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How blood parasites colonize and persist in small island bird populations
A new study highlights the complex factors at play for parasites that infect animal populations residing on small islands. (2014-12-15)
Antimalarial resistance to drug not passed on to future generations
Parasites that develop resistance to the antimalarial drug atovaquone cannot pass this resistance on to offspring, a new study suggests, because their lifecycles are often disrupted by the drug's mechanism. (2016-04-14)
Common pesticides kill amphibian parasites, study finds
A recent study by Jessica Hua, assistant professor of biological sciences at Binghamton University, and colleagues, explored the effects of six commonly used pesticides on two different populations of a widespread parasite of amphibians. (2016-04-04)
WEHI team granted almost $13 million for parasite fight
The Commonwealth Government, through the NHMRC, has announced Program Grants of $100 million for medical research. (2005-07-11)
Parasites of endangered animals should be conserved
Conservation managers who try to keep members of endangered animal species parasite-free are well-intentioned but this approach is misguided, according to a new research paper co-authored by a zoologist at New Zealand's University of Otago. (2016-03-21)
Selective predation and productivity jointly drive complex behavior in host-parasite systems
Spencer R. Hall, Meghan A. Duffy, and Carla E. Cáceres studied a simple model which shows how predators that strongly prefer parasitized hosts can introduce (2005-02-02)
Trojan horse tactic gives parasites edge over immune systems
Parasites use Trojan horse subterfuge to suppress the immunity of their victims when causing infection, according to a study. (2014-11-25)
Silencing signals sent by parasite could aid sleeping sickness fight
Insights into how the parasites that cause sleeping sickness are able to communicate with one another could help limit the spread of the infection. (2013-12-15)
New Potential Target Found For Treating Parasitic Diseases
Researchers at Indiana University and the University of Pennsylvania have discovered what they hope will be a new target for destroying some single-celled parasites, including the malaria-causing Plasmodium and Toxoplasma, which often causes AIDS-related infections (1997-03-10)
The scientists found out, that bats are transmitters of infections dangerous for humans
Bats for a long time were not considered as the transmitter of dangerous infections which was a reason why scientists did not study their parasites. (2016-06-05)
Malaria parasites develop in lymph nodes
In the first quantitative, real-time imaging study of the travels of the malaria parasite Plasmodium through mammalian tissue, researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Paris found the parasites developing in an unexpected place: the lymph nodes. (2006-01-22)
Scientists uncover genetic evidence that 'we are what we eat'
Researchers at the University of Oxford have demonstrated that the diets of organisms can affect the DNA sequences of their genes. (2016-11-15)
Adaptation is (not) in the eye of the beholder
The limited immune response in the eyes of freshwater fishes has created a great home for parasites, according to research published online in the journal Molecular Ecology. (2010-06-22)
Skin plays significant role in spread of leishmaniasis
Scientists at the University of York have discovered that parasites responsible for leishmaniasis -- a globally occurring neglected tropical disease spread by sand flies -- are mainly acquired from the skin rather than a person's blood. (2017-07-05)
Parasitic worms affect human reproduction
Roundworm infection can increase the reproduction rate in Amazonian women, while hookworm infection can decrease it, a new study finds. (2015-11-19)
Urban sprawl promotes worm exchange across species
New research has shed light on the complex exchange of parasitic worms between wildlife, rats and humans. (2015-01-27)
Does including parasites upset food web theory? Yes and no, says new paper
A new paper in PLOS Biology this week shows that taking the unusual step of including parasites in ecological datasets does alter the structure of resulting food webs, but that's mostly due to an increase in diversity and complexity rather than the particular characteristics of parasites. (2013-06-14)
Species extinction can doom parasites important for ecosystem health
The effects of an animal population's extinction may echo beyond the original species, new University of Georgia research finds. (2015-09-21)
Invasive birds spreading avian malaria in eastern Australia
An invasive bird species is carrying, and potentially spreading, a high prevalence of avian malaria throughout its range in eastern Australia, a Griffith University Ph.D. candidate has uncovered. (2015-10-19)
NIH-funded scientists identify potential target for malaria drugs
Researchers have identified the protein in malaria-causing Plasmodium parasites that is inhibited by a newly discovered class of anti-malarial compounds known as imidazopyrazines. (2013-11-27)
Researchers find natural section favors parasite fitness over host health
A team of scientists has uncovered evidence that natural selection selects for harmful parasites by maximizing parasite fitness. (2008-05-12)
Parasite strategy offers insight to help tackle sleeping sickness
Fresh insight into the survival strategy of the parasite that causes sleeping sickness could help inform new treatments for the disease. (2011-04-21)
Scientists find new method to fight malaria
Scientists have discovered a new way to slow down malaria infections, providing a possible new target for antimalarial drugs. (2017-07-06)
Simple math may solve longstanding problem of parasite energetics
Feeling faint from the flu? Is your cold causing you to collapse? (2013-07-02)
Malaria study suggests drugs should target female parasites
Fresh insight into the parasite that causes malaria suggests a new way to develop drugs and vaccines to tackle the disease. (2012-11-27)
Resistance developing in drug treatment for tropical skin disease
Dermal leishmaniasis is an ulcerous skin disease caused by a tropical parasite, all forms of which can be treated with the drug miltefosine. (2015-10-22)
Meet the unsung heroes of dung! Beetles found to reduce survival of livestock parasites
Scientists from the University of Bristol have found that dung beetles can help farmers by reducing the development and survival of parasites in cowpats that cause serious illness in cattle during the summer months. (2016-11-17)
A researcher identifies the parasites responsible for Chagas and Leishmaniasis epidemics
Both diseases have already been recognized by the WHO as a public health problem. (2007-06-04)
Newly found immune defence could pave way to treat allergies
Scientists have made a fundamental discovery about how our body's immune system clears harmful infections. (2017-11-16)
Leishmania mutant provides insight into disease and may lead to a vaccine
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that Leishmania parasites engineered to lack molecules known as phosphoglycans do not cause disease in genetically susceptible mice. (2003-08-28)
Scientists find soaring variety of malaria parasites in bats
Researchers have discovered a surprising diversity of malaria parasites in West African bats as well as new evidence of evolutionary jumps to rodent hosts. (2013-10-07)
Bizarre parasite may provide cuttlefish clues
University of Adelaide research into parasites of cuttlefish, squid and octopus has uncovered details of the parasites' astonishing life cycles, and shown how they may help in investigating populations of their hosts. (2014-04-14)
They're healthier: With fewer parasites, invaders gain competitive edge over native species
Invasive species -- second only to habitat destruction in threatening biodiversity -- have far fewer parasites and less illness to contend with than their native competitors, according to two new studies in the Feb. (2003-02-06)
Parasites affect the food web more than you think, UCSB researchers say
Parasites are ubiquitous. They feed on virtually every animal and even on each other. (2013-06-18)
Parasites might spur evolution of strange amphibian breeding habits
Parasites can decimate amphibian populations, but one University of Georgia researcher believes they might also play a role in spurring the evolution of new and sometimes bizarre breeding strategies. (2007-11-14)
No idle chatter: Study finds malaria parasites 'talk' to each other
Melbourne scientists have made the surprise discovery that malaria parasites can 'talk' to each other -- a social behavior to ensure the parasite's survival and improve its chances of being transmitted to other humans. (2013-05-15)
Scientists find Achilles' heel in life-threatening malaria parasites
Scientists have identified a link between different strains of malaria parasites that cause severe disease, which could help develop vaccines or drugs against life-threatening cases of the infection. (2012-04-20)
Parasites persuade immune cells to invite them in for dinner, says new research
The parasites that cause leishmaniasis use a quirky trick to convince the immune system to effectively invite them into cells for dinner, according to a new study published today in PLoS Pathogens. (2009-08-20)
Lab-tested diagnosis needed when treating patients with persistent diarrhea
Persistent diarrhea, which is diarrhea that lasts at least 14 days, is an illness typically caused by parasites or bacteria and requires accurate diagnosis in order to determine what treatment to give, according to Herbert L. (2016-06-28)
A connected world gives viruses the edge
This paper explores the importance of dispersal to the evolution of parasites and suggests that as human activity makes the world more connected, natural selection will favor more virulent and dangerous parasites. (2009-05-27)
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