Monday, November 10, 2008

This Is A Little Unnerving

We'd apologize for bringing you down, but since it's Monday (get me out of TLA!) you're probably at the week's nadir already.

So there's this story out of Italy (via England). Apparently an anomalous number of Italian ex-football players are suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. Or are they?

Not to nitpick, but the article states that the players are being stricken with a motor nueron disease (MND), which, if I'm not mistaken is a broad class of disorder of which ALS (Gehrig's) is one. I'll cut them all the requisite slack because I'm not a doctor and only ever play one when a naughty nurse is involved. More importantly, the story is bizarre and disconcerting enough to not quibble and be a dick.

From the article:

[Andriano] Chio’s research has shown that professional footballers in Italy are seven times more likely to develop motor neurone disease than others... He discovered that 41 [former Italian footballers] had suffered lingering deaths since 1973 from MND, which destroys the body’s motor nerves, eventually resulting in paralysis. Among the victims were Gianluca Signorini, a former captain of Genoa, who died in 2002 at the age of 42, and Adriano Lombardi, a former Como midfielder who died last year, aged 62.

Chio is the neurologist trying to figure out what's going on. It's happening to Italians, it's happening to former football players, it's also happening to midfielders more than others. Theories the article mentions include everything from doping agents to pesticides used on the pitches.

It's truly strange. Then there is this wrinkle where an Ammar Al-Chalabi is calling for the FA to study the phenomenon in Britain after he discovered a "cluster" of three players who played for the same Kent football club suffering from MND. It was later discovered, though, that those three players had also suffered a large electric shock at one point in their lives.


Mike Georger said...

when stephen hawking dies i really hope they rename the disease after him instead of a fucking baseball player. i bet that pisses him off.

The Fan's Attic said...

stephen hawking will never die. he is becoming the borg.

Precious Roy said...

Ouch... didn't even mean that pun in the title.

Mike Georger said...

should have, wouldve been a top notch pun. too bad about that food poisoning, thats never fun.

if afc wimbledon win their cup tie today drinks are on me!

Precious Roy said...

thats never fun

Holy fuck has it been the worst fucking experience. I can't eat because it only makes me nauseous. And I can't drink, even though I really need to, because everything tastes strange. And I can't sleep because I feel like shit.

Mike Georger said...

sounds like you saw me naked

Mike Georger said...

stupid fucking wycombe! lose damnit lose!

Precious Roy said...

Don't think Wimbledon has 3 goals in the last 15 minutes in them... It's not like they are playing West Ham.

Mike Georger said...

son of a bitch!

i have never won a soccer bet that didnt involve united and a late winner against a shitty team. small sample size, but i know my bread and butter