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A research team has mapped the genome of tapeworms to reveal potential drug targets for existing drugs. Urgently needed and effective treatments for the debilitating diseases caused by tapeworms could be developed from the new information the genome provides.
Scientists are reporting development and testing of a new series of drugs that could finally stop the fox tapeworm — which causes a rare but life-threatening disease in humans — dead in its tracks.
Concerning treatment, until recently the only definitive treatment for hydatid disease had been surgery.
Tapeworm infections of the brain, which can cause epileptic seizures, appear to be increasing in Mexico and bordering southwestern states, Loyola University Health System researchers report.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy increase the lithogenicity of bile and impair gallbladder emptying, which create a favorable environment for gallstone formation. Choledocholithiasis and consequent complications such as pancreatitis and cholangitis are potentially fatal diseases for the mother and fetus.
Current treatment of cystic echinococcosis is surgery or percutaneous aspiration, injection and reaspiration (PAIR) using hypertonic saline or ethanol. It is aimed at causing permanent damage to the endocyst - the thin, delicate, and translucid inner membrane that produces the cystic fluid and generates new larval elements able to expand the infestation.
Echinococcus multilocularis is a species of tapeworm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. It is one of a few worms that cause echinococcosis, a disease that affects many canid species including wolves, coyotes, foxes, jackals, domesticated dogs. Humans can also contract this disease. Adult members of this species can reach an average length of .2 inches, and like other species of tapeworm, its body is segmented by three proglottids. Its head, or scolex, is equipped with...
The dog tapeworm (Echinococcus granulosus), also known as the hyper tapeworm or the hydatid worm, is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species can reach an average length between .07 and .2 inches and its body is comprised of three segments, called proglottids, if it has not been damaged. These segments are known as gravid proglottids, mature proglottid, and immature proglottids. As is common to most tapeworm species, the adult dog tapeworm has four suckers on its head, or...
The Hydatid Worm (Echinococcus granulosus), also known as the Hyper Tape-Worm, is a species of cyclophyllid cestode that is found in the small intestine of adult canids (canine), but also is found in livestock and humans, which serve as intermediate hosts. This specimen causes Hydatid disease. The adult Hydatid worm is typically less than 0.25 inches in length and has three proglottids (segments) when intact: the immature proglottid, mature proglottid and gravid proglottid. This specimen,...
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