Breaking News About Nodding Syndrome

Myriad causes have been proposed for “nodding syndrome,” a deadly condition that has plagued children in war-torn areas of East Africa, bringing on progressive seizures and cognitive issues.

Now, the first published study of victims’ brains links the condition to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, which leave brains riddled with tau proteins.

The findings could change the course of research, says lead author Michael Pollanen of the University of Toronto. But other researchers sounded a note of caution, noting the paper’s lack of detail and important controls. Among them is the University of Antwerp’s Robert Colebunders, who maintains his theory that the condition’s cause is a parasitic worm.


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