Scientists Find Differences In The Brains Of People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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By Nathan Collins

Chronic fatigue syndrome affects as many as four in a thousand people in the United States — perhaps more. Despite that, there’s been slow progress in understanding the disease, and researchers still aren’t exactly sure what causes it. Now, a small new study hints that subtle differences in the brain’s white matter might have something to do with the disease.

CFS has a controversial past. For years, health officials denied it even existed, ironically dismissing it as a sign of mental illness. But in the last few years, more and more researchers are taking it seriously. The latest research points to mold-produced toxins as a likely cause — or at least trigger — of CFS, the symptoms of which include impaired memory and concentration, extreme fatigue after exercise, muscle and joint pain, and unrefreshing sleep. Yet exactly how CFS works remains something of a mystery.

One avenue worth exploring is brain imaging, Stanford researcher Michael Zeineh and colleagues write in the journal Radiology, though previous brain studies of patients with CFS have yielded inconsistent results. To probe deeper, Zeineh and company used standard functional magnetic resonance imaging, or —> Read More Here

Popcorn Popping In Slow Motion Will Mesmerize You, Make You Want Snack

Tossing a bag of popcorn in the microwave (and trying not to burn it) is cool and all, but have you ever though about what it actually looks like while it’s popping?

Slow Mo Lab’s Taras and Dima created a slow-motion video of popcorn kernels exploding from a spoon to appropriately dramatic music.

Craving popcorn yet? We don’t blame you.

H/T Pixable

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Why Health Workers Wearing Protective Suits Still Catch Ebola

By Alex Whiting
LONDON, Oct 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – If Ebola is difficult to catch, as medical experts say, why are fully equipped nurses contracting it in the United States and Spain, and how can aid agencies in West Africa protect their staff more effectively?
One nurse in Spain and two hospital nurses in the United States were infected with Ebola after treating patients who had returned from West Africa with the virus.
All three were declared free of the virus in October, but many medical staff and helpers have been infected and died in West Africa.
“We have to wait for the evaluations being done (in the United States and Spain), but it seems like a lot of the problems are when you take off the protective gear,” —> Read More Here

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