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Additional Strategies Needed To Control Parasitic Diseases
2013-06-04 15:45:07

University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna Almost one in six people worldwide are infected by parasitic worms, while parasitic infections of livestock cause economic losses of billions of Euro per year. Resistance to the few drugs available to treat infections is increasing and there is an urgent need to identify additional strategies to control parasitic diseases. A new study by Martina Ondrovics and colleagues at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna describes a rational approach...

2013-05-21 14:57:52

A new diagnostic test for a worm infection that can lead to severe enlargement and deformities of the legs and genitals is far more sensitive than the currently used test, according to results of a field study in Liberia, in West Africa, where the infection is endemic. The new test found evidence of the infection — lymphatic filariasis — in many more people that the standard test had missed. The study, the first to independently evaluate the new test, was led by researchers...

Amphibian Biodiversity Makes Entire Ecosystem Healthier
2013-02-14 12:24:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the University of Colorado, Boulder shows that the richer the biodiversity of amphibian species living in a pond, the more protection that ecosystem has against parasitic infections. The finding of the study support the broader theory that greater biodiversity in large-scale ecosystems such as forests or grasslands may also provide greater protection against diseases, including those that attack humans. A larger...

2013-01-31 10:07:01

Fossilized tapeworm eggs in shark feces may be earliest known example of intestinal parasites in vertebrates A cluster of tapeworm eggs discovered in 270-million-year-old fossilized shark feces suggests that intestinal parasites in vertebrates are much older than previously known, according to research published January 30 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Paula Dentzien-Dias and colleagues from the Federal University of Rio Grande, Brazil. Remains of such parasites in vertebrates...

2012-09-11 10:24:38

Over 3 million preschool and school age children treated annually PHOENIX, Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that at least 400 million children worldwide suffer from intestinal worms. The results include stunted growth, acute abdominal pain, lethargy and an inability to concentrate. Intestinal worms or soil-transmitted helminthes plague many developing countries. They enter the body when children walk barefoot and avoid washing hands...

2012-08-23 11:00:05

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that the worm which causes River Blindness survives by using a bacterium to provide energy, as well as help 'trick' the body's immune system into thinking it is fighting a different kind of infection. River Blindness affects 37 million people, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, causing intense itching of the skin, visual impairment and in severe cases, irreversible blindness. It is caused by a parasitic worm that is transmitted by...

Artificial Intelligence Finds Mutations Faster
2012-08-20 05:57:57

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In order to fully understand some diseases – how they work, how they spread, response to drugs, etc – researchers have been employing some of the world´s tiniest animals, such as the multicellular fruit fly, nematode, or zebra fish. While this examination by itself is useful, these researchers can make real progress in their studies if they can examine a multitude of animals in order to detect any mutation among...

2012-07-05 00:39:26

Study at UCSF and Yale finds protease inhibitors are potent, single-day cures for disease in hamsters A drug candidate that is nearing clinical trials against a Latin American parasite is showing additional promise as a cure for hookworm, one of the most widespread and insidious parasites afflicting developing nations, according to a collaborative study at UCSF and Yale University. The drug candidate, known by the scientific name K11777, is under development at UCSF and is targeted to...

2012-04-13 12:07:31

Caltech biologists discover that many nematode species make the same types of small-molecule pheromones All animals seem to have ways of exchanging information–monkeys vocalize complex messages, ants create scent trails to food, and fireflies light up their bellies to attract mates. Yet, despite the fact that nematodes, or roundworms, are among the most abundant animals on the planet, little is known about the way they network. Now, research led by California Institute of Technology...

2012-04-05 23:00:11

The online digestive health and wellness resource, ColonToxCleanse.com, has released new parasite cleansing recommendations for people suffering from pinworm, tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm or Giardia infestations. San Louis Obispo, CA (PRWEB) April 05, 2012 People infected by food born or pet transmitted parasites such as pinworm or hookworm, have a new resource for cleansing the infection with ColonToxCleanse.com releasing new parasite cleanse recommendations. People infected by parasites...


Latest Parasitic worm Reference Libraries

Rodent Tapeworm. Hymenolepis microstoma
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The rodent tapeworm (Hymenolepis microstoma) is a parasitic worm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species affects rodents across the world, causing hymenolepiasis, but it does not often affect humans. Most of the available information regarding tapeworms is derived from the studies conducted on this worm and the other members of its genus, Hymenolepis. These worms have been present in laboratories since the 1950's and can either be raised and kept in a culture or be...

New World Hookworm, Necator americanus
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The New World hookworm (Necator americanus) is a hookworm that can be found in the New World. This species, along with other species in the Nematode phylum, is a parasitic worm that is commonly found in cats, dogs, and humans. Infections from this species are known as Necatoriasis. However, there are two common species of hookworm that infest humans, known as the Old World hookworm (Ancylostoma duodenale) and the New World hookworm, so infections are generally known as hookworm infections....

Dwarf Tapeworm, Hymenolepis nana
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The dwarf tapeworm (Hymenolepis nana) is a species of tapeworm that is classified in the Platyhelminthes phylum. It once held three other scientific names including Vampirolepis nana and Taenia nana. It is found throughout the world but occurs most often in temperate regions. As its common name implies, the dwarf tapeworm is small, reaching an average body length of 1.5 inches. The head, or scolex, holds a retractable beak like organ that has twenty to thirty hooks and four string suckers,...

Hydatid Worm, Echinococcus granulosus
2014-01-12 00:00:00

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,...

Giant Thorny-headed Worm, Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceus
2014-01-05 00:00:00

The Giant Thorny-headed Worm (Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceus) is a species of acanthocephalan parasite found in the intestines of pigs and other hoofed animals, and can occasionally appear in humans and dogs. The eggs of this parasite are usually found in scarabaeoid or hydrophilid beetles and other similar insects. Worms of this species range in size from less than four-hundredths of an inch to over 15 inches. It causes enteritis, gastritis or peritonitis in affected hosts. While it...

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