Getting to Know Nodding Syndrome

Nodding syndrome has devastated thousands of lives across some of East Africa’s most vulnerable and isolated communities.

Uncovering its cause may shed light on other elusive diseases worldwide. Researchers are examining possible links to diet and infections like measles; Michael Pollanen’s 2018 study found similarities between the brains of teenagers with nodding syndrome and elderly Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s patients.

But there’s more to this research than clinical science, says Pollanen, a University of Toronto pathologist: “Nodding syndrome is part of a humanitarian crisis in the region. There’s more than a scientific reason to ensure the welfare of these children.”

A must-read.

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