Mistletoe is actually a tree-killing parasite — here’s how it became a Christmas icon

Pucker up? That adorable little sprig you’re smooching under this season is actually a ruthless parasite that sucks trees of their nutrients. Mistletoe has a long history that took it from you malicious tree-killer to an icon that’s as synonymous as wreathes and holly. Following is a transcript of the video. That holiday mistletoe? Not […]

Decades later, Vietnam vets may be silently fighting cancer-causing parasite

Enlarge / An adult Clonorchis sinensis. (credit: PLoS Medicine) A small pilot study hints that a startling number of Vietnam veterans may be infected with a liver parasite that can induce a rare type of cancer, the Associated Press reports. The study, conducted by the Northport VA Medical Center in New York, involved blood samples […]

Surgeons find never-before-seen parasite in body of defector who was shot 5 times while escaping North Korea

REUTERS/Lee Jin Woo The North Korean defector who was shot five times while running across the border to South Korea has been found riddled with parasites, one of which has never before been seen in the country. North Korean defectors often come over to South Korea with parasites, once with more than 30 types of […]

A Brain-Invading Parasite Is Believed to Be Spreading Because of Climate Change

Snails are a known carrier of rat lungworm disease Photo: Getty Health officials in Hawaii have been warning residents not to touch snails or slugs with their bare hands because of an increase in cases of people coming into contact with a rare parasitic infection known as a rat lungworm. Experts are blaming its sudden […]

What is trichomoniasis? Genital parasite may be living inside you with NO symptoms

The tiny creatures can live inside the vagina or urethra, and it is thought half of men and women could have it.  The parasite increases the risk of getting HIV/AIDS and may also cause complications during pregnancy, but frighteningly only 70 per cent of men and women who are hosts to the organisms show any […]