Tag Archives: Parasitology

Drug resistance in hookworms

More than 2 billion people around the world are infected with intestinal helminths, parasitic worms that can cause disease, complicate pregnancies, and stunt the growth of children. A number of drugs are currently used to treat hookworms, one of the … Continue reading

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Drug Resistance Mutations Enhance Growth of Malaria Parasite

Some mutations that enable drug resistance in the malaria-causing parasite Plasmodium falciparum may also help it grow. Plasmodium falciparum is a single-celled parasite that infects the human bloodstream and causes the most severe form of malaria. Some strains of P. … Continue reading

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The skin is a reservoir for African trypanosomes

Human African trypanosomiasis – sleeping sickness – is a potentially fatal disease, which currently affects ~3,500 people in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease is caused by parasites called African trypanosomes and is spread by tsetse flies. Controlling these biting insects, combined … Continue reading

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Human Hookworm Infection

Hookworm affects approximately 500 million people worldwide, yet its global economic and health impact is not well understood. A new study suggests that the health and economic burden of hookworm infection is estimated to exceed those of a number of … Continue reading

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The parasite’s new clothes

Schistosomes are a type of parasitic flatworm, or fluke, and inhabit a site in the human body that is inhospitable to most other parasites – the blood. Yet instead of succumbing to our immune cells, the flukes can dwell in … Continue reading

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Exploring vulnerabilities of Cryptosporidium

A new target for developing therapeutics against the opportunistic pathogen Cryptosporidium parvum. Continue reading

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Malaria in pregnancy alters foetal neurovascular development

A growing body of evidence has established the importance of the in utero environment on neurodevelopment and long-term cognitive and behavioral outcomes. These data suggest factors that disrupt the tightly regulated in utero environment can modify normal neurodevelopmental processes. Approximately … Continue reading

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Repeated infection with malaria makes mosquitoes more dangerous

In malaria-endemic regions, humans are often infected repeatedly with the Plasmodium parasite, and the consequences of such multiple infections are under intense study. In contrast, little is known about possible co-infection and its consequences in the Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit … Continue reading

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Chagas Disease vaccine works in mice

Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi and transmitted by insects in Latin America is among the most common tropical diseases, and so far without effective vaccine. A new study published in PLOS Pathogens shows that a candidate vaccine can induce … Continue reading

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