Parasitic Diseases

  • Genetic Discovery May Offer New Avenue of Attack Against Schistosomiasis
     Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a group of genes in one species of snail that provide a natural resistance to the flatworm parasite that causes schistosomiasis, and opens the door to possible new drugs or ways to break the transmission cycle of ...More
    2 days ago 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
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Sequencing the Hookworm Provides Researchers with Potential New Drug and Vaccine Targets
    In an advance that may potentially lead to new treatments for parasitic hookworms, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Cornell University have sequenced the genome of the hookworm, Ancylostoma ceylanicum. The genome of the nematode that, ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Virginia Tech Researchers Discover Possible Drug Target to Combat Sleeping Sickness
    Virginia Tech biochemists are trying to deliver a stern wake-up call to the parasite that causes sleeping sickness. Scientists identified a protein, called proliferating cell nuclear antigen or PCNA, that is vital to the sleeping sickness parasite’s good health. ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Possible Strategy to Combat Leishmaniasis is Identified
    Research led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists has identified a potential target in the quest to develop a more effective treatment for leishmaniasis, a parasitic tropical disease that kills thousands and sickens more than 1 million people worldwide each ...More
    February 20, 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
  • 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
  • GW Researcher Adapting Breakthrough Technologies to Combat Parasitic Worm Infections
    Recent breakthroughs may pave the way for vaccines and new drugs for those infected by parasitic helminths. These flatworms, including tapeworms that cause hydatid diseases and neurocysticercosis, liver flukes, and blood flukes (schistosomes), infect more than 300 million ...More
    October 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • 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
    October 2, 2014 Posted in News
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