Parasites

Feeling Left Behind By My Young, Successful, Alien-parasite-infected Friends

Shouts & Murmurs by Zoe Pearl: Every time I see one of them showing off a new baby bump or spewing black bile from her eyeballs as the alien parasite sucks nutrients from its human host, I ask myself, When’s it going to be my turn?

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Computer Science, Environmental Health Experts At Uic Team Up To Protect Us Navy Divers With Ai

The U.S. Office of Naval Research has awarded University of Illinois Chicago researchers $725,000 to develop an artificial intelligence system that can help protect divers from waterborne bacteria, parasites, and other harmful pathogens and microbes.
Related topics: Medical Research, Bacteria

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Missouri Councilwoman Claims Covid Can Be Cured With Chemical To Treat Parasites On Livestock

On Thursday, the Springfield News-Leader released a blistering fact-check of Springfield City Councilor Angela Romine, who caused a stir on Monday when she claimed that COVID-19 already has multiple cures so there's no need to get vaccinated. "We're...

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We Still Don’t Know What’s Killing The Birds

Is it a disease? A toxin? A parasite? Ecologists and wildlife health experts are working to solve the mystery of why so many songbirds in the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. are sick and dying.

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We Still Don’t Know What’s Killing The Birds

Is it a disease? A toxin? A parasite? Ecologists and wildlife health experts are working to solve the mystery of why so many songbirds in the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. are sick and dying.

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It's Tick Season: Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease

SUNDAY, July 25, 2021 -- When you're heading outdoors this summer, keep an eye out for ticks during and after your outing, health experts say. These common parasites can transmit Lyme disease, a potentially serious illness. Lyme disease is...

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New Insights Into Immune Responses To Malaria

Advanced technologies have been used to solve a long-standing mystery about why some people develop serious illness when they are infected with the malaria parasite, while others carry the infection asymptomatically.
Related topics: Malaria

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Common Parasite Now Tied To Impaired Cognitive Function

Previous research has linked toxoplasmosis to psychiatric conditions. This latest study suggests that the infection may also have a negative impact on cognition. Medscape Medical News
Related topics: Medical Research, Toxoplasmosis

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Lyme Disease: What You Need To Know

While summer may mean more time outside, the season brings an increased threat of tick bites. These parasites can be relatively harmless, but can also carry and spread illnesses like Lyme disease. We spoke with Mountainside Medical Group's Crystal...

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Researchers Surprised To Find Bacterial Parasites Behind Rise Of 'super Bugs'

For the first time ever, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine discovered that phages—tiny viruses that attack bacteria—are key to initiating rapid bacterial evolution leading to the emergence of treatment-resistant...
Related topics: Medical Research, Bacteria, Virus, Virology

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Lisa Vanderpump's Dog Rescue Sued By Customer Who Allegedly Got Worms

Lisa Vanderpump's dog rescue organization -- Vanderpump Dog Foundation -- sold a puppy infested with worms to a woman who contracted the intestinal parasites herself ... so she claims in a stomach-churning new lawsuit. According to legal docs…
Related topics: Lawsuits

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Early Clinical Trials Of New Malaria Vaccine Show Strong Protection Against Disease

A new type of malaria vaccine is showing promise in early studies.  The vaccine combines live malaria parasites and antimalarial drugs to produce immunity without causing disease. If larger-scale trials continue to show success, the vaccine could...
Related topics: Clinical Trials, Malaria, Vaccines

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Investigational Malaria Vaccine Gives Strong, Lasting Protection

Two U.S. Phase 1 clinical trials of a novel candidate malaria vaccine have found that the regimen conferred unprecedentedly high levels of durable protection when volunteers were later exposed to disease-causing malaria parasites. The vaccine...
Related topics: Malaria, Vaccines, Clinical Trials

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Parasites Manipulate Praying Mantis's Polarized-light Perception, Causing It To Jump Into Water

Researchers have revealed that praying mantis (mantids) infected with parasitic hairworms are attracted to horizontally polarized light that is strongly reflected off the surface of water, which causes them to enter the water. These results...
Related topics: Medical Research

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Mosquito Love Songs Send Mixed Message About Immunity

A new study of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes investigates how a mating cue called 'harmonic convergence' might affect immunity against parasites, bacteria and dengue virus in offspring, which has important implications for trade-offs male mosquitoes make...
Related topics: Medical Research, Bacteria, Virus, Virology

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Mosquito Love Songs Send Mixed Message About Immunity

A new Cornell University study of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes investigates how a mating cue called "harmonic convergence" might affect immunity against parasites, bacteria and dengue virus in offspring, which has important implications for trade-offs...
Related topics: Medical Research, Bacteria, Virus, Virology

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Preventing The Break-in Of The Toxoplasmosis Parasite

Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite which, to survive, must absolutely penetrate its host's cells. Understanding how the parasite manages to enter host cells offers opportunities to develop more prevention. A team has now...
Related topics: Toxoplasmosis

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Virulent Cancer-like Worm Disease Is Squirming Its Way Across North America

Tapeworms live in the intestines of some animals that become infected when grazing in pastures or drinking contaminated water. Although tapeworms in humans, regarded as "accidental" hosts of the parasites, usually cause few symptoms, they can...
Related topics: Cancer, Oncology

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Cat-born Parasite Toxoplasma Induces Fatally Bold Behavior In Hyena Cubs

Best known for its presence in house cats and a tendency to infect and alter the behaviors of rodents and humans, the parasite Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) is also associated with bold behavior among wild hyena cubs and risk of death during...

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Amber-encased Ant Discovered With A New Type Of Fungal Parasite Attached

One of the best ways that scientists can discover small fossilized insects and plants is encased within amber. Amber can save the specimen just as it was the day it stepped into the gooey medium. A new research study has been published focusing on...
Related topics: Medical Research

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