Sam Ballard was 19 years old when he swallowed a garden slug on a dare. The life of the former rugby player dramatically changed after that, with his family now seeking financial aid from the government for his medical bills.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 8, 2018
Suffering from allergic reactions like a runny nose or skin rash? A new study involving bed bug poop suggests the culprit may be living right in your bedroom.
Animals February 14, 2018
What a woman thought as an ordinary eye inflammation is actually an infection that only occurs among cattle. In three weeks, not only one parasitic worm but more than a dozen were extracted from her eye.
Public Health February 13, 2018
A Canadian couple acquired hookworms after walking barefoot on a beach in the Dominican Republic. Health Canada denied them the necessary medication, so they had to get it in the United States.
Public Health January 30, 2018
Eating raw food is good for the health but not if you're eating raw fish. Experts warned that consuming raw or uncooked fish increases the risks of parasitic infections.
Public Health January 21, 2018
Researchers are warning pet owners about the dangers of feeding their pets raw meat products, as they pose a risk not only to animals but also to themselves. These products were often found to be infected with parasites and bacteria.
Public Health January 13, 2018
Robert Trostle sued Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh, claiming that he contracted an eye-eating parasite from the Raging Rapids ride. Trostle is still not cured even after a painful surgery that tried to scrape the parasite off his eye.
Public Health December 1, 2017
War veterans suffering from cholangiocarcinoma, a rare bile duct cancer, may have been infected by liver fluke from the rivers of Vietnam. How did the soldiers contract the slow-killing parasite?
Feature | Health November 22, 2017
A parasitic worm was found wriggling in the eyeball of a teenager in Mexico. The nematode was removed but it has already caused serious eye damage. How did it get into the boy's eye?
Public Health September 25, 2017
A third of all parasite species could be wiped out by the year 2070, according to researchers. Losing a significant amount of the species could spell bad news for the ecosystem.
Animals September 10, 2017
The rat lungworm parasite that can cause potentially deadly meningitis has been found in Florida. Here are the five counties where researchers detected the presence of the parasite in snails and rats.
Public Health June 29, 2017
New research suggests that fatalities from Chagas disease may be under-reported due to its non-symptomatic stage. Trypanosoma cruzi increases the risk of death in infected individuals.
Public Health May 20, 2017
CDC warns about increasing reports of parasite infection from pools and water parks. The 2016 Crypto outbreaks more than doubled the number of reported cases in 2014.
Public Health May 19, 2017
Two of the six people who drank Kava drink in Keaau were confirmed infected by rat lungworm parasite. A slug was found at the bottom of the brew that was left in an uncovered bucket overnight.
Public Health April 20, 2017
Rat lungworm was first detected in Taiwan in 1944 and has since spread to other parts of the world including the United States. How does globalization and climate change help spread the parasite?
Public Health April 8, 2017
The newly discovered crypt keeper wasp has an ingenious albeit diabolical means of survival. Meet the hyperparasite Euderus set and other equally sinister parasites in nature.
Animals February 5, 2017
The Japanese broad tapeworm was once thought to infect only fish in Asia. Now, four species of Pacific salmon carry the parasite. What species of salmon are affected?
Public Health January 15, 2017
Wildlife experts said they need to conduct additional tests on the Yellowstone River to find out if the parasite that caused the recent fish kill has spread to major tributaries. The river could remain closed for the next few weeks.
Earth/Environment August 23, 2016
The crypto parasite found in at least 20 Arizona swimming pools has sickened more than 100. Health authorities recommended measures to prevent spreading the diarrhea-causing disease.
Public Health August 21, 2016
Wildlife officials decided to close the Yellowstone River to prevent further spread of the parasite that has killed thousands of fishes. How long will the closure last?
Earth/Environment August 19, 2016
Health officials declared an outbreak following an increase in cases of cryptosporidiosis. The crypto parasite, which causes gastrointestinal disease can survive in chlorinated pool waters.
Public Health August 14, 2016
The new compound GNF6702 can kill the kinteoplastid parasites that cause the neglected tropical diseases chagas disease, leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness. In a study on mice, treatment did not cause adverse side effects.
Medicine August 9, 2016
A University of Sydney study has revealed that bed bugs' thicker skin is their protection against common insecticides. Biologist David Lilly aims to understand the biological mechanisms of bed bugs to help in development of effective insecticides.
Earth/Environment April 14, 2016
Blood samples taken from hundreds of animals revealed that malaria may have originated from bird hosts. The mosquito-borne parasite appeared to have then spread to bats and other mammals.
Life March 27, 2016
Super lice, which are now resistant to commonly used over-the-counter drugs, can be spread to one person to another. Since kids are often victims, parents are advised on ways to protect their kids.
Life February 27, 2016
A Japanese scientist lately discovered a new mycoheterotrophic plant species. The surprising finding: the parasitic plant has abandoned photosynthesis and lives off fungi for nutrients.
Animals February 23, 2016
The world has all eyes on the Zika virus. Now, scientists warn that two other parasitic diseases can also be passed from mother to child through the placenta.
Life February 2, 2016
A man from China who was suffering from stomach pains and drastic weight loss excreted a 20-foot long tapeworm. Doctors said he likely ingested the parasite from eating raw beef.
Life January 22, 2016
Despite the Romans' popular culture of regular bathing, modern research found that Roman toilets helped spread parasites across the Empire. Their widespread use of human feces as fertilizers could have re-infected the population through surviving parasite eggs in the grown crops.
Life January 8, 2016
Currently spreading in ISIS-controlled areas in Syria, leishmaniasis is primarily transferred by bugs feeding on rotting corpses on the streets. A recent WHO report on Syria said that aid agencies are scrambling to help over 13 million Syrians immediately.
Life December 13, 2015
Different species of parasitic intestinal worms could affect when the next pregnancy of a Tsimane woman would be. A nine-year study used hookworms and giant roundworms to discover how the infection could affect fertility.
Life November 20, 2015
Malaria eradication has long been challenging. Researchers found that malaria cases may not always be new infections, but relapses of once dormant parasites.
Life November 7, 2015
A man from California received the shock of his life upon learning he had a tapeworm larva lodged in his brain. The worm had been blocking the flow of water in his brain, which could have eventually led to death if it had been left untreated.
Life November 5, 2015
Researchers from James Cook University who conducted tests on mice and cell cultures found that the protein secreted by the parasitic oriental liver fluke healed wounds. The catch, however, is the worm could cause liver cancer in humans in the long run.
Life October 22, 2015
Parasitic flies laying eggs inside honeybees cause the bees to become zombie-like and abandon their hives, researchers find. Finding adds to concern over colony collapse disorder, they suggest.
Earth/Environment October 12, 2015
A new species of parasite found in the United Kingdom appears to have the ability to alter the behavior of other creatures that it infects, according to researchers at the University of Portsmouth.
Earth/Environment August 26, 2015
The world's amphibians, already decimated by disease and habitat loss, face a new threat from parasites, researchers say. Species around the world are infected, they say.
August 11, 2015
Snuggling up to a pet is one of the easiest ways to beat a bad day but it can also be your fastest ticket to getting sick, if you’re not careful.
Life June 9, 2015
Parasitic mites trick their way into beehives by smelling exactly like a bee, researchers find. The result is an 'arms race' based on chemical mimicry by the mites versus the bees' evolving ability to detect them, they say.
Animals June 4, 2015
A 425-million-year-old tongue worm fossil was discovered by scientists at a site in Herefordshire, England. The creature is believed to be the ancient ancestor of 140 modern-day parasites found in the respiratory tract of other animals.
May 22, 2015
A latest device called CellScope Loa can detect parasitic worms in the blood with the help of a smartphone camera. The device uses motion instead of fluorescent stains or molecular markers for detecting parasites in blood.
Life May 7, 2015
Shrimp become more cannibalistic than normal after being infected with a parasite. What can this tell us about the phenomenon?
March 19, 2015
Parasite found in invasive snails in Florida is a threat to both humans and animals, scientists say. Spread of the parasite in Florida is more extensive than previously thought, they find.
February 26, 2015
Chemicals that plants create to ward off predators can help cure ailing bees who consume it with the plant's nectar. Natural plant toxins found to kill intestinal parasites that afflict bees, researchers find.
February 19, 2015
As climate change alters world habitats, disease-carrying parasites will find new hosts to spread them around the globe, researchers say. Result could be more frequent and deadly epidemics.
February 17, 2015