Parasites may be good medicine

01/16/2012 | LiveScience.com

A recent study in mice found that the gastrointestinal parasite Nippostrongylus brasiliensis induces the immune system to produce wound-healing substances. Helminthic therapy, or the use of parasites to combat diseases of the immune system, has been studied for years using the pig parasite Trichuris suis to treat inflammatory diseases, but this study is the first to find the wound-healing byproducts of parasitic infection. Scientists hope to use that information to treat human ailments.

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