Parasitic Diseases


  • Blackflies May Be Responsible for Spreading Nodding Syndrome
    Despite decades of research, scientists have yet to pinpoint the exact cause of nodding syndrome (NS), a disabling disease affecting African children. A new report suggests that blackflies infected with the parasite Onchocerca volvulus may be capable of passing on a ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Enzyme Discovery Paves Way to Tackling Parasite Diseases
    An enzyme found in all living things could hold the key to combatting deadly diseases such as sleeping sickness, a study suggests. Research into the enzyme, which helps cells convert nutrients into energy, has shown that it is activated in different ways in various species. ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Fighting Parasitic Infection Inadvertently Unleashes Dormant Virus
    Signals from the immune system that help repel a common parasite inadvertently can cause a dormant viral infection to become active again, a new study shows. Further research is necessary to understand the clinical significance of the finding, but researchers at Washington ...More
    June 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientist Uncovers New Links Connecting Environmental Changes with Spike in Infectious Disease
    National Museum of Natural History scientist Bert Van Bocxlaer and an international team of researchers revealed that anthropogenic changes in Africa’s Lake Malaŵi are a driving force behind the increase of urogenital schistosomiasis, a debilitating tropical disease ...More
    May 21, 2014 Posted in News
  • Parasitic Infections Affect Millions in the U.S.
    Most people think parasitic diseases occur in poor and developing countries, or are infections they might pick up on a trip to a foreign country. However, parasitic infections also occur in the United States, and in some cases affect millions of people. Often they can go ...More
    May 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Progress in Understanding Immune Response in Severe Schistosomiasis
    Researchers at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts and Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) have uncovered a mechanism that may help explain the severe forms of schistosomiasis, or snail fever, which is caused by schistosome worms and is one of ...More
    April 16, 2014 Posted in News
  • Parasites in Humans Influence Each Other Via Shared Food Sources
    Humans are often infected by parasites, sometimes even several species at a time. Such co-infections are more difficult to treat if the parasites interact with each other. An ecologist from the University of Zurich and his international team have compiled a list of the ...More
    March 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Discovery Could Help Combat the Spread of Sleeping Sickness
    A new discovery by scientists could help combat the spread of sleeping sickness. Insights into how the parasites that cause the disease are able to communicate with one another could help limit the spread of the infection. The findings suggest that new drugs could be ...More
    December 16, 2013 Posted in News
  • Treatment Target is Identified for a Public Health-Risk Parasite
    In the developing world, Cryptosporidium parvum has long been the scourge of freshwater. A decade ago, it announced its presence in the United States, infecting over 400,000 people – the largest waterborne-disease outbreak in the county's history. Its rapid ability to ...More
    November 27, 2013 Posted in News
  • Leishmania Parasites with Greater Infectivity Associated with Treatment Failure
    Relapses after treatment for Leishmania infection may be due to a greater infectivity of the parasite rather than drug resistance, as has been previously thought, according to a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for ...More
    October 8, 2013 Posted in News
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