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The mysterious and deadly "nodding" epidemic of children in Uganda keeps Alzheimer's traces



The young boy in the photo can not stand on his own. In North Uganda, the feet are in front of a roofing cabinet. His face is a darkened privilege, but it is obvious that the muscles of the legs are wasted. It looks like an old man.

Like thousands of other Ugandan people in Akoli, Nodding Syndrome is a mysterious plague named after a stroke of a sterile steroid brain. It has been deployed throughout northern Uganda, with a brutal army army.

Some have imagined the virus as an alcohol. Others think that some toxins have food, air or water. It seems that there is a parasite worm that binds the parasitic worms, causing river blindness. But one of these theories has not given any unbelievable evidence.

Paradox is evident

As strange and mysterious, Nodding Syndrome could also be a human illness for other more serious risks and concerns. The pioneering prosecutor of Ontario Court of Justice Michael Pollan's court ruled that victims of death in Canada who are better known to men are witnessing evidence of physical trauma, especially in tropical weaknesses, with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

"An obvious obvious paradox, a teenager, in an epidemic, in the north of Uganda, when a neurodegenerative disease is dying," Pollanen said a small audience at the University of Toronto's Health Sciences Building. "It's very obvious."

The illness was dying, elsewhere, they were the elderly. Exceptions are rare, as in inherited genetic diseases. But if that was happening, a parent would be sick too. But adults do not get Nodding Syndrome.

"Why are not parents causing them?" Pollan said. The answer, he thinks, is an unknown compatibility of genetic factors and environmental factors. This is Africa's third occurrence in Tanzania in the 60s and 1998 in South Sudan.

Nodding Syndrome is a pestilence, curious in space and time. Today, in the northern boundary of Uganda, it is only in the vicinity and instability of agriculture and camps for the survival of displaced people near the southern Sudan border. It only affects children between the ages of 5 to 15 years old, according to the age of 11.

Its onset coincided with the social turmoil of society in the 1990s and early 2000s, when the Supreme Court of the Central African Republic and its Lord Resistance Army fled rumors as a slave or soldier of childhood, displaced millions and crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court He absented Kony's lawsuit.

A Ugandan 14-year-old girl with nodding syndrome.

Stephen Wandera / AP, File

In 2003, the epidemic was discovered, during the LRA insurgency, in the camp of people displaced in the Kitgum district. The children showed the classic karmic for the first time, thought of seizures aton, or general loss of muscle tone. Thereafter, the progression of the disease is more cruel and faster, in most cases of severe intellectual impairment, which cause great infections. It seems almost always serious.

Later, the victims are silent, some are paralyzed. Some have symptoms like Parkinson. Some people have a narrow, fat-dropper syndrome, and genitals cause extravagant jokes like constant or constant listening, said Pollan.

Secondary injuries increase the toll of the disease in outer displacements in dangerous outlying environments. The victims are accidentally burning through firewood fires, open water, falling off or endless sexual violence, said Pollan.

The first and most popular theory was on the onchocerciasis solid epidemiological association, a common parasitic infection of a worm, skin problems, blindness and perhaps somehow affecting the brain.

This theory had two versions. Whether a worm was entering the brain or a molecular muscle causing the human body was a transverse mechanism that created something similar to the autoimmune disease called Pollanen.

Nodding Syndrome is a pestilence, curious in space and time

Another theory was that Nodding Syndrome was a permanent cause of the infectious infection of a baby and caused a neurodegenerative disease. Perhaps this epidemic was similar to the movie Awakenings, so the infection caused by an infection virus led many years later to a disease called Parkinson's post-encephaly.

Pollanen said states that control centers of illnesses have an enthusiastic look at new diseases, that they are investigating Nodding Syndrome and that it is "apparent" that they have not found all the structural dissolved victims.

Pollan has investigated five serious cases, all of which were killed in 2014, including some of the CDC's. A typical case, a 14-year-old girl, unpleasant, malnourished, is wasted, dehydrated, as a result of various healing cures, when dehydration and malnutrition die.

A key finding was that the worm was a test of infection and was not a sign of viral infection.

Polymers and co-workers are a common factor in the new role of neurofibrillary, the most important brain damage characteristic of Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Michael Pollanen, Paternity Supreme Court of Ontario

Geoff Robins / Postmedia / File

Doctors and epidemiologists asked what they would look like in the face cortex and the answer was "memory and cognitive impairment." Also, what were the brain's head? It would appear as Parkinsonism. Symptoms reflect the distribution of brain disorders.

This is a scientific sense, Nodding Syndrome explains somehow "Alzheimer's" incidents, but for children.

Pollanen has said that there is a causal link between the cerebral gray matter and the neuronal interference disorders. There were many questions left. It is not clear, for example, why babies born after birth come less.

In order to return to Uganda, through the funding agencies financed by financial institutions created by the end of Raymond Chang, it aims to investigate and observe cases in the 15 to 22 age group.

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