After nearly 40 years of effort, Guinea worm disease is on the cusp of being the second human disease – after smallpox – to be eradicated on Earth.
Toxoplasma is a protozoan, a single-celled organism so small that it lodges inside the cells of animals (one in three humans) and modifies their behaviour.
For a malaria vaccine to have an impact, health promotion is key. Awareness campaigns must address safety concerns and emphasise expected positive impacts.
Cell membranes are a basic structure common to most living organisms – but they can be hijacked.
New research has found that a parasite first identified in dogs could help stimulate the human immune system to attack cells of cancerous tumours.
Honey bees, wild and native bees face threats from parasites, pesticides and habitat loss. Shorter winters, more extreme weather and more habitat destruction won’t help.
A large proportion of primary school aged kids get infected with pinworm at some time – and yes, it can make them pretty moody.
Bed bugs are pretty much universally reviled. But a public health entomologist explains how – while potentially traumatizing to deal with – they aren’t likely to make you sick.
We looked at eye photos and found one in every 150 Australians might have scarring from a common parasitic disease.
Bees offer insights into many scientific questions, from cooperating in close quarters to strategies for finding food.
If you’re tempted to wade into flood waters for fun, don’t. It not only risks your immediate safety, it’s also a threat to your health.
The scale of the Guptas’ rapaciousness meant that, within just a few years, the institutions they leeched were in a state of collapse.
This evergreen plant has some tricky ways to get ahead, but it’s a valuable part of the ecosystem.
The parasite which causes toxoplasmosis has shown promise in treating difficult tumours in mice.
Parasitic wasps are body-snatchers — if you’re an insect. But these much-maligned creatures have saved millions of human lives by controlling the spread of the cassava mealybug.
Rising household debt in South Korea is crippling many and Squid Game speaks to this very real horror facing many in the country.
Although there is no evidence yet that it affects COVID-19 vaccines, schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease, has been associated with lower vaccine immunity for several vaccines.
Biological control strategies curb pests using other species that attack the invader. A biologist explains why it can take more than a decade to develop an effective biological control program.
How bad are ticks this year? An expert explains why tick-borne diseases are on the rise.
The amount of parasites on a host species has implications for the host population. Factors such as reproduction and consumption can be affected by the number of parasites and their types.