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  • Scientists Use Parasite's Internal Clock to Attack Sleeping Sickness
    The parasite that causes deadly sleeping sickness has its own biological clock that makes it more vulnerable to medications during the afternoon, according to international research that may help improve treatments for one of Africa's most lethal diseases. The finding from ...More
    5 days ago Posted in News
  • Exploring a New Complication From an Emergent Tickborne Parasite
    Babesiosis is a rare -- but increasingly common -- disease spread by ticks. After a bite from an infected tick, microscopic malaria-like parasites are transmitted into the host where they can infect and destroy red blood cells, causing nonimmune hemolytic anemia. Treatment ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Deadly Raccoon Roundworm Can Infect Humans Without Symptoms, Study Finds
    A deadly raccoon parasite that can cause severe neurological problems in infected hosts has been popping up in the South, and seven new cases of human infection in the U.S. have been documented in the last two years alone. Although this “raccoon roundworm” was ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • New Tool for Combating Mosquito-Borne Disease: Insect Parasite Genes
    Wolbachia is the most successful parasite the world has ever known. You’ve never heard of it because it only infects bugs: millions upon millions of species of insects, spiders, centipedes and other arthropods all around the globe. ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Major Drug Initiatives are Best Way to Curb Threat From Parasites
    Large-scale programs to treat a life-threatening disease could improve the health of millions despite concerns about their long-term effects, a study suggests. The research offers fresh insights into the effectiveness of major initiatives set up to treat bilharzia -- also ...More
    January 25, 2017 Posted in News
  • Worm Treatment Strategy Could Benefit Millions of Kids
    A landmark new study shows the benefits of an expanded treatment strategy for intestinal worms -- treating adults as well as children -- that could improve the health of millions of children in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Dr. Naomi Clarke from the Australian ...More
    December 13, 2016 Posted in News
  • A $5 Fix for a Nasty Parasite
    The life of a watershed is complex. The watershed is the area of land separating the smaller water flows that feed into a larger, common outlet--like a river, lake or ocean. As such, it is often home to a variety of wildlife, as well as subject to agricultural and ...More
    December 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • NIAID-Supported Scientists Sequence, Explore the Genome of the River Blindness Parasite
    Scientists have sequenced the genome of the parasitic worm responsible for causing onchocerciasis--an eye and skin infection more commonly known as river blindness. Through their work, researchers have gained insight into the workings of the parasite and identified proteins ...More
    November 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • Malaria Parasite Evades Rapid Test Detection in Children
    The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has one of the highest rates of people living with malaria. Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) account for more than 70 percent of diagnostic testing for malaria in Africa. Most rapid test diagnostics rely on the detection of ...More
    November 17, 2016 Posted in News
  • Mystery of Tropical Human Parasite Swimming Solved by Stanford Researchers
    For several years Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering, has gone to field sites to test new, low-cost microscopes as a tool for diagnosing the parasitic disease schistosomiasis. The devices showed promise, but Prakash was perplexed by how often kids ...More
    November 2, 2016 Posted in News
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