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  • Giardia organism
    Pesky pooch parasite: giardia
    Fall has arrived and seasoned Seattleites know this means a return to the dreary gray and rain. Sometimes referred to as “Rain City”, one would expect to find quite a few puddles here. And puddles can mean a greater risk for a...
  • Naegleria fowleri life cycle
    Pakistan reports second Naegleria fatality of 2014
    For the second time in two weeks and the second time this year, Pakistani health officials are reporting a "brain-eating amoeba" death in a Karachi-area resident.Pakistani news source, The News reports Friday that a 22-year-old man from...
  • Virus
    Classifying Viruses, Living or Not?
    The great debate over the classification ofvirusesrages on. Original classification of organisms was based on visual observations used in deciphering life from non-life. Once Von Leeuwenhoek created lenses for a microscope capable of viewing...
  • Safe Sex
    Unfamiliar STDs still present
    Very common sexually transmitted disease unheard of by manyInformation floods societies with sexually transmitted diseases of syphilis, herpes, AiDS/HIV among others however, there are some sexually transmitted diseases that may be called rare or...
  • Zombie bees reach Northeast: Tale of infected bees reads like a horror story
    Zombie bees reach Northeast: Tale of infected bees reads like a horror story
    Mutant "zombie bees" have made their way across the country to the Northeast after first appearing on the West Coast. The discovery made last summer in Vermont was the first spotting of zombie bees east of South Dakota, according to...
  • 'Kissing Bug'
    Texas: Over 400 dogs dead from parasite in 'Kissing Bug'
    An insect seen on occasion in urban neighborhoods has been responsible for the death of over 400 dogs in Texas alone.The Triatomine Bug (also known as the 'kissing bug') transmits a potentially deadly parasite when ingested by curious...
  • Infection with Cyclospora
    Recent Outbreak of Cyclospora in US
    There has recently been an outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as of August 2, 2013, a total of 400 cases of Cyclospora infection have been reported from 16 states and New York City. In Iowa and...
  • Cyclospora Cases in North Texas; keeping your family safe
    Cyclospora cases in North Texas; keeping your family safe
    As parents it is important that you keep your families safe. When you hear things about diseases being spread throughout the metroplex, you need to get as much information as you can, so you know what you are up against, and how to prevent it from...
  • Cyclospora cayetanensis oocysts (one stained for contrast)
    Cyclospora: How and why not to be afraid
    The media is abuzz with fear, uncertainty, and doubt about Cyclosporiasis outbreaks around the country, but the facts support reasonable precautions rather than panic. As of July 25th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been...
  • Cyclospora
    Mysterious stomach bug on the loose in 8 states
    ABC News reported on Wednesday that a parasite has sickened 296 people in 8 states so far this month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is still not known where the bug originated.The parasite is called...
  • Stomach bug stumps CDC
    Stomach bug stumps CDC: Parasite causing stomach bug in 8 states, over 250 cases
    A stomach bug, which is described asa parasite from an unknown source, is stumping the doctors and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) today. The stomach bug has been reported in eight states and it has landed 10 people in the hospital so far,...
  • Invasion of the Giant Land Snails
    Invasion of the Giant Land Snails
    Another invasive species is threatening Florida: African giant land snails! They can grow to be as large as a rat-----as much as 8-inches across, which is the size of an adult human face's diameter!Surprisingly, these giant land snails can...
  • Teen goes blind in one eye from a parasite on her contact lenses
    Teen goes blind in one eye caused by a parasite on her contact lenses
    According to CBS news published today, “A high school senior nearly went blind in one eye after a parasite grew on her contact lens and started eating through her cornea. “Doctors found that 18-year-old Ashley Hyde had an acanthamoeba...
  • What’s new in DC’s ‘New 52’: Superman-Family books Halloween releases
    What’s new in DC’s ‘New 52’: Superman-Family books Halloween releases
    DC Comics has several “super” treats this Halloween for Superman lovers.The secrets of the “missing five years” between when Clark Kent came to Metropolis and the present day continue to be revealed with the release of...
  • Toxoplasma gondii
    Suicide may be caused by parasite: Toxoplasma gondii
    New research shows a possible link between the Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) parasite and suicide attempts, reports Michigan State University (MSU). Around 10-20 percent of the population in the U.S. has the parasite in their bodies.The parasite...