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California's Unspoken Health Problem: Brain Parasites

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the sounds-like-a-good-star-trek-episodes dept.

Medicine 313

An anonymous reader writes "Sunnyvale, California is a town 40 miles outside of San Francisco, in the Bay Area. As in most of California, the weather is mild, and the winters are short, even sometimes warm. On December 20, Sara Alvarez took her youngest child for a walk in the park in town. As daylight faded, Alvarez lost feeling in her right leg, then her left foot. Her body became numb, and she became weak. At 10:15 pm, her husband drove her to a hospital in Redwood City, about 20 minutes away from their town. There, over the course of Christmas, doctors batted around diagnoses: tumor, cancer. Finally, Alvarez received a brain scan that revealed the truth: neurocysticercosis, a calcified tapeworm in her brain (link contains images of brain surgery)."

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Obligatory (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41267905)

I, for one, welcome our new brain parasite overlo...

Re:Obligatory (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41267991)

After RTFA I, for one, DO NOT welcome our new brain parasite overloards

...the trouble with tapeworms occurs when they reproduce. The host expels thousands of the tapeworms' larvae out of their anus, possibly infecting other people.

Re:Obligatory (4, Informative)

ackthpt (218170) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268095)

After RTFA I, for one, DO NOT welcome our new brain parasite overloards

...the trouble with tapeworms occurs when they reproduce. The host expels thousands of the tapeworms' larvae out of their anus, possibly infecting other people.

Don't walk around bare foot.

Don't eat raw vegetables from fields people or dogs poop in

Don't eat raw meat.

Get regular checkups, you can always ask for blood tests to see if you have blood parasites.

At Some Point... (-1, Flamebait)

sycodon (149926) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268367)

Some idiot "researcher" will put out a study that condemns CA and/or the U.S. for not having adequate systems/procedures/etc. in place to detect and treat this even though it is not native to the U.S. and is largely brought in by immigrants.

It's the same things a Texas being condemned for a low graduation rate without recognizing the huge number of illegals that can't speak English and don't stick around long enough to graduate.

Re:At Some Point... (4, Insightful)

cffrost (885375) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268447)

Some idiot "researcher" will put out a study that condemns CA and/or the U.S. for not having adequate systems/procedures/etc. in place to detect and treat this even though it is not native to the U.S. and is largely brought in by immigrants.

Therefore, this condition cannot occur in the US, so detection and treatment are of no use.

Re:At Some Point... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268573)

Oh My Fucking God. Take off your dumbshit hat.

That's not at all what he said.

Re:At Some Point... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268461)

It's the same things a Texas being condemned for a low graduation rate without recognizing the huge number of illegals that can't speak English and don't stick around long enough to graduate.

On the other hand, people from Texas do tend to be morons...

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268079)

I ate some raw meat, and I don't feel a th,qzqppzbqpbqpzzzzzpzzzttt...ffft...I am Corg.. Take me to your leader.. I come in peace... to serve man

California girls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268217)

I, for one, welcome our new brain parasite overlo...

The worm was quoted as saying: "I wish they all could be California girls (brains)"

This is why we cook our meats (4, Informative)

the_humeister (922869) | about a year and a half ago | (#41267921)

This comes from pork, so don't eat undercooked pork. Tapeworms, in general, come from raw/undercooked meat. Pigs just happen to harbor the ones that sometimes go to person's brain.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41267971)

If you read TFA, you'd know that they are brought in by filthy immigrants from filthy countries. The note that the infestations are taking root in California is a big indicator of that, with California being a sanctuary state and all. Come on in, all you stinky unbathed barefoot burrito eaters! You get everything for free at the taxpayers' expense!

-- Ethanol-fueled

Re:This is why we cook our meats (4, Funny)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268055)

I don't get it. The immigrants are transmitting tapeworms to Californian pigs? Or directly transmitting them to purebred but presumably cannibalistic Californians? Or people are eating immigrants' lunches?

Re:This is why we cook our meats (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268123)

I'm in California. Here, there are so many immigrants that we just eat them.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268165)

Outside of the feather Indians, aren't you all immigrants? You eat each other? Well, that explains Hollywood.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268195)

Outside of the feather Indians, aren't you all immigrants? You eat each other? Well, that explains Hollywood.

The Indians are immigrants too, idiot. Everyone come from Africa.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268431)

The Africans are immigrants too, idiot. You all come from Alpha Centauri.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (2)

xmousex (661995) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268131)

A family member, friend or restaurant cook infected with an adult tapeworm can secrete tens of thousands of tapeworm eggs daily, which can be easily ingested by others.

eating food prepared by an infected person. one infected person at a restaurant could infect a few hundred people in a day.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (2)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268215)

why is the infected person bleeding and/or shitting all over the food?

Re:This is why we cook our meats (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268285)

Because Libertarians insisted that the Health department be closed and replaced with private screening.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268521)

Evidently you've never eaten mexican food before!

Re:This is why we cook our meats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268571)

why is the infected person bleeding and/or shitting all over the food?

Ever worked in a restaurant?

Scary.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (4, Informative)

ackthpt (218170) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268141)

I don't get it. The immigrants are transmitting tapeworms to Californian pigs? Or directly transmitting them to purebred but presumably cannibalistic Californians? Or people are eating immigrants' lunches?

Transmitting between people, not so hard if you live in undeveloped conditions. If your toilet is close to where you grow/raise your own food you're going to get something eventually. This is why proper disposal of human waste is important and using uncomposted manure for fertilizer is such a bad idea.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (0)

mrmeval (662166) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268507)

What about regions in the process of going back to third world status? You have Louisiana that can't process it's drinking water kill one type of brain parasite. Now you have Cali with an infestation? WHO IS NEXT?

Re:This is why we cook our meats (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268175)

If you read TFA, you'd know that they are brought in by filthy immigrants from filthy countries. The note that the infestations are taking root in California is a big indicator of that, with California being a sanctuary state and all. Come on in, all you stinky unbathed barefoot burrito eaters! You get everything for free at the taxpayers' expense!

While it's always heartening to see an ethnic rant, not all of California's disadvantaged immigrants come from the south, and not all of them get welfare assistance.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (4, Informative)

morcego (260031) | about a year and a half ago | (#41267973)

There is a tapeworm that comes from cow meet also, although it is less aggressive and rarer than the pork one. So yeah, I agree the most likely cause if poorly cooked pork meat.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (1)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268023)

hmm, that would be really odd from Pork grown in the US, these days. It's really clean compared to other countries. The exception being 'natural' or 'organic' small farms. Often the thing it's natural for a pig to eat trash and left overs.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (1, Troll)

jeffasselin (566598) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268155)

By clean, you mean "stuffed full of antibiotics and raised in atrocious conditions"?

Re:This is why we cook our meats (1, Informative)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268297)

By clean I mean healthy.

" "stuffed full of antibiotics and raised in atrocious conditions"?"
please show me scientific evidences that causes any harm in the person eating the pork.

I know your an ninny who takes what fits a preconcieved bias instead of actually looking at research and think. Unlike you, other people reading this are capable of thinking., so for their sake, some facts:

Antibiotics are given strategically, administered when pigs are sick, susceptible or exposed to illness. It's not just given to them willy-nilly.

Using antibiotics strategically has given us in the US the safest pork in the world.
Antibiotics are give under strict guidelines, and only antibiotics that the FDA approves for use in pigs.

Over 20 years pork has gotten safer and healthier.

decades of study and work has given us a time where you caqn actual get safe rare cooked park, and a bunch of scientific illiterate yahoos want to throw us back to the 50s.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268403)

Militant Vegan Alert!

Re:This is why we cook our meats (4, Insightful)

morcego (260031) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268185)

hmm, that would be really odd from Pork grown in the US, these days. It's really clean compared to other countries. The exception being 'natural' or 'organic' small farms. Often the thing it's natural for a pig to eat trash and left overs.

You make a very good point. The proliferation of "organic" production and "farmer markets" open a big door toward infection. The problem is not those, but that people got used to no worrying, since their food is already sterilized, pasteurized, irradiated and whatnot into oblivion. When you go organic/natural production, you have to take certain measure to assure food safety.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268039)

There is a tapeworm that comes from cow meet also, although it is less aggressive and rarer than the pork one. So yeah, I agree the most likely cause if poorly cooked pork meat.

Cows?!? How dare you ... oh, wait you didn't mention mad cow disease in Texas. Nemmind.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268081)

The article says that the tapeworms can be spread by humans. A human host who ate tapeworm-infested pork can harbour an adult tapeworm. That adult tapeworm will produce eggs. Those eggs may be spread from the human host to other humans.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (1)

oic0 (1864384) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268117)

Yes, if you eat their feces

Re:This is why we cook our meats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268257)

Or they're lazy fucks who don't wash their hands properly, then prepare food for you. You can get it from a restaurant, you don't need to undercook pork.

Re:This is why we cook our meats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268269)

Seriously you have never heard of tape worms? I thought this was common knowledge. And as the sibling poster said, tape worms do not spread from human to human (atleast if you have proper waste disposal system)

Re:This is why we cook our meats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268541)

This comes from pork, so don't eat undercooked pork. Tapeworms, in general, come from raw/undercooked meat. Pigs just happen to harbor the ones that sometimes go to person's brain.

Yes op is very informative. It just has the wrong information. Intestinal tapeworms come from contaminated pork, but you get them in areas outside the intestines by ingesting contaminated fecal matter. Point being that even a vegan can suffer this condition if you prepare his food without the proper sanitation.

Wasnt going to click until I saw... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41267963)

That the link included pics!!

Attacks mostly Hispanics (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41267975)

Safe to ignore.. and another reason to scapegoat the undocumented... "They bring nothing but disease!"

"Nobody cares"!?!? (5, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year and a half ago | (#41267977)

Finally a CT scan revealed the malady. Alvarez had neurocysticercosis — a calcified tapeworm lodged in her brain...Nobody cares about this disease, and they should, if not from a humanitarian point of view than from a fiscal aspect, says Wilkins, a scientist with the CDC

JESUS H FUCKING CHRIST! I CARE! How can one NOT care about brainworms!

Forget al qaeda! America has a NEW ENEMY! And it is brain tape worms! Take all my taxes, draft people, use those milimeter wave scanners on every street corner, suspend the constitution, I don't care, just keep these terrifying slimy things out of my cerebral cortex!!!

Re:"Nobody cares"!?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268077)

Hmm, cursing and paranoid hyperbolic ramblings...you might already have brain worms.

Re:"Nobody cares"!?!? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268509)

Everyone cares and knows about neurocystercicosis. It isn't rare, just uncommon in the U.S. It's the cause for about 50% of the cases of epilepsy outside of the U.S. It's pretty treatable. It's often asymptomatic, and I run into it fairly routinely, though not as much as when I lived in Texas and California. One famous case was of a Hasidic Jewish family that got it. You see, you get the tapeworms from eating undercooked pork, but you get cistercicosis for
oral-fecal contamination from someone who has the worm in their gut. It turns out that this family had a Latino housekeeper who had the worm, and who apparently didn't quite wash her hands enough after using the bathroom

Rack City (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41267985)

Rack city, bitch! Rack rack, city bitch!
Ten ten twenty on ya titties bitch!

Yeah, California has a problem.

This sucks (2)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year and a half ago | (#41267989)

Why can't we get parasites that make us super intelligent?

Re:This sucks (5, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268019)

You just don't eat enough old egg salad sandwiches in space gas stations.

Re:This sucks (2)

SomeJoel (1061138) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268121)

You just don't eat enough old egg salad sandwiches in space gas stations.

In the end, no matter how well you play the holophonor, it's just not worth it.

Re:This sucks (2)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268321)

Just make a metaphorical deal with the devil. .. and by Devil I mean robot devil, and my metaphorical I mean get you coat.

Re:This sucks (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268109)

Personally I am looking forward to the brain parasites that make us both super intelligent and blood-thirsty.

You thought zombie apocalypse would be interesting?
Try super-zombies with FULL faculties!

Not just Bbbbrrrraaaiiinnnssss!!! (5, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268021)

As California is a gateway, thanks to its border with Latin America and many international airports (plus a few containers brought to shore filled with asian imigrants, one was found abandoned at sea a few years ago) we gots lots of happy little bugs.

It's not difficult in some corners of the world to buy a false health certification, which allows someone with rampant Tuberculosis to come on in and cough among us. (thanks to this I went on a 9 month course of Isoniazid as a preventative meausre, 9 months of total suck) Further there are people coming from rural backgrounds in SE Asia who have various gut and blood parasites, they move to the big city, get a leg up and move to the US. There's some pretty graphic examples of what peasants could have in their guts in the way of big worms thanks to eating food grown in fields fertilized by raw manure from infected oxen, goats, etc., and walking around in same fields bare footed. A mobile population in the world means this is going to happen more often, everywhere.

Don't like it? Maybe mandatory health screenings for visitors to the US, but if you even start talking about it you'll be called all sorts of names by various groups and who is going to pay for it?

Not just West Nile that's getting around.

Re:Not just Bbbbrrrraaaiiinnnssss!!! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268203)

Don't like it? Maybe mandatory health screenings for visitors to the US, but if you even start talking about it you'll be called all sorts of names by various groups and who is going to pay for it?

You are also assuming that screening is going to be effective enough to prevent this. Even invasive health screening may not catch problems, especially in the early stages.

Re:Not just Bbbbrrrraaaiiinnnssss!!! (3, Insightful)

leehwtsohg (618675) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268227)

Not to mention all those nasty deseases the european immigrants brought with them to america.

Re:Not just Bbbbrrrraaaiiinnnssss!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268415)

Given that the European diseases killed off about 90% of the inhabitants, I think the OP might actually have a useful point.

Re:Not just Bbbbrrrraaaiiinnnssss!!! (3, Interesting)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268231)

Have you got any evidence for this, in terms of research done providing statistics on the percentage of parasites traceable to immigrants, or are you just pointing the finger at these people when you should be looking at shoddy health inspection practices?

Finaly (4, Funny)

Bodhammer (559311) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268027)

An explanation for the behavior of the California State Legislature. I though they were just insane, who would have thought they have parasites eating their brains?

Good call, except for timing (4, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268067)

I though they were just insane, who would have thought they have parasites eating their brains?

The brains were gone long ago.

It's been all parasite for about a decade now.

Re:Finaly (2)

mark_reh (2015546) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268137)

The legislature isn't the problem. The ballot propositions are the problem. California has mob rule, and the mob isn't very bright. 85% of California's budget is determined by ballot measures. The legislature only controls 15% of the budget.

How much could you accomplish if your 5 year old kid controlled 85% of your budget and you only controlled 15%?

Re:Finaly (1)

enjerth (892959) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268567)

How much could you accomplish if your 5 year old kid controlled 85% of your budget and you only controlled 15%?

You forgot that the 5-year-olds elect 6-year-olds to control that last 15%, leaving adults with no control.

Patient information discloser much...? (1)

NtroP (649992) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268035)

I find it interesting how much private information is exposed in that screenshot of the lab report. I would probably have cropped it differently or blurred it out before plastering it all over the interwebs...

Re:Patient information discloser much...? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268309)

Yep, you're right. The medical record number (MRN) shown in that image is protected health information. "Published in Scientific American" is one hell of a disclosure, voluntary or not.

Captcha: retain (a lawyer)

Not Sunnydale? Thank goodness. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268041)

I was worried that it was in top of the Hell mouth, and that would be really bad.

Regular brain parasites are one thing, demonic worms would probably give us uber-Zombies.

The Bigger Story (2)

JustOK (667959) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268043)

The worm had a person wrapped around it.

Re:The Bigger Story (1)

SixAndFiftyThree (1020048) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268119)

Naw, it was just one of Jerry Brown's campaign speeches from the 1970s that Ms. Alvarez had somehow never forgotten. Let this be a warning to everyone who pays too much attention to politicians.

Fortunately for her, Jerry Brown's speeches rarely lodge in the heart or liver.

Sunnyvale... (1)

Ubeor (890283) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268057)

Am I the only one who initially thought this was from Sunnydale, not Sunnyvale? That would make it a completely different story!

This could explain a lot of things (1)

mark_reh (2015546) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268061)

about California if it turns out the problem is much more common than currently understood.

Re:This could explain a lot of things (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268091)

Exactly! Now we know why they vote Democrat all these years. I knew Californians were fucked in the head, but this may actually be a legit excuse!

Plagiarized? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268065)

Looks like one link is a "reworded" version of the other. There are different authors listed for each piece.

Hmmm.

It's not a town, it's not outside anything (2)

YesIAmAScript (886271) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268085)

This story makes it sound like you're in the burbs. Sunnyvale is a city in the heart of Silicon Valley. It borders both Cupertino (home of Apple) and Mountain View (home of Google) and has more residents than both of those put together. Would you read a story on slashdot relating how Cupertino is a town 45 miles from San Francisco?

Weird.

Re:It's not a town, it's not outside anything (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268129)

Atari was Sunnyvale's claim to fame in the tech world, probably.

Re:It's not a town, it's not outside anything (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268451)

There are dozens of tech companies in Sunnyvale, from AMD to Yahoo:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Companies_based_in_Sunnyvale,_California

Re:It's not a town, it's not outside anything (1)

gander666 (723553) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268535)

That, plus some small defense companies. Westingouse made Nuclear sub components there, and Lockheed (now Lockheed Martin) is there. My dad worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space for a long time. It has also won many awards for the best run small city (population was always about 100K). Lived there off and on for 38 years.

Would love to go back, but damn, 50's vintage tract homes that are teardowns still sell for $700K+

Re:It's not a town, it's not outside anything (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268193)

This story makes it sound like you're in the burbs. Sunnyvale is a city in the heart of Silicon Valley. It borders both Cupertino (home of Apple) and Mountain View (home of Google) and has more residents than both of those put together. Would you read a story on slashdot relating how Cupertino is a town 45 miles from San Francisco?

Weird.

They didn't likely bring it, if your read through TFA, she complained of suffering pain back in the 1980's when she imigrated. Patient worm. The probably was when her immune system tried to work out what to do with the dead worm.

Sunnyvale is about as squeaky clean as you're going to find anywhere in the USA. You might find some suspect vegetables in a supermarket (anywhere in the USA) which is why you should cook pretty much everything.

Re:It's not a town, it's not outside anything (1)

Compaqt (1758360) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268277)

>You might find some suspect vegetables in a supermarket (anywhere in the USA) which is why you should cook pretty much everything.

Does that mean no salad?

contribute to WorldCommunityGrid (2)

zugedneb (601299) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268107)

They have a few projects targeting parasites (not this one). U might not trust that donated money actually ends up where it was intended, then donate to this. Science from universities will at least get published.

http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/ [worldcommunitygrid.org]

FINALLY?!? (1)

ColaMan (37550) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268115)

There, over the course of Christmas, doctors batted around diagnoses: tumor, cancer. Finally, Alvarez received a brain scan

My dad had symptoms of a stroke - which are similar. First thing he got? A dose of blood thinners and a brain scan at a local hospital.

I can understand a little bit of incompetence, or delays due to Christmas but please don't tell me that it was cost that prevented this simple scan from happening immediately, or I will once again shake my head at the appalling state of affairs of the US health system.

Re:FINALLY?!? (1)

Carnildo (712617) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268385)

My dad had symptoms of a stroke - which are similar. First thing he got? A dose of blood thinners and a brain scan at a local hospital.

In that order? Sounds like a malpractice suit waiting to happen. Give blood thinners to someone with an ischemic stroke, you get a miracle cure. Give blood thinners to someone with a hemorrhagic stroke, you kill them. That's why you try to figure out what's going on before you start treatment.

The antibody lab result was negative (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268179)

Her result showed a level of .90 for the antibody, which is a negative result. Sure it says the name of the organism, but what's the point of showing a negative test result for it? If people with the calcified parasite eventually test negative for the antibody, that would be a diagnostic concern, but they don't address that in the article.

So that's what they call them now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268181)

California's Unspoken Health Problem: Brain Parasites

- so that's what they call liberals, progressives and Democrats, I see.

But seriously... weed?

Tough Day In Silicon Valley (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268197)

I kinda have a headache and my leg is sorta numb. Think I'll go home early today.

Bankrupt (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268201)

In the United States, everyone -- insured or not -- is one major hospitalization away from total life-ruining bankruptcy. It's the health care system here that needs help. Brain parasites would be eradicated as a pleasant secondary effect.

This is NOT a brain parasite (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268245)

It is a parasite that sometime, through no choice of it own, ends up in the brain and dies. That is about as far from a "Brain Parasite" you can get while still being a parasite. "The man fell on a twig, it entered his brain through his eye socket; A NEW TYPE OF SPRUCE THAT GROWN IN YOUR BRAIN!!!!!!!!!" (Am I the only person left in the world who went to school?)

Sunnyvale? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268265)

insert obvious silicon valley patent troll joke here

wetback brainfyuck (1)

noshellswill (598066) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268355)

Illegal brain surgery on **my** nickle? Fyuck no! Spend it on sick American citizens. Better to drive the border-jumping. thieving illegals and their drooling lib.com pander-pals into the sea. I'll push the first one off-the-boat.

Oh come on! (4, Insightful)

Cute Fuzzy Bunny (2234232) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268379)

Slow news day? 386 cases out of 38,000,000 people? Clearly a serious problem. I'd have to do the math, but I think you're more likely to be hit by a space rock or eaten by a shark.

Re:Oh come on! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268483)

But more likely than being hit by a falling space shark. Clearly a serious problem.

Cost/Benefit Analysis (5, Insightful)

Bob9113 (14996) | about a year and a half ago | (#41268389)

Budgeting for health care means focusing the available resources on the most cost effective problems first -- the things that affect the most people.

The CDC estimates that there are 1,900 diagnosed cases every year, 386 annual cases in California alone which can cost upwards of $66,000. Often it is paid through Medicare - costing taxpayers thousands.

California Population: 37m

The phrase "upwards of" jumps out at me. Let's be generous and assume the number they quoted is only twice the average.

386 cases at $33,000 = $13m per year

The cost per Californian is under $0.50 per year. Given the weasel phrase, "upwards of", it is probably a lot less than $0.50 per year. You have a one in 100,000 chance of getting it each year in California. If you are a California resident, you are less likely to get hit by lightning, but not by a whole lot.

Health care resources are limited. If we waste them on 1:100,000 shots, people with more common ailments will suffer. That is a bad economics and socially heartless.

zerg? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268411)

Why would Kerrigan mind control Californians? They can build nukes, but they can't build silos to store them. They can't build Medivacs. They can't build thors. They can't build seige tanks. It doesn't make sense.

House Called It (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41268467)

Clearly these doctors need to watch more television. This was exactly the premise for the pilot episode of House.

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