Thursday, September 14, 2017

Parasite Linked with Alzheimer's And Parkinson's Diseases, Epilepsy, and Cancer

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News ^ | 09/13/17 

About a third of the world’s population is chronically infected with the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that about 11% of the U.S. population aged 6 years and over is infected with the parasite, while in other countries the infection rate has been shown to be up to 95%.
Researchers from 16 institutions across the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, and Australia have now analyzed genetic, transcriptomic, and proteomic data from infected individuals, and from studies in cell cultures, to link T. gondii infection with a number of brain disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and even some cancers. "This study is a paradigm shifter," stated co-author Dennis Steindler, Ph.D., director of the Neuroscience and Aging Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. "We now have to insert infectious disease into the equation of neurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy, and neural cancers. At the same time, we have to translate aspects of this study into preventive treatments that include everything from drugs to diet to lifestyle, in order to delay disease onset and progression."
Most people with a healthy immune system will develop no symptoms from infection with T. gondii. Individuals with compromised immune systems, however, are at risk from potentially far more serious complications of the infection that can affect the eyes, brain, and other organs. A pregnant mother who becomes infected can also pass the parasite to her unborn child, with severe, potentially fatal consequences.
Prior research has indicated that T. gondii infection in rodents and in primates can cause subtle behavior changes, including loss of the animals’ aversion to the smell of the urine of their natural predators. Some epidemiological studies in humans have linked T. gondii infection with neurological...
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Hillary's Disorder: Why is No One Admitting the Obvious?

American ^ | September 14, 2017 | Patricia McCarthy 

As Hillary Clinton makes the rounds to sell her book on any television program or venue that will have her, it becomes clearer and clearer that by electing Donald Trump, the country saved itself from certain disaster. So, why is no one saying what is patently obvious? Mrs. Clinton is a classic narcissist. She has narcissistic personality disorder.

There’s a reason narcissists don’t learn from mistakes and that’s because they never get past the first step which is admitting that they made one. It’s always an assistant’s fault, an adviser’s fault, a lawyer’s fault. Ask them to account for a mistake any other way and they’ll say, ‘what mistake?” ― Jeffrey Kluger

As she is interviewed by one person after another, she blames countless other people for her 2016 election loss. Her list of reasons that she lost is endless, but she is not on it. The extent to which she holds others responsible is mind-numbing, and yet her interviewers sit there listening to her never-ending grievances against others and pretend the woman is sane. She clearly is not. There are nine essential traits of a narcissist, each of which describes HRC to a tee:
1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance. 2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love. 3. Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions). 4. Requires excessive admiration [regularly fishes for compliments, and is highly susceptible to flattery]. 5. Has a sense of entitlement. 6. Is interpersonally exploitative. 7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling [or, I would add, unable] to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
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