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Five Of The Most Incredible Parasites

By Tim Sandle

Parasitism is a general term for a ‘non-mutual symbiotic relationship’ between species. Here one species – the parasite – benefits at the expense of the other (called the host). Parasites rarely kill their host; however, carrying a parasite can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms. Parasites range in size from tiny, one-celled organi (protozoa) to […]

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Eating Healthy Fats Lowers Diabetes Risk

By Tim Sandle

New research shows that the regular consumption of healthy fats lowers the possibility for a person developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes mellitus type 2 is a long term metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood sugar, insulin resistance, and relative lack of insulin. If untreated it can lead to organ damage. A new study suggests […]

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Does A Brain Parasite Cause Road Rage?

By Tim Sandle

A connection between the parasite Toxoplasma gondii and outbursts of anger has been found. People with intermittent explosive disorder (manifest as outbursts of anger) are twice as likely to have been infected with the parasite, according to a new study. gondii is a parasitic micro-sized animal, and it is capable of infecting virtually all warm-blooded […]

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Secrets Of A Deadly Flatworm Revealed

By Tim Sandle

A harmful, parasitic flatworm, responsible for millions of infections worldwide, survives in the human bloodstream for decades. Researchers have been puzzled why the creature can survive for so long. They now have an answer – this is by constantly renewing its skin. The flatworm in question is called Schistosoma mansoni (“schistosomes.”) The worm possesses a […]

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People With Anxiety Issues See The World Differently

By Tim Sandle

People who suffer with high levels of anxiety perceive the world differently to those who are calmer, according to a new psychological study. The differences in perception may account for why some people are prone to anxiety than others (the inference being that the differences in perception trigger anxious responses, rather than anxiety itself […]

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Gold-Filled Graphene Patch Helps With Diabetes

By Tim Sandle

Taking the special properties of the carbon based material graphene – light, transparent, strong – with the additional electrochemical properties of gold, researchers have produced a skin patch for the treatment of diabetes. The patch provides an alternative treatment option to injections. The patch is electronic and it is configured to sense excess glucose in […]

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Lighting Up Disease Carrying Mosquitoes

By Tim Sandle

A scientist has devised a simple technique for detecting genetic material from West Nile and chikungunya virus in samples, taken from mosquitoes. To help in the battle against disease carrying mosquitoes, Dr. Robert Meagher, of Sandia National Laboratories, has devised a new method for simultaneously detecting a range of mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria. To […]

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Family And Community Affect Children’s Health

By Tim Sandle

It may not be that surprising, but a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that healthcare, family and community factors impact upon the mental health and behavior of children in early childhood. Examining data collated between 2001 and 2012, medical researchers found that 1 out of 7 U.S. […]

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