Bird Flu Survivors at Increased Risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's

by VR Sreeraman on  August 22, 2009 at 8:17 AM Research News
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 Bird Flu Survivors at Increased Risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
An animal study conducted by experts at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has suggested that at least one strain of the H5N1 avian influenza virus leaves survivors at significantly increased risk for Parkinson's disease, and possibly other neurological problems later in life.

In their study report, the researchers write that mice that survived infection with an H5N1 flu strain were found to be more likely than uninfected mice to develop brain changes associated with neurological disorders like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

Parkinson's and Alzheimer's involve loss of brain cells crucial to a variety of tasks, including movement, memory and intellectual functioning.

The researchers say that their study has shown that the H5N1 flu strain causes a 17 percent loss of the same neurons lost in Parkinson's as well as accumulation in certain brain cells of a protein implicated in both diseases.

"This avian flu strain does not directly cause Parkinson's disease, but it does make you more susceptible," said Dr. Richard Smeyne, associate member in St. Jude Developmental Neurobiology.

"Around age 40, people start to get a decline in brain cells. Most people die before they lose enough neurons to get Parkinson's. But we believe this H5N1 infection changes the curve. It makes the brain more sensitive to another hit, possibly involving other environmental toxins," Smeyne added.

Smeyne revealed that the study focused on a single strain of the H5N1 flu virus, the A/Vietnam/1203/04 strain, and that the threat posed by other viruses, including the current H1N1 pandemic flu virus, was still being studied.

During the study, the researchers infected some mice with an H5N1 flu strain isolated in 2004 from a patient in Vietnam, which is still considered to be the most virulent of the avian flu viruses.

About two-thirds of the mice developed flu symptoms, primarily weight loss. After three weeks, there was no evidence of H5N1 in the nervous systems of the mice that survived.

However, the inflammation triggered by the infection within the brain continued for months, and it was found to be quite similar to inflammation associated with inherited forms of Parkinson's.

Although the tremor and movement problems disappeared as flu symptoms eased, the researchers reported that 60 days later, mice had lost roughly 17 percent of dopamine-producing cells in SNpc, a structure found in the midbrain.

They also found evidence that the avian flu infection led to over-production of a protein found in the brain cells of individuals with both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

"The virus activates this protein," Smeyne said.

The study has been reported in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (ANI)

Source: ANI

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Precautions and treatment:
To drive out the toxins, protect the immune system, ensure optimum functioning of endocrine glands, brain, heart, stomach, liver, kidneys, lungs, etc., mostly by acupressure techniques [part and parcel of nature cure] and medicines coming under the purview of ‘AYUSH medicines, namely, ayurveda, yoga, unani, sidha, homoeo, and nature cure .

1. Arsenic Alb-200 – Dosage – children upto 5 years – 2 globules t.d.s., children 5-15 years – 3 globules t.d.s., Above 15 years – 4 globules t.d.s

2.Homeopathy: Influenzinum-200 – Dosage—as above.
3.Gelsemium-30 Dosage—as above.
Note: Blank globules medicated by the above trituritions are available @ local homeo shop[s].

Swine Flu Virus [H1N1] infection is a serious epidemic/pandemic disease resembling catarrh (cold) with fever and dull pain in body which considerably weakens the patient. Rest is necessary as there is often danger of heart failure, even after recovery.
Mixture of FP 12x, KM 3x, NM 3x and NS 3x; every 1 or 2 hours. This is most wonderful. Please see the report of a PAC Officer given in introduction Rhus Tox 6 or Gels 30 twice or thrice daily is also very useful. Nux Vom 6 or 30 is also useful, both as preventive and curative. For cough persisting after influenza, Ammonium Carb 6 or 30 is very good. Statistics in England show that better results were obtained with homoeopathic than with allopathic medicines. Bathing is harmful to patients of influenza. An excellent Indian prescription is to take a teaspoonful of powdered turmeric (Hindustani Haldi) put it in 1 pao (i.e. 8 oz. of milk) and boil it. Give it to the patient. It cures Influenza in 4 hours. For children the dose is half of above.

1. Steps may be taken with the aid of Homoeopathy, Tissue Salt Remedies and Acupressure Techniques. If all stipulated instructions are complied with most scrupulously like rituals, no side effects and there are the most chances of cure and survival from Swine Flu Viral Infection.
2. Making and drinking a pitcher of freshly juiced vegetable and / or fruit juice every day gives the antioxidants to help boost immune system.
3. Taking large doses of Vitamin C (up to 10,000mg daily, as human body tolerates) can boost the immune system.

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