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What You Might Not Know About Measles

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles medical school have determined that children who have recovered from measles as children may suffer from a fatal incurable complication years later.

Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) remains dormant in the brain and once reawakened, it can lead to seizures, coma, and death.  The complication affects 1 in 600 people who suffered from measles as children.

Fears that the MMR vaccine causes autism despite many medical studies proving the MMR vaccine does not cause autism has resulted in nearly 9 million children in the U.S. not being fully vaccinated against measles.  This leaves them at risk of contracting measles, and of possibly suffering from SSPE several years later.


More Autism Research Surprises

Over the last couple of years, the big news in autism is that autism presents differently in girls than in boys.  This is why it goes undetected in girls far longer, and why it takes longer for girls to be diagnosed with autism.

Additionally, autism research has shown that girls with the same genetic mutations as boys diagnosed with autism don’t always develop autism.  Understanding the role gender plays in autism will prove beneficial in treating autism in both males and females.

While there is no blood test to confirm or rule out autism, there are a number of factors considered.  Read more via this link.


Space Cadet or Space Brain

While no astronauts have travelled to Mars yet, and most of us won’t be travelling to Mars anytime soon, scientists at the University of California: Irvine have done extensive research on what traveling to Mars most likely will do to the human brain.

The results are a phenomenon scientists have dubbed “space brain” and the results are as much a cautionary tale as they are a sad reality.

During the extended spaceflight from Earth to Mars, astronauts will be slammed with non-stop exposure to highly energetic charged particles, and all that will most likely lead to significant long-term brain damage, cognitive impairments, and dementia.

While it’s not known for certain if this will absolutely happen, test rodents in simulated environments at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at New York’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have suffered these adverse consequences.

The study appears today in Nature’s Scientific Reports.


Scary Future Reality Revealed

Science and science fiction have just collided and become scary reality according to research in the Computer Science Department at Texas Tech University.

While hackers are becoming more and more proficient at hacking into technological systems, some are looking at EEG (electroencephalograms) authentication as user passwords.

However, research is proving that while this method is highly effective in maintaining high security, brain waves show more than just a user’s identity.  It also reveals non-authentication-centric information about the user.

In other words, it gives up medical, behavioral, and emotional information about the user as well.