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Parasitic Diseases

  • Research Will Help to Refine Treatments for Global Parasitic Disease
    Recently published research from Iowa State University biomedical scientists details new methods for studying a parasitic nematode that sickens millions worldwide, a development that could lead to improved therapies. ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Survey of Chagas Disease in U.S. Confirms It is a Major Public Health Challenge
    A study of almost 5,000 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County found that 1.24 percent tested positive for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that can cause life-threatening heart damage if not treated early. Chagas disease is one of the leading causes ...More
    April 13, 2017 Posted in News
  • International Scientific Teams Find Potential Approach Against Parasites
    Research teams from the National Institutes of Health and abroad have identified the first inhibitor of an enzyme long thought to be a potential drug target for fighting disease-causing parasites and bacteria. The teams, led by NIH’s National Center for Advancing ...More
    April 4, 2017 Posted in News
  • 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
    March 23, 2017 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
    March 8, 2017 Posted in News
  • 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
    February 22, 2017 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
    February 16, 2017 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
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