Toxoplasmosis

Novel Drug Could Be A Powerful Weapon In The Fight Against Malaria And Toxoplasmosis

Princeton researchers are making key contributions toward developing a promising new treatment for the widespread and devastating diseases toxoplasmosis and malaria. The Princeton scientists specialize in preparing the drug compound into a medicine...
Related topics: Malaria, Medical Research

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How Ancient Cats Lived On The Brink Of Domestication

Cats can transfer a variety of infections, including MRSA, toxoplasmosis, ringworm, and hookworm. (credit: Kaldari) The ancestors of modern cats followed early farmers into Europe but weren't pets, according to a recent study. Nitrogen isotope...
Related topics: Methicillin-Resistant Staphyloccus Aureus, Medical Research

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Pioneering Molecular Biologist Dies Of Covid-19 At 89

In addition to receiving a patent in molecular biology, Evelyn Carmon Nicol made discoveries concerning toxoplasmosis, herpes zoster, and HIV during her 4-decade career. Medscape Medical News
Related topics: Patents, Herpes, HIV, Virus

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Study At Zoos Shows 42% Of Animals Infected With 'toxoplasma Gondii'

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, which can be passed from animals to human beings (zoonosis). It is widely spread all over the world and, though it does not generally present symptoms, it is considered...
Related topics: Medical Research, Parasites

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Fda Oks First Generic Version Of Daraprim, Best Known As The 'pharma Bro' Drug

MONDAY, March 2, 2020 -- The first generic version of Daraprim (pyrimethamine) tablets for the treatment of toxoplasmosis has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Today's approval is especially important for populations that...
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Putting A Finger On The Switch Of Chronic Parasite Infection

Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) is a parasite that chronically infects up to a quarter of the world’s population, causing toxoplasmosis, a disease that can be dangerous, or even deadly, for the immunocompromised and for developing fetuses. One...
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Babies With Hydrocephalus Caused By Toxoplasmosis Have Good Outcomes With Prompt Treatment

A new study led by University of Chicago Medicine researchers suggests the faster a baby with congenital toxoplasmosis can be given a fluid-draining shunt to treat their hydrocephalus - even in cases of severe hydrocephalus - the better their...
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Babies With Hydrocephalus Caused By Toxoplasmosis Have Good Outcomes With Prompt Treatment

A new study led by University of Chicago Medicine researchers suggests the faster a baby with congenital toxoplasmosis can be given a fluid-draining shunt to treat their hydrocephalus - even in cases of severe hydrocephalus - the better their...
Related topics: Medical Research

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Parasitology: On Filaments And Fountains

Microbiologists have shown that Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite that is responsible for toxoplasmosis, utilizes at least two modes of locomotion during its infection cycle.
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Drug Can Reverse Hyperactivity Induced By Parasitic Infection

When rodents get infected by Toxoplasma gondii, the single-celled brain parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, they become hyperactive risk-takers. Researchers show for the first time that it's possible to reverse that behavioral change.
Related topics: Parasites, Medical Research

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Usda Is Turning Lab Cats Into Cannibals By Forcing Them To Eat Feline Meat, Watchdog Says

The goal was to study the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which causes toxoplasmosis, a flu-like disease that can infect humans for weeks or months.
Related topics: Medical Research, Parasites, Flu, Influenza (Flu)

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Buy This Comic: Man-eaters #1

“A mutation in Toxoplasmosis causes menstruating women to turn into ferocious killer wildcats—easily provoked and extremely dangerous. As panic spreads and paranoia takes root, the fate of the world rides on the shoulders […] The post...
Related topics: Genetics

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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.
Related topics: Parasites, Medical Research

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Whole Blood Test For Toxoplasmosis Is Sensitive, Specific

Transmission of toxoplasmosis from mother to fetus can lead to severe congenital problems and fetal death, and tests for the parasitic infection during pregnancy are critical. Now, researchers have showed the efficacy of a low-cost whole blood test...
Related topics: Blood Test, Medical Research

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Reliable Point-of-care Blood Test Can Help Prevent Toxoplasmosis

A new point-of-care test for the parasite Toxoplasma gondii can be performed with a drop of the mother's blood. The test meets the WHO's criteria. It is sensitive, specific, quick, easy to perform, and inexpensive.
Related topics: Blood Test, Parasites

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Researchers Develop Model Of Toxoplasmosis Evolution

Toxoplasmosis is an infectious disease caused by the spread of Toxoplasma gondii, a parasitic alveolite with an interesting life cycle. It exists in three forms. First, oocysts are produced in cats and passed in feces or urine. The oocytes can then...
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Veterinarian Clarifies Misconceptions About Toxoplasmosis, Offers Safety Tips

Toxoplasmosis is a disease that can have devastating effects on an unborn child, and many women have been erroneously advised to get rid of their cat if they are pregnant, says Susan Nelson, veterinarian and clinical professor at Kansas State...
Related topics: Medical Research

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A Law Professor’s Big Idea For Combatting Greedy Drug Company Titans Like Martin Shkreli

In 2015, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals Martin Shkreli infamously raised the price of the life-saving drug Daraprim by 5,000%. Daraprim, developed more than 60 years ago, is used to treat the deadly parasitic infection toxoplasmosis. It was selling...

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‘general Hospital’ Spoilers: Sam Update – Toxoplasmosis Diagnosed By Finn

General Hospital spoilers offer an update from GH set insiders on Sam Morgan’s (Kelly Monaco) medical diagnosis. A brain tumor was the first theory that came out and then further set leaks said Sam has an infection brought on by the dirty...
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How To Stop The Nasty Lurking Toxoplasmosis Parasite? Target Its 'stomach,' Research Suggests

One in three people has a potentially nasty parasite hiding inside their body -- tucked away in tiny cysts that the immune system can't eliminate and antibiotics can't touch. But new research reveals clues about how to stop it: Interfere with its...
Related topics: Parasites, Medical Research, Antibiotics

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