The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 40 million Americans have varying levels of Toxoplasma infection, although most cases are asymptomatic. Commonly passed to humans via exposure to farm animals, infected cat litter, or undercooked meat, the parasitic infection causes unnoticeable or mild, to flu-like symptoms in most healthy people. But for a… Read more

Being around dogs from an early age may lessen the chance of developing schizophrenia as an adult, according to a study from Johns Hopkins Medicine. And while Fido may help prevent that condition, the jury is still out on whether or not there’s any link, positive or negative, between being raised with Fluffy the cat… Read more

The mechanism by which the toxoplasmosis parasite takes control and forces immune cells around the body to spread it, eventually reaching the brain, has been detailed by researchers at Stockholm University in a new paper. When a person becomes infected with toxoplasma — for example, by eating insufficiently cooked meat, or by contact with cat… Read more

Associations between the protozoan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, and epilepsy, movement disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer have been identified by scientists. More than 2 billion people – nearly one out of every three humans on earth, including about 60 million people in the United States – have a lifelong infection with the brain-dwelling parasite. In a… Read more

Once you are infected with Toxoplasma gondii, you are protected from reinfection for the rest of your life, current medical science tells us. This belief should be questioned, say researchers. The concerns come from a handful of case studies in which expectant mothers in their late 20s and early 30s were known to have been… Read more