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UK government says swine flu vaccine causes narcolepsy

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by natasa778, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. natasa778

    natasa778 Senior Member

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    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/19/swine-flu-vaccine-narcolepsy-uk




    What a relief to know that:
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    natasa778 Senior Member

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    And now some silly, silly researchers are making nonsensical claims that autoimmune mechanisms could be at play in narcolepsy, and that these are triggered by immune reactions to infections and vaccines. A disabling neurological disorder triggered by immune reactions? What next, will someone come out and claim that the Earth might not be flat after all :eek:
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    The idea that autoimmune mechanisms could be at play in narcolepsy, and the idea that autoimmunity can be triggered by infections, are both legitimate.

    New research indicates that narcolepsy could be an autoimmune condition.

    And a good example of autoimmunity triggered by infection is obsessive-compulsive disorder, which in about 25% of cases is triggered by a Streptococcus infection of the throat. It is believed that an antibody against Streptococcus bacteria acts on a brain enzyme in an autoimmune fashion, disrupting brain chemistry, and causing OCD.
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    Sea Senior Member

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    I think maybe you missed the sarcasm?
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    Hip Senior Member

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    Whoops, I think you are right, I did miss it.

    Oddly enough, on days when my brain fog is pretty bad (like today), my ability to register sarcasm and irony can get quite impeded. It's embarrassing.
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    Sea Senior Member

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    No need to be embarrassed here. I think we're all familiar with the way our brains let us down
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