December 26, 2011

Mysterious Syndrome Spreads in Uganda

Curtis Abraham, NewScientist


CDC/Wikimedia Commons

Large areas of northern Uganda are experiencing an outbreak of nodding syndrome, a mysterious disease that causes young children and adolescents to nod violently when they eat food. The disease, which may be an unusual form of epilepsy, could be linked to the parasitic worm responsible for river blindness, a condition that affects some 18 million people, most of them in Africa.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Mystery Illness, Infectious Disease, Worms, Parasites

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

Early one morning in December, Jon Allen had decided that enough was enough.He was up anyway, having taken his young son back to bed after a trip to the bathroom. Allen returned to the bathroom with a pair of #5 super-fine-tip... more ››
October 11, 2013
The Plague Is Alive and Well
Emily Lodish, Global Post
It sounds like something old. "Bubonic plague."You hear those two words and you think: "Half of Europe died in the Middle Ages. It was called the Black Death."You aren't wrong. But it didn't stop there, as many mistakenly... more ››
October 14, 2013
Biologist Removes Parasite from His Own Mouth
Deborah Blum, Wired
Too often we open a journal, scan the title of a scientific paper – for instance, “Gongylonema pulchrum in a Resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, Verified by Genetic Analysis” – and dismiss it. We think “Yeah, yeah,... more ››