Toxoplasma May Influence Human Behavior

The role of inflammation in suicidal behaviour
L Brundin, et al.
Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2015 Sep; 132(3): 192–203.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4531386

Common Parasite May Influence Human Behavior
July 3, 2012
http://www.npr.org/2012/07/03/156216620/common-parasite-may-influence-human-behavior

Chapter 19. Toxoplasma gondii, the Immune System, and Suicidal Behavior
in:
The Neurobiological Basis of Suicide.
Dwivedi Y, editor.
Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2012.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK107197

Toxoplasma gondii Infection and Self-directed Violence in Mothers
Marianne G. Pedersen, MSc, et al.
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012;69(11):1123-1130.
http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1206779

October 30, 2011
http://www.npr.org/2011/10/30/141832947/invasion-of-the-mind-controlling-parasites

Toxoplasma gondii Seropositivity and Suicide rates in Women
Vinita J. Ling, MA, et al.
J Nerv Ment Dis. 2011 Jul; 199(7): 440–444.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3128543

Parasites as the treatment

Helminth infection promotes colonization resistance via type 2 immunity
Science 29 Apr 2016: Vol. 352, Issue 6285, pp. 608-612
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/352/6285/608

Parasitic worms affect gut microbes
Improved hygiene practices in high-income countries may come with an increased risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or other similar disorders. Ramanan et al. show that intestinal helminth infection, caused by parasitic worms, protects IBD-susceptible mice from developing the disease.
The infection increases specific protective species and limits other inflammatory members of the microbiota.
People from helminth-endemic regions harbored a similar protective microbiota, and their deworming led to an increase in inflammatory Bacteroidales species, similar to what the authors observed in the mice. Thus, a changing microbial environment may shape susceptibility to inflammatory disease.

When Parasites Could Be The Treatment Instead Of The Illness
April 14, 2016
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/14/474221947/when-parasites-could-be-the-treatment-instead-of-the-illness

Bite Me

Volunteers Who Say ‘Bite Me’ Are Helping To Win The War Vs. Mosquitoes
April 9, 2016
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/09/468005732/volunteers-who-say-bite-me-are-helping-to-win-the-war-vs-mosquitoes

The mosquitoes are even outsmarting the bed nets by learning to dine at an earlier hour.

“Instead of biting in the middle of the night now, when people are sleeping, they’re biting in the evening when they’re sitting outside by the fire,” Clark says. “So the bed nets are becoming less and less effective.”