Ticks carrying Lyme disease thrive near California coast, study finds

Ticks have been turning up in areas that were once believed to be free of the blood-sucking parasites, according to a study led by researchers from Colorado State University. Published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, it showed that disease-carrying ticks, which were once thought to inhabit woodlands, are also present near Northern California’s coastline. The arachnids inhabit the … Continue reading Ticks carrying Lyme disease thrive near California coast, study finds

About 50% of lamb mince sold in Australian supermarkets contains a dangerous parasite that may cause brain damage

A recent study concluded that lamb mince sold in Australian supermarkets might be contaminated with parasites. In the report, researchers from Flinders University tested lamb meat sold in supermarkets three times a week for six months. After testing, they found that 34 out of 79 samples were contaminated by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. T. gondii is a parasite found in domesticated cats. … Continue reading About 50% of lamb mince sold in Australian supermarkets contains a dangerous parasite that may cause brain damage

7 Ways you’re unknowingly putting yourself at risk for Lyme disease

After going outside, it may be best to do a tick check. Lyme disease is a dangerous condition that causes fever, rashes, face paralysis, and arthritis. Without proper care, it can even lead to death. Interestingly, something so deadly comes from the bite of something so small: ticks. Ticks are tiny arachnids commonly found in grassy, woodland … Continue reading 7 Ways you’re unknowingly putting yourself at risk for Lyme disease

Can An Infection Alter Your Epigenome?

There are many examples of infectious agents that are capable of modifying the behavior of their host organism. Pathogens typically co-opt their host in ways that create an opportunity to spread into another host. For example, the rabies virus is transmitted through saliva, so the virus transforms its host into an unusually aggressive beast that … Continue reading Can An Infection Alter Your Epigenome?