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The study published by the Journal of the American Academy of Medicine and performed by doctors at the University of Pennsylvania does not allow the full cause of the symptoms recorded by US diplomats in Cuba between the end of 2016 and May 2018. "Their brains have been exposed to something because of changes in them," said Rajini Verma, a professor of radiography at the University of Pennsylvania who specializes in medical image analysis,.

"This is not fiction," she said, asserting that "this is what happened in their brains." "All I can say is that we have to look for the truth." "What happened was not the result of a previous health situation"He said.

Between the end of 2016 and May 2018, diplomats working in Cuba and members of their families faced many health problems, including problems associated with loss of balance, dizziness, coordination of movement and eye movement as well as anxiety and anger, as well as what they described as a decline in perception.

The United States withdrew the bulk of its diplomatic staff from Cuba in September 2017.

Some of them have recovered but others are still in rehabilitation, Ferma said. Washington has not publicly confirmed the nature of the phenomenon and whether it was about "audio attacks" or micro-radiations, which the US media reported without providing any evidence. Cuba denies any responsibility for this phenomenon.

At the request of the State Department, 44 diplomats were sent with their family members from mid-2017 to a brain trauma center at the University of Pennsylvania to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The researchers compared the pictures with one for 48 people from a comparison group. The differences were very large and related to the white matter in the brain and the cerebellum that controls the movements.

A spokesman for the State Department welcomed "the involvement of the medical staff in this complex problem to an unreasonable degree," stressing that "the safety, security and comfort of its employees remains a priority of the Ministry"He said.

Researcher Rajini Ferma insists on the importance of regularly monitoring all patients to check for changes in their brains.

Cuba questioned the study Tuesday. "This study does not allow us to arrive at definitive scientific results," said Mitchell Valdis Sosa, director of the Center for Neuroscience of the Cuban State, at a press conference."He said.

"The study does not prove that a group of diplomats suffered brain damage during their stay in Cuba, contrary to a previous article published by the same magazine in March 2018," he said.

HZ / AFP (AFP)

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