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New Research Indicates Alzheimer's and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases Are Contagious

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by A.B., Sep 25, 2016.

  1. A.B.

    A.B. Senior Member

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    ME/CFS is another illness with leaky gut and dysbiosis.

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...rative-diseases-are-contagious-300333155.html
     
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    Its about time someone is looking at this. I was asking about this decades ago, and everybody said "no". I was interested because nobody was looking. This is a press release though, so we cannot be sure of the information. Its also likely that bacteriophages are indeed infectious, but what that actually means is highly speculative at this point.

    One of the questions I asked long ago, of DeMeirlier if my memory is accurate, is could bacteriophages infect mitochondria. He said he had looked (presumably under an electron microscope) and not found any signs of this. This hypothesis is unlikely, but I have not fully ruled it out.
     
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  3. Marky90

    Marky90 Science breeds knowledge, opinion breeds ignorance

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    What part of their research indicated that? Had a look but could not find..
     
  4. A.B.

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    It's a press release that exaggerates a lot. But it's an interesting hypothesis and it's good that bacteriophages are being looked at.
     
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  5. Glycon

    Glycon World's Most Dangerous Hand Puppet

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    This kind of language makes it sound super-flaky, though:
     
  6. Jonathan Edwards

    Jonathan Edwards "Gibberish"

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    Aha, they found that if you give rats the Russian jungle juice 'bacteriophage cocktail'(shaken not stirred) they show typical signs of Alzheimer's like weight loss, messy hair, and decreased activity!!!

    If I were a lab rat and I was injected with a Russian cocktail I think I would probably be off my food and forget to do my hair and lie about. But clearly this proves that bacteriophages cause rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease.

    Give me a break. Bacteriophages in the gut are this week's trendy topic. Biomedcentral journals are places for publishing trendy topics so that the publishers can rake in a few quid. They are designed specifically for profound scholars with more than 90 papers so it must be good, even if they are mostly read by desperate post docs who need to get ten publications to have a chance of another job.

    It is such a pity that science has been replaced by tat. But at least I don't have to battle with it any more.
     
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  7. A.B.

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    Yea, I didn't look at the paper until I had actually posted.

    I remain curious about bacteriophages: http://www.ifr.ac.uk/news/latest-news/2016/07/do-answers-mecfs-lie-within-our-gut/
     
  8. Glycon

    Glycon World's Most Dangerous Hand Puppet

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    It's just 'cause you're not PROFOUND enough! :D
     
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  9. Marky90

    Marky90 Science breeds knowledge, opinion breeds ignorance

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    Hahaha yes.. who would imagine,@Jonathan Edwards :rolleyes:

    It seems to be a recurring theme that something is tried on rats-> subsequently they perform less good on some type of mundane task -> the researchers propose something like the above -> journalists write sensational headlines -> then the years pass, and nothing come of it, except the ones involved are payed - and do it again.
     
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  10. IreneF

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    Why are phages so exciting these days? The role of bacteriophage T12 in scarlet fever exotoxin has been known for decades, for example.
     
  11. barbc56

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    OMG, not messy hair syndrome! I need to take to my bed. Oh wait, that's where I am now. Today is one of those days where I will probably be staying in bed most of the time, messy hair or not!
     
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