Do You Want To Read An Article About Brain Parasites?

“It sounds unpleasant, but if you’re going to contract a tapeworm, dealing with 20 feet of invertebrate is really the way to go. Researchers say that adult Taenia solium is relatively harmless and asymptomatic. The real trouble starts when they begin to reproduce within their human host.” [Bloudoff-Indelicato/Scientific American]

This is an article about a Bay Area woman who had a calcified tapeworm in her brain. It has many pictures of the surgery she underwent to remove it. This is not for everyone, especially those who are freaked out by pictures of brain surgery or those who will go nuts at the idea that “People can live for decades without any symptoms of neurocysticercosis because the tapeworm larvae break down natural defenses.”

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