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Infectious Form Of Cat Parasite Found In Western Arctic Beluga
2014-02-14 11:36:06

University of British Columbia University of British Columbia scientists have found for the first time an infectious form of the cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii in western Arctic Beluga, prompting a health advisory to the Inuit people who eat whale meat. The same team also discovered a new strain of the parasite Sarcocystis, previously sequestered in the icy north, that is responsible for killing 406 grey seals in the north Atlantic in 2012. Presenting their findings today at the...

2014-01-03 15:16:01

A newly identified protein and other proteins it interacts with could become effective targets for new drugs to control the parasite that cause toxoplasmosis, researchers led by investigators at Indiana University School of Medicine have reported. The discovery could also open new research pathways for treatments for malaria. The researchers determined that the protein, an enzyme called GCN5b, is necessary for the Toxoplasma parasite to replicate, so interfering with its activities...

2013-11-13 23:35:31

Gross filth and hoarding cleanup specialists Address Our Mess reviews findings that Toxoplasma gondii, a parasitic infection found in cat feces, can cause Encephalitis – a brain inflammation disorder commonly found in pregnant woman and others with a compromised immune system. Address Our Mess' latest publication is designed to educate pregnant women on the dangers of this parasitic disease. Mount Laurel, New Jersey (PRWEB) November 13, 2013 Planning for motherhood can be very...

2013-10-18 12:08:25

Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that a combination of two commonly prescribed drugs used to treat high cholesterol and osteoporosis may serve as the foundation of a new treatment for toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection caused by the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii. They published their findings recently in PLOS Pathogens. Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite capable of infecting nearly all warm-blooded animals. While healthy human adults usually suffer no lasting ill...

Mice Aren't Scaredy-Cats When Infected By Toxoplasma
2013-09-19 13:05:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Known to cause spontaneous abortions in pregnant women or death in immune-compromised patients, the parasite Toxoplasma gondii has an even stranger effect in mice – it takes away their fear of cats. The fearless mice are a boon to both cats, which get an easy meal, and the parasite, which gets access to the cat's intestinal track – the only place the parasite can sexually reproduce. According to a new University of California,...

Parasites Found In Cat Poop May Pose Serious Health Problem
2013-07-10 08:36:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cats deposit approximately 1.3 tons of feces into the environment each year in the US alone. As OB/GYN doctors have known for a long time, that poop is carrying a parasite that is harmful to pregnant women. As well, cat litter parasites have been associated with an increased risk in suicide in woman. A new study, published in Trends in Parasitology, reveals that this may indeed be a vast and under-appreciated public health problem....

Chronic Disease In Toxoplasma Infections Controlled By Plant Proteins
2013-04-09 10:14:40

University of South Florida University of South Florida-led research sheds light on malaria-related parasite's transition from acute to chronic stage A new discovery about the malaria-related parasite Toxoplasma gondii -- which can threaten babies, AIDS patients, the elderly and others with weakened immune function -- may help solve the mystery of how this single-celled parasite establishes life-long infections in people. The study, led by a University of South Florida research team,...

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...

2012-12-07 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...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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