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Essential Science: Nanotechnology provides antimalarial drug

Malaria affects millions of people worldwide and it is one of the world’s most dangerous diseases. In a positive development, researchers have developed a new medicine, described as ‘long lasting’, to aid the prevention of malaria.

Essential Science: Nanoparticles used for malaria test

Malaria is one of the world’s most serious and common diseases. In order to improve detectability, researchers have developed a new test for the causative parasite. The test uses the latest nanoscience technology.

Parasite danger warning for sushi lovers

London - Sushi is growing in popularity in many parts of the world, yet the risks from parasitic infection from eating raw fish are often underplayed, according to a new health report.

Cats cause no harm for your mental well-being: Study

A new research project has cast doubt on earlier, more controversial studies that suggested there is an association between cat ownership and mental health issues. The new research has found no connection between cat ownership and psychotic symptoms.

A step towards eliminating river blindness parasite

River blindness remains a major concern for parts of the world, especially in Africa and Latin America where up to 37 million people are infected. The disease causes eye and skin diseases. A new study offers a clue for eradication of the disease.

Essential Science: Knockout blow to malaria by immune cells trap

One way to stop malaria parasites from spreading around the body is to kill them in the liver. Researchers have found a way to trap malaria killing immune cells in the liver, so they can target the parasite effectively.

Guatemala eliminates river blindness

Guatemala has become the fourth country in the Americas to eliminate river blindness disease. The announcement represents tough action by national and international bodies.

Insight into parasite transmission from tsetse fly bites

Tsetse flies can infect people, and other animals, with parasites via their bite. Little has been known about the number of parasites needed for an infection to occur. This has changed with a new study.

Combination therapy tackles tick-borne illnesses

Washington - A new cure for an emerging tick-carried illness called babesiosis has been developed by medical researchers. The disease, it seems from the research, can be tackled by the use of combination drugs.

Parasitic infection leads to stunted growth

Bangla - A waterborne parasite can restrict the growth of children, even when the children display no symptoms of having contracted the parasite. The effects of stunted growth are apparent from age two.

Essential Science: Are parasitic worms good for the gut?

Horrible as it may seem, there are biological advantages to having parasitic worms in terms of warding off various diseases. This is because parasites trigger an immune reaction that calms inflammation. The benefit has been explored in a new study.

'Sophisticated' ancient Roman toilets helped spread parasites

The ancient Roman empire had what was considered advanced engineering at the time. They created public baths, aqueducts, fountains, sewer systems and toilets. Despite the technology, parasites were widespread.

Parasitic intestinal worms boost the immune system

While parasitic intestinal works cause a range of diseases and are responsible for widespread infection worldwide, a new study has found that some worms, through protecting themselves in the human body, indirectly aid the immune system.

Repeated infections of mosquitoes makes malaria worse

If a mosquito gets re-infected with the parasite that causes malaria then evidence suggest that the parasites become more harmful to the next host. This is to do with multiple infections of different parasites.

Lessons from bee-killing parasites

Around the world bees are at risk from pesticides, environmental conditions and parasite infestations. New research into bee mites suggests we can learn a lot about parasites in general and find ways to protect bee colonies.

Natural use of marijuana reduces intestinal parasite rate

Hunter-gathers who take marijuana have a lower rate of infection by parasitic intestinal worms. This has been noted in the Aka people.

South African birds reveal parasite diversity

The colorful and varied birds of South Africa contain a range of different pathogens and parasites. Among this array of microscopic organisms are the single-celled animals that cause malaria. The range has surprised scientists.

How Viagra can prevent malaria transmission

Viagra, the well-known drug for men with sexual problems, may have another use: fighting the malaria parasite. This is, in all seriousness, by increasing the stiffness of infected erythrocytes (red blood cells).

Saving Cotton Plants With Fungi

Scientists have analysed a beneficial fungus that can work as a disease control agent to protect cotton crops from pathogens.

Malaria cells produce odors that attract mosquitoes

Malaria causing parasites produce chemical compounds that give off odors. These odors attract mosquitoes to come and bite an infected animal, thereby ensuring the cycle of infection continues.

Disease carrying mosquitoes could reach the U.K.

Mosquitoes carrying "tropical diseases" could become widespread across the U.K. over the next 20 or 30 years. This is assuming that European temperatures continue to rise.

Tackling tropical tick disease by stopping cell hopping

Researchers have determined how a sometimes deadly tropical parasite, transmitted by ticks, turns healthy cells into cancer-like invasive cells. It is hoped that the new understanding will pave the way for a treatment.

Archaeological dig unearths ancient parasite eggs

Basel - Investigators have unearthed eggs of intestinal parasites in samples from a former Celtic settlement. From this, the scientists argue that the population lived in poor sanitary conditions.

Counting down a global disease to zero

New York - The global Guinea worm eradication program is proving to be successful and a possible zero case count is in sight. A special event is being prepared for January to show the considerable progress made during 2014.

Protecting honeybees through stress management

Global honeybee populations are in decline and under assault from a range of factors, including pollution, chemicals and parasites. Researchers argue that limiting stress can help bee populations more strongly resist these threats.

Why do some mosquitoes carry malaria?

Researchers have genetically mapped 16 Anopheles mosquito species. Anopheles mosquitoes transmit human malaria parasites. Scientists are curious to understand why only a few dozen of the 500 different Anopheles species worldwide transmit malaria.

Bed bugs can transmit Chagas disease

Bethesda - Disturbingly, a new study suggests that bed bugs (such as triatomines) can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease.

Is schizophrenia linked to human parasites?

There are many possible causes of schizophrenia, from genetic to environmental. One unusual factor could be, in some cases, parasites.

Understanding mosquito feeding, to avoid disease spread

Biologists have discovered that mosquitoes bite male birds twice as often as they bite females. The same is true with people: mosquitoes bite men more often than women. Knowing this could help to stop the insects from spreading viruses to people.

Body's own enzymes unleashed to combat parasites

A common type of enzyme, found in the human body, has the potential to fight parasitic diseases like sleeping sickness. In a new study, scientists found that by blocking the activity of the enzyme kills a range of parasites.
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Ancylostoma caninum  a type of hookworm  attached to the intestinal mucosa.
Ancylostoma caninum, a type of hookworm, attached to the intestinal mucosa.
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The latrine was found at the ruins of Xuanquanzhi on the edge of the Taklamakan desert (shown on map...
The latrine was found at the ruins of Xuanquanzhi on the edge of the Taklamakan desert (shown on map).
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