Category Archives: Parasitology

Elimination of elephantiasis

In the ten years since its initiation, the international effort to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) has made a large impact towards ridding the world of one of its most debilitating diseases. A new analysis finds that the LF elimination programme … Continue reading

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Neglected Tropical Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean

According to a new analysis, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as a group may have surpassed HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as the most prevalent infectious diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean. The work found that NTDs are the most common … Continue reading

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7 million pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa infected with hookworm

Between a quarter and a third of pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa, almost 7 million, are infected with hookworms and at increased risk of developing anaemia. Hookworms are parasitic worms which live in the intestine and can cause anaemia (lower … Continue reading

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Trichomonas vaginalis

Trichomonas vaginalis is a flagellated protozoan parasite, 10-30 µm in diameter, and is responsible for one of the most widespread sexually transmitted diseases worldwide, trichomoniasis or “trich”. The WHO has estimated that 180 million infections are acquired annually worldwide. The … Continue reading

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Parasitic worm may increase susceptibility to AIDS virus

People infected with schistosomes, and possibly other parasitic worm infections, may be more likely to become infected with HIV than persons without worm infections, according to a new study. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and … Continue reading

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Resistance to Widely-Used Antibiotics among Inhabitants of Remote South American Villages

Resistance to ciprofloxacin, a member of one of the most commonly used groups of antibiotics in the world, has been discovered by a team of Canadian researchers among people in remote South American villages who are believed to have never … Continue reading

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Extreme Weather Events And Epidemics

An international research team has found the first clear example of how climate extremes, such as increased frequency of droughts and floods expected with global warming, can create conditions in which diseases that are tolerated one at a time may … Continue reading

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Antigenic Variation in African Trypanosomes

Antigenic variation is one of the most elegant systems that have evolved to evade host immune defenses. The surface of Trypanosoma brucei, a unicellular parasite that lives in the bloodstream of its mammalian host, is coated with glycoprotein (VSGs) molecules. … Continue reading

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Novel application for an old drug: tamoxifen in the treatment of Leishmania infection

Leishmaniasis is an antropozoonotic disease with a wide range of clinical manifestations. In humans, signs of disease vary from skin and mucosal ulcers to enlargement of internal organs such as the liver and spleen. The unicellular parasite Leishmania amazonensis is … Continue reading

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