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Oldest ever parasite egg found

The discovery of a schistosomiasis parasite egg in a 6200-year-old grave could provide the first evidence that agricultural irrigation systems in the Middle East contributed to disease burden.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

How do lemurs fight infection?

Next-generation genome sequencing technology is enabling researchers to catalog 150,000 antibodies found in a single species of lemur that seems uniquely susceptible to parasitic infection.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Deadly Asian toad settles in Madagascar

A group of scientists has urged the Madagascan government to take up arms against the Asian common toad, which is a poisonous relative of the infamous cane toad that has now gained a foothold on the island.
In the Media by Ryan Hite - 1 comment

Protein discovery could help prevent malaria deaths

Stockholm - Malaria can be mild or deadly. However, there is no way to tell which patients are at risk of developing more dangerous forms of the disease. New research suggests that different proteins affect the seriousness of the disease.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

How does the immune system protect children from malaria?

Some children who live in regions of the world where malaria is common can mount an immune response to infection with malaria parasites. Scientists have investigated why this response takes place.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

New suspect for the decline of honeybees

A virus that causes blight in plants may contribute to the catastrophic decline of honeybee colonies. This could be one of the main reasons why bee populations are in decline around the world.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Parasites used to control locust populations

A Chinese study suggests that migratory locusts are less likely to aggregate into crop-devastating swarms when infected by a parasite.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Searching for a new way to halt malaria

A research team have identified a way to stop malaria parasites from multiplying. It is hoped that this could become the basis of a new treatment.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Mexican bees at risk

Bees in Mexico have become susceptible to parasite - the Varroa acari – which is leading to a reduction in bee populations in the country.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Malaria cases in U.S. at 40-year high

The number of malaria cases in the US has reached a 40-year high, with 1,925 cases reported in 2011 — the highest number since 1971.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Symposium wants greater innovation towards eliminating malaria

A Malaria Consortium symposium has highlighted the need for increased innovation as part of malaria elimination efforts, during the Sixth Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan-African Malaria Conference in Durban.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Breakthrough in parasitic worm infection

Scientists have made an important step forward in finding a potential treatment for a gastrointestinal parasitic infection that affects over a billion people worldwide.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Brain eating amoeba found in water supply where boy died

Tests carried out by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a Louisiana parish's water supply found that it contained the deadly brain eating parasitic amoeba.
In the Media by Sami Zaatari - 1 comment

Step taken towards sleeping sickness cure

Scientists in Belgium have taken a step towards creating a protein-based cure for the most common form of global sleeping sickness.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Canadian oyster killing parasite isolated

Some tiny, elusive parasites that have plagued oysters from British Columbia to California have been detected and identified for the first time.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Infected bees leave the hive altruistically

Scientists have established that sick and infected bees leave their hives voluntarily, as an act of altruism, rather than being driven out by the healthy bee population.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

U.K. cautious about spending more to tackle global malaria

A number of world governments have announced an increase funding globally for the fight against malaria. However, the U.K. is more cautious, arguing that countries in receipt of aid need to reform before more money is given.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Tick disease risk to domestic cats

Veterinarians are warning pet owners in the U.S. of the increased risk of a disease called Bobcat fever, which is carried by ticks, and is a risk to cats.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Chimps contract malaria at the same rate as people

Chimpanzees have been studied for the first time relation to the incidences of malaria. The conclusion is that chimps can contract malaria just as easily as people and have similar survival rates if untreated.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Bacteria used to combat malaria

A new study has shown that transmission of malaria via mosquitoes to humans can be interrupted by using a strain of the bacteria Wolbachia in the insects.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 6 comments

International research team uncovers clues to parasitic disease Special

An international team of scientists in Seattle, Wash., U.S., and Cordoba and San Martin, Argentina, have uncovered a surprising new role for one type of immune cell in controlling the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Tapeworm DNA hold clue for anti-parasitic drug

A new study of tapeworm DNA provides clues as to the possible targets on which currently licensed drugs could act against the parasite.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Blood-sucking parasite named Marley in homage to Reggae singer

Researchers from Arkansas State University have discovered a parasitic crustacean which infects fish in the coral reefs of the eastern Caribbean. They named it after Bob.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Mosquitoes engineered to be unable to transmit malaria

Scientists have bred mosquitoes which are unable to infect people with the malaria parasite. They hope that such populations of malaria-free mosquitoes can enter the ecosystem and help to curb the population of malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 7 comments

A new branch of life?

A new organism has been discovered in a pile of slime buried in a lake in Norway. The organism is so unusual that the scientific team which has examined it genetically are declaring that it should have its own location on the tree of life.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Vladimir Putin labels the United States as an economic 'parasite'

Moscow - As the United States Congress was deliberating and coming to an agreement on the $2.4 trillion debt limit increase, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin spoke to pro-Kremlin youth activists where he called the U.S. an economic "parasite."
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 2 comments

Parasitic wasp controls ladybug as zombie bodyguard

Scientists have described an unusual case of reversible parasitism between insects: the wasp Dinocampus coccinellae takes control of a ladybug that carries an egg the wasp lays in its abdomen, bodyguards the larval cocoon, and, maybe, gets its life back.

Parasitic worm swallowing diet putting lives in danger

One of the latest diet crazes in Hong Kong, the practice of eating the giant intestinal Ascaris worms has become so popular that the nation's Department of Health decided to make a public statement in opposition to it.
In the Media by Betty Kowall - 3 comments

Helping Mosquitoes Get Healthy May Save Lives

Malaria comes from sick Anopheles mosquitoes who bite humans injecting them with Plasmodium. Researchers know that mosquitoes like human have immune systems but a protozoan parasite is smarter than that immune system.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 1 comment

Brain Parasite Influences Rats’ Attraction to Cats

Researchers believe the parasite taxoplasma gondii hijacks brain circuits in the amygdala, making the rat exhibit attraction when it should show fear.
In the Media by Kathlyn Stone - 4 comments
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Cryptosporidium parvum
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Cryptosporidium parvum
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Scanning electron micrograph of a pair of Schistosoma mansoni
Davies Laboratory Uniformed Services University Bethesda, MD
Scanning electron micrograph of a pair of Schistosoma mansoni
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Trypanosoma cruzi  the parasite responsible for Chagas disease
American Public Health
Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite responsible for Chagas disease
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Electron micrograph of the malarial parasite Plasmodium
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