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Helminths are parasitic worms and a division of eukaryotic parasites that, unlike external parasites such as lice and fleas, live inside their host. They are worm-like organisms that live and feed off living hosts, receiving nourishment and protection while disrupting their hosts' nutrient absorption, causing weakness and disease. Those that live inside the digestive tract are called intestinal parasites. They can live inside humans as well as other animals. Approximately 3 billion people globally are infected with helminthes.

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Research reveals how gut macrophages respond to prior infection by shielding enteric neurons

Research reveals how gut macrophages respond to prior infection by shielding enteric neurons

Harnessing the genetics of hookworms to develop next generation of PPE for combat troops

Harnessing the genetics of hookworms to develop next generation of PPE for combat troops

Systematic review explores the effects of ivermectin in preventing and treating COVID-19

Systematic review explores the effects of ivermectin in preventing and treating COVID-19

Deworming treatment during pregnancy reduces risk of neonatal mortality and low birthweight

Deworming treatment during pregnancy reduces risk of neonatal mortality and low birthweight

Intestinal worm infection can cause severe sexually transmitted viral diseases

Intestinal worm infection can cause severe sexually transmitted viral diseases

New evidence supports ivermectin use in children weighing less than fifteen kilograms

New evidence supports ivermectin use in children weighing less than fifteen kilograms

Research shows intestinal parasite infestations reduce COVID-19 severity

Research shows intestinal parasite infestations reduce COVID-19 severity

Study reveals key role of IL-33 signaling molecule in parasite infections, other health conditions

Study reveals key role of IL-33 signaling molecule in parasite infections, other health conditions

Illustrations by Nigerian artist kickstart debate on neglected tropical disease

Illustrations by Nigerian artist kickstart debate on neglected tropical disease

New project aims to find the effect of COVID-19 infection on the next generation

New project aims to find the effect of COVID-19 infection on the next generation

PATH wins grant to develop oral treatment option for soil-transmitted helminth infections

PATH wins grant to develop oral treatment option for soil-transmitted helminth infections

Unique molecular mechanics can pave way for potential treatments for infections

Unique molecular mechanics can pave way for potential treatments for infections

Do parasites protect against SARS-CoV-2?

Do parasites protect against SARS-CoV-2?

Mothers can transfer life-long protection against infection to infants by breastfeeding

Mothers can transfer life-long protection against infection to infants by breastfeeding

Study: Mothers' breast milk can provide protection against infection that lasts for life

Study: Mothers' breast milk can provide protection against infection that lasts for life

New study provides better understanding on safety of deworming programs

New study provides better understanding on safety of deworming programs

New research aims to turn worms against parasite-associated cancer

New research aims to turn worms against parasite-associated cancer

Research identifies cell signaling pathways related to endocannabinoid system in worms

Research identifies cell signaling pathways related to endocannabinoid system in worms

Researchers publish new paper on developing vaccine candidates for Helminthic parasites

Researchers publish new paper on developing vaccine candidates for Helminthic parasites

Study shows absence of zoonotic parasitic worms in European farmed fish

Study shows absence of zoonotic parasitic worms in European farmed fish