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Pick of the Parasites - Top 10 Countdown!
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A Top 10 devoted to ten parasites that have made a real impact on our lives, and that continue to share our world (and our bodies).
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This month we're talking about... parasites
Are we underestimating the power of parasites?
Parasites are cunning microbes capable of manipulating our body chemistry to their advantage.
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The latest recommendations, reports, publications, guidelines, national resources and major public health initiatives.
- Quick facts and interesting stories @parasite facts
Everything you wanted to know (and maybe some things you’ll wish you didn't) about the fascinating world of parasites! Available on Twitter.
- The American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) educational resources
ASP is a diverse group of over 800 scientists from industry, government, and academia who are interested in the study and teaching of Parasitology. Founded in 1924, ASP members have contributed not only to the development of parasitology as a discipline, but also to primary research in systematics, medicine, molecular biology, immunology, physiology, ecology, biochemistry, behaviour, and more. Their site contains various resources including an image bank for educational use.
- BSP Journal Club
Check out the BSP's Journal Club, which includes access to interesting insights.
For example, 'Therapeutic helminths may harm as well as heal...'
Incidence of autoimmune disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in the developed world has risen over the last forty years. The 'hygiene hypothesis' proposes that this is linked to decreased exposure to the infectious organisms we have evolved and adapted to interact with at an immunological level- a result of improved public health and sanitation, antibiotics and vaccinations.
- The British Society for Parasitology (BSP) website
To draw attention to the unique importance of parasitology as a distinct discipline within biology, The British Society for Parasitology was formed in 1962 from the Parasitological Section of the Institute of Biology. Today the Society is the central networking and meeting point for many professional and amateur parasitologists throughout the UK and across the world. Their website is a useful resource.
- Centers for Disease Prevention and Control A to Z of parasites
A parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host and gets its food from or at the expense of its host. Parasites can cause disease in humans. Some parasitic diseases are easily treated and some are not. The burden of these diseases often rests on communities in the tropics and subtropics, but parasitic infections also affect people in developed countries. Check out CDC's A to Z to find out more about parasites.