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May 31, 2018

On today's show, I talk about Lyme disease, the effects of climate change on the tickborne illness and issues of Lyme medical and public policy with the author of the book, Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change, Mary Beth Pfeiffer.

Check out more at The First Epidemic

May 30, 2018

Malaria is probably the most important parasitic disease affecting man. The parasite belongs to the class Sporozoa and the genus Plasmodium, a name which means multinucleated mass.

There are scores of named species of Plasmodium which infect various species of vertebrates. Four species are considered true parasites of...

May 16, 2018

In a follow-up to an interview on the dwarf tapeworm, Hymenolepsis nana last week, this week we look a related cestode, the rat tapeworm.

Hymenolepis diminuta is a tapeworm that occurs throughout the world. Its principal definitive hosts are rodents. Nevertheless, in rare instances, it can infect humans, typically by...

May 9, 2018

As the title of the podcast indicates and as regular listeners know, the majority of the time I focus of infectious diseases.

However, I do like to dedicate air time to other important health issues, and today's topic is indeed important and unfortunately, all too common-- and thats skin cancer. In fact, skin cancer is...

May 9, 2018

In our running series on parasites, we’re going to look at another tapeworm--The dwarf tapeworm or Hymenolepis nana.

Joining me is parasitology expert, author and friend of the show, Rosemary Drisdelle.