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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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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

Elevated immune function during childhood linked to stunted growth

Elevated immune function during childhood linked to stunted growth

Gut microbes linked to severity of intestinal parasitic worm infections

Gut microbes linked to severity of intestinal parasitic worm infections

Parasitic tapeworm could someday help prevent or treat pediatric IBD

Parasitic tapeworm could someday help prevent or treat pediatric IBD

Nervous system can "put the brakes" on immune response and prevent excessive inflammation

Nervous system can "put the brakes" on immune response and prevent excessive inflammation

Researchers shine new light on hookworm-malaria co-infections

Researchers shine new light on hookworm-malaria co-infections

Polio labs equipped to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Polio labs equipped to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Intestinal worms have influence on allergy and asthma risk in humans

Intestinal worms have influence on allergy and asthma risk in humans

Schistosomiasis: the biggest killer you’ve never heard of?

Schistosomiasis: the biggest killer you’ve never heard of?

Scientists discover mechanism that provides potential new target for allergy treatments

Scientists discover mechanism that provides potential new target for allergy treatments

WHO announces new flagship programs for African region over next two years

WHO announces new flagship programs for African region over next two years

Study findings could pave way for better drugs to fight against parasitic infections

Study findings could pave way for better drugs to fight against parasitic infections

Scientists reveal how immune cells activate to kill parasitic worms

Scientists reveal how immune cells activate to kill parasitic worms

People with lymphatic filariasis more likely to acquire HIV infection, study shows

People with lymphatic filariasis more likely to acquire HIV infection, study shows