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2010-02-23 06:00:00

NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ - Circus World Displays Ltd (CWD) announced today that it has finalized an agreement with SYNNEX Canada Limited, a subsidiary of SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX), to acquire the assets of its BDG division, including the Citizen*, Electrohome, Magnasonic and Secureguard brands. The acquisition is expected to close on or about February 24, 2010. "We are extremely excited for the opportunity to reinvigorate these brands that have become household names in...

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2010-01-15 10:04:21

Infectious Diseases Spreading West Nile virus.  Hantavirus.  Lyme disease.  All are infectious diseases spreading in animals, and in humans.  Is our interaction with the environment somehow responsible for the increase in incidence of these diseases? A joint National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health program -- ecology of infectious diseases (EID) -- supports efforts to understand the underlying ecological and biological mechanisms behind...

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2009-11-19 11:35:00

Researchers said on Wednesday that villagers in the highlands of Papua New Guinea who ritualistically ate human brains but did not die of a brain disease called kuru have a genetic mutation that protects them, Reuters reported. The study, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, said the unusual cannibalistic practice shows evolution in real time in the human population, and might lead to a treatment for similar brain-wasting conditions. Entire generations of women in remote Papuan...

2009-10-05 09:14:26

A young moose rescued after a dog attack has become the center of a dispute between game farm owners and Vermont health officials, authorities said. Pete the baby moose was brought to an elk farm in Irasburg, Vt., after dogs attacked him in June when he was a month old. David Lawrence, who works at the farm and nursed Pete back to health, calls the moose my son, and invites caravans of visitors to feed Pete apples, bananas and jelly doughnuts. The farm, owned by Doug Nelson, is one of two...

2009-09-29 13:14:42

A University of Toronto-led team of scientists says it has determined the evolutionary origin of the prion gene. The researchers said the diseased prion proteins are responsible for the fatal neurodegenerative Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease, as well as scrapie and chronic wasting disease in livestock. The scientists said their findings hold promise for efforts to reveal the physiological function of members of the prion...

2009-09-28 15:31:24

A University of Toronto-led team has uncovered the evolutionary ancestry of the prion gene, which may reveal new understandings of how the prion protein causes diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as "mad cow disease." Diseased prion proteins are responsible for the fatal neurodegenerative Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans, and BSE, scrapie and chronic wasting disease (CWD) in livestock. Overall, this work holds promise for efforts to reveal the...

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2009-09-10 07:38:02

According to a study published on Wednesday, it appears that a variety of prion disease found in deer may be spread through the fecal matter of infected animals even when they exhibit no symptoms of the illness.  Researchers say that their finds on the deadly brain disorder known as chronic wasting disease (CWD)"”a close cousin of the infamous mad-cow disease"”may have significant ramifications for farmers. The research was led by Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner at the...

2009-07-30 11:54:05

Data from an ongoing multi-year study suggest that people who consume deer and elk with chronic wasting disease (CWD) may be protected from infection by an inability of the CWD infectious agent to spread to people. The results to date show that 14 cynomolgus macaques exposed orally or intracerebrally to CWD remain healthy and symptom free after more than six years of observation, though the direct relevance to people is not definitive and remains under study. Cynomolgus macaques often are...

2009-06-23 14:37:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission has posted the 2009 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) reports, including their recommendations for deer population changes, on the agency's website. Five CACs were conducted in 2009 in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 1A, 2E, 3A, 4A and 5B. To view the reports, visit the Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), click on "White-Tailed Deer" icon in the center of the homepage, select "Citizen Advisory...

2009-05-29 08:15:00

Development may help shed light on disease in animals and protect human populationsCurrent tests to identify specific strains of infectious prions, which cause a range of transmissible diseases (such as mad cow) in animals and humans, can take anywhere from six months to a year to yield results "“ a time-lag that may put human populations at risk.Now, a group of scientists from The Scripps Research Institute's Florida campus have developed a new method that cuts this critical time lag...


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