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Parasitic Diseases


  • New Parasitic Infection Treatment Shows Promise
    The human whipworm, which infects 500 million people and can damage physical and mental growth, is killed at egg and adult stage by a new drug class developed at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford and University College London. ...More
    5 days ago Posted in News
  • New Protein Could be Key in Fighting Debilitating Parasitic Disease
    A naturally occurring protein has been discovered that shows promise as a biocontrol weapon against schistosomiasis, one of the world's most prevalent parasitic diseases, Oregon State University researchers reported today in a new study. Schistosomiasis is transmitted via ...More
    2 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Human Hookworm Infection Creates Significant Health and Economic Burden
    Hookworm affects approximately 500 million people worldwide, yet its global economic and health impact is not well understood. A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases suggests that the health and economic burden of hookworm infection is estimated to exceed ...More
    September 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • Key Substance for Treatment of Visceral Leishmaniasis Identified
    A study shows that stimulating the production of interleukin-17A (IL-17A), one of the cytokines released by cells of the immune system, can be an effective strategy for the treatment of visceral leishmaniasis, considered one of the six most important parasitic diseases ...More
    August 25, 2016 Posted in News
  • A Single Compound Could Treat Three Parasitic Diseases
    Scientists have identified a compound that can kill the parasites responsible for three neglected diseases: Chagas disease, leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness. These diseases affect millions of people in Latin America, Asia and Africa, but there are few effective ...More
    August 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • Filarial Worm Infections Double the Risk of HIV Infection
    Since the start of the HIV epidemic, there have been speculations as to why HIV and the immunodeficiency syndrome it causes have spread so much more in Africa than in other countries around the world. Scientists from the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) have now, ...More
    August 3, 2016 Posted in News
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