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The bright side of an infectious protein

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) Prions are self-propagating protein aggregates that can be transmitted between cells. The aggregates are associated with human diseases. Indeed, pathological prions cause mad cow disease and in humans Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The aggregation of prion-like proteins is also associated with neurodegeneration as in ALS. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

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Prions found in skin of people with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Researchers detected abnormal prion proteins in the skin of people who died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The results suggest that skin samples might be used to detect prion disease. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))



Spain reports atypical mad cow disease on farm: OIE

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:48:08 +0100

PARIS (Reuters) - Spain has reported case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on a farm in the Castile and Leon region, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Alan Dickinson obituary

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:36:01 +0100

Geneticist who carried out groundbreaking research into the behaviour of diseases including scrapie and CJDThe geneticist Alan Dickinson, who has died aged 87, was aware even as a young man that he might not live to answer the question that dominated his career: what causes mind-rotting diseases such as scrapie in sheep and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in people? Such was the risk faced by a scientist who in the 1950s chose to specialise in a field then known as “slow viruses”.As these disorders, joined in the 1980s by mad cow disease, were reclassified over the years as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies and, latterly, “prion” diseases, the research group that Dickinson founded in Edinburgh trod a unique path. Whereas rival labs elsewhere in the UK and abroad attempted t...



Abnormal Proteins Discovered in Skin of Patients With Rare Brain Disease

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:01 +0100

Finding so-called prions in skin samples may lead to early diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. But the discovery also hints at possible risks from surgery. (Source: NYT Health)



NIH scientists and collaborators find prion protein in skin of CJD patients

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) NIAID scientists and collaborators at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have detected abnormal prion protein in the skin of several people who died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The scientists also exposed healthy mice to skin extracts from two CJD patients, and all developed prion disease. The study results raise questions about the possible transmissibility of prion diseases via medical procedures involving skin, and whether skin samples might be used to detect prion disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Getting under the skin of prion disorders

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Infectious prion proteins -- the causative agents of the fatal neurodegenerative disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease -- can be detected in the skin of afflicted individuals, researchers now report. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Researchers find infectious prions in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease patient skin

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Case Western Reserve University) In a Science Translational Medicine study published today, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researchers found that CJD patients also harbor infectious prions in their skin, albeit at lower levels. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Brain cell advance brings fresh hope for CJD therapies

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Edinburgh) Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have developed a new system to study Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the laboratory, paving the way for research to find treatments for the fatal brain disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Diabetes could be spread through toxic meat like mad cow disease

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0100

A new study inJournal of Experimental Medicine suggests diabetes may be spread through meat or blood transfusions by means of misshapen proteins.The Times (Source: Society for Endocrinology)



Is diabetes infectious? It may be spread through meat

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:55:23 +0100

Researchers from the University of Texas found that ingesting protein 'seeds' may be responsible for diabetes, similar to the spread of mad cow disease from cattle to humans via infected beef. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Alabama finds atypical mad cow case, no human threat seen

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:58:45 +0100

(Reuters) - An 11-year-old cow in Alabama tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Mad Cow Disease in California

Wed, 03 May 2017 07:00:00 +0100

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Two older drugs could be 'repurposed' to fight dementia

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:28:00 +0100

Conclusion This early stage experimental research has demonstrated a beneficial neurological effect of trazodone and dibenzoylmethane on mice with diseases mimicking neurodegenerative diseases. It is important to acknowledge that this is animal research and therefore the drugs might not have the same effect when they are trialled on humans. That being said, trazodone is already an approved drug for depression and sleep problems and has therefore already passed safety tests. If the mechanisms of neurodegeneration in humans and mice are similar, it is possible trazodone could be used in the future in treating Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. These early tests are promising. However, these drugs need to be proven effective and safe in people with neurodegenerative diseases be...



Spain finds atypical mad cow case, sees no trade curbs

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:37:38 +0100

PARIS/MADRID (Reuters) - Spain has confirmed a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, in the northwestern province of Castilla y Leon, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Spain confirms atypical mad cow case: OIE

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:58:13 +0100

PARIS (Reuters) - Spain has confirmed a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, in the northwestern province of Castilla y Leon, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Prion Test For Rare, Fatal Brain Disease Helps Families Cope

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:38:00 +0100

Scientists now have a fairly noninvasive way to test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare form of dementia. A similar test, they say, might offer earlier diagnoses of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.(Image credit: Keith Negley for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)



Could Mad Cow Disease be about to return?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:15:45 +0100

Tests carried out on an 18-year-old animal that died on a farm in County Galway, Ireland, found that it had bovine spongiform encephalopathy. But experts say there is no risk to meat lovers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Ireland reports 'mad cow' case, says no risk to health

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:15:15 +0100

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland said on Wednesday that a dead cow had been confirmed as having bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as mad cow disease, but said it had not entered the food chain and there was no risk to human health or beef's trade status. (Source: Reuters: Health)



New method accurately detects prions in blood

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0100

A sensitive blood test accurately detected variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an incurable and fatal neurodegenerative disorder. The method could be used to diagnose prion diseases and prevent disease transmission. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))



New Creutzfeldt-Jakob Diagnostic Test'100%' Accurate New Creutzfeldt-Jakob Diagnostic Test'100%' Accurate

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:08:16 +0100

A new test algorithm combining samples of cerebrospinal fluid and nasal swabbing should lead to definitive diagnosis of this prion disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)

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General Hospital actress Barbara Tarbuck dies of human mad cow disease at 74

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:17:15 +0100

Tarbuck's 14-year run on the ABC soap, from 1996 until 2010, was that of Lady Jane Jacks, the mother of Jax Jacks (Ingo Rademacher). She also had regular roles on Falcon Crest and Santa Barbara. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



[In Depth] New blood tests make strides in detecting prion disease

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 23:00:00 +0100

More than 10 years after peak of the "mad cow disease" epidemic that killed more than 200 people in Europe, the threat of the fatal brain disorder caused by eating contaminated meat is still real. Thousands of Europeans are thought to be asymptomatic carriers for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, caused by misfolded proteins called prions. Because they can spread prions through blood donations, researchers have for years sought a test to safeguard blood supplies. Two papers published this week in Science Translational Medicine bring the field closer to that goal. They describe related methods for detecting prions in blood that proved highly accurate in small numbers of samples from infected people and controls. Author: Kelly Servick (Source: ScienceNOW)



Medical News Today: New blood test for prion disease looks promising

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0100

A new biochemical test that detects prions in blood shows promise for early, pre-symptom diagnosis of vCJD and improving safety of blood supply. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



UTHealth research could lead to blood test to detect Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) The detection of prions in the blood of patients with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease could lead to a noninvasive diagnosis prior to symptoms and a way to identify prion contamination of the donated blood supply, according to researchers at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Mad Cow Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:00:00 +0100

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Urine test may detect Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:42:44 +0100

Ryan MaassWASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Researchers at the Medical Research Council in Britain have discovered it may be possible to test patients for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease using urine samples. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



A urine test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease may be possible

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:30:59 +0100

Researchers at the MRC Prion Unit at UCL have found that it may be possible to determine whether or not a person has sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (sCJD) by testing their urine for the presence of abnormal prion proteins. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)



Urine test for CJD 'a possibility'

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 02:54:20 +0100

UK scientists believe urine could be used for a quick and simple way to test for CJD or "human mad cow disease". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Prions can pass on beneficial traits, Stanford study finds

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0100

(Stanford University Medical Center) Prion proteins, best known as the agents of deadly brain disorders like mad cow disease, can help yeast survive hard times and pass the advantageous traits down to their offspring, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Newly discovered infectious prion structure shines light on mad cow disease

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:12:40 +0100

Groundbreaking research has identified the structure of the infectious prion protein, the cause of'mad cow disease'or BSE, chronic wasting disease in deer and elk and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, which has long remained a mystery. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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First Glimpse at Infectious Prion Shape

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:10:00 +0100

The preliminary structure of the misfolded protein that causes mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease looks like a coiled mattress spring. (Source: The Scientist)



Newly discovered infectious prion structure shines light on mad cow disease

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine& Dentistry) Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta has identified the structure of the infectious prion protein, the cause of 'mad cow disease' or BSE, chronic wasting disease in deer and elk and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, which has long remained a mystery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Beneficial role clarified for brain protein associated with mad cow disease

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:58:49 +0100

Scientists have clarified details in understanding the beneficial function of a type of protein normally associated with prion diseases of the brain, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (commonly known as mad cow disease) and its human counterpart, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Impact of prion proteins on the nerves revealed for the first time

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Zurich) When prion proteins mutate, they trigger mad cow and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Although they are found in virtually every organism, the function of these proteins remained unclear. Researchers from the University of Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich now demonstrate that prion proteins, coupled with a particular receptor, are responsible for nerve health. The discovery could yield novel treatments for chronic nerve diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Properties of Graft-Associated Creutzfeldt-Jakob DiseaseProperties of Graft-Associated Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:23:55 +0100

In this paper, the authors introduce a new method for identifying iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease using protein misfolding cyclic amplification. Laboratory Investigation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



USF professor studying similarities in Alzheimer's and CTE from head injuries

Mon, 09 May 2016 04:00:00 +0100

(University of South Florida (USF Innovation)) A USF physics professor studying chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a recently discovered brain disease in athletes who have suffered repeated brain trauma from on-field collisions, suggests possibility that CTE can start when an on-field collision generates a 'seed' that spreads within the damaged brain, comparable to 'prion diseases,' such as 'mad cow disease,' where a damaged protein can transmit its damaged state to its healthy counterparts and subsequently induces spreading of protein abnormality. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



New assay offers improved detection of deadly prion diseases

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:23:36 +0100

Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases, are a family of rare progressive, neurodegenerative illnesses that affect both humans and animals. TSE surveillance is important for public health and food safety because TSEs have the potential of crossing from animals to humans, as seen with the spread of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). A new study describes an advanced assay that offers better sensitivity than currently available tests for detecting a prion disease affecting elk. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Can Alzheimer’s be transmitted between people?

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 22:47:18 +0100

The latest effort has been launched by researchers in Canada who will be studying the brains of four people who died after transplants gave them Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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France confirms case of mad cow disease

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:42:01 +0100

PARIS (Reuters) - France's agriculture ministry confirmed on Thursday that a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, had been discovered in the northeastern region of Ardennes. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Fayetteville hospital fights Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:47:12 +0100

An Arkansas hospital shut down its operating rooms and sterilized surgical equipment after a possible diagnosis of a rare brain disease, state health officials said. The disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, was detected in a patient at Washington Regional Medi... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)



A toxic byproduct of hemoglobin could provide treatments for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0100

Scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have identified a novel mechanism that could be used to protect the brain from damage due to stroke and a variety of... (Source: Parkinson's Disease News From Medical News Today)



New clues that Alzheimer’s may have been spread during surgery

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0100

ConclusionThis latest research adds some evidence to the possibility that amyloid beta proteins could have been passed on during certain types of treatment, which introduced substances derived from donor brains or pituitary glands into the body. However, these types of treatment are no longer used. The theory is far from certain, and other possible causes need to be investigated. Even if the theory was proven, we don't know that having these proteins introduced into the brain in this way would cause Alzheimer's disease. All the evidence showing amyloid protein in the brain after medical treatment has come from studies of the brains of people known to have been infected with prions causing CJD. None of these people actually showed outward signs of Alzheimer's. There is absolutely no need to...



Behind the Headlines' Top Five of Top Fives 2015

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:00:00 +0100

In this study, researchers wanted to see why this is and if there could be any human applications.Researchers collected white blood cells from African and Asian elephants. They found that elephants have at least 20 copies of a gene called TP53. TP53 is known to encourage cell "suicide" when DNA is damaged, stopping any potential cancer in its tracks. In contrast, humans are thought to have only a single copy of the TP53 gene.Of course the big question – the elephant in the room, if you will – is how we can boost TP53 activity in humans to stimulate a similar protective effect. The simple answer is: we don't know. Yet. Researchers 'a step closer' to universal flu vaccineIt's just like buses. You wait years for a potential universal flu vaccine, then two come along at once. In ...

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Behind the Headlines Top Five of Top Fives 2015

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:00:00 +0100

In this study, researchers wanted to see why this is and if there could be any human applications. Researchers collected white blood cells from African and Asian elephants. They found elephants have at least 20 copies of a gene called TP53. TP53 is known to encourage cell "suicide" when DNA is damaged, stopping any potential cancer in its tracks. In contrast, humans are thought to have only a single copy of the TP53 gene. Of course the big question – the elephant in the room, if you will – is how we can boost TP53 activity in humans to stimulate a similar protective effect. The simple answer is: we don't know. Yet. Researchers 'a step closer' to universal flu vaccine It just like buses. You wait years for a potential universal flu vaccine then two come along at the same time...



Inside The NASA Mission To Answer 'What Is Life?'

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 19:12:19 +0100

“Why would NASA want to study a lake in Canada?” Three different border guards asked me variations on that question, and while they ultimately let me pass, it was obvious they didn’t understand. Why is NASA interested in a lake in Canada? And what business is it of mine? As exotic environments go, Pavilion Lake in British Columbia is rather ordinary. Certainly it’s remote – the closest major city is Vancouver, a long drive away over the mountains. The closest towns are light dustings of houses over the dry slopes, and the road winds for dozens of kilometers of empty desert country between them. The lake itself lies along a paved highway, and from the road it doesn’t look different to any other modestly sized mountain lake in western North America. But be...



More Than a Body of Knowledge

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:00:57 +0100

Earlier this month, researchers at Emory University issued a warning that the U.S. could be at risk of yet another measles outbreak. Although the disease is highly contagious and potentially fatal, measles is also highly preventable - if, an individual is vaccinated. Unfortunately, not everyone understands this or the basic science behind immunizations. Why? Because there is a significant lack of scientific literacy throughout the country. For far too many people, the word "science" itself can be distancing. It conjures up stereotypical caricatures of turgid textbooks, disheveled and incoherent adults in lab coats writing on blackboards in musty labs, and other equally stodgy images. In reality though, science and its impact on us is inescapable. Science is everywhere: look around you - w...



Predicting decline and survival in severe acute brain injury: the fourth trajectory - Creutzfeldt CJ, Longstreth WT, Holloway RG.

Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:33:54 +0100

Illness trajectories depicting how function declines to death with certain diseases, such as cancer, can help with palliative care. Creutzfeldt and colleagues propose a fourth trajectory is needed for patients with severe acute brain injury to improve d... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))

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Welsh government reports 'mad cow' case, says no risk to health

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:53:36 +0100

LONDON (Reuters) - The Welsh government said on Thursday that a dead cow on a farm in Wales had been confirmed as having bovine spongiform encephalopathy, known as mad cow disease, but said it had not entered the food chain and there was no risk to human health. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Alzheimer's 'seeds' found in seven CJD victims' brains

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:28:00 +0100

Conclusion This small study raises questions about how a group of relatively young people with CJD came to have amyloid protein deposits in their brains when they died. But it doesn't answer those questions. The theory that amyloid proteins were transferred, along with prions, through growth hormone therapy is still just that: a theory. There are other possibilities – for example, the prions could have somehow encouraged the growth of amyloid protein. That would mean people who are already infected with prions are at an increased risk of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. However, it's also important to remember no-one in the study actually developed Alzheimer's. They may have done so had they lived longer, but we don't know. As the cause of Alzheimer's remains unknown, it is also feasibl...



No evidence that Alzheimer's can be transmitted through surgery

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 12:30:00 +0100

This study has made a possible link in four cases of specific treatment with growth hormone before 1985, but it is important not to jump to conclusions about what this important, but small, research study might mean.  There has never been a proven case of transmission by neurosurgery. Modern surgical equipment in the UK is very safe and the NHS has extremely stringent procedures to make sure of this. These include using single-use instruments where possible, and developing special equipment that reduces the risk of contamination. If single-use instruments cannot be used, then there are processes in place to track the use of specialist equipment. NHS procedures have improved significantly since the 1970s and 1980s, which is when patients in this study contracted CJD. Procedures in the NH...



Prion trials and tribulations: Finding the right tools and experimental models

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:12:55 +0100

Prions are fascinating, enigmatic, and might teach us not only about rare prion diseases like Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, mad cow disease, or scrapie, but also about other more common neurodgenerative diseases. Two studies report progress with novel tools and paradigms to study prion disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Solving the next step in the mystery of prions

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:36:50 +0100

Working towards the ultimate goal to develop therapeutics to treat diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, and BSE (Mad Cow Disease), scientists are investigating the physical principles underlying the formation of misfolded protein aggregates. The aggregates of misfolded proteins -- proteins that clump together in the 'wrong' structure -- feature prominently in these fatal degenerative diseases. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Can Cannibalism Fight Brain Disease? Only Sort Of.

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:44:37 +0100

Can cannibalism fight a rare brain disease? That’s what multiple headlines have suggested this week, but don’t pick up your fork just yet. A study published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature found that people of Papua New Guinea’s Fore tribe -- a group that formerly consumed the brains of family members at funerals -- are now resistant to a rare, degenerative brain disease called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). However, the reason that they developed this resistance to the disease is because their brain-eating practice led to a major outbreak of kuru -- a specific type of CJD -- in the 1950s, Reuters reports.. A Nature news release explains that CJD occurs sporadically, but it spreads if someone consumes the brain of someone who has it. The epidemic killed as much as 2 pe...



Could brain-eating cannibals provide the key to treating CJD?

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0100

This study used genetically modified mice to test whether this genetic mutation was protective against kuru and CJD. The tests showed that mice with this genetic mutation were indeed resistant to these prion diseases.The results suggest that this mutation could be responsible for the kuru resistance seen in the survivors. It is hoped this finding may eventually help to develop effective treatments for prion diseases, but much more research will be needed to get to that point. Links To The Headlines Eating brains helped Papua New Guinea tribe become disease resistant, claims research. The Daily Telegraph, June 10 2015Eating human brains helped Papua New Guinea tribe resist disease, research shows. The Guardian, June 10 2015Scientists find CJD resistance gene. BBC News, June 10 2015 Links To...



Naturally occurring genetic variation gives complete resistance in prion diseases

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0100

Researchers at the Medical Research Council's Prion Unit have identified a naturally occurring variant of the human prion protein that produces resistance to prion diseases such as... (Source: Parkinson's Disease News From Medical News Today)



Eating brains helped Papua New Guinea tribe resist disease, research shows

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:16:08 +0100

The cannibalistic practice helped the Fore tribe develop genetic resistance to a mad cow-like disease. This is useful for scientists studying diseases like dementiaResearch involving a former brain-eating tribe from Papua New Guinea is helping scientists better understand mad cow disease and other so-called prion conditions and may also offer insights into Parkinson’s and dementia. People of the Fore tribe, studied by scientists from Britain and Papua New Guinea, have developed genetic resistance to a mad cow-like disease called kuru, which was spread mostly by the now abandoned ritual of eating relatives’ brains at funerals. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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Eating human brains helped Papua New Guinea tribe resist disease, research shows

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:14:52 +0100

The cannibalistic practice helped the Fore tribe develop genetic resistance to a mad cow-like disease. This is useful for scientists studying diseases like dementiaResearch involving a former brain-eating tribe from Papua New Guinea is helping scientists better understand mad cow disease and other so-called prion conditions and may also offer insights into Parkinson’s and dementia. People of the Fore tribe, studied by scientists from Britain and Papua New Guinea, have developed genetic resistance to a mad cow-like disease called kuru, which was spread mostly by the now abandoned ritual of eating relatives’ brains at funerals. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Genetic variant gives prion disease resistance

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:17:20 +0100

Researchers at the Medical Research Council’s Prion Unit have identified a naturally occurring variant of the human prion protein that produces resistance to prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The findings, published in Nature, could give important insight into other human brain diseases that lead to dementia. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)



Scientists find mutation that protects against 'mad cow' disease after studying cannibal group

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:58:32 +0100

Scientists have found a genetic mutation that imparts complete protection against the human form of “mad cow” disease, which could lead to new ways of tackling similar incurable brain diseases. (Source: The Independent - Science)



Scientists find mutation that protects against 'mad cow' disease

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:58:32 +0100

Scientists have found a genetic mutation that imparts complete protection against the human form of “mad cow” disease, which could lead to new ways of tackling similar incurable brain diseases. (Source: The Independent - Science)



Grass plants can transport infectious prions

Fri, 15 May 2015 19:56:36 +0100

Grass plants can bind, uptake and transport infectious prions, according to researchers. Prions are the protein-based infectious agents responsible for a group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, which includes bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) in cattle, scrapie in sheep, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans and chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer, elk and moose. All are fatal brain diseases with incubation periods that last years. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Goat plague hits poor farmers in Africa, Asia, wider vaccination needed: FAO

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:58:20 +0100

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Goat plague, a fast spreading virus, impoverishes millions of small farmers across Africa and Asia, but a campaign to eradicate it has drawn far less support than halting mad cow disease or Ebola, a U.N. veterinary official said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Mad Cow Disease In Texas Man Has Mysterious Origin

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:20:00 +0100

It's only the fourth case of the deadly disease in the U.S. And it has doctors on an international hunt. How did a disease linked to contaminated beef in the U.K. more than a decade ago get to Texas?» E-Mail This (Source: NPR Health and Science)



'Mad Cow' Disease In Texas Man Has Mysterious Origin

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:20:00 +0100

It's only the fourth case of the deadly disease in the U.S. And it has doctors on an international hunt. How did a disease linked to contaminated beef in the U.K. more than a decade ago get to Texas?» E-Mail This (Source: NPR Health and Science)



Amid Pollution Problems, China's Health Food Industry Blossoms

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:40:05 +0100

At first glance, the World Health Store seems like any other health nut’s paradise: Shelves are cramped neck-high with supplement bars, whey protein for bodybuilders, Nature’s Bounty Evening Primrose Oil and Navitas Naturals Chia Powder. But this is Beijing, and the store that used to serve almost entirely a health-conscious foreign clientele now has so many Chinese customers that they’re nearly outnumbering foreigners. “Questions around the safety of water, food and air in China have made people much more health-conscious,” says Howard He, a store manager. That growing fear of China’s dangerously dirty environment has given birth to one of the fastest-growing segments of China’s consumer marketplace: foods with perceived health benefits. Sales of organic foods in 2014, for ...



China imposes trade restrictions on Canadian beef

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:10:45 +0100

OTTAWA (Reuters) - China has imposed temporary trade restrictions on Canadian beef and beef products in the wake of Canada's discovery of mad cow disease earlier this month, Canada said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Peru, Taiwan, Belarus ban Canadian beef in wake of mad cow case

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:40:46 +0100

OTTAWA/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Three more countries have blocked imports of Canadian beef or beef products, following Canada's discovery of mad cow disease earlier this month, its first in four years. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Canada: Mad Cow Case Is Detected

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 01:44:47 +0100

Canada, a major exporter of beef, said on Friday that it had found a case of mad cow disease in a beef cow in Alberta. (Source: NYT)



Canada confirms new case of mad cow disease, cattle prices rise

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:16:47 +0100

OTTAWA/CALGARY (Reuters) - Canada confirmed its first case of mad cow disease since 2011 on Friday, but said the discovery should not hit a beef export sector worth C$2 billion ($1.6 billion) a year. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Variant CJD May Be Misdiagnosed in Older PatientsVariant CJD May Be Misdiagnosed in Older Patients

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:36:43 +0100

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) may be misdiagnosed in patients older than 55, given their somewhat different clinical phenotype from younger patients, a new report says. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Was The Guardian's 2014 crystal ball accurate?

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:29:00 +0100

In January 2014, The Guardian took the brave, and possibly foolhardy, step of predicting the six big health breakthroughs of 2014. We're taking a look at just how accurate the paper's crystal ball turned out to be, and gave each our own Behind the Headlines "Mystic Meg" rating for predictive accuracy.  Prediction one: IVF success rates to improve after 20 years of stagnation Prediction two: Better screening for ovarian cancer Prediction three: New insights into dementia Prediction four: Open-access surgery Prediction five: Ninja polymers to fight athlete's foot Prediction six: Faecal transplants   Prediction one: IVF success rates to improve after 20 years of stagnation The Guardian based this prediction on a technique comprising time-lapse imaging camer...



An alarming presentation of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease following a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head - Harnish C, Gross B, Rittenhouse K, Bupp K, Vellucci A, Anderson J, Riley D, Rogers FB.

Thu, 25 Dec 2014 16:27:25 +0100

Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE), also known as prion diseases, are characterized by rapid and fatal neurological decline. They not only detrimentally affect the patient, but also present additional challenges to healthcare systems due to th... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))



Scrapie could breach the species barrier

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:30:19 +0100

The pathogens responsible for scrapie in small ruminants (prions) have the potential to convert the human prion protein from a healthy state to a pathological state, researchers have discovered for the first time. In mice models reproducing the human species barrier, this prion induces a disease similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. These primary results stress the necessity to reassess the transmission of this disease to humans.    (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Nasal Test For Human Prion Disease May Accelerate Search For A Cure

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:20:12 +0100

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is an incurable disorder that leads to the degeneration of a patient’s central nervous system, eventually leading to death. In the past, the only way to diagnose CJD was to take a post-mortem brain sample or perform a biopsy. Now, however, a relatively non-invasive test has been developed that may assist researchers in finding a treatment for the disease. (Source: Medical Design Online News)

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PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:43:12 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- This week?s topics include diagnosing Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, brief drug interactions don?t help, Ebola update, and immunonutrition. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)



Test developed to detect 'mad cow disease' in humans

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:13:00 +0100

A sensitive urine test can identify the human form of mad cow disease in people showing no symptoms. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)



New Tests May Provide Early Diagnosis of CJD New Tests May Provide Early Diagnosis of CJD

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:16:02 +0100

New tests use nasal brushings to diagnose sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and urine to diagnose variant CJD. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)



NIH and Italian Scientists Develop Nasal Test for Human Prion Disease

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:23:29 +0100

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Related MedlinePlus Page: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Nasal test developed for to diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:55:45 +0100

A nasal brush test can rapidly and accurately diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), an incurable and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder, according to a study. CJD is a prion disease. These diseases originate when, for reasons not fully understood, normally harmless prion protein molecules become abnormal and gather in clusters. Prion diseases affect animals and people. Human prion diseases include variant, familial and sporadic CJD. The most common form, sporadic CJD, affects an estimated 1 in one million people annually worldwide. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Infectious prion protein discovered in urine of patients with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:36:50 +0100

The misfolded and infectious prion protein that is a marker for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease – linked to the consumption of infected cattle meat – has been detected in the urine of patients with the disease. Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans and bovine spongiform encephalopathy in animals – also known as Mad Cow disease – are fatal neurodegenerative disorders. There are currently no noninvasive tools available to diagnose the disease and there are no treatments. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Researchers Closer to Test for Human Form of 'Mad Cow' Disease

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Researchers Closer to Test for Human Form of 'Mad Cow' DiseaseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/6/2014 5:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 8/7/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)



UTHealth researchers find infectious prion protein in urine of patients with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) The misfolded and infectious prion protein that is a marker for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease -- linked to the consumption of infected cattle meat -- has been detected in the urine of patients with the disease by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



New Methods May Make CJD Testing Easier (CME/CE)

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 03:13:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Amplification procedures for abnormally folded prion proteins enabled accurate diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease from nasal and urine samples, two small pilot trials indicated. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)



Experimental non-invasive tests detect rare brain disease

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:05:29 +0100

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An analysis of two experimental tests for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease shows that cells in the nose or a urine sample can detect versions of the brain-destroying illness. The urine test proved effective at identifying the human form of mad cow disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Researchers Closer to Test for Human Form of 'Mad Cow' Disease

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:00:00 +0100

New methods that test urine or nasal tissue samples appear promising: studies Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Health Screening (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



NIH and Italian scientists develop nasal test for human prion disease

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 04:00:00 +0100

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A nasal brush test can rapidly and accurately diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an incurable and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder, according to a study by National Institutes of Health scientists and their Italian colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Striking a Nerve: Prions Not the Last Word in TSEs (CME/CE)

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 03:13:02 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Stanley Prusiner may have won a Nobel Prize for his work on prions, but one well-credentialed researcher is still questioning whether prions are responsible for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)



MPs seek change to government’s ‘casual attitude’ on vCJD

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100

Action needed to assess safety of UK blood supplyRelated items from OnMedica38 Welsh patients at risk of ‘mad cow’s disease’Blood test good enough to screen for vCJDNew case of vCJD means more people could have the diseaseNew blood test developed for vCJDHow genes can influence CJD risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



'Casual attitude' to vCJD warning

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:38:36 +0100

The government has a "casual attitude" to the human form of "mad cow disease", MPs warn, while ministers say the issue is treated "extremely seriously". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Concerns on Mad Cow Lead to Recall

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 03:01:54 +0100

Questions were raised about meat shipped to 34 Whole Foods stores in the Northeast and an unnamed New York restaurant from September to early April. (Source: NYT Health)



4,000 pounds of rib-eyes, other beef recalled

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:50:32 +0100

More than 4,000 pounds of rib-eye and other fresh beef products have been recalled because they could contain contaminated materials linked to mad cow disease. The meat in question was processed at Fruitland American Meat in Jackson, Missouri, and dis... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)



New test detects toxic prions in blood

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:46:18 +0100

The first cases of mad cow disease in humans occurred in the late 1990s and are thought to be the consequence of eating contaminated beef products. Several cases of secondary infections caused by transfusions with blood from donors who developed vCJD have been reported, raising concerns about the safety of blood products. A new article describes an assay that can detect prions in blood samples from humans with vCJD and in animals at early stages of the incubation phase. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



4,000 pounds of rib-eyes, other beef recalled

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:01:08 +0100

More than 4,000 pounds of rib-eye and other fresh beef products have been recalled because they could contain contaminated materials linked to mad cow disease. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)



New test detects toxic prions in blood

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 04:00:00 +0100

(PLOS) The first cases of mad cow disease in humans occurred in the late 1990s and are thought to be the consequence of eating contaminated beef products. Several cases of secondary infections caused by transfusions with blood from donors who developed vCJD have been reported, raising concerns about the safety of blood products. A paper published in PLOS Pathogens now describes an assay that can detect prions in blood samples from humans with vCJD and in animals at early stages of the incubation phase. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Anatomical Pathologist Reveals Actual Cause of Mad Cow Disease

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:20:09 +0100

Dr. William Croft's new novel addresses major insurance company conspiracy based on well-documented fact.(PRWeb June 11, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/06/prweb11927348.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)



CDC confirms 4th U.S. case of mad cow disease after Texas man dies

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:50:00 +0100

Mad cow disease -- the fourth confirmed case in the U.S. -- is responsible for the death of a Texas man, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)



Mad cow disease blamed for patient's death in Texas

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:07:56 +0100

Health officials believe patient died after eating beef contaminated with mad cow disease (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Mad cow death in Texas

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:58:33 +0100

Lab tests confirm that a patient who recently died had Variant CJD, a fatal brain disorder linked to mad cow disease, health officials say. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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Mad cow disease-related death in Texas

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:21:03 +0100

Lab tests confirm that a patient who recently died had Variant CJD, a fatal brain disorder linked to mad cow disease, health officials say. (Source: CNN.com - Health)