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My “Finger Twitch” Turned out to Be Brain Inflammation

When this young, healthy woman developed symptoms that progressed from cramped fingers to hallucinations and seizures, her doctors thought she was losing her mind. Actually, she was losing her brain. Courtesy Nicole Palermo A twitch in her right pinky finger? Weird, thought 18-year-old Olivia Palermo, but hardly alarming. It was the summer of 2018, she… Read More »

Matter: Germs in Your Gut Are Talking to Your Brain. Scientists Want to Know What They’re Saying.

ImageCreditSean McSorley In 2014 John Cryan, a professor at University College Cork in Ireland, attended a meeting in California about Alzheimer’s disease. He wasn’t an expert on dementia. Instead, he studied the microbiome, the trillions of microbes inside the healthy human body. Dr. Cryan and other scientists were beginning to find hints that these microbes… Read More »