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2014-01-17 11:34:13

Research involving scientists at the University of York has provided important new information about transmission of human leishmaniasis, a group of infectious diseases which kills more than 100,000 people a year. Professor Deborah Smith of the Centre for Immunology and Infection at York, working with colleagues at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Charles University in Prague, has shown that Leishmania parasites reproduce sexually in the wild. The research, published in PLOS...

2014-01-10 11:36:39

A new way to test for the parasite which causes the fatal disease leishmaniasis could help control its spread to humans and stop dogs being needlessly killed in parts of South America A new way to test for the parasite which causes the fatal disease leishmaniasis could help control its spread to humans and stop dogs being needlessly killed in parts of South America. Zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis is a vector-transmitted parasitic infection which can be fatal if left untreated. It...

2011-08-31 19:56:21

New research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that salivary components from a Leishmania vector play a relevant and direct role on neutrophils, which influence parasite burden For millions of people who live under the constant threat of Leishmania infection, a new discovery by Brazilian scientists may lead to new breakthroughs, preventing these parasites from taking hold in the body or reducing the severity of infections once they occur. In a new report appearing in...

2009-04-13 07:55:04

The saliva from a fly may be able to save someone's eyesight. Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have found what they call a "magic potion" of proteins in the saliva of the black fly that help it spread parasites that cause onchocerciasis or river blindness "“  a devastating eye-disease. They say a better understanding of these proteins may lead to better drugs and a vaccine for river blindness and other diseases spread by biting insects....

2007-09-15 03:00:00

By Sherry Jacobson, The Dallas Morning News Dermatologists in North Texas were alerted Friday to be on the lookout for a rare skin infection caused by a parasite that may have migrated north from the Mexican border. The disease, leishmaniasis, typically causes a half-dollar-sized boil that takes six to 12 months to heal. It is not considered life-threatening. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center said they have identified nine cases of the skin disease in North Texans in recent months....


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'