March 10, 2017 / Modified jun 22, 2017 4:20 p.m.

Episode 71: A Common Brain Parasite May Help Treat Brain Disorders

REPEAT. How a common parasite might help in treating brain disorders.

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REPEAT. A single cell parasite called - Toxoplasma gondii - is found throughout the world in both humans and some animals. But very few of those with the toxoplasma parasite show any signs of a disease known as taxoplasmosis because a healthy person's immune system usually keeps the parasite from causing illness. Research now being conducted at the University of Arizona is looking into how this common parasite might help in treating brain disorders like Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimers and stroke.


Anita Koshy, Assistant Professor in the University of Arizona's Neurology Department
Tim Swindle, Director and Department Head of the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

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