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Control of Liver Fluke and Rumen Fluke Infection in Sheep and Cattle in Northern Ireland

Control of Liver Fluke and Rumen Fluke Infection in Sheep and Cattle in Northern Ireland | Parasites | Scoop.it
A summary of Liver Fluke is given by the Agri-Food and BioSciences Institute. The last few summers have provided good conditions for the parasite to grow and attention to the condition must be afforded to avoid losses.
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Deranged (2012)

Deranged (2012) | Parasites | Scoop.it
Directed by Jeong-woo Park. With Dong-wan Kim, Ha-nui Lee, Jung-Hee Moon, Kim Myeong-min. Jae-hyuk is an ordinary man in his 40s. He works as a medical supplies salesman and is hassled by doctors all day.
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Are parasites lurking in your pre-washed bags of lettuce?

Are parasites lurking in your pre-washed bags of lettuce? | Parasites | Scoop.it

TORONTO – Those pre-washed packages of salad you’re picking up at the grocery store may contain parasites, a new Health Canada study shows. 

After testing hundreds of store-bought salads sold as double- and even triple-washed lettuce, Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada scientists say that some had parasites that can cause illness. 

About 550 samples – 90 per cent from the United States – were studied from April 2009 to March 2010. The researchers were looking for three contaminants, giardia, cryptosporidium and cyclospora. 

The study was “proactive research,” lead author and research scientist Dr. Brent Dickson told Global News. 

“We’re aware that parasites in fresh fruits and vegetables is an emerging issue worldwide but there’s very little data on … the prevalence in Canada and North America,” Dickson said. 

The study, published in the Journal of Food Protection, is the first large scale study of its kind in the continent. 

Read it on Global News: Global BC | Are parasites lurking in your pre-washed bags of lettuce?.

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Don't Ignore Drug-Resistant Equine Parasites

Don't Ignore Drug-Resistant Equine Parasites | Parasites | Scoop.it
Over the years, parasites have developed resistance to certain commonly used anthelmintic classes.
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How Gruesome Parasite Lives in You for Decades

How Gruesome Parasite Lives in You for Decades | Parasites | Scoop.it
Blood flukes, or schistosomes, are parasitic flatworms that can live inside people for decades, and they make a rather gruesome journey to get there — after hatching in water contaminated by feces, the parasites hitch a ride into the human body on...
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Feline Parasites: Preventing or Killing Those Nasty Creatures

Feline Parasites: Preventing or Killing Those Nasty Creatures | Parasites | Scoop.it
Feline Parasites, those nasty creatures that can live on your cat's skin, in his ears, in the intestines, or even in your kitty's heart. Learn how to prevent them or treat your cat if he gets them.

 

A parasite is a living thing that lives on or in another living thing known as the host and gets its food from the body of the host. Cat parasites do just that and in the process, they harm your kitty in various ways:

 

Fleas on cats can lead to anemia from blood loss...

 

Fleas and other feline parasites can cause big problems for your kitty. Fleas can also cause tapeworm in cats, another parasite.

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Argos Oz's comment, February 28, 2013 8:02 AM
Also see: http://www.scoop.it/t/parasites-1/p/3997606237/the-virus-that-learns
Argos Oz's comment, February 28, 2013 8:03 AM
There're parasites we share with our pets. Toxoplasma Gondii is one of them.
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Darwin’s Degenerates – Evolution’s Finest | Observations | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network

Darwin’s Degenerates – Evolution’s Finest | Observations | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network | Parasites | Scoop.it

No matter how complex or how impressive any other species may be, it has parasites. We do – lots, actually. Every species we might hold as a masterpiece of evolutionary complexity cannot out maneuver their parasites. Not one. Even parasites, marvelous as some are, have parasites – like a crazy russian doll. They have evolved amazing abilities to survive host defense systems, manipulate host behavior and boost heir own reproductive success. They’ve even been implicated in major cultural differences in people. It turns out that a rat parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, needs to be eaten by a cat to complete its lifestyle. Somehow it developed a trick to make rats unafraid of cat smells. When it accidentally ends up in people, it does the same kind of mind-altering, making people more guilty and insecure, even more frugal, mild-tempered, and complacent3. Other parasites do far more intricate manipulations of behavior, turning males into females, creating walking zombies, even forcing suicide. If parasites can not only break into and survive the most complex assortments of systems available, even with modern medicine fighting against them, and manipulate those complex organisms to slave to their bidding, how can we not credit them as masters at what they do?

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The Virus That Learns

The Virus That Learns | Parasites | Scoop.it

If you don’t have an immune system, you don’t last long in this parasite-riddled world. Your body receives a steady stream of invaders–viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens–which it has to recognize and fight. In many cases, it’s a brutal battle with an ultimate goal of eradication. In other cases, the immune system simply keeps strangers in check, preventing them from spreading. As many as a third of all humans have cysts in their brains containing a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma. As long as the parasite stays in its cyst, the immune system lets it be. If Toxoplasma breaks out and starts to multiply, however, the immune system picks off the new cells. And if people lose their immune system–due to HIV infection, for example–Toxoplasma runs rampant and causes devastating brain damage.

 

 

 

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The Tongue-Eating Parasite

Gross science: This parasite crawls into a fish's mouth and replaces its tongue. Enough said. Note: In this video, we refer to the parasites as "protoandriti...
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Combating Algae Parasites | Algae Biomass Organization

Combating Algae Parasites | Algae Biomass Organization | Parasites | Scoop.it
Just like any other form of agriculture, algae farming also comes with the challenge of dealing with unwanted pests. One of the most difficult to manage algae parasites is known as A. protococcarum, and is the subject of ...
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cricket infected with parasitic worm, commits suicide

cricket thats has a mind controlling parasitic worm jumps into pool and dies

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Sacculina carcini

Sacculina carcini | Parasites | Scoop.it

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A Worm Vaccine, Coming at a Snail's Pace

A Worm Vaccine, Coming at a Snail's Pace | Parasites | Scoop.it

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Espoir Pour La Santé EPLS's curator insight, February 12, 2013 8:34 AM

A news Focus in "Science" delineated past, present and future Schistosomiasis vaccine research, featuring EPLS vaccine candidate "Bilhvax".

"Vaccines would probably not prevent human infections, but they could reduce the number of eggs that female worms produce, which in turn would reduce symptoms and slow transmission, says Maria Yazdanbakhsh of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, who heads a European project to find a vaccine against S. mansoni. "If the worms produce fewer eggs, the water will be less infested, and that will slowly reduce transmission.""

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Irreversible Evolution? Dust Mites Show Parasites Can Violate Dollo’s Law : Science Sushi

Irreversible Evolution? Dust Mites Show Parasites Can Violate Dollo’s Law : Science Sushi | Parasites | Scoop.it

Our world is quite literally lousy with parasites. We are hosts to hundreds of them, and they are so common that in some ecosystems, the total mass of them can outweigh top predators by 20 fold. Even parasites have parasites. It’s such a good strategy that over 40% of all known species are parasitic.

 

They steal genes from their hosts, take over other animals’ bodies, and generally screw with their hosts’ heads. But there’s one thing that we believed they couldn’t do: stop being parasites. Once the genetic machinery set the lifestyle choice in motion, there’s supposed to be no going back to living freely. Once a parasite, always a parasite.

 

Unless you’re a mite...

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Radiolab - Parasites

Radiolab - Parasites | Parasites | Scoop.it

What's gotten into you? In this hour, Radiolab uncovers a world full of parasites.

 

Could parasites be the shadowy hands that pull the strings of life? We explore nature's moochers, with tales of lethargic farmers, zombie cockroaches, and even mind-controlled humans (kinda, maybe). And we examine claims that some parasites may actually be good for you.

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New therapy for cutaneous leishmaniasis : Nature Middle East

New therapy for cutaneous leishmaniasis : Nature Middle East | Parasites | Scoop.it

Cutaneous leishmaniasis can be caused by several different species of the Leishmania parasite, including Leishmania major. In recent years, these parasites have grown resistant to antimony-based drugs, the standard therapeutic approach, and there are no safe and easy-to-use alternatives.

Now, an international research team has demonstrated a promising topical treatment using the antibiotic creams paromomycin and gentamicin1.

The team, including researchers from the US Army Medical Materiel Development Activity, the Institut Pasteur in Tunis and Paris, and the Tunisian Ministry of Health, conducted the study in Tunisia with 375 patients with cutaneous leishmaniasis. The patients were divided into three groups, which received a mixture of paromomycin with gentamicin; paromomycin only; or a control treatment. The patients, aged between 5 and 65, were given the topical cream once daily for 20 days.

On its own, paromomycin healed the ulcers caused by cutaneous leishmaniasis with an efficacy of 82%. A similar result was found when it was combined with gentamicin (81%). The results contrasted significantly with the control group, in which ulcer healing was only observed in 58% of the patients.

Although the addition of gentamicin did not seem to improve efficacy, in previous studies on mice it did increase the rate of cure when combined with paromomycin in some cases.

A typical patient response to treatment was a reduction in ulcer size by 42 days, with complete healing by 98 days. Few ulcers relapsed by the end of the trial (168 days), and the researchers reported an acceptable side-effect profile, with no patient withdrawing from the study owing to adverse events.

"This treatment has the potential to become a first-line treatment for uncomplicated cutaneous leishmaniasis patients," says Max Grogl, a co-author of the study.

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How will climate change affect parasites and their animals hosts? -   Research at Princeton

How will climate change affect parasites and their animals hosts? -   Research at Princeton | Parasites | Scoop.it

Knowing the temperatures that viruses, bacteria, worms and all other parasites need to grow and survive could help determine the future range of infectious diseases under climate change, according to new research.

Princeton University researchers developed a model that can identify the prospects for nearly any disease-causing parasite as the Earth grows warmer, even if little is known about the organism. Their method calculates how the projected temperature change for an area would alter the creature's metabolism and life cycle, the researchers report in the journal Ecology Letters.

 

Princeton University researchers developed a model that can help determine the future range of nearly any disease-causing parasite under climate change. The framework calculates how projected temperature change would alter the creature's metabolism and life cycle. The researchers tested their model on a species of nematode, or roundworm, that lives in the Arctic and primarily infects caribou (above). As Arctic temperatures increase, the parasite's infectious season could split from what is now a continuous spring-to-fall transmission season into two longer fall and spring seasons separated by a hot, unlivable summer. (Photo by Susan Kutz 

 

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Dysfunctions at human intestinal barrier by water-borne protozoan parasites: Lessons from cultured human fully-differentiated colon cancer cell lines - Liévin-Le Moal - Cellular Microbiology - Wile...

Dysfunctions at human intestinal barrier by water-borne protozoan parasites: Lessons from cultured human fully-differentiated colon cancer cell lines - Liévin-Le Moal - Cellular Microbiology - Wile... | Parasites | Scoop.it

Some water-borne protozoan parasites induce diseases through their membrane-associated functional structures and virulence factors that hijack the host cellular molecules and signaling pathways leading to structural and functional lesions in the intestinal barrier.


In this MicroReview we analyze the insights on the mechanisms of pathogenesis of Entamoeba intestinalis, Giardia, and Crysptosopridiumobserved in the human colon carcinoma fully-differentiated colon cancer cell lines, cell subpopulations, and clones expressing the structural and functional characteristics of highly specialized fully-differentiated epithelial cells lining the intestinal epithelium and mimicking structurally and functionally an intestinal barrier.

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Intestinal Parasites in Humans - Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

Intestinal Parasites in Humans - Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention | Parasites | Scoop.it

Intestinal Parasites at a Glance:

 

An infection of the intestines

 

Often has no symptoms

 

Treatment is available

 

Can be spread during sex play

 

There are ways to reduce your risk of infection

 

 

 

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Frenzal Rhomb frontman Jay Whalley reveals pig tapeworm egg infected his brain

Frenzal Rhomb frontman Jay Whalley reveals pig tapeworm egg infected his brain | Parasites | Scoop.it
THE lead singer of Australian hard rockers Frenzal Rhomb has revealed he was forced to cancel a recent tour after surgeons discovered a pig tapeworm egg had infected his brain.

 

Whalley underwent a three-hour operation on February 14 and, instead of a cancerous tumour, surgeons found a mysterious parasitic infection.

 

Further investigation revealed it to be ''basically the egg from a pig tapeworm'' which the vegetarian rocker may have picked up by accidental contact with an infected person during his Central American travels four years ago.

 

''Once in my stomach they never become tapeworms but they migrate into the muscle, most of the time causing no problem and you'll never know it's there, the only place you'll have problems is if they make it to your brain or eyes,'' Whalley explained.

 

''Once in the brain the body reacts by sealing it in a kind of cocoon or cyst where it quite happily lived for four f...ing years!

 

''It's only when it dies that the body has some kind of inflammatory response resulting in swelling which in turn lead to the seizures.''

 

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The Black Seed Expert: How to Make a Vinegar and Black Cumin Ointment for Worms and Parasites

The Black Seed Expert: How to Make a Vinegar and Black Cumin Ointment for Worms and Parasites | Parasites | Scoop.it

If you eat meat or vegetables, you have worms! Period!.  If you have animals in your home -- You have worms!  So using this simple procedure will help you live healthier and better.

Even the cleanest person has worms.  Have you ever wondered where the worms come from that eat the dead corpses after they die? It is because the body contains worms and when there is no more nourishment to the body and the body begins to decay, the worms from inside the body, begin to eat.  

Many think that the worms come from the ground, but that is not the case.  Anyone with MS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or dementia, must do a parasite cleanse.  I have found that worms can travel to the brain and lodge in the brain or the ear lobe trying to escape cleansing.  Persistant cleansings will get the worse of creatures.






Black Cumin Ointment for Worms and Parasites

Ingredients:

1/2 cup vinegar

1 teaspoon of black cumin oil


Directions:

Place the vinegar and the oil in a small pan and bring the liquid to boil.  Remove from the stove to cool slightly.  While still warm, use a pasty brush and  brush the stomach, liver area and behind the liver.  Do not wipe off.  Wear a loose fitting nightshirt and go to bed.


The liquid will absorb into your skin.  There will be no residue at all left when you wake up.  Before sleeping eat 7 dates to kill the ascaris which is shown above in the first photo.  Ascaris are large worms and more difficult to kill.

Typical herbs used to kill worms are black walnut, cloves and wormwood.  Black cumin has been used for centuries.  It is not a fast acting program.  There are some programs that will work immediately, but this is a safe, inexpensive way to protect yourself.

Realize that as long as you continue to eat meat and fruits and vegetables, you will have a worm problem.  Avoid eating any fruit with slits in them, such as cherries and grapes.  Wash your fruit good and inspect your fruit well. Do not buy bargain priced vegetables hoping to save money.  Good organic produce is always the best.

Note: You can use ground black seeds if you do not have the oil, but you will need 1 tablespoon of the ground seeds.

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Why We Need Bacteria | The Saturday Evening Post

Why We Need Bacteria | The Saturday Evening Post | Parasites | Scoop.it
In the modern effort to eradicate disease, we pop antibiotics like candy, apply hand sanitizers with abandon, and gargle mouthwash by the gallon. But this carpet-bombing of germs takes a huge toll on good microbes as well as bad.
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"Zombie Ant" Fungus Under Attack—By Another Fungus

"Zombie Ant" Fungus Under Attack—By Another Fungus | Parasites | Scoop.it
Besieged by a fungus that takes over their brains then erupts from their heads, rain forest ants have an unlikely ally—another fungus. (Now ants are doing bath salts too?

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Carl Zimmer: Fatal Attraction: Sex, Death, Parasites, and Cats

Carl Zimmer: Fatal Attraction: Sex, Death, Parasites, and Cats | Parasites | Scoop.it
The Parasite Files | It's time to revisit that grand old parasite, the brain-infecting Toxoplasma.

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These spiders are zombies « Why Evolution Is True

These spiders are zombies « Why Evolution Is True | Parasites | Scoop.it
They're paralyzed but still alive. From Minibeast's Wildlife Photos on Facebook, we have this amazing picture by Alan Henderson, which the caption explains: Paralysed and waiting: We accidentally broke open a mud-dauber ...

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David Hughes's curator insight, January 19, 2013 2:24 PM

really beautiful image here of zombie spiders