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Hookworm genome reveals potential treatment targets

Scientists said Sunday they had unravelled the genome of the hookworm, paving the way for better remedies against the disease-causing parasite that infects about 700 million people. An international team of researchers identified genes that help the hookworm invade its host, evade the body's immune defences, and feed undisturbed on human blood for up to a decade.

Coronado partner stops mid-stage study of bowel disease treatment

(Reuters) - Coronado Biosciences Inc said its German partner discontinued a mid-stage study of its inflammatory bowel disease treatment due to lack of effectiveness. The news comes about three weeks after Coronado said the treatment, Trichuris suis ova, failed to meet the main goal of a mid-stage study. The company said on Thursday that its partner, Dr. Falk Pharma GmbH, discontinued the study on the recommendation of an independent data monitoring committee.

Medieval feces shows Crusaders struggled with worms and hygiene

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Medieval feces discovered at an ancient castle in Cyprus has revealed that the Crusaders suffered from a bad case of the worms, and had poor hygiene habits. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have discovered that occupants of a 12th century Crusaders' castle in western Cyprus were rife with parasites, reaffirming previous research which suggested high mortality rates among Crusaders from malnutrition and infectious diseases.

Scientists used iPhone to diagnose intestinal worms: study

Scientists used an iPhone and a camera lens to diagnose intestinal worms in rural Tanzania, a breakthrough that could help doctors treat patients infected with the parasites, a study said on Tuesday. Research published by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene showed that it is possible to fashion a low-cost field microscope using an iPhone, double-sided tape, a flashlight, ordinary laboratory slides and an $8 cameral lens.
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