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Rosemary Drisdelle
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Historical and Traditional Treatments for Guinea Worm Disease

The female Guinea worm, Dracunculus medinensis , causes a burning, itching, excruciatingly painful blister on the skin of her human host. She pushes part of her body out through the lesion and waits to release her young into fresh water. 

She can be nea...
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Amber Reveals Prehistoric Parasites Preserved in Blood
Perhaps 20 million years ago, a pair of monkeys in what is today the Dominican Republic sat grooming each other. Somewhere nearby, possibly in the tree where they sat, there was a sticky and probably aromatic collection of plant resin. This wasn’t an unusua...
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Trypanosoma cruzi - A Parasite in the Blood Supply
Blood donation is
now infamous for transmitting infectious diseases: HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and
C are the best-known offenders and the blood supply is screened for these
viruses. American trypanosomiasis, or Chagas disease, is caused by a parasite,
and it...
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Parasite-Stress: An Unrecognized Obstacle to Social and Cultural Progress?
Why are some people tolerant of others and some not, and what does it have to do with parasites? The prevailing mood in Canada at the moment is one of racial and cultural equality, inclusiveness, and equal opportunity. Immigrants are welcome. We are all one...
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Richard III of England and the Worms That Died With Him
KIng Richard III was buried under what is now a parking lot, worms and all. Image by Chris Tweed; CC BY-SA 2.0 “The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul! ” So Queen Margaret curses the future Richard III in Shakespeare’s play Richard III . Though it’s n...
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Is Your Cat Causing Your PMS? Actually, No
Late January 2017 brings a flurry of online articles about cats and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Cats, it seems, cause PMS, or severe PMS, or a cat parasite causes PMS, or a cat parasite makes PMS worse, or women infected with the parasite are more likely t...
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Reduviid Bug – The Bug That Transmits American Trypanosomiasis
In his Voyages of the Adventure and Beagle Volume III, Charles Darwin wrote “We slept in the village, which is a small place surrounded by gardens, and forms the most southern part, that is cultivated, of the province of Mendoza [Argentina]; it is five leag...
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Screwworm Fly Eradication in Florida
Update: On March 23, 2017, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service announced that screwworm has once again been eradicated in Florida. The
release of sterile male screwworm flies continues to be an effective means of
controlling this pest . Janu...
Screwworm Fly Eradication in Florida
Screwworm Fly Eradication in Florida
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Friedrich Küchenmeister and the Pork Tapeworm
Humans have known about the pork tapeworm since ancient times, mainly because of its size, but it wasn't until scientists of the mid-19 th century turned their minds to it that anyone knew how this two- to ten-meter-long parasite gets into a human intestine...
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A Revised History of the African Trypanosomes
                                                      Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), or African sleeping sickness, was a smoldering disease before European colonization of the African continent. The famous American explorer Henry Morton Stanley has be...
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