Porcine parasite may alleviate human diseases

02/15/2012 | Wall Street Journal, The

Swine whipworm eggs alleviate the immune inflammatory response that contributes to some human diseases and may be useful in treating conditions such as allergies, arthritis, autism and multiple sclerosis. Helminthic therapy, the practice of using parasites to treat human ailments, is garnering attention in light of evidence that certain diseases have increased in modernized cultures due to lack of exposure to pathogens.

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