasitic Worms Cause Cancer And Could Help Cure It

Billions worldwide are infected with tropical worms. Unsurprisingly, most of these people live in poor countries, kept poor by the effects of worm-related malnourishment. What may surprise many is that worms also cause the majority of cases of some cancers in these countries. Published in Frontiers in Medicine as a special article collection on parasite-associated malignancy, new […]

Parasite Makes Quick Exit When Researchers Remove The Handbrake

Parasite Makes Quick Exit When Researchers Remove The Handbrake

Melbourne researchers have discovered a way to halt the invasion of the toxoplasmosis-causing parasite into cells, depriving the parasite of a key factor necessary for its growth. The findings are a key step in getting closer to a vaccine to protect pregnant women from the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which carries a serious risk of […]

Finding a Weak Link in the Frightful Parasite Schistosoma

Finding a Weak Link in the Frightful Parasite Schistosoma

The parasitic disease schistosomiasis is one of the developing world’s worst public health scourges, affecting hundreds of millions of people, yet only a single, limited treatment exists to combat the disease. Researchers at the Morgridge Institute for Research are searching for potential new targets by probing the cellular and developmental biology of its source, […]

Diet Hit A Snag? Your Gut Bacteria May Be Partly To Blame

Diet Hit A Snag Your Gut Bacteria May Be Partly To Blame

Have you ever been on a diet but didn’t hit your goal weight? Your gut bacteria may be part of the explanation. New research suggests the mix of microbes in our guts can either help — or hinder — weight-loss efforts. “We started with the premise that people have different microbial makeups, and […]

Woman Feels Electric Shocks In Her legs, Doctors Reveal parasite Has Invaded Her Spine

Woman Feels Electric Shocks In Her legs, Doctors Reveal parasite Has Invaded Her Spine

For around three months, a woman in France was worried something was wrong with her legs. But when she was hit with electric shock-like pain in her legs, she knew she had to visit the emergency room. Tests revealed the cause of her pain was actually a parasitic tapeworm larva that had invaded her […]

‘Kitty Litter’ Parasite Is Wiping Out One Of Earth’s Rarest Seals

'Kitty Litter' Parasite Is Wiping Out One Of Earth’s Rarest Seals

In May, two critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals were found dead on a beach on Oahu. Both were female, and one was pregnant. After performing a necropsy, veterinarians determined that both animals died of toxoplasmosis, a potentially fatal disease that originates in domestic cats. For veterinarian Claire Simeone, the deaths of these seals confirmed a sobering suspicion […]

The Deadly Parasitic Worm That Lays Its Eggs In Human Organs is Coming to Europe

The Deadly Parasitic Worm That Lays Its Eggs In Human Organs is Coming to Europe

Around 25-30 per cent of humans are currently infected with at least one parasitic worm species. The diseases they cause can be devastating. Worm infections can lead to diverse and chronic conditions such as scarring of the eyes and blindness, swelling of extremities and immobility, blockage of digestion and malnutrition, anaemia and tiredness. They can also […]

A Dangerous Parasitic Illness Spread By Bugs That Bite People’s Faces At Night Is Spreading In The US

A Dangerous Parasitic Illness Spread By Bugs That Bite People's Faces At Night Is Spreading In The US, Doctors Warn

The name “kissing bug” doesn’t quite communicate the danger of the infection that insects with that moniker can spread. These bloodsucking bugs, called triatomine bugs, spread a parasitic illness called Chagas disease. Left untreated, Chagas causes serious cardiac or intestinal complications in about 30% of patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control […]

A Parasitic Illness That Hit McDonald’s And Sickened 160 People May Have Spread to Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Walgreens

A Parasitic Illness That Hit McDonald's And Sickened 160 People May Have Spread to Trader Joe's, Kroger, and Walgreens

The parasite causing an illness that sickened McDonald’s customers last month may have spread to products sold by Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, and Kroger, the US Department of Agriculture said Monday. The Food and Drug Administration said last week that traces of the parasite were found in a sample of salad mix with romaine […]

A Mother’s Worst Nightmare: Roundworm, The Playground Parasite

Playground Parasite

Roundworm Whereabouts Raw fish isn’t something that peaks the interest of my stomach. Typically, raw fish can contain more parasites that undercooked, and fully cooked fishes and meats. Consuming raw fish is up to the person consuming the food, but some races and religions are more accustomed to eating raw fish than others. […]