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Tackling the bacterium that causes cat scratch disease

Researchers have gained a new insight about a protein named BafA which stimulates the production of new blood vessels that support bacterial lesions. This discovery may help develop new methods for diagnosing and treating bartonellosis.

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This week’s releases include a citywide manhunt; a pertinent revival of a classic TV show; a strategy that determined a war; entitled rich kids with no boundaries; a precautionary tale with a sci-fi twist; and a historic South Korean film.

World's biggest flower found blooming in Indonesian jungle

Proving that 2020 is going to be a year of mixed blessings, conservationists in Indonesia have discovered the largest-ever blooming flower — on a parasitic plant that literally smells like death.

Essential Science: Transgenic fungus kills malaria mosquitoes

A genetically modified fungus rapidly kills 99 percent of malaria mosquitoes, a new study reveals. The introduction of the transgenic fungus could significantly reduce malaria mosquito populations.

New handheld device to detect drinking water parasites

Scientists have developed a new handheld instrument that can assess microbiological contamination in water, providing the results of the analysis in real-time. The focus is on the parasite Cryptosporidium.

Ticked off: Tiny 'dracula' with a taste for dinosaur blood

Paris - Dinosaurs, the most fearsome creatures ever to walk the Earth, were bugged already 100 million years ago by a paltry pest that still plagues animals today: the bloodsucking tick, scientists have discovered.

Worrying spread of parasitic worm in Hawaii

A parasitic roundworm that causes rat lungworm disease appears to be spreading on the Hawaiian island of Maui. During the past three months six people have become infected.

Scientist discovers new parasite, names it after Barack Obama

An American scientist has named a new species of parasite he recently discovered after United States President Barack Obama.

Malaria infection boosts Ebola survival rates

A review of medical and epidemiological data has shown people who are infected with malaria at the same time as becoming infected with Ebola have a higher chance of surviving the Ebola virus.

Fighting a major parasite with prawns

Schistosomiasis is a major parasitic disease and considerable research goes into developing drugs to combat a parasitic infection. A new study suggests an ecological answer might be more effective: using prawns.

An old disease has reared its ugly head, and it's spreading

Cutaneous leishmaniasis, a disease once contained to areas around Aleppo and Damascus in Syria, has now been given new life thanks to the ongoing conflict in the region, reaching catastrophic proportions.

WHO aims to wipe out malaria within two decades

Geneva - The World health Organization (WHO) is aiming to eliminate malaria from the planet by 2030. The United Nations health agency thinks that this feat is achievable, provided resources are provided by world governments.

Potential treatment for sleeping sickness parasite

Stockholm - Scientists are reporting they may have found a cure for the parasitic disease sleeping sickness. The new therapeutic attacks the parasite directly.

New malaria parasite weakness detected

Scientists report that a weakness with the parasite responsible for the cause of malaria has been detected, based on the development of the parasite being based on its ability to extract genetic material.

Common cat parasite linked to uncontrollable anger in humans

The common cat parasite, Toxoplasma gondii has already been linked to an increased risk of suicide and schizophrenia, as well as being a possible answer to fighting certain cancers. But a new study might help explain "road rage."

Battling leaf cutter ants with fungi

Researchers have been investigating novel methods of fungal control to deal with leaf-cutter ants. These ants are problematic agricultural and garden pests.

Lancashire residents told to boil water due to contamination

For the last week people living in the English county of Lancashire have been advised not to drink tap water. This is due to a cryptosporidium outbreak.

Cracking down on recreation water infection

Bethesda - The weather’s getting hotter and many people like to play and swim in public pools. Sometimes these communal areas can be sites of contamination and infection. The CDC has offered new advice.

Blue is the color for wiping out sleeping sickness

Scientists have found that the color blue is attractive to the tsetse fly. Knowing this could help in the battle against sleeping sickness.

Tsetse fly, sleeping sickness and the bacterial mystery

Scientists are edging closer to wiping out sleeping sickness worldwide. However, to do so a greater understating of the relationship between the Tsetse fly and the disease causing parasite is required.

Shrimp becomes voracious cannibal through parasite infection

A new study suggests that parasites can trigger cannibalism in certain species. In the study, a parasite was found to trigger cannibalism in a shrimp and also made the shrimp hungrier for food.

Potential antimalarial drug made from algae

Scientists have used algae to produce a malaria parasite protein. When the algae-produced protein is paired with an immune-boosting cocktail, studies showed generated antibodies in mice were able to eliminate a mosquito infection.

Oyster infection rates increase at night

Oysters that reside in shallow waters around the world are prone to a parasitic disease. This is because nutrient pollution there runs high and oxygen levels invariably plummet to zero at night.

Little risk of malaria making a species jump

If the goal of eliminating the most dangerous malaria-causing parasite is achieved, will another type associated with a different species take its place?

New understanding with anti-malarial drug resistance

London - Researchers have identified mutations associated with resistance to afrontline antimalarial drug called artemisinin. This is part of the fight back against anti-malarial drug resistance.

Big fall in Guinea Worm Disease cases

New York - Only 126 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2014, according to the campaign body The Carter Center. This is down from 148 cases officially reported in 2013. This means that this disease is edging closer to extinction.

New compound shows anti-malaria promise

New York - A newly developed anti-malarial compound can trigger the immune system into rapidly destroying red blood cells infected with the malaria parasite and, at the same time, leave healthy blood cells intact.

Dracunculiasis cases decline globally

Some rare good news on the global health front. Only 148 dracunculiasis cases were reported in 2013 (the lowest annual total ever) and only four endemic countries remain. So, what is this parasitic disease?

Tapeworm lives in man's brain for four years (video)

London - A man who suffered with headaches and seizures for four years finally found out why: a rare tapeworm was living in his brain. The parasite has now been removed by medics.

Chagas disease emerging as U.S. public health threat

Chagas disease - a stealthy parasitic infection that can lead to severe heart disease and death, is spreading in the U.S. Scientists argue that policy makers need to treat the issue seriously.
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Screen grab of an incised sheep s liver showing liver flukes (Fasciola gigantica) wriggling in the c...
Screen grab of an incised sheep's liver showing liver flukes (Fasciola gigantica) wriggling in the cut section of the liver. In a moose, the flukes die, causing extensive damage, killing the animal.
Electron micrograph of the malarial parasite Plasmodium
Electron micrograph of the malarial parasite Plasmodium
University of Berkley
This photomicrograph of a fresh stool sample  which had been prepared using a 10% formalin solution ...
This photomicrograph of a fresh stool sample, which had been prepared using a 10% formalin solution, and stained with modified acid-fast stain, revealed the presence of four en:Cyclospora cayetanensis oocysts in the field of view.
Cryptosporidium parvum
Cryptosporidium parvum
Scanning electron micrograph of a pair of Schistosoma mansoni
Scanning electron micrograph of a pair of Schistosoma mansoni
Davies Laboratory Uniformed Services University Bethesda, MD
The cyclospora parasite is usually linked to the consumption of fresh produce contaminated with fece...
The cyclospora parasite is usually linked to the consumption of fresh produce contaminated with feces.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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