Kuru | Debunking A Rare Prion Disease



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Kuru is a neurodegenerative prion disease that is known for its symptom of uncontrollable laughter. However, this disease is actually quite complex. This video explores the causes, symptoms, pathophysiology, and epidemiology of Kuru disease, as well as debunks the common nickname given to this disease, "Laughing Death".

This video was created by McMaster University students Kleiton Strobl, Syed Asad Irfan, and Hassan Masood in collaboration with the Demystifying Medicine McMaster Program.

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