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No, Your Cat Isn't a Threat to Your Mental Health

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – Cat owners can breathe a sigh of relief: Your feline's litter box likely won't put your family's mental health at risk. New British research challenges earlier beliefs that parasites in cat droppings might be linked to schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental health issues. "The message for cat owners is clear: There is no evidence that cats pose a risk to children's mental health," said study author Dr. Francesca Solmi, of University College London Psychiatry. Cats are carriers of an infectious parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). They may pass this infection on to humans through their feces. The researchers behind this study wanted to know if contact with cats during childhood raised risk for mental illness. To find out, the researchers followed nearly 5,000 people born in the early 1990s until they were 18 years old. ... Read more

Related support groups: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Psychiatric Disorders, Toxoplasmosis, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, Toxoplasmosis - Prophylaxis

Health Tip: Ward Off Infections During Pregnancy

Posted 16 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Infections can be a serious threat to pregnant women and their fetuses. To help ward off infections while you're pregnant, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises: Wash your hands frequently, particularly when you've been around children. Stay away from people who are sick. Cook meat thoroughly, and skip foods made from raw milk Talk to your doctor about checking for group B streptococcus, and testing for sexually transmitted infections. Ask about any vaccinations you should get during pregnancy. Protect yourself from insect bites, which may transmit disease. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and insect repellent. Avoid contact with used cat litter, turtles, lizards, rodents or droppings from any of these animals. Talk to your doctor about any vitamins you should take, and the appropriate doses. Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Bacterial Skin Infection, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Viral Infection, Toxoplasmosis, Insect Bites, Toxoplasmosis - Prophylaxis, Prevention of Perinatal Group B Streptococcal Disease

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

Related support groups: Agitation, Agitated State, Toxoplasmosis, Toxoplasmosis - Prophylaxis

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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CDC Targets 5 Parasitic Infections

Posted 8 May 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 8, 2014 – Five types of parasitic infections have just been labeled priorities for public health action by U.S. health officials. "Parasitic infections affect millions around the world causing seizures, blindness, infertility, heart failure, and even death," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an agency news release Thursday. "They're more common in the U.S. than people realize and yet there is so much we don't know about them. We need research to learn more about these infections and action to better prevent and treat them," Frieden added. The five neglected parasitic infections in the United States are: Chagas disease, cysticercosis, toxocariasis, toxoplasmosis, and trichomoniasis. All were targeted based on the number of people infected, the severity of the illnesses, and the ability to prevent and treat them, the ... Read more

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Cat Poop May Pose Neighborhood Health Risk

Posted 9 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 9 – Parasites in cat droppings may pose a potential public health problem, experts warn. Cats leave about 1.2 million metric tons of feces in the environment yearly in the United States alone. Some of that waste contains an infectious parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which has recently caused toxoplasmosis epidemics in otherwise healthy people, not only in pregnant women or people with weakened immune systems. Women newly infected during pregnancy can pass the toxoplasmosis infection to unborn children with possible severe consequences such as diseases of the eyes and nervous system, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research has also linked T. gondii to schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, brain cancer and even children having trouble in school, according to the article, which was published in the July 9 ... 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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