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Baculovirus virion thoroughly removes liver-stage parasites in mouse model

At the moment, few antimalarial treatments exist that effectively eliminate liver-stage malaria parasites, which can lay inactive for several months or years as in the case of Plasmodium vivax. Researchers from Kanazawa University have successfully shown that administration of a baculovirus virion (BV) completely gets rid of liver-stage parasites in a mouse model via BV-induced fast-acting innate immunity. Further development of BV-based drugs could result in newer and more effective treatments for malaria. Malaria is caused by Plasmodium, a parasite spread by the Anopheles mosquito as it feasts on blood. The parasite is released into the bloodstream and travels to the liver to mature, before being released back into the bloodstream wherein it infects red blood cells. Symptoms typically appear a few days or weeks later...

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Bizarre Diseases: Morgellons

The CDC describes Morgellons Disease: “Persons who suffer from this condition report a range of cutaneous symptoms including crawling, biting and stinging sensations; granules, threads or black speck-like materials on or beneath the skin; and/or skin lesions (e.g., rashes or sores) and some sufferers also report systemic manifestations such as fatigue, mental confusion, short term memory loss, joint pain, and changes in vision.” Victims complain of skin rashes or sores that can cause intense itching, crawling sensations on and under the skin, often compared to insects moving, stinging or biting, fibers, threads or black stringy material in and on the skin, severe fatigue, inability to concentrate and short-term memory loss, behavioral changes, joint pain and vision changes. Some health professionals believe that Morgellons disease is a specific...

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Morgellons Disease Research

The latest Morgellons disease research By ERIN ALLDAY of seattlepi.com Sufferers describe ghastly symptoms; but some doctors skeptical of claims The Bay Area might be home to a small cluster of a horrifying and as-yet-incurable disease that leaves patients with open sores all over their bodies and strange, unidentifiable objects poking out of their skin. Or not. It’s possible that this mystery disease is all in their heads. The disease is called Morgellons, and no one knows what causes it or if it’s even real. After more than a year of pressure from patients convinced they have Morgellons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will begin investigating the ailment for the first time and determine, once and for all, whether it exists. The CDC started organizing a committee this week for that purpose. “Not a...

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Parasitic Infection in America

There’s no use denying it, reports of parasitic infection have been appearing more frequently, and in places you might not expect. Some estimates place the infection rate at 90% in the US alone. Another estimates shows that as many as 50% of preschool children are infected with pinworm. With symptoms like; chronic Fatigue, irregular digestion, and irritated bowels, many people will go through they life never suspecting that a parasitic infection is causing their symptoms. This is a major risk to the health of Americans, one which is still under the radar.   Why would Americans worry about parasites? Parasites are found in every economic climate, though they are more prevalent poorer countries. Literally every facet of our survival deal with parasites, such as in our food and...

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