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  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by messi
    +12 +1

    Here’s how a parasite may help us overcome our fear of failure

    A mind-controlling parasite found in cat feces may give people the courage they need to become entrepreneurs, researchers reported Tuesday. They found that people who have been infected with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite are more likely to major in business and to have started their own businesses than non-infected people. The parasite, which makes rodents unafraid of cats, may be reducing the fear of failure in people, Stefanie Johnson of the University of Colorado and colleagues said.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by darvinhg
    +8 +1

    Parasitic Vines That Feed on Parasitic Wasps That Feed on Trees

    Parasites have a leisurely lifestyle — set up camp at someone else’s place, live off their food, profit (evolutionarily speaking). But new research shows that sometimes the parasite gets a taste of its own medicine, and from an unexpected source. Scientists studying wasps that target oak leaves found that a second parasite, a vine, can get its tendrils into the homes set up by the wasps, called galls, subverting their diversion of the host’s resources. After that, things don’t go so well for the wasp.

  • Video/Audio
    1 year ago
    by Maternitus
    +12 +1

    The Most Gruesome Parasites – NTDs Explained

    There are a group of parasites extremely disgusting and mean. Humanity declared war on them.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by dynamite
    +16 +1

    Popularity of sushi has brought rise in parasitic infections, warn doctors

    From nigiri to temaki, sushi has boomed in popularity in the west, but now doctors are warning of a less appetising trend: a rise in parasitic infections. A team of doctors from Portugal raised concerns after a 32-year old man was admitted to hospital complaining of pain in his abdomen just below his ribs, vomiting and had a slight fever, all of which had lasted for a week.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by TNY
    +13 +1

    'Dozens of worms in my feet'

    Windsor couple Eddie Zytner and Katie Stephens are regretting a recent trip to the Caribbean — but so would anybody who came home with parasites burrowing in their feet. Windsor couple Eddie Zytner and Katie Stephens can’t help but regret a recent trip to the Caribbean — but so would anybody who came home with parasites burrowing in their feet. “I have dozens of worms in my feet, and so does Katie,” said Zytner, 25, on Friday. “It’s kind of sickening to think about.”

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by wetwilly87
    +6 +1

    Woman has 14 worms pulled out of her eye after complaining of eye irritation

    A US woman has become the first person ever infected with a rare, tiny eye worm previously only found in cattle, according to a Centres for Disease Control (CDC) report. Abby Beckley, a 26-year-old from Oregon, felt an itching sensation in her eye for more than a week before she pulled a half-inch (1.27 cm) long worm out of her own eyeball, researchers said.