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2009-10-22 13:29:44

Former Brigham Young University football coach died at 42 The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) announced today that a deceased former college football player who died at age 42 was already suffering from the degenerative brain disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). This is the first time an advanced case of CTE has been discovered in a college football player that did not play professionally. It is also the first...

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 06:00:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, there is insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening infants for hyperbilirubinemia to prevent chronic bilirubin encephalopathy. Hyperbilirubinemia is a condition marked by a high level of bilirubin in the blood, which is often apparent as yellow-colored skin and eyes (jaundice). This recommendation and the accompanying...

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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...

2009-09-09 11:52:21

Up to 80 percent of cirrhotic patients develop difficulties with cognitive function A recent study by Jasmohan Bajaj, M.D., and colleagues from Virginia Commonwealth University and McGuire VA Medical Center found that patients with cirrhosis of the liver who developed minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) had a 16% rate of motor vehicle crashes compared to only 4% of those without MHE over one year. The rate of accidents was also significantly higher than the state annual crash rate of...

2009-08-19 11:06:03

A British expert on the human form of mad cow disease says it is essential that coroners test the brains and spleens of all young people who die. Professor John Collinge says without post-mortem tests for the infection it is impossible to get accurate information on how many people in Britain may be carrying it, The Times of London reported Wednesday. Collinge, a member of a government panel monitoring the progress of spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, says systematic testing is...

2009-07-29 11:12:14

Inhibiting an enzyme in the brains of newborns suffering from oxygen and blood flow deprivation stops a type of brain damage that is a leading cause of cerebral palsy, mental retardation and death, according to researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.Reporting their results in the Journal of Neuroscience, the scientists show blocking the brain enzyme, tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA), prevents progressive brain damage triggered by the lack of oxygen and blood...

2009-04-28 06:00:00

The Company also Initiates the Phase 2b ASTUTE Clinical Trial for Mild Hepatic Encephalopathy SAN DIEGO, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Ocera Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company, announced that data from its phase 2 study of AST-120 for the treatment of patients with low-grade hepatic encephalopathy was presented April 25th at the 44th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Liver Disease (EASL) in Copenhagen. The study showed that AST-120 was better...

2009-02-11 08:39:33

Liver cirrhosis is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, taking 25,000 lives per year. It is often the result of alcohol over-consumption or exposure to hepatitis C, either of which can damage the liver and prevent it from filtering toxins. These toxins then accumulate in the blood stream and eventually reach the brain where they disrupt neurological and mental performance, a condition known as hepatic encephalopathy.Individuals with cirrhosis are also susceptible to a...

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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. The test can accurately detect the presence of prions, vCJD-causing proteins, on metal surfaces, and could help ensure that surgical decontamination processes are working. Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is a rare and fatal human neurodegenerative condition.  While there is no recorded case of a patient developing vCJD after surgery,...


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