Hundreds of Vietnam War veterans may be infected with parasites called liver flukes, which can sometimes lead to cancer, recent research suggests.
They’re small, sneaky, and likely to make you sick. From viruses, to bacteria, to pesky protozoa, here are the latest findings on the parasites that live among (and on, and in) the creatures of the Earth.
For doctors, trying to figure out whether a person has a parasitic infection is like solving a mystery with few clues or only vague ones.
Injuries to eyeballs might make you want to squirm and cover your eyes, but these icky accidents and odd occurrences can also be illuminating.
A woman in Australia lost vision in her left eye due to a decade-long parasite infection, the Daily Mail reported yesterday (Sept. 20).
When doctors in Mexico peered into a 17-year-old boy's eye, they got a squirming surprise: a flatworm wriggling in and out of the teen's eyeball.
The German government is considering approval of a food ingredient that most people try their best to avoid: parasite eggs.
Seagulls target seal pups' poop, and the pups get it in the end. Maybe don’t read this one during lunch.
A parasitic worm that can infect people's brains has been found throughout Florida, according to a new study.
A 32-year-old man in Portugal went to the hospital after experiencing stomach pain, vomiting and fever. The culprit? A parasitic worm called Anisakis in the sushi he had just eaten.
A woman's raised itchy rash turned out to be the result of a parasite burrowing beneath her skin, according to a recent case report.
The remains of the oldest relatives of bedbugs were discovered in an Oregon cave, suggesting humans may have been in contact with the pests some 11,000 years ago.
A group of wasps with a gruesome lifestyle has just gained 15 new members. Like their kin, the newbies make a habit of laying their eggs in developing insects.
Strange sores on a woman's swollen skin weren't caused by an insect bite, but by insects burrowing into her skin, according to a recent report of the woman's case.
If you thought that bedbug-proofing your mattress would protect you, you might have to rethink that.
A zombie outbreak in a new apocalyptic film has an unusual inspiration — a species of parasitic fungus that causes zombie-like behavior in ants.
Cats are known to carry a parasite linked to symptoms of psychosis in humans, but despite this, a new study finds no connection between cat ownership and symptoms of psychosis.
Doctors in India removed a lengthy pork tapeworm from a man's gut, according to a recent report of the man's case.
If there were a horror movie set in the animal kingdom, a turquoise-green insect named the "crypt-keeper wasp" would likely play a starring role.
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