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Could Germ From Cat Poop Trigger Rage Disorder in People?

Posted 23 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – Your cat's litter box could be a source of explosive anger – and not for the obvious reasons. A new study suggests that people prone to explosive bouts of rage might be under the influence of toxoplasmosis, an illness caused by a parasite found in cat feces and undercooked meat. Folks diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder (IED) are more than twice as likely to carry Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, said lead researcher Dr. Emil Coccaro. "If you've got someone with aggression problems, you might check them for toxoplasmosis," said Coccaro, chair of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago. "People who blow up have a real problem. It's not just a character problem or bad behavior. There's something underneath that's driving it." Coccaro noted that because this study was not a clinical trial, the ... Read more

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Cheaper Alternative to Turing's Pricey Daraprim Soon Available

Posted 1 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

A low-cost alternative to the infection-fighting drug Daraprim will be available to patients as soon as next week. The price of Daraprim rose 5,000 percent after it was acquired by Turing Pharmaceuticals earlier this year. The drug is used to treat a parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis. On Tuesday, Imprimis Pharmaceuticals announced it found a backer to distribute a $1-per-pill alternative to the $750-a-pill Daraprim. The backer is Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefits management company in the United States, CNN reported. The active ingredient in Daraprim is pyrimethamine. The new drug is a compound of pyrimethamine and leucovorin. Express Scripts said it will collaborate with medical groups to educate doctors about the new drug, CNN reported. Read more

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New Test Detects Recent Infection With Toxoplasmosis

Posted 19 May 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19 – A new test to detect whether a toxoplasmosis infection has been acquired within the past four months has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Vidas Toxo IgG Avidity Assay – approved for people with a toxoplasmosis infection confirmed by other methods – can be used to validate whether infection by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite is less than four months old. Human antibodies triggered by the parasite behave differently after four months than they do initially. Toxoplasmosis, sometimes called "cat scratch disease" can be passed from mother to unborn child. The infection can cause miscarriage, stillbirth or an abnormally sized fetal head. In the child's later life, it can lead to vision loss, mental impairment or seizures, the FDA said in a news release. While exposure to cats and used cat litter are primary methods of transmission, toxoplasmosis ... Read more

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