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Long-sought Vaccines For Deadly Parasite Closer To Reality According To New Study
2012-12-13 14:18:47

Cell Press [ Watch The Video ] One major cause of illness from food-borne diseases is the parasite Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). New insights into how the immune system combats T. gondii are provided in a study published by Cell Press December 13th in the journal Immunity. The findings could lead to the development of long-sought vaccines to protect against T. gondii and related parasites. To fight off pathogens, the immune system relies on Toll-like receptors (TLRs)–a class...

2012-12-12 15:33:18

Long ago, when life on our planet was in its infancy, a group of small single-celled algae floating in the vast prehistoric ocean swam freely by beating whip-like tails, called flagella. It's a relatively unremarkable tale, except that now, over 800 million years later, these organisms have evolved into parasites that threaten human health, and their algal past in the ocean may be the key to stopping them. The organisms are called Apicomplexa, but are better known as the parasites that...

2012-12-07 16:36:43

A new study demonstrates for the first time how the Toxoplasma gondii parasite enters the brain to influence its host's behavior. This research was led by researchers from the Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University in Sweden publishes today in the Open Access journal PLOS Pathogens. The Toxoplasma gondii parasite causes toxoplasmosis. The parasite is common and infects between 30 and 50 per cent of the global population. It also infects animals, especially domestic cats. Human...

2012-12-06 11:14:31

How parasites remote control victims Parasites are unpleasant lodgers at the best of times, but there is one group of parasites that is particularly pernicious. These are the parasites that hijack their victims' nervous systems, reducing them to helpless zombies. 'The fact that parasites can so efficiently alter host behaviour is fascinating', says The Journal of Experimental Biology Editor Michael Dickinson, from the University of Washington, USA, adding, 'There is something horrifying...

2012-11-15 12:24:21

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Transforming the World Through Comedy (TWTComedy) announced its partnership with nonprofit Malaria No More for its 2(nd) annual global interactive 24 hour live streamed stand-up comedy event. The 2013 digital telethon will take place on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The live stand up shows will broadcast in real time on www.youtube.com/TWTComedy from seven global cities: Sydney, Australia (The Comedy Store), Singapore, London, Toronto (Yuk...

Northern Spread Of Avian Malaria In Alaska Fueled By Climate Change
2012-09-20 10:40:27

Researchers discover infected birds in Alaska, say global warming will send disease farther north Malaria has been found in birds in parts of Alaska, and global climate change will drive it even farther north, according to a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE. The spread could prove devastating to arctic bird species that have never encountered the disease and thus have no resistance to it, said San Francisco State University Associate Professor of Biology Ravinder...

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2012-09-04 18:54:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online You may want to start washing your hands after petting fluffy, because new estimates indicate that 350,000 people a year in the United Kingdom become infected with toxoplasmosis. The disease is spread by direct contact with cats, or eating contaminated food, according to a report by the Food Standards Agency. Only about one in 10 of the people who have become infected with toxoplasmosis have symptoms. "The biggest threat is...

2012-08-30 13:10:19

When Washington State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinary scientist Don Knowles got word three years ago that a rare but deadly infection was discovered among a group of horses in south Texas, he felt a jolt of adrenaline. Not only were the horses infected with a parasitic disease similar to malaria in humans, but the epicenter of the outbreak was at no ordinary ranch. It was the King Ranch, legendary for its world-class quarter horses, including former winners of the...

2012-08-23 00:55:46

Medicines for Malaria Venture has developed a framework to evaluate the risk of resistance for the antimalarial compounds in its portfolio. A paper based on this work: A framework for assessing the risk of resistance for antimalarials in development has been published in the Malaria Journal today. Resistance defines the longevity of every anti-infective drug, so it is important when developing new medicines for malaria, to check how easily promising antimalarial compounds will select for...

2012-08-20 02:25:35

NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ground-breaking comedy website CollegeHumor.com and innovative charity Malaria No More have teamed up to launch Malarious this World Mosquito Day. Malarious is a collection of twenty-four comedy videos featuring celebrity actors and comedians to help raise money for the fight against malaria. By giving a minimum contribution of one dollar to help Malaria No More save lives, anyone can view all of the Malarious shorts, which will live exclusively at...