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Knut's Killer: Brain Disease

Viral encephalitis pinpointed in 'exhaustive' review

(Newser) - An exhaustive look into the cause of death of beloved polar bear Knut , almost three years after his death, has confirmed that a viral form of encephalitis, or a brain-inflammation disease, led to his seizures and eventual drowning . "But as there were no signs of disease beforehand there was... More »

Maryland Man Dies of Rabies From Kidney Transplant

Organ came from Florida man who died of encephalitis

(Newser) - Maryland's first fatal case of rabies in nearly 40 years came from a kidney transplant, reports the Washington Post . At first doctors doubted the victim could have contracted rabies from the transplant because he received the kidney 15 months before his death, and rabies rarely has an incubation period... More »

Mystery Brain Disease Strikes Women in US

Doctors initially thought it was psychosis

(Newser) - Doctors have been wrestling with a newly discovered illness that attacks mainly young women and looks a lot like psychosis. In Philadelphia, hospitalized women appeared possessed, crying or laughing hysterically one moment and turning catatonic the next. One had seizures and left her arms stuck out in front of her.... More »

Final Verdict: Knut Drowned

Cause of the brain swelling not known, says pathologist

(Newser) - The sad final verdict is in: Celebrity polar bear Knut died from drowning. But the four-year-old's collapse into his enclosure's pool at the Berlin Zoo was caused by encephalitis, according to a necropsy performed on the bear. The AP reports that a zoo pathologist said she could not tell what... More »

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