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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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Could worm infection counter IBD? An interview with Dr Loke and Dr Cadwell

Could worm infection counter IBD? An interview with Dr Loke and Dr Cadwell

Study shows how parasitic worm infection increases susceptibility to TB

Study shows how parasitic worm infection increases susceptibility to TB

Duke study finds that gut worms can protect babies' brains from chronic inflammation

Duke study finds that gut worms can protect babies' brains from chronic inflammation

WHO/UNICEF: Lack of progress on water and sanitation threatens to undermine child survival, health benefits

WHO/UNICEF: Lack of progress on water and sanitation threatens to undermine child survival, health benefits

Smoking cannabis may reduce chances of infection by intestinal worms

Smoking cannabis may reduce chances of infection by intestinal worms

Enhanced biodiversity of worms, germs associated with better immune function, overall health

Enhanced biodiversity of worms, germs associated with better immune function, overall health

Research breakthroughs may pave way for new drugs to fight against parasitic worm infections

Research breakthroughs may pave way for new drugs to fight against parasitic worm infections

Australian researchers use hookworms to reduce symptoms of celiac disease

Australian researchers use hookworms to reduce symptoms of celiac disease

Reduced exposure to microbes triggers chronic inflammation

Reduced exposure to microbes triggers chronic inflammation

Researchers uncover mechanism that may help explain severe forms of schistosomiasis

Researchers uncover mechanism that may help explain severe forms of schistosomiasis

Scientists use novel metagenomic approaches to characterize microbial communities that reside in human gut

Scientists use novel metagenomic approaches to characterize microbial communities that reside in human gut

Indonesia's commitment, investment in eliminating NTDs could lift millions of people out of poverty

Indonesia's commitment, investment in eliminating NTDs could lift millions of people out of poverty

Parasites could be potential key to treating autoimmune diseases

Parasites could be potential key to treating autoimmune diseases

Researchers find parasitic worms limit effects of autoimmune and other diseases

Researchers find parasitic worms limit effects of autoimmune and other diseases

Bacterial crystal protein could be safe, inexpensive treatment for parasitic worms in humans

Bacterial crystal protein could be safe, inexpensive treatment for parasitic worms in humans

Men and women in Uganda face different challenges in accessing treatment for NTDs

Men and women in Uganda face different challenges in accessing treatment for NTDs

Educational cartoon boosts worm infection prevention

Educational cartoon boosts worm infection prevention

Blog describes efforts to fight NTDs in Brazil

Blog describes efforts to fight NTDs in Brazil

Cell phone microscope can detect intestinal worm infections in children

Cell phone microscope can detect intestinal worm infections in children

Researchers uncover potential new way to regulate the body's natural immune response

Researchers uncover potential new way to regulate the body's natural immune response