Parasites


  • Mobile Phone Video Microscope Automates Detection of Parasites in Blood
    A research team led by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, has developed a new mobile phone microscope that uses video to automatically detect and quantify infection by parasitic worms in a drop of blood. This next generation of UC Berkeley's CellScope ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Understanding the Body's Response to Parasitic Worms and Allergies
    Research from the University of Manchester is bringing scientists a step closer to developing new therapies for controlling the body's response to allergies and parasitic worm infections. ...More
    April 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • Human Parasites Found in Medieval Cesspit Provide Insights on Disease Spread in 15th Century
    A new analysis of a medieval cesspit in the Christian quarter of the old city of Jerusalem has revealed the presence of a number of ancient parasite eggs, providing a window into the nature and spread of infectious diseases in the Middle East during the 15th century. ...More
    March 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • IU Scientists Discover Mechanism That May Help Parasites Manipulate Their Hosts
    The parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which has infected an estimated 1 in 4 Americans and even larger numbers worldwide, forms astrocyte in the brain. Image courtesy of Indiana University School of Medicine   Rodents infected with a common parasite lose their fear ...More
    March 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Parasite Infection Poses a Greater Risk for Children Under Age 5 in Africa
    Children under the age of 5 living in sub-Saharan Africa are at greater risk than older children of developing a long-term parasitic disease, research suggests. Infants experience significantly greater exposure to the parasitic worms that cause the chronic disease ...More
    March 6, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Sheds Light on How Malaria Parasites Grow Exponentially
    A University of South Florida College of Public Health professor and his team of researchers have become the first to uncover part of the mysterious process by which malaria-related parasites spread at explosive and deadly rates inside humans and other animals. ...More
    March 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Tracking Parasites With Satellites
    Scientists are teaming up to use satellite data to target deadly parasites to help predict patterns of parasitic diseases such as malaria, worms and hydatids. Project leader professor Archie Clements, from the Australian National University, says the research could help ...More
    February 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Malaria Parasites Unlikely to Jump from Animals to Humans
    In recent years, public health experts have increasingly explored the idea of eliminating the most dangerous malaria-causing parasite. But they have questioned whether getting rid of this species, called Plasmodium falciparum, would allow other species of the parasite to ...More
    February 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Strains of Parasites are Identified
    About 600 million people around the world live with whipworms. Most are children in the developing world, whose physical and mental development is stunted by these gastrointestinal parasites. The whipworms affect their ability to learn and therefore have a long-term impact ...More
    January 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Unanticipated Consequences of Some Disease Remedies
    Parasitic worms, which infect millions of people and other animals around the world, influence how the immune system responds to diseases like HIV and tuberculosis. In a new study of African buffalo, University of Georgia (UGA) ecologist Vanessa Ezenwa has found that ...More
    January 9, 2015 Posted in News