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2009-03-05 22:00:34

An Italian researcher said she's figured out how the human mad cow disease travels from the stomach to the brain. Chiara Zurzolo, a biology professor at Naples University, said the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease prion uses the body's immune system to travel to the brain.

2009-02-17 22:37:50

A British man was infected with human mad cow disease passed along through contaminated blood plasma, health officials say. It is the first time a case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or vCJD, has been linked to plasma, The Times of London reported Tuesday. The Health Protection Agency said the man, who was in his 70s and died recently of other causes, was infected with mad cow disease from a plasma transfusion before blood donation rules were tightened in the 1990s, the report said....

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2009-02-06 16:20:00

Scientists at University College London have developed a highly sensitive test that detects whether surgical instruments may be contaminated.

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2009-01-30 07:41:52

A blood test has been developed by Canadian researchers that can diagnose fatal chronic wasting disease in elk, and may provide an inexpensive approach to screening for mad cow disease.

2009-01-15 10:37:29

In the rogues' gallery of microscopic infectious agents, the prion is the toughest hombre in town.

2008-12-18 09:31:50

British medical researchers say they're concerned a new human version of mad cow disease has been detected, officials said. While most cases of new variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (vCJD) in Britain have occurred in people with a genetic profile carried by 42 percent of the population, the BBC reported that a young man with a different genetic profile appears to have the disabling disease. The report said the diagnosis, which must be confirmed by biopsy, suggests at least 90 percent of...

2008-12-05 12:41:51

A worldwide group of scientists has created an infectious prion disease in a mouse model, in a step that may help unravel the mystery of this progressive disease that affects the nervous system in humans and animals. The research team, including Christina J. Sigurdson, D.V.M., Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, also discovered that changing the structure of the prion protein by altering just two nucleic acids leads to a fatal...

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2008-11-19 17:35:00

The Texas Department of State Health Services said on Wednesday that there has been no human case of mad cow disease in the Texas panhandle area in the past month, despite the rumors in Chicago markets of a woman patient.

2008-09-15 09:00:58

Canada-based theranostics company Amorfix Life Sciences has reported that its EP-vCJD blood screening assay can detect sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease prions using brain material spiked into human plasma at the same sensitivity.

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2008-09-13 17:30:00

U.S. researchers reported on Friday that a rare genetic mutation may underlie some cases of mad cow disease in cattle and its discovery may help shed light on where the epidemic started.


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