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2008-07-16 03:00:00

By McDonnell, Gerald KEYWORDS Decontamination / Inactivation / Prion / Sterilisation Prion diseases present unique challenges to healthcare facilities, both in the care and treatment of patients. A significant cause for concern is in the routine reprocessing of medical devices used on patients and how disease transmission can be prevented on the reuse of devices. Investigations have shown that prion disease can be transmitted on medical devices, which can be a concern given the long...

2008-06-16 09:01:19

SAN FRANCISCO, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- YouTube and The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) today launched a comprehensive Internet video channel dedicated to the improved understanding of incurable neurodegenerative brain diseases. The UCSF Memory and Aging Center YouTube channel can be found at http://www.youtube.com/UCSFMemoryandAging. The multimedia offering represents the latest step by one of the world's leading neuroscience research teams to engage the public and the medical...

2007-05-04 15:00:00

WILMINGTON, Del., May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Two first-place winning teens went to Walt Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center last week as winners of the DuPont Challenge National Science Essay Awards Program. Masooma Raza, 14, a freshman at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., and Yocheved Kramer, a junior at Manhattan High School for Girls in New York City, won the $3,000 prize in the junior and senior divisions respectively. The DuPont...

2006-07-06 13:06:03

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tests in hamsters suggest it may be possible to develop a blood test for mad cow and related diseases in both humans and animals before they develop symptoms, researchers reported on Thursday. The study, published in the journal Science, also suggests that the damaged brain cells may "leak" the infectious prions that cause the diseases, offering a chance to detect the disease in blood. Such a test would allow...

2006-06-29 21:09:03

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has restored imports of United States beef, ending a two-and-a-half year ban prompted by fears of mad cow disease, state media reported. The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture would allow boneless beef imports from U.S. cattle 30 months or younger that have been stripped of spines, brains and other parts, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Thursday. China's decision follows Japan's announcement earlier this month that it may also soon lift its...

2006-06-22 20:05:03

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - People could be infected with the human form of mad cow disease for more than 50 years without developing the illness, which means the size of a potential epidemic may be underestimated, UK scientists said on Friday. So far about 160 people have been diagnosed with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). Cases of the fatal disease have also been reported in France, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan and the United States. Estimates...

2006-06-22 07:49:28

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A second Dutch person has been diagnosed with the human variant of mad cow disease after a woman died from the disease last year, Dutch health authorities said on Thursday. The Dutch Institute for Health and Environment (RIVM) did not disclose any further details to protect the privacy of the patient. It said in a statement that the person most probably got infected by eating contaminated meat products. A 26-year-old Dutch woman, who had been diagnosed with the...

2006-03-18 04:17:50

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Aso on Saturday that Tokyo's reinstatement of a ban on U.S. beef over mad cow disease was an excessive reaction, Kyodo news agency said on Saturday. Rice called for a swift resumption of imports, which were halted on January 20 following the discovery of banned cattle parts in a veal shipment from New York, the agency said, quoting Japanese officials in Sydney, where the two met for talks....

2006-02-09 08:21:12

LONDON (Agence de Presse Medicale) - A third case of variant-CJD -- the human form of mad cow disease -- associated with a blood transfusion has recently been diagnosed in Britain, the country's Health Protection Agency (HPA) reported on Thursday. "The patient developed symptoms of vCJD about eight years after receiving a blood transfusion from a donor who developed symptoms of vCJD about 20 months after donating this blood. The patient is still alive and is under the care of doctors...

2006-01-27 00:30:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- The muscles of deer affected by a mad cow-like disease carry the infectious prions that spread the illness, meaning that venison could potentially spread the agent to humans, researchers reported on Thursday. They said leg muscle tissue taken from mule deer with chronic wasting disease (CWD) infected specially bred mice when they were injected with the tissue. While stressing that was a long way from showing venison was infectious,...


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