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A disease that destroys the brain and turns it into a “sponge”.


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A rare genetic disease has claimed the life of a 16-year-old teenager from the capital of Moscow, and doctors have indicated that it is caused by a protein resulting from a genetic malfunction that gradually destroys the brain, and eventually turns it into a “sponge” appearance.

“Over time, the patient loses many bodily functions, including the ability to sleep,” Dr. Sofya Cherkasova, a sleep disorder specialist, told, noting that the disease was discovered after observing the operations the group underwent. A whole bunch of Italian families where this disease came from.

She explained that “this disease has appeared in Russian citizens in isolated cases, and its symptoms are such that they resemble fatal familial insomnia.”

She stated that the symptoms of this disease last from 7 to 18 months, but it is still not well understood by specialists, as they often misdiagnose the symptoms.


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