Animals, including the ones that live in our homes, can carry all kinds of illnesses. Most of the time it’s not a problem, but here’s what you should do to avoid getting sick.
Digging is a natural and important behaviour for cats – trying to interrupt it may cause stress and confusion for your pet. But if your cat is kicking litter everywhere, here are a few tips to try.
We looked at eye photos and found one in every 150 Australians might have scarring from a common parasitic disease.
The sticky biofilms that form on microplastics can harbor disease-causing pathogens and help them spread.
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Normally land-bound pathogens that cause deadly diseases for both humans and animals can cling to microplastics and end up in your seafood.
Not all tumours can be detected by the body’s immune system.
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The parasite which causes toxoplasmosis has shown promise in treating difficult tumours in mice.
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Māui dolphins are at risk of extinction. With a marine mammal sanctuary in place since 2008, the risk from fisheries is now largely under control. It’s time to take other threats more seriously.
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Don’t share your toilet with your pet, or treat your toilet like a flushable garbage bin. It could lead to dangerous diseases, and clog sewer pipes.
When cats were introduced to Australia, they brought several diseases with them. These diseases are taking a big toll on human health and the economy — but there are things we can do.
Toxoplasma already infects a third of the world’s population but it’s very hard to study and so treat.
Toxoplasma gondii only reproduces sexually in cats.
The parasite Toxoplasma gondii infects hosts, causes cysts in the brain and changes the behavior of the host. But is the microbe changing the hosts behavior or is the immune system to blame?
An unexpected breakthrough looks promising for finding new drugs to treat two deadly diseases.
Not quite yourself.
From losing inhibitions and anger to schizophrenia and dementia – science is uncovering the role small critters play in a range of illnesses and behaviours.
Food-borne diseases will continue to thrive unless Africa’s meat inspection programmes are upgraded.
Feral cats are a triple threat to our wildlife through predation, competition and diseases such as toxoplasmosis.
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Feral cats are a huge threat to our native wildlife, hunting and killing an estimated 75 million animals across Australia each and every night. But the killing spree doesn’t end there. There’s a parasite…
Brain cancer and schizophrenia are the two most recent human conditions linked to Toxoplasma gondii.
I should admit straight up that I’m no fan of cats. Like any zoologist I treasure the rare glimpses I have had of lions, leopards, serval and even ocelot. But I have never understood the devotion of so…