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Toxoplasmosis Uses GABAergic Pathways To Facilitate Dissemination

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 […]

Toxoplasma Parasite Linked To Neurodegeneration, Epilepsy & Cancer

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 […]

How Toxoplasma May Be Linked To Neurodegenerative Disease

Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite which infects a third of the world’s population. Ingested via under-cooked meat or unwashed vegetables, the parasite infects 15-30 percent of the US population. In France and Brazil, up to 80 percent of the population has the infection, referred to as Toxoplasmosis. Particularly dangerous during pregnancy, infection in pregnant […]

The Top Ten Parasites That Could Be Lurking In Your Food

Most people are fascinated, and probably equally repulsed, by parasites. And it may be something you think you only need to worry about if you go on holiday somewhere exotic. However, increasing globalisation and transportation of food products across the globe means we are all increasingly at risk of catching something unwanted from our favourite […]