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Weight loss fights gut worms

18th January 2013

Researchers from the University of Manchester have suggested weight loss following infection with intestinal worms is the body’s way of fighting off the parasites.

Writing in the journal PLoS Pathogens, their study with mice has pointed to the immune system hijacking the hormone that controls when people should stop eating, then triggering the immune response needed to expel the worms from the gut. The Manchester team is now hopeful their findings could lead to new ways to treat people with intestinal worms.

 

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