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TWiP 158: Ant-appetising slime balls

9/13/2018
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The TWiP hosts solve the case of the Thai Woman With Red Bumps, and reveal that a master manipulator contacts ant brain tissue to control its behavior. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: Imaging parasites ants into zombiesGiovanni Battista GrassiImage creditLetters read Case Study for TWiP 158 Male in 50s comes to see Daniel, concerned that is infested with parasites. Retired firefighter, 9/11 survivor....

Duration:01:22:09

TWiP 157: What a long, strange TWiP it's been

8/29/2018
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The TWiP professors solve the case of the Woman With Intracellular Ring Forms, and explore the role of Coxiella and Rickettsia endosymbionts in acquisition of Babesia by ticks. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: Endosymbionts and BabesiaQ feverPercy Garnham Image creditLetters read Case Study for TWiP 157 Back to Thailand. Housewife, complaint has multiple red bumps on body, intense itching, worse at night....

Duration:01:45:59

TWiP 156: The parasitic devil is in the details

8/8/2018
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The TWiP crew solves the case of the Ecuadorian with Immunodeficiency and Chronic Diarrhea, and discuss oral transmission of Chagas disease in mice. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: oral transmissioninvasive speciesRed MotherAngelo DubiniImage creditLetters read Case Study for TWiP 156 While on ID consultant service on LI during July, asked to see woman in late 70s admitted for fever, confusion, diarrhea....

Duration:01:28:03

TWiP 155: Miss Dickson

7/23/2018
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Justin joins the TWiP team to solve the case of the Gentleman with B cell Lymphoma, and consider the finding of Dracunculus species in river otters from Arkansas. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Guest: Justin Aaron Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: Dracunculus river ottersImage creditLetters read Case Study for TWiP 155 Another challenging one. 60 yo man with poorly defined immunodeficiency: low Ig, low T cells, on chronic Ig therapy....

Duration:01:32:11

TWiP 154: A louse-y episode

6/26/2018
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Vincent and Daniel solve the case of the Man in the City with Groin Rash, catch up on the long backlog of email, and present a new case, possibly the most complex one yet on the show. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: BloodlessImage creditLetters read Case Study for TWiP 154 Daniel's colleague will solve this case, in two weeks. 79 year old man history of chronic lymphocytic leukemia that became B cell lymphoma, had...

Duration:01:37:29

TWiP 153: Ars longa, vita brevis

6/12/2018
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Vincent and Daniel solve the case of the Panamanian Farmer with Three Weeks of Diarrhea, and discuss how microbes egested during bites of sand flies exacerbate the severity of leishmaniasis. Hosts: Vincent Racanielloand Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: Sand fly microbesLetters read Case Study for TWiP 153 Man in clinic, in city recently, developed rash in groin area, concerned about this. Lives in open relationship with male partner, had sexual encounter...

Duration:01:19:35

TWiP 152: A range of rads

5/26/2018
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The TWiP peeps solve the case of the Panamanian Mother with Steatorrhea, and reveal new monoclonal antibodies that effectively block malarial infection. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: Plasmodiuminjected sporozoitesprevents malaria infectionCarlos ChagasImage creditLetters read Case Study for TWiP 152 40 yo man in same Panamanian village, diarrhea for several weeks, notices blood mixed in with stool....

Duration:01:47:35

TWiP 151: Indiscriminate bulk feeders

5/2/2018
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The Podfessors solve the case of the Itchy Child from Panama, and discuss competition for blood in human malaria-helminth co-infections. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: CompetingWilliam C. CampbellLetters read Case Study for TWiP 151 Woman in 30s, mother of last two boys we saw, same locale. Concerned about abdominal pain for 3 years. Fullness, bloating of lower abdomen. No blood in stool, but...

Duration:01:26:55

TWiP 150: Fast food

4/19/2018
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The TWiPers solve the case of the Panamanian Man With Leg Ulcer, and describe how a crab predator preferentially feeds on parasite infected prey - even though the parasite makes them faster! Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: enhances susceptibilityMiriam RothschildImage creditLetters read Case Study for TWiP 150 Up to Costa Rican border, travel by boat 2.5 hr, up stream through mangroves. Mobile med clinic...

Duration:01:26:15

TWiP 149: Stranger in a strange land

3/22/2018
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Shivang joins the TWiP triumvirate to solve the case of the New Yorker With Rash and Pins and Needles, and reveal how agrochemicals increase risk of human schistosomiasis by causing high snail density. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Guest: Shivang Shah Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: had parasiteswormier than othersAngiostrongylusbadger lungsrat lungwormswallowed slugAgrochemicalsÉmile BrumptImage creditLetters read Case Study for TWiP...

Duration:01:29:27

TWiP 148: Weep and sweep

3/7/2018
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The TWiP-tologists solve the case of the South American Child With Belly Pain, and reveal how B1 cell IgE blocks parasite clearance by inhibiting mast cell activation by B2 cell IgE. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: raw earthwormsworms in your veins?Guinea Pig DoctorsDavid BruceLetters read Case Study for TWiP 148 Will have a guest on next show to unveil! Female teenager living in NYC, previously in good...

Duration:01:50:53

TWiP 147: The savvy physician tests the tissue

2/24/2018
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The three amigos of parasitology solve the case of the New York Lawyer With A Foot Ulcer, and discuss a survey of rodents for the raccoon roundworm in California. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: case studiesParasite on the Playgroundraccoon roundwormTheodor BilharzLetters read Case Study for TWiP 147 Three year old boy, in tropical S. America, brought in by mother, says has been sick about a month....

Duration:01:32:15

TWiP 146: Thus misspake Despommier

1/31/2018
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The TWIPniks solve the case of the Man With Diarrhea and 100 Micron Objects In Stool, and discuss the reticulocyte receptor for Plasmodium vivax. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: Reticulocyte receptorPlasmodium vivaxMarietta VogeLetters read Case Study for TWiP 146 27 yo male lawyer comes NY area to be seen, has 4 cm ulcer on right foot. Painless, has raised borders, minimal surrounding erythema. Going on...

Duration:01:26:43

TWiP 145: Is it excreted or secreted?

1/17/2018
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The Estimados Profesores of TWIP solve the case of the Man With Motile Objects, and reveal the secreted and excreted proteins of Giardia parasites. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: Excretory and secretoryGiardia intestinalisImage creditLetters read Case Study for TWiP 145 Male 40s, visiting NYC on business. Lives in Thailand, seeks medical attention for diarrhea and abdominal pain. Diarrhea is continuous,...

Duration:01:35:53

TWiP 144: A blood-free snip

12/14/2017
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The TWiPtomaniacs solve the case of the Boy With Visual Disturbances and Itching, and discuss identifying secreted and excreted proteins of Trichinella parasites. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: Malaria plasmepsinsImage creditLetters read Case Study for TWiP 144 Individual in 30s, male, presented to physician with stomach upset, uncomfortable feeling in legs. Has motile objects in stools. From Vancouver...

Duration:01:42:23

TWiP 143: There's a lot of worms out there

11/28/2017
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The TWiPians solve the case of the Woman With Anemia, Eosinophila, and a Worm in Her Intestine, and discuss a study on the function and druggability of two malarial aspartate proteases. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: Malaria plasmepsinsLetters read Case Study for TWiP 143 From 1990s seen by a colleague, boy late teens, initially presented to ER in US chief complaint, visual disturbances and itching...

Duration:01:38:37

TWiP 142: Just a virus, go home

11/17/2017
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The TWiPsids solve the case of the Guatemalan Positive for Rhinovirus, and reveal how to kill all African trypanosomes with a primate apolipoprotein. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: APOLs killTWiP 85: Channeling trypsLetters read Case Study for TWiP 142 Woman in 50s, immigrant from rural area with limited resources. Admitted to hospital with iron deficient anemia and eosinophilia. In US. Sent for...

Duration:01:33:17

TWiP 141: Paratransgenesis

10/31/2017
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The TWiP Wataalamu solve the case of the One Year Old From Kenya With Moving Skin Lesions, and describe how to make mosquitoes refractory to Plasmodium with engineered symbiotic bacteria. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: Engineered SerratiaPlasmodiumSea SprayPhoto creditLetters read Case Study for TWiP 141 A 59 yo Spanish speaking female on Long Island originally from Guatemala. Goes to ER after returning...

Duration:01:29:25

TWiP 140: Blasting Blastocystis

10/17/2017
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The triple TWiP solve the case of the Peace Corp Veteran with Eosinophilia, and discuss the genome sequence of the hyper-prevalent parasitic eukaryote Blastocystis. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: Genome diversityBlastocystisPhoto creditLetters read This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron is the #1 fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service in the country. Get $30 off your first delivery...

Duration:01:35:11

TWiP 139: Eggsactly, ova and ova

9/21/2017
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The TWiPwalas solve the case of the Woman with a Worm in Her Eye, and discuss the role of nitric oxide in the resistance of rats to Schistosoma japonicum. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin Become a patron of TWiP. Links for this episode: Nitric oxideLetters read This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron is the #1 fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service in the country. See what’s on the menu this week and get 3 meals free with your first...

Duration:01:16:33