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  • 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
    4 weeks ago 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
  • Phone-Based Microscopes Work Well in the Field With Minimal Training
    Handheld, mobile phone-based microscopes can be used in developing countries after minimal training of community laboratory technicians to diagnose intestinal parasites quickly and accurately. A first of its kind, community-based study carried out in the Republic of ...More
    June 28, 2016 Posted in News
  • How Do You Kill a Malaria Parasite? Clog It with Cholesterol
    Drexel University scientists have discovered an unusual mechanism for how two new antimalarial drugs operate: They give the parasite’s skin a boost in cholesterol, making it unable to traverse the narrow labyrinths of the human bloodstream. The drugs also seem to ...More
    May 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Uncover Essential Interaction Between Malaria Parasites and Liver Cells
    Scientists at the Center for Infectious Disease Research recently uncovered a critical piece in the puzzle of how malaria parasites infect their host. The work, recently published in Science Magazine, reveals the details of how the malaria parasite invades its initial ...More
    November 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Assess Use of Drug-Susceptible Parasites to Fight Drug Resistance
    Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a model for evaluating a potential new strategy in the fight against drug-resistant diseases. The strategy would take advantage of parasite refugia—host populations that have not been treated with drugs, thereby ...More
    November 25, 2015 Posted in News
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