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  • Toxoplasma parasite may be the next miracle cancer drug
    Parasite normally carried in cats may be the next miracle cancer treatment
    One of the zoonotic diseases that cats expose us to is toxoplasmosis. The parasite toxoplasma gondii, which lives in cats' intestines and is shed in their feces, is usually fairly harmless to people. However, it can be dangerous for people...
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    CDC targets five Neglected Parasitic Infections in the US
    When you think of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), you think of diseases occurring in poor and developing countries.NTDs perpetuate a cycle of poverty that continues from generation to generation.The World Health Organization (WHO) says...
  • Kitty litter disease found in beluga whales
    Kitty litter disease found in beluga whales
    Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease most often found in cat feces is now being blamed for the death of more than 400 gray seals off Cape Breton Island in Canada back in 2012. It has also been detected in beluga whales caught in the Beaufort Sea...
  • Study says parasites in cat poop pose major public health risk
    Study says parasites in cat poop pose major public health risk
    If you've been pregnant, you may have been tested for toxoplasmosis, because the parasitic infection is serious for pregnant women and their babies.But now health officials are warning about the parasite found in cat poop, saying it is a "...
  • Can parasites from pet cats be messing with your mind?
    Can parasites from pet cats be messing with your mind?
    Older adults with pet cats for companions are susceptible to parasites from the cats that could infect their brains and change their personalities. Check out the March 2012 Atlantic article, "How your Cat is Making You Crazy."You also...
  • Give Your Baby a Head Start
    Protect Your Unborn Baby From Parasites
    People all over America envy us South Floridians as they sit snowed in and shivering while we walk around in short sleeves. One of the drawbacks of living in Florida, though, is that the warm, humid weather encourages parasite growth--a dangerous...
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    Toxoplasmosis from cats can infect the human brain
    PubMed Health writes that Toxoplasmosis is an infection due to the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Humans worldwide are infected with the Toxoplasma parasite. Catshave been found to bethe definitive host of the parasite. Human infection with this...
  • Toxoplasmosis: Prevention is the key
    Toxoplasmosis: Taking steps to protect yourself
    Toxoplasmosis is one of those little parasites that many people haven’t heard of even though they’ve been exposed. According to Veterinary Partners, around one third of the U.S. population has been exposed and because people seldom get...
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    Toxoplasmosis: Enviromental risks more of a hazard than your cat
    Every year, cats end up back in shelters and rescues for a variety of reasons – people lose their homes, allergies develop, people die or people just don’t want their cats any longer. It’s not uncommon for shelters to get calls...
  • Birds matter keep your cats indoors
    Birds matter keep your cats indoors
    Scientists estimate that one billion birds (including endangered and rare species) a year are taken by cats alone (domestic and feral). Every year cats kill millions of birds and small mammals, rabbits, squirrels. Free-roaming cats spread rabies...
  • Ellie
    Cat lady and suicide connection: What sensationalized stories are missing
    If you follow animal welfare in America, you’ll realize the last thing the common house cat needs is another scare story to go viral. The latest story is connected to a study of 45,000 Danish women that says that so-called cat ladies are...
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    Bad kitty! How cats may affect your mental health.
    A brand new study titled Toxoplasma gondii Infection and Self-directed Violence in Mothers found some disturbing correlations between toxoplasmosis, the infection caused by T. gondii, and the risk of suicide in new mothers. In a study of over 45...
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    Fashion diva? Blame your cat
    Can an infection change our behavior? Some medical researchers are finding clues that it can. Hints that an infection can result in more traffic accidents or a woman dressing well are just the tip of what may be a large iceberg in medical research...
  • New study: toxoplasmosis infection linked to schizophrenia
    New study: toxoplasmosis infection linked to schizophrenia
    According to a study by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Los Angeles and New York City have more residents who test positive for toxoplasmosis. For most people, the parasitic infection has no symptoms. For decades it has been known that...
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    Cats and pregnant women the real truth
    Toxoplasmosis. That's what it is called. It is a disease caused by a single protozoan. This organism can be found in many mammals and birds. However, the cat is the only species that ingestsit by eating raw meat or unwashed vegetables. It is...