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More than five million Americans live with the degenerative brain disease that robs people of their memory. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. a study led by Harvard University researchers and published this week in the journal “Science Translational Medicine” suggests that Alzheimer’s could stem from the brain’s past attempts to fight off infections.
Study co-author Dr. David Cole, of the School of Medicine at Cardiff, and colleagues reveal how bacteria activate "killer T cells" - white blood cells that attack healthy cells instead of protecting them - to destroy insulin-producing cells, causing type 1 diabetes.
To further elucidate the effects of the virus, the investigators infected a group of mice and analyzed their performance on a set of tests designed to measure the rodent equivalent of human cognitive function. Animals infected with the virus exhibited deficits similar to those observed in humans. Infected animals had worse recognition memory and spatial orientation than uninfected mice. For example, they had a harder time finding their way around a maze, failing to recognize a new entry that was previously inaccessible. In addition, infected animals were less likely to pay attention to a new object, spending nearly 30 percent less time exploring it than uninfected mice, a finding that suggest shorter attention span and greater distractibility. The researchers caution that drawing direct links between mice and humans can be reductive but, they say, the parallels observed in the study were rather striking.
originally posted by: Krakatoa
Recently, I have been observing an ever increasing trend of people refusing to accept probable explanations and evidence (actual scientific evidence and published studies) for odd happenings. Even when presented in an intelligent and honest fashion, it is received only with vitriol and personal attacks. And, this attitude seems (to me) to be spreading. It seems to be acting in a viral manner in it's spread across the globe.
originally posted by: Misterlondon
So because people do not believe in certain subjects.. They have a brain disease.
Firstly do you have any examples of what subjects you are referring too?
Secondly, what about cultural differences, personal beliefs, religious beliefs, learned beliefs (from parents) past experience..
Just because people do not conform or believe in the things you do, does not mean they are ill it just means they are different..
originally posted by: Krakatoa
a reply to: Misterlondon
Not at all. I am trying to understand this phenomena using understood and studied possibilities. The probability it is an unknown infection causing this is much much higher than the probability that some totally unproven and untestable belief is causing it. I am not saying that the explanations being tossed about now are not possible, only that the probability of such is very very low.....much lower than a potential infections disease.
Is willfull ignorance actually a disease?