Tag: Parasites

Malaria Parasite Tricks Liver Cells In Order To Survive And Reproduce

Researchers found that the malaria parasite, Plasmodium, can take advantage of liver cells to survive and reproduce. The finding, said the researchers, could lead them to develop new drugs that would help treat malaria even before any symptoms appear.

Medicine May 23, 2018

Over A Dozen Squirming Roundworms Removed From A Woman’s Gut

A woman from India suffered from ascariasis, an infection caused by roundworms that had been living in her bile duct for six months. Doctors were able to extract 14 roundworms, measuring about 6 to 8 inches each.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 3, 2018

DNA Shotgun Sequencing Of Ancient Poop With Parasite Eggs Reveals Diets Of Northern European And Middle Eastern Ancestors

An analysis of ancient fecal matters revealed what kind of parasitic worms had infected the Northern European and Middle Eastern ancient people. The analysis also revealed the type of food and lifestyle they had during their period.

Ancient April 26, 2018

Former Rugby Player Paralyzed After Swallowing Garden Slug On A Dare Now Has To Fight For Government Aid

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

Bed Bugs Found To Poop Chemical Making Humans Sick

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

These Horrifying Parasitic Worms Were Found Inside An Oregon Woman's Irritated Eye

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

Couple Get Hookworms In Their Feet On Vacation In The Dominican Republic, Denied Medication In Canada

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

Is Eating Raw Fish Safe? Man Pulls 5-Foot Tapeworm From Body After Eating Sushi

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

Pet Owners Warned Not To Feed Animals With Raw Meat Products

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

Think Twice Before Going On That Dirty Water Ride: Pennsylvania Man Victimized By Eye-Eating Parasite

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

Cancer In Vietnam War Veterans May Be Linked To Lethal Parasite From Southeast Asia

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

Parasitic Worm Moves Around And Digs Holes In Boy's Eye For 3 Weeks

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

Climate Change Threatens One Third Of All Parasites: Why This Is Bad

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

Brain-Invading Parasite That Can Cause Meningitis Now In Florida, Thanks To Climate Change

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

‘Kissing Bugs’ In Your Home: Chagas Disease May Be More Fatal That Previously Thought

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

Diarrhea-Inducing Parasites In Pools On The Rise: CDC

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

New Rat Lungworm Cases In Hawaii Linked To Contaminated Kava Drink

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

Brain-Invading Parasite May Have Spread Due To Climate Change And Globalization

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

Mind Controlling Wasp Discovered: Meet The Euderus Set And Other Sinister Parasites

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

Salmon From Alaska Now Carry Japanese Tapeworm Parasite

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

Montana Officials Set To Conduct More Tests On Yellowstone River After Massive Fish Kill

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

More Than 100 Sickened By Parasite Present In 20 Arizona Swimming Pools

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

Parasite Killing Thousands Of Fish Prompts Montana Wildlife Officials To Close Yellow Stone River

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

Ohio Declares Crypto Outbreak: Swimming Pools Could Be Contaminated By Parasite That Causes Diarrhea

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

New Drug Can Kill Parasites That Cause Three Neglected Tropical Diseases Affecting Millions Worldwide

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

Bed Bugs Develop Thicker Skin To Beat Common Insecticides, Study Says

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

Malaria Started Out As Bird Parasite Before Spreading To Other Mammals

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 Outbreak: How To Treat And Protect Your Kids From Head Lice

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

Parasitic Plant Species In Japan Do Not Use Photosynthesis, Feeds On Fungi

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

Leishmaniasis And Chagas Parasitic Diseases Can Pass From Mother To Child

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

20-Foot Tapeworm Found Inside Intestine Of Chinese Man Suffering From Stomach Pains

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

Roman Sanitation Systems Did Not Improve Public Health: Study Finds Roman Toilets Spread Parasites

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

Flesh Eating Disease Leishmaniasis Spreads In War-Torn Syria

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

Parasitic Worm Increases Fertility In Women: Study

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

Relapsing Infections Pose Challenge to Malaria Eradication

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

Surgeons Remove Live Tapeworm Larva From California Man's Brain

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

Cancer-Causing Parasite Could Heal Diabetic Ulcers And Other Chronic Wounds

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

Tiny Flies Suspected In Turning Honeybees Into 'Zombees'

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

Marine Biologist Discovered New Parasite That Can Alter Shrimp Brains

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

Protists May Make Frogs Worldwide Croak Their Last: What You Should Know About This Deadly Parasite

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

Cat Parasites May Cause Mental Illness In Humans: What Other Diseases Can You Catch From Your Pets?

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 Invade Hives By Copying Bees' 'Chemical Stink'

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

Meet Invavita piratica: Ancient Tongue Worm Preserved In Its Host 425 Million Years Ago

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

Researchers Use Smartphone Camera To Look For Parasites In Blood

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

How Can Parasites Turn Animals Cannibalistic?

Shrimp become more cannibalistic than normal after being infected with a parasite. What can this tell us about the phenomenon?

March 19, 2015

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