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Fri Oct 4, 2019, 12:34 AM

Overexposure to pesticides is a likely cause for neurological symptoms in Cuba-based diplomats


Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 4 2019

A new interdisciplinary study on the "Havana Syndrome" led by Dr. Alon Friedman M.D. of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel and Dalhousie University Brain Repair Center in Nova Scotia, Canada, points to overexposure to pesticides as a likely cause for neurological symptoms among Canadian diplomats residing in Havana, Cuba in 2016.

This is the first study of its kind focused on Canadian diplomats.

The "Havana Syndrome" was the name given to the symptoms initially believed to be acoustic attacks on U.S. and Canadian embassy staff, first reported in Cuba. Beginning in August 2017, reports surfaced that American and Canadian diplomatic personnel in Cuba had suffered a variety of health problems including headaches and loss of balance, as well as sleep, concentration, and memory difficulties.

To ensure Dr. Friedman and his team's findings are properly interpreted and understood, Dr. Friedman elected to discuss his research in advance of peer-reviewed publication with the Canadian Broadcasting Service which obtained a draft report to the Canadian government, leaked by an unknown source.

The research will be presented at Breaking the Barriers of Brain Science Symposium in New York on Sunday, October 27. A copy of the paper is posted at http://www.medRxiv.org.

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https://www.news-medical.net/news/20191004/Overexposure-to-pesticides-is-a-likely-cause-for-neurological-symptoms-in-Cuba-based-diplomats.aspx

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